ENFP Careers – 4 Work Styles Of The Personality Type | Podcast 0487

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In this episode of the Personality Hacker podcast, Joel and Antonia explore the 4 work styles that influence ENFP careers.


Discover more about subtypes in Dr. Dario Nardi’s “The 64 Subtypes in Depth” 


In this podcast you’ll find:

  • Why are Joel and Antonia discussing careers for each of the personality types?
  • What are some popular career choices for ENFPs?
  • Introducing the ENFP subtypes by Dr. Dario Nardi.
    • How to approach the concept of the four subtypes.
  • Check out our previous podcast episode where Dario introduces the four subtypes of each personality type.
  • The energy and flavor of the four subtypes.
  • The four ENFP subtypes:
    • Dominant subtype – how these ENFPs use their superpower of reframing systems at work.
    • Creative subtype – how these ENFPs perceive and entertain simultaneously.
    • Normalizing subtype – how these ENFPs show up with their more grounding energy.
    • Harmonizing subtype – how these ENFPs make an impact on an individual level
  • A powerful way ENFPs can apply their subtype to their career.


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  • Danielle G

    I would say I tend towards Dominant ENFP the most. The line about “they might not always be seen as as ethical as they think they are” made me laugh. Because I’ve absolutely been given similar feedback before, in varying levels of good or bad faith. Mostly it’s been in bad faith, but there are a few times where I’ve just had to admit that I get where the other person is coming from.

    I was definitely more of a creative subtype growing up, and I think I would’ve leaned more into that had it not been for the various positions I’ve found myself in starting as a teenager onward.

  • Matthew Hart

    Lol normalizing ENFP here. This explains so much. Was wondering why I was not vomiting rainbows all the time but know for sure I am ENFP. I want to see the world understand each other and empathize as much as possible. It really stuck out to me when you mentioned the “bridge” aspect. It made me think of my love for old people. I am an IT consultant and I was reminded of how much I love old people and how much I wish that I could bring the young and old together to learn from each other. Old folks have so much wisdom and young people have so much potential (and inadvertent wisdom and as a result, some form of clarity) to provide. Reminds me of Little Prince. Either way, don’t undervalue the normalizing. The purpose is to bring our mindset in the most relatable format possible!

  • Diana

    Hello everyone. I’m for sure a Dominant ENFP. I’ve always known that I was an ENFP, but sometimes I didn’t feel quite like it because of that strong feeling of management and “control”. It is true that sometimes I feel like I want to be a creative type but never find the strength to start new projects.
    I’m super happy that I found something to start working with.

  • Celeste

    This was so interesting! I typed an ENFP over 25 years ago and was blown away when I first read about the type. But I’ve always thought I should be an INFP because I’m more reserved. But it never quite fit. After watching this podcast and seeing some of me in all the subtypes, I best identify with the harmonizing ENFP. My career wasn’t on the list but I could easily see working in at least 4 of the ones mentioned. By the way, I’m a massage therapist and absolutely love it. Most of my clients tell me they start relaxing as soon as they walk in the door.
    I would love to hear even more in depth about the subtypes! Thank you for doing these podcasts!

  • Justine G

    I am relating more to normalizing ENFP than any other subtype, including normalizing INFP. It captures my own contradictions. At the end of the day though I don’t think I should type as an ENFP just because it’s the only sub-type out of any of the 64 sub-types that I can relate to.

    I have already noted elsewhere in this series some of the limitations of Dr Nardi’s studies, as well as a question over Antonia’s interpretation of Dr Nardi’s work (not that this is necessarily ‘wrong’). So I can’t base a serious typing that I can stick with on this method alone. It just wasn’t designed to include people caught in constant loops or grips, for whom JCF / Myers Briggs is probably not going to help anyway.

    But the thing about normalizing ENFPs needing a ‘crusade’ around impacting others/culture and improving things and ‘meeting in the middle’ between unusual and normal, I think could be true for me, though at the moment it’s just a dream. As someone who has to organise staff-inductions in a adult-care setting, I have this dream for example of being able to make very ‘dry’ subjects that people have to learn more accessible by finding innovative approaches that don’t just rely on text-based approaches or even have very much text at all. Health & Safety is quite challenging but not as challenging as data-protection or ‘safeguarding’ as these are harder to illustrate with pictures and lend themselves less well to ‘gamification’ as they’re either too boring or too ‘serious’. I’d love to brainstorm with other people on this.

    I still need lots of alone time reflecting, fantasizing, and doing my own thing. I can’t really convince myself I’m some sort of ‘repressed’ extravert, but you never know.

  • robin

    Impossible question: I wonder if ExFP, with their 10 year old Te, are disproportionately found in the Dominant subtype? Are ExTP, with their 10yo Fe are disproportionately represented in the Harmonizing subtype?

    I love that subtype are something we can take charge of. During this series I keep imagining Harry Potter under the sorting hat saying, ‘not stythering’ except it’s Joel saying ‘not normalizing-not normalizing ‘

  • Peg

    I’m a creative ENFP. But I can see where working in corporate life for over 30 years brought me to using the dominant at times. The only way I can describe it, though, is that every time I would use that, it felt like I was acting that part, not being it. Now that I’m retired I feel much more relaxed and able to be my funny, witty self. I don’t believe I’m a harmonizing, but I have always felt like I enjoyed more intimate one-on-one relationships. I know and interact well with lots of people. The best relationships for me are the few people who let me be me.

  • Ann Ilagan

    ENFP here! I have been operating a photography business for 20 years as a solopreneur and connect with several of the subtypes! In my mid 30s I went back to college and now am about to graduate with my MBA – this his huge because I didn’t think I had it in me due to being labeled flighty earlier on in life and have been honestly combatting that label! When you mentioned a battle within the subtypes at time – it’s so true! Isn’t that the case between being an artist and a business owner?! They’re conflicting roles.

  • Ludi

    Hi Joel and Antonia,

    I have been waiting eagerly for this episode, and I’m glad it’s finally out! I have been at war with myself lately in terms of career, interests, and who I want to be as a person. These descriptions helped me realize that one possible reason for this is that I identify with both the creative and normalizing subtypes.

    I believe I identified with the creative subtype growing up, but I always had a normalizing streak, conditioned by my upbringing and environment. In my youth I was encouraged to explore many interests including art, sports, science, and acting. However, my parents also encouraged me to find a stable respectable job so that I could support myself and pursue my other interests later on if I desired. I had a hard time deciding on a career as a result and despite wanting to be an artist and create a more platform-based career for myself, I also valued more technical and predictable paths. I think the dichotomy created two separate identities within myself that I would turn on and off depending on the situation (ex: pursuing my creative passion projects vs. studying for school). While I was able to tap into both as a student, I always felt the clock ticking that I would have to choose between one or the other at some point in my life.

    In the last three to four years, I have leaned into my normalizing side. I am a second year law student, and I feel intense conflict in shutting off my creative side to meet the demands of an environment that requires constant, persistent grind to succeed. I want to fundamentally change the system from within, but I have a hard time motivating myself because I feel at odds with expectations and requirements of the system I operate within. I wonder how much of this internal conflict has to do with a battle between subtype energies.

    Thank you for the great content! I am still not sure where it will take me, but I think that I have more understanding and respect for the different energies I have available to explore, which is very exciting and motivating.

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