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.
FEIR / ESTP "Opportunist"
"smooth operator," deal-maker; tactical, enterprising; adaptable, persuasive, energetic; seeks fun and excitement; athletic; enjoys the moment; realistic, good natured, self-focused; body- and clothes-conscious; entrepreneur; negotiator; promoter; fine motor skilled.
ESTPs, always in motion, may make you tired just by watching them. They are noted for their zealousness and for enjoying life to its fullest, having the gift for finding excitement in everything they do. Tackling life’s opportunities head-first, they would not be considered gun shy or timid.
Young ESTPs may be called hyperactive. Always ready to move on to the next thing, they have a short attention span if the activity is not immediately rewarding. They want to be on the go, experiencing as much as possible. There never seems to be enough time to accomplish everything. They seem fearless, trying anything at least once. Living for the moment, they cash in now, content to pay later.
ESTPs like center stage and are entertaining to be with. They attract many friends, which can often play havoc with their family time, especially if there is any tension at home. They love life and exploration, but are less enchanted with school related challenges. They want learning to be relevant and immediately useful. As learners, ESTPs do better with guidance than control. They prefer to rely on common sense rather than follow directions. They are not anti-authority, but can easily find themselves in trouble.
As smooth operators, ESTPs are flirtatious and sophisticated, and suave at social functions. They are witty, fun, and unpredictable, and radiate charm and generosity. They are popular, but may find lasting commitments confining and boring. Being risk takers, they have keen sense of competition.
The female ESTP is athletic by nature. ESTPs are attracted to athletics whether they play or just watch. They derive great satisfaction from physical experiences and material possessions. ESTP Pop Rock star Madonna is appropriate called the “material girl.” ESTPS may be inclined to be impulsive, taking advantage of whatever is expedient for them at the moment. ESTPs make decisions, however, with their Thinking, not Feeling, function. If ESTPs use their skills and risk taking for good, they will not enter into antisocial behavior such as safe cracking, smuggling, drug selling, and swindling. ESTPs are men and women of action, getting things done in the here and now.
Originally Posted by Former pro football quarterback Ken Stabler
ESTPs like to be on the move, enjoying their Sensing function to the fullest. Ken Stabler directed his to the wild life.
Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, defied the English role of royalty as an ESTP. Unlike her traditional, ESFJ sister in law, Princess Diana, Fergie was the Cher of Buckingham Palace. She is known for her independence, high spirits, extravagant ways, provocative vocabulary, and part time parenting. Her Royal Badness once said:
Originally Posted by Sarah FergusonPrince Andrew once lightheartedly teased her critics at a speaking engagement:Originally Posted by Sarah Ferguson
Originally Posted by Prince Andrew
ESTP women rarely fit the stereotypical role of a housewife. Consider ESTP Cher’s comments:
Originally Posted by Cher
Not all ESTP women have exercised their freedoms as much as Cher and Fergie. Nonetheless, they tend toward action and independence.
ESTPs are not by nature drawn to the reflective inner world of the spiritual. They live independent lives of personal preferences, and less often stop to contemplate the hereafter. They are bold, verbally confident, and spontaneous persons, and not unlike the Apostle Peter of the Bible, need the miraculous call of God (or atypical self-discipline) to slow them down on any given day. Peter’s impulsive faith eventually became rock-solid.
Sensates rarely play big time roles in Hollywood; acting is an iNtuitive profession. Yet when a Sensate does make it to the movies, he or she is invariably an ESTP. Though not normally regarded for their “acting” skills, ESTPs bring excitement, action, and down to earth reality to the big screen. They include John Wayne, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds, Cher, Madonna, and Kim Basinger.Actors
Steve Kelly, a Seattle Times columnist, wrote of the acting ability of ESTP Brian Bosworth, former pro football player turned actor:
Originally Posted by Steve Kelly
Kelly’s tongue in check comment unwittingly contrasted three ESTPs.
Though ESTPs’ right-brained dominant Sensing (or Empirical) function is not suited for an orator or Shakespearean actor, they nonetheless can learn to be capable communicators. When Arnold Schwarzenegger shockingly captured the California governorship in 2003, he also surprised many who previously didn’t believe he could string words together so well.
ESTPs are infrequently connected with classical music, preferring modern melodies and lyrics. Some ESTPs who’ve made their recent marks in song include Cher, Gloria Estefan, Madonna, Lorrie Morgan, Tanya Tucker, Tina Turner, Johnny Cash, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Tom Jones.
