This type description comes from Your Key to Sports Success (12th Edition, 2006) by Jonathan Niednagel. An updated edition is expected to be released later this year, and if you would like to know more about Jonathan Niednagel's Brain Typing system you can purchase the book from his web site, BrainTypes.com - Understanding for the new millenium.
FEAL / ESFJ "Facilitator"
hospitable, focuses on usefulness; energetic, realistic; develops and nurtures relationships; sensitive to praise and criticism; expresses feelings; conscientious; orderly; friendly promoter, commerce- oriented, gross motor skilled.
Is there someone you know who talks easily, conversing readily with each person he or she meets during the day? Is this person someone who is easy to call, sympathetic, helpful, warm, practical, and down to earth? Is his or her concern for people evident to all? You are probably thinking of an ESFJ. An ESFJ is friendly and outgoing, deriving energy simply from mingling with people. Choices are generally made by considering how issues will affect others. Seven years before her tragic death (in 1997), People magazine wrote of England’s ESFJ Princess Diana:
Originally Posted by People magazine
ESFJs express feelings easily. They radiate with confidence at social functions, enlivening the atmosphere wherever they go. They are natural hosts and hostesses, making everyone feel at home. ESFJs show their admiration readily, praising those they respect, defending their associates. They are devoted friends, using time and energy to keep up with their broad field of relationships.
As children, ESFJs are outgoing, rule following, and socially adept. They are high achievers, motivated early to pelase teachers and parents. They cooperate with structured programs, developing good study habits. At home, their strong wills may bring them in conflict with parental authority.
ESFJs are drawn to traditions and family. As nurturers, they need to be appreciated for their caring ways. They assume responsibility for the happiness and welfare of others, being harmonious and peacemaking. ESFJs are sought out for their willingness to listen, sympathetic hearts, and sensible advice. With practical knowledge of what to do, what to wear, and where to go, ESFJs actively assist others in need of direction.
Roger Singleton, representing a charity for orphans and handicapped children, spoke of Princess Diana in 1990:
Originally Posted by Roger Singleton
John Mayo, director general of Help the Aged once said of Diana:
Originally Posted by John Mayo
ESFJs may avoid conflict to the point of permissive parenting or denial of the reality they know so well. There may be a situation that needs to be faced and dealth with. They may tend to want to be the “good guy” and let the spouse do the disciplining. Wanting things to run smoothly, the ESFJ will do much to pacify and compromise, and turn to self blame for problems that arise. As a spouse, however, the ESFJ can be quite domineering, wanting control over the family management. This is especially seen in wives who see the home and family as their area of responsibility and expertise
People magazine reported on Princess Di during her marriage to Prince Charles:
Originally Posted by People magazine
To be described as tougher than an INTJ like Prince Charles is to be a person of strong resolve, which ESFJs are.
The ESFJ, when faced with illness symptoms or difficult situations, may fear the worst will happen, denial no longer being possible. As people of action, ESFJs will make every effort to personally solve the dilemma, sometimes even when the business is not theirs to solve. They just see a need and “go to it.” Completion without delay is their goal.
ESFJs have a penchant for interior decorating and clothing style. Prince Charles once commented on Lady Di in a way that speaks of ESFJs:
Originally Posted by Prince Charles
So we see ESFJs as harmonious, outgoing, talkative, conscientious, responsible, orderly, practical, hard working, and encouraging. ESFJs earn the confidence of others, selling themselves before selling the product or idea. The careers of ESFJs follow those serving humanity, people oriented occupations. Without a lot of personal contact, ESFJs will wither away, being frustrated at their role in life. If, however, ESFJs are surrounded by family and friends, they flourish and help run the lives around them with structure and care.
ESFJ Sports Profile
ESFJs are Extraverted, left-brained SFs. Exercising great control over their gross motor movements is what they do best. Whether in golf, basketball, tennis, figure skating, or bowling, they dominate with their big muscles. ESFJs can become very smooth in their motor movements, almost as if they were right-brained Ps. They can be very athletic. ESFJs, like ISFJs, tend not to pursue sports that instill fear. Therefore, basketball, tennis, golf, swimming, figure-skating, and so forth, are where they are often found.
Tennis’ Gigi Fernandez, ESFJ, was ranked as one of the top female doubles players in the world for over five years. (At the highest levels of tennis, ESFJs do best at doubles’ play.)
Figure skating’s Nancy Kerrigan, ESFJ, demonstrated her SF gross motor control, balance, and smoothness in the 1990s, culminating her amateur career with a silver medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. Few ESFJs have been top-notch skaters, but Nancy demonstrated what her Type can do through hard work, perseverance, and learning to control her anxiety level.
Not many ESFJs are high profile athletes in professional baseball, basketball, or football. Nonetheless, some have made their marks through determination and long hours of practice.
In football, defensive secondary specialist Mark Collins played a role on two New York Giants Super Bowl teams. The NFL veteran of over 10 years received All-NFL recognition. Defensive end and veteran Sean Jones made his presence known in the NFL for over a decade.
In basketball, ESFJs Rasheed Wallace, John “Hot Rod” Williams, and Bobby Phills have impacted the NBA.ESFJs, like all SJs, must be careful to keep tension at a minimum in athletic competition. Under pressure, as SFs, ESFJs will tend to tense the big muscles of the body, achieving too much control.Type Tips
ESFJs, like all left hemisphere Js, should develop greater spatial awareness to improve their athletic skills.
Parents and coaches need to remember that all Feelers, including ESFJs, respond and learn best when they are treated with sensitivity, commended for their efforts, and encouraged to do their best.
Popular Career Choices:
Sales, customer relations, business, residential real estate agent, personnel supervisor, secretary, teaching (especially elementary level), special education, ministry, nursing, psychology, social work; in general, jobs where contact with people is involved.