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Personality Type ESFJ: Service provider

ESFJ's (Service providers) are service-oriented. They are the most social of all types, and their key characteristic is to meet the needs of those they are with. This can be at work, with family, acquaintances, or friends. They are encouraged by the approval of others and hurt by indifference or unfriendliness. They feel uncomfortable in conflict situations and tensions and do everything to prevent them. They tend to place the needs of others above their own.

Preferences of the ESFJ:

  • Kind-hearted, popular, and conscientious
  • Strong sense of responsibility and duty
  • Value traditions
  • Need positive affirmation to feel good about themselves
  • Find security very important

How do others see ESFJ's?

ESFJ's feel most comfortable in structured situations and love to create order, structure, and plan. They prefer to do everything in the traditional, accepted way. To maintain harmony, service providers will act accommodatingly and sometimes avoid conflict. They also hold values and norms that they can express very clearly when they find it necessary. Service providers find family and social relationships important.

Others see ESFJ's as:

  • Practical
  • Down-to-earth
  • Determined
  • Consistent
  • Customer-friendly
  • Flexible

Pitfalls and development points of the ESFJ

When ESFJ's end up in a place where they cannot use their characteristics and talents, they can sometimes:

  • Be hurt by indifference and conflicts
  • Doubt themselves and feel overly responsible for others
  • Worry and feel guilty about things
  • Become meddlesome in their urge to help others
  • Support people too unconditionally

TestGroup's tests & online assessments

TestGroup is the developer of the Bridge assessment instruments, which are high-quality, scientific tests that are applied all over the world. All Bridge instruments have been developed by TestGroup in collaboration with universities in the Netherlands and abroad. TestGroup specializes in predicting work behavior with personality tests, cognitive ability tests and career tests. We advise local and international organizations on the application of online assessments.

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Experience of Radboudumc with The Bridge Personality