The Dolphin – ENFJ

What sets Dolphins apart from their Shaman siblings is the ease in which they can assimilate into society. This is not to say that it’s any better or worse for them in terms of emotional health, but externally, the popular Dolphin is a paragon of social excellence. And unlike the moody, puckish otherworldliness of a Baboon, a Dolphin’s idealism is grounded in community, teamwork, and an emotional candidness that makes them the most likable and personally accessible of all the types.

The Community Organizer

Margaret Mead with children of Manus Island, circa 1930s. (Photo by Fotosearch/Getty Images).

Standardized personality differences between the sexes are of this order, cultural creations to which each generation, male and female, is trained to conform.

– Margaret Mead

Vocal but not aggressive, sociable but not oppressive, Dolphins use their substantial interpersonal skills to build authentic communities where individuals can be themselves without fear of social reprisal… Preorder The Power of Personality to learn more!

The Teacher

John Wooden

The outstanding coach is a teacher that gets all of his squad to accept the role that he considers to be the most important for the welfare of all.

– John Wooden

Like all Shamans, Dolphins are superb at connecting with a wide variety of personalities, age groups, ethnicities, and the like, communicating and sharing ideas on an emotional level… Preorder The Power of Personality to learn more!

The “TMI” Guy—or Gal

Veronica Sawyer (@heathersmovie) / Twitter

Oh, the cops. I can’t believe this is my life. Oh my God. I’m gonna have to send my SAT scores to San Quentin instead of Stanford.

– Veronica Sawyer, Heathers

Dolphins can be incredibly open about sharing their feelings, an important distinction from their equally expressive siblings, the Baboons, who mostly share their ideas and opinions while keeping their deepest feelings under wraps… Preorder The Power of Personality to learn more!

The Diplomat


For a new type of progress throughout the world to become a reality, everyone must change. Tolerance is the alpha and omega of a new world order.

– Mikhail Gorbachev

It’s interesting to compare Dolphins with Butterflies. While the two types could not be farther apart in many ways, they do share an essential trait: an instinct for creating harmony… Preorder The Power of Personality to learn more!


  • Irene Jenneth Hara says:

    I love this, that is me!!

  • Leland Williamson says:

    I feel like it really described me. I have

  • Really true ….it describes my nature perfectly..

  • Wow! This is one of the best descriptions of ENFJ I have read so far!!! Good job there!!! 😀 And the test is very good, too, I think. I did not expect to be ENFJ, whereas in other tests, I am quite sure what the questions pertain to (e.g. I vs. E, S vs. N, F vs. T, P vs. J). But in this test, I had no idea and there is no preconceived notion. Also, I am quite confused because I test as ESFJ in other tests, and ENFJ in other tests. I can relate to some ESFJ descriptions, but I feel that I relate more to ENFJ descriptions in many different websites. Maybe I seem ESFJ because I am more realistic and direct? That’s why I appreciate the description you stated that ENFJs are idealistic but grounded. I think that describes me perfectly, because I think I am idealistic but also realistic and practical at the same time. I also read before that ENFJs are the most S in all intuitive types, so maybe that explains it, too? I am still quite confused actually. I identified as ESFJ before, but recently, I identify as ENFJ, because I can really relate more to ENFJ’s descriptions. Although honestly, I am still confused as to whether I am S or N. By the way, the deviant role you posted was accurate as well! 🙂 My alter ego can be a cult leader! :))) Before I saw this description, my friends even joke about me being a cult leader for MBTI and my other favorites like food, etc. (because I tend to obsess over them and accidentally spread the obsession to my friends haha). Anyway, thank you for all this! Very great analysis! 🙂 Accurate for me! 🙂

    • Thanks Lisette! Part of the intent of the test was to eliminate the standard (blank) vs. (blank) dichotomy for that very reason. In terms of an Elephant (ESFJ) vs. a Dolphin (ENFJ), they can seem pretty similar on the outside. It might help to read up on Guardians and Idealists (– Elephants being the former and Dolphins being the latter. Not sure if Dolphins are the most concrete intuitives, as it really depends on the context, though it makes sense that they would appear to be that way to some people considering their superficial similarity to Guardians (when you make up more than half the population, people tend to view you as an example of “S”-ness). If I really had to thin-slice–though I would really recommend that you read about the 4 temperaments–I would ask these questions: What’s a greater priority to you? Duty and family, or people and principles? Do you view the future as something in which you want to be secure in, or an empty vessel for self discovery? Though if you’re saying that your friends joke about you being a “cult leader for MBTI”, you probably have your answer already. Hope this helps.

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  • Molly L Iris says:

    I typed as ENFJ for years. Now that I’m older and putting less of a social mask on, I type as INFJ with other tests. With greater self awareness, I’ve discovered just how much of an introvert I really am, and how guarded I really am, and can honor how much time I need to myself. This test typed me as a Dolphin, when I really match the description for Giant Panda. Scratching my head.

    • Hi Molly,

      Usually Dolphin and Panda differences don’t necessarily manifest themselves as extroversion vs. introversion. They’re both idealists, so they can be pretty guarded depending on the company they keep, and both would need time to themselves to recharge (if inundated with too many “concrete” interactions).

  • I have always tested in the past as ENFP but here I came up as ENFJ. I was going to ask what you thought, until I heard you say YOU were an ENFP. After several years doing a radio show with you, I KNOW that I am NOT you (although perhaps I would like to be, and pushed Briggs-Myer in a more idealized “perceiving” rather than “judging” way – as you obviously can do if you have half a brain and are familiar with questionnaire structure) Well, well, well – extraverted – intuitive – feeling – that all tracks. It is also possible that my more magical thinking has evolved along with morphing occupation from marketing consultant to actor, where “teamwork” and “emotional candidness” are absolutely essential. But enough about me! What do you think of me?

    • That’s such a great observation Tony! I really dislike the MBTI dichotomy (I guess that’s why I wrote a book designed as a replacement). I would read the Peacock or Elephant portrait and see if those are better matches. Hahaha, or you could ask yourself, are you more Jack Black or Cher from “Clueless”?

      • You’re a genius! But you knew that. I’m not a genius, and that’s OK, because I play a good one on TV. So I started backwards and realized that while I can often present as either roles public (especially for those who don’t know how truly aggressive a REALLY nihilistic Jack Black/Peacock could be – I’m just easily the most Jack in roomful of marketing colleagues or insecure actors), for sure I am Cher from “Clueless.”/Elephant (I’m guessing a drunken Elephant could be the most easily mistaken for a Peacock) Patriarchal, Optimistic, Dish-dish-dish – I love to Perform but I’m really more the Host in a 70’s TV variety show who gets to open and close the show with a song but the guest stars bring the real performances. And yes, my Beatles covers would be more like mayonnaise sandwiches (you old Bomb Thrower you!) So anyway, I re-took the test and chose the 7 closest to my actual personality rather than my job skills or ambitions and BOOM! Elephant in the room! So now that I know who I am (and who I could be – Narcissist – newsflash?) I can take the journey in earnest and hopefully learn to train and trust my intuition as best I can for a Clueless Cher! I’ll keep you posted – and from the correct genus (but, alas, not genius)

        • Haha, you’re too modest Tony! That’s awesome to hear though that you’ve discovered the Elephant in the room. And true, not all Beatles covers are created equally, case in point.

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