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ESFJs and relationships

People with ESFJ preferences tend to adhere to traditional societal norms and hierarchies when it comes to their personal relationships. They frequently want to uphold the same traditions that their parents and grandparents honored.

ESFJs value family, a tight-knit circle of friends, and a stable romantic partner. Conscientious and dependable, they are often appreciated for their nurturing approach to relationships.


ESFJs and conflict

ESFJs tend to avoid conflict in case it threatens their valued relationships and structures. They are often uncomfortable with harsh comments or criticism.

However, when it comes to their values and beliefs, ESFJs may become more defensive. If they don’t understand someone’s actions, or someone reacts differently than they might expect, this may become a source of conflict.

If you have ESFJ preferences, you can minimize conflict in your relationships by:

  • Reminding yourself that there are lots of different kinds of people with lots of different values. Instead of trying to convince others to share your values, let them be.
  • Trying not to interfere in a conflict simply because it threatens the stability of the group. It’s perfectly healthy for people to disagree and debate, even if this isn’t your preferred communication style.
  • Sharing your feelings honestly and directly. If you’re feeling unappreciated or other people don’t seem to be listening to your opinions, take care to avoid becoming bitter or passive-aggressive.

ESFJs and love

ESFJs are fully committed and dedicated to their romantic partners. They tend to gravitate toward traditional relationship structures and may quickly start to think about future plans or long-term goals with a partner.

They often work well in a relationship with someone who challenges them to take small steps out of their comfort zone. However, they’re usually looking for someone who shares the same values, beliefs, and moral code. They will often talk honestly and directly with prospective partners, sharing their expectations to make sure they’re on the same page.

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ESFJs and parenting

The MBTI® framework can be very helpful when it comes to raising children. Knowledge of your own communication habits, stress triggers, and preferences often makes parenting easier. By integrating an awareness of differences into family life, the whole family can benefit from these insights.

People with ESFJ preferences may have an active drive to become parents. They may feel it’s their duty to pass down their values and traditions to their children, and make them feel loved and supported as part of a family unit.

ESFJ parents may find it stressful if their children stray from the path set out for them or form beliefs that are incompatible with their own.

If you have ESFJ preferences and you think your child shares your Sensing and Feeling preferences, this can help you to understand how your child takes in information and makes decisions—both of which are important for how you communicate as a parent. If you think your child’s preferences are different than yours, self-awareness will help you to change your communication and parenting style to better suit those preferences.


ESFJs and friendship

People with ESFJ preferences are the connecting link for their friendship group. They’re typically the ones who plan activities, remember everyone’s birthday, collate photographs of important events, and call once a week.

Friends know they can lean on ESFJs for emotional support and a listening ear. But ESFJs may feel undervalued if their friends become busy or don’t get as excited about traditions as they do.