ESTP Personality Type

The Explorer in Myers Briggs

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What is the ESTP personality type (The Explorer)?
People with an ESTP personality type tend to be exciting, energetic, and bold in their behavior. They are usually the life of the party and can sometimes make decisions too quickly. They love crowds and adventure, typically choosing to fix their mistakes as they go.

ESTP Personality Traits

ESTP types like being around large groups of people, whether they know them or not. They prefer being out in action to being at home by themselves.

They are very observant, detail-oriented people. They are practical and realistic, focusing on the here-and-now.

Explorers make decisions based in logic. They care more about following the truth than making other people happy.

They avoid schedules, preferring to make plans as they go. They less aware of time and enjoy being adaptable.


In summary, ESTP personality types tend to...

  • Process externally and with other people
  • Pursue action and adventure on a whim
  • Think logically and practically
  • Focus on the specific details of a situation
  • Avoid feeling “boxed-in” or controlled

ESTP Meaning

  • (E) EXTROVERSION: Extroverts tend to draw energy from spending time around other people.
  • (S) SENSING: Sensing types usually prefer to experience new things and focus on the reality of the situation.
  • (T) THINKING: Thinking types tend to follow their head and consider facts when making decisions.
  • (P) PERCEIVING: Perceiving types usually prefer to be flexible and spontaneous.

ESTP Strengths

Every personality archetype has strengths and blind spots, and these are often amplified in professional settings where we often encounter a diverse group of people with vastly different backgrounds and value systems.

Myers-Briggs ESTP Strengths

Strengths that are typically associated with the ESTP personality type include...

  • Ability to persuade others of an idea
  • Thinking rationally, even in emotional situations
  • Honestly expressing thoughts and ideas
  • Passion and zeal for originality
  • Following through on ideas and goals

ESTP Weaknesses

Myers-Briggs ESTP Weaknesses

Weaknesses that are typically associated with the ESTP personality type include...

  • Difficulty following direct orders or rules
  • Tendency to be impulsive or rash
  • Struggling to recognize the sensitivities of others
  • Inability to focus on the overall approach

How ESTP personality types like to work

Myers-Briggs ESTP Communicating

Communicating with an ESTP personality type

Be up-front, communicating clearly and rationally.
Myers-Briggs ESTP Meeting

Meeting with an ESTP personality type

Engage in a dialogue about the topic; allow them to contribute and share their own ideas.
Myers-Briggs ESTP Emailing

Emailing an ESTP personality type

Emails, when necessary, should be concise and direct.
Myers-Briggs ESTP Feedback

Giving feedback to an ESTP personality type

ESTP types appreciate honest, constructive-criticism; keep feedback practical and helpful.
Myers-Briggs ESTP Conflict

Resolving conflict with an ESTP personality type

Address the situation logically and openly express your own perspective.

ESTP Motivations

When people experience pain, stress, or dissatisfaction, it can usually be attributed to energy-draining activities. Therefore, it’s important to know what kinds of activities energize each personality type and which activities drain them.

Myers-Briggs ESTP Motivations

ESTP personality types tend to be motivated and energized by...

  • Thinking on their feet
  • Experiencing new places, people, and food
  • Attention from those around them
  • Building and creating new things
  • Freedom to explore and encounter the world

ESTP Stress

Myers-Briggs ESTP Stress

ESTP personality types tend to be stressed and drained by...

  • Highly organized and routine activities
  • Abundance of rules and regulations
  • Lack of quick-thinking and improvising
  • Time spent in isolation
  • Being controlled or contained

ESTP Careers

ESTPs tend to thrive in environments that allow them to work at their own pace and make their own decisions. They enjoy finding new, practical ways to solve present problems.

Myers-Briggs ESTP Energized at Work

ESTP personality types feel energized at work when...

  • They are asked to build or make something new.
  • Their boss gives them the freedom to follow their own schedule.
  • Their peers are open and receptive to their ideas.
  • Their direct reports are easily able to adapt to new circumstances.
Myers-Briggs ESTP Drained at work

ESTP personality types feel drained at work when...

  • They have to work in a traditional, “nine-to-five” office position.
  • Their boss refuses to listen to their ideas.
  • Their peers focus on following the set rules and procedures.
  • Their direct reports don’t respect their authority.

ESTP types are action-oriented, quick thinkers. They are powerful and make very effective leaders.

Myers-Briggs ESTP Common Jobs

Common jobs for people with ESTP personality types

  • Marketing Strategist
  • Sales Manager
  • Paramedic
  • Business Owner
  • Contractor
  • Pilot
  • Insurance Agent

ESTP Relationships (Professional)

ESTPs are skilled in adaptability and practical thinking and can help others learn to adjust to unforeseen circumstances and find reasonable solutions to difficult problems.

Myers-Briggs ESTP Working With

ESTP personality types tend to work well with others who...

  • Engage them in frequent discussion
  • Offer helpful, constructive feedback
  • Aren’t easily offended in conversation
Myers-Briggs ESTP Professional Obstacles

ESTP personality types may hit obstacles in professional relationships when they...

  • Fail to abide by company policies, schedules, or procedures
  • Hurt or upset others with blunt or unrequested feedback
  • Reject the expected way of doing things in favor of pursuing their own idea

ESTP Relationships (Romantic)

ESTPs can be bold, lively partners who love spending time and being present with others.

Myers-Briggs ESTP Romantic Strengths

In a romantic relationship, Explorer personality types bring strengths like...

  • Communicating their perspective with open honesty
  • Encouraging their partner to try new things
  • Contagious, fun, adventurous spirit
Myers-Briggs ESTP Romantic Troubles

In romantic relationships, Explorer personality types may have trouble...

  • Learning to depend on another person
  • Slowing down to spend one-on-one time with their partner
  • Calmly working through emotional situations with their partner

ESTP Females

Women with the ESTP personality type

ESTP females tend to be outgoing and outspoken. They are likely to be naturally observant and practical, often choosing to focus on facts over feelings. They can be bold and adventurous people who love new opportunities and value their independence. Their strong logic can make them fairly convincing and they’re often able to sway others toward their own perspective. ESTP women may face discriminatory criticism from those who expect women to act a certain way, but it’s unlikely to faze them; they tend to be unapologetically themselves.

ESTP Females

Famous ESTP Females

  • Chelsea Handler
  • Rosanne Barr
  • Madonna
  • Meryl Streep
  • Helen Mirren
  • Mila Kunis

ESTP Males

Men with the ESTP personality type

ESTP males are likely to be innately confident and action-oriented people, who tend to directly share their thoughts with others. They may place a high value on originality and personal experience, which may lead them to overlook other perspectives. Though they don’t tend to enjoy spending a lot of time alone, they are likely to enjoy their own freedom and independence.

ESTP Males

Famous ESTP Males

  • David Letterman
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Johnny Carson
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Ted Danson
  • Bruce Willis

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Related Personality Types

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DISC Type SC or Cs

Enneagram Type 5

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