MBTI ESFP (Extraversion, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving) Learning Styles

ESFP (Extraversion, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving) Learning Style


Outgoing, friendly, and accepting. Exuberant lovers of life, people, and material comforts. Enjoy working with others to make things happen. Bring common sense and a realistic approach to their work, and make work fun. Flexible and spontaneous, adapt readily to new people and environments. Learn best by trying a new skill with other people.

~Excerpted from Introduction to Type®

by Isabel Briggs Myers




ESFP – 8.5% of the total population
6.9% of the male population
10.1% of the female population


Extraversion (E) 49.3% of the total population
Sensing (S) 73.3% of the total population
Feeling (F) 59.8% of the total population
Perceiving (P) 45.9% of the total population


 The estimated frequency table was compiled from a variety of MBTI® results from 1972 through 2002, including data banks at the Center for Applications of Psychological Type; CPP, Inc; and Stanford Research Institute (SRI).

Learner Keyword: adaptive and responsive1

Learner Question

ESFPs, while learning, address the question, “Am I enjoying this?”2MBTI ESFP (Extraversion, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving) Learning Styles

Learning Style

ESFPs are practical learners above all else. They ESFPs prefer practical applications and real-world experiences. Although ESFPs possess an incredible wealth of information and general knowledge, they still need a logical flow for the knowledge to be integrated into existing schemas.

ESFPs are highly social, needing interactions and to be physically active in learning. They are observant and spontaneous. They value new experiences and verbally processing information.

ESFPs are driven by the educational possibility of using knowledge to bring joy to others.

Cognitive Environment

ESFPs prefer to learn in a fast-paced, interactive environment with frequent breaks and possibilities for physical activity. They enjoy excitement and drama. Short presentations appeal to this interactive learner along with a variety of sensory stimulating instructional methodologies. Using a variety of interactive learning opportunities such as discussions, debates, contests, educational games and group work solidify knowledge.

Despite these interactive venues, ESFPs need a high amount of structure, objectives and guidelines. They prefer to accurately understand what is expected of them, enjoying rubrics, objectives and feedback from their instructor.

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ESFPs are concrete, visual learners. They need a time during class to ask questions.

ESFPs are most comfortable:

  • Knowing the expectations required of their work and classroom mores
  • Group activities and continual interaction
  • Field trips are highly beneficial for the ESFP.
  • Practicing skills
  • Experiencing and doing things
  • Problem-solving, especially new, intriguing and novel problems
  • Having a practical application to their lives
  • Being the center of attention

ESFPs are least comfortable:

  • Observing, passive environments
  • Too much time for reflection, pondering and quiet
  • Theory
  • Discussions without guidelines
  • Detailed-tasks
  • Independent work
  • Theory and abstract rules

Teacher and classroom tips

As an educator, provide ESFPs with an interactive, fast-paced classroom. Be sure to weave social opportunities into instruction time. Employ real-life examples and real-life stories.

Engage all five senses for the ESFP learner.

Use groups and provide timely feedback. Peer feedback can also be valuable for this learner. Positive feedback is a higher motivator for ESFPs.

ESFPs need rubrics and also prefer to have Q&A sessions during class time.

Recall the greatest learning motivator for ESFPs is the educational possibility of using knowledge to bring joy to others.

Learner tips

Being an ESFP can be both frustrating and exciting. Be sure to draw on your strengths. Search for social interactions and real-life applications in your learning.

Be active -both physically and intellectually when learning. Study while moving. Try putting your notes on 3×5 cards which are easy to move as you exercise.

Verbal learning is valuable. Verbalize and read out loud what you are learning.

Brainstorm. Generating ideas can be essential to integrate and scaffold new information.

Be sure to ask questions. As needed, let your instructor know that you would like a Q&A session during class.

Instructional Strategies:

  • Active learning
  • Breaks -frequent
  • Cause/effect.
  • Choice board.
  • Competition
  • Discussion
  • Educational games
  • Examples preferred.
  • Experiential Learning
  • Feedback needed.
  • Field trips
  • Group Activities
  • Hands-on Activities
  • Imaginative options
  • Modeling
  • Observation
  • Pace of instruction: fast
  • Peer feedback
  • Physical Activities
  • Positive Feedback
  • Practical Application
  • Problem-Solving
  • Rubrics
  • Structure
  • Talking/Verbal
  • Teaching techniques: Traditional
  • Teamwork activities.
  • Unstructured learning activities
  • Visuals

Assessment Strategies:

  • Act out a scene
  • Apply new information to life.
  • Brainstorm -webbing
  • Change the beginning or end
  • Classroom discussion/debate.
  • Cooperative learning
  • Competition
  • Construct a model.
  • Create a business card for a character or historical figure.
  • Create a cause/effect chart.
  • Create a chart using PowerPoint.
  • Create a group project.
  • Create a simulation.
  • Create manipulatives.
  • Debate a point of view with another student
  • Design a timeline
  • Develop interview questions.
  • Do a survey
  • Experimental method.
  • Find a unique method to use … technology.
  • Find sources to support a belief
  • Give a eulogy.
  • Hands on Activities.
  • Identify patterns.
  • Make a brochure.
  • Make a motion chart.
  • Make a radio show broadcast.
  • Make a unique instrument.
  • Make a video
  • Make an infomercial instead of a persuasion paper.
  • Musical presentation.
  • Perform a song.
  • Play Jeopardy.
  • Poster presentation/symposium.
  • Presentations
  • Problem Solving.
  • Puppet show.
  • Record yourself giving a speech, talk, memorized concept, etc.
  • Recycle/adapt materials for a project.
  • Role-play.
  • Verbal survey.
  • Write an advertisement

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Tracy Atkinson is certified in Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) by CPP, Inc. The findings on learning styles derive from research, experience and observations.

Tracy Atkinson, a mother of six, lives in the Midwest with her husband and spirited dachshunds. She is a teacher, having taught elementary school to higher education, holding degrees in elementary education and a master’s in higher education. Her passions include researching, studying and investigating the attributes of self-directed learners. She has published several titles, including: The Art of Learning JournalsCalais: The Annals of the HiddenRachel’s 8 and Securing Your Tent. She is currently exploring the attributes of self-directed learners: The Five Characteristics of Self-Directed Learners.



Tracy Harrington-Atkinson

Tracy Harrington-Atkinson, mother of six, lives in the mid-west with her husband. She loved storytelling and sharing her stories with her children. As they grew, she started writing her stories down for them. She is a teacher, having taught from elementary school to higher education, holding degrees in elementary education, masters in higher education and continued on to a PhD in curriculum design. Her husband, Kerry and Tracy breed miniature dachshunds and love to spend time with their growing family. She has published several books including Calais: The Annals of the Hidden, Rachel's 8 and Securing Your Tent.

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