Retired ESTP athletes often become broadcasters. They like staying around sports, sharing their keen awareness of the game in witty and sometimes verbose style. ESTP Reggie Jackson once hosted TV’s “Greatest Sports Legends.” His executive producer said:Commentators
Reggie is an excellent host. He comes prepared for each show, and his interviewing style is natural.
Hate to Leave the Limelight
Retiring from the public eye can be difficult for well known ESTPs. This can be problematic in athletics. Continuing to play when the mind and body are no longer able to compete can do a disservice to the team and lead to injury. ESTPs’ emphases on the physique and living life to its fullest often make growing old tough to handle. Not having other goals beyond one’s athletic career frequently leads to depression.
General descriptions have been presented in this section highlighting each of the 16 Brain Types. Unfortunately, they are not always exacting. Though persons possessing the same inborn Type share specific cerebral functions and circuits, neuronal networkings, body skills, and so forth, personalities vary widely within each Type – especially due to “nurture.” (This book emphasizes this fact.) Personas vary widely with ESTPs, too.Varying Personalities
ESTPs are sometimes reserved and uncommunicative. As dominant right hemisphere persons, they don’t always place a high value on talking – especially when feeling forced to. They prefer to rely more on the action they take or on their physical senses.
I once coached a nine-year-old boy in basketball. I could tell from our first practice he was an ESTP. As we went through the season, he demonstrated this repeatedly. Had I not been aware of the various idiosyncrasies within each Type, I would have guessed him to be an ISTP, not ESTP. He hardly spoke the whole season! Some adult ESTPs, including professional athletes, also convey laconic styles. They just don’t fit the normal ESTP mold. Nonetheless, when they perform athletically, their Type is much easier to distinguish.
ESTP Sports Profile
Extraverted, right-brained STs are prominent and prolific in sports. Not every ESTP is brash or macho yet this is often the pattern. ESTPs are well conditioned and built, more so than any other Type. Whether male or female, they’ll pump iron and/or exercise. Their lives are centered around their bodies, which often resemble Greek gods’. This fixation often leads them into sports, where they can excel in many fields. ESTP athletes include wrestling’s Hulk Hogan, baseball’s Mike Piazza and Rickey Henderson, basketball’s Karl Malone, football’s Joe Namath and Brett Favre, snow skiing’s Alberto Tomba, golf’s Arnold Palmer and Greg Norman, tennis’ Andre Agassi, boxing’s Sugar Ray Leonard, gymnastics’ Mary Lou Retton, hockey’s Brett Hull, and soccer’s Diego Maradona.
ESTPs are often super-aggressive in the way they play sports. They learn they can’t always be this way, but when aggression is required, they proceed energetically.
ESTPs, proficient with their fine motor skills, are masters of hand eye coordination. As dominant right-brained STs, they are able to spontaneously position their hands in the proper location at a given moment. Their quick understanding and agility helps explain why they are such gifted athletes.
The Extraverted ESTPs, equipped with high powered fine motor skills, are the most powerful athletes, regardless of the sport. When they are tall and/or well-built, they usually have the longest hit in golf and baseball and the strongest serves and groundstrokes in tennis.
As dominant right-brained STs, ESTPs have excellent visual acuity and peripheral awareness. They can see the complete playing field, though they may not always want to give up the ball or puck.
I regard ESTPs as the premier quarterback (QB), tending to be the most consistent throughout their careers – especially in pressure-packed games. (This is not to say that some other Types cannot be top flight QBs.) Consider some ESTP QBs, part and present: Johnny Unitas, Joe Namath, Ken Stabler, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana, Dan Marino, John Elway, Jim Kelly, Brett Favre and Peyton Manning.No. 1 Quarterbacks
ESTPs are the, or among the, smoothest and most ready when beginning an athletic event. (Of course, they must have the proficiency with their sport for this to be true.) Generally, the best thing someone assisting ESTPs can do is to help them maintain their cool and collective ways throughout the competition.Type Tips
In finesse sports, ESTPs have a tendency after a while to get impatient and lose their concentration. Mental drills practiced over time, such as those suggested in the book, can significantly aid their concentration skills.
When ESTPs feel big time pressure, they often rely upon their Thinking function rather than their spatial and smooth abilities. This will cause their fine motor skills to tighten up, jeopardizing success.
As kids and adults, ESTPs are free spirits. They desire to steer their own ship, eschewing close supervision. They will best be served by listening to others’ constructive suggestions and guidelines.
Coaches and guardians of ESTPs would do well to teach them aspects of humility and regard for others. This need not lessen ESTPs’ competitive drive, only complement it. ESTPs have the potential to win awards and trophies as well as friends and admirers.