ESTP Personality Type, Strengths & Weaknesses

What are the personality traits, strengths and weaknesses of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) type the Extroverted Sensing Thinking Perceiver (ESTP)?


The ESTP type is outgoing, naturally friendly and social, and they love to be the centre of attention. They are positively energetic, very observant, and in-tune with their five senses and external stimuli. They live for the moment and seek adventure.

Despite their social and happy demeanour they do have some strong analytical and logical thinking ability. This makes an interesting mix of personality strengths, giving them a somewhat split personality.

They tend to be very well dressed, immaculate in appearance and likely to be fashion conscious, however they don’t take themselves too seriously, and they can often dress casually. Work wise they like jobs that require dealing with people, also something that satisfies their desire for sensory input and adventure. Travelling and exploration is likely to be a passion, they’re also likely to start their own business or pursue some entrepreneurial endeavour.


  • Dominate – Sensing
  • Auxiliary – Thinking
  • Tertiary – Feeling
  • Inferior – Intuition

ESTP Strengths

Practical & Logical

They have strong practical and logical thinking skills. They are very good at working on practical and physical tasks. Their auxiliary introverted thinking (Ti) allows them to dig deep into complicated problems that require logic.


Extroverts tend to be assertive. Assertive people tend to have an easier time in the work place, and perhaps in life in general due to their assertiveness commanding attention. They are also more likely to get pay rises when asked for.

Social & Positive

This again comes from their extroverted nature. Extroverts are higher in positive emotion, which naturally makes them more social, friendly and generally happier.

Straight Talking

They are very much to the point, they will be direct and honest with their opinions. They will also be-able to see things more clearly, allowing them to make plans or complete tasks more directly.

ESTP Weaknesses

Reward Seeking

They can be prone to being susceptible to seeking short term fixes and instant gratification. This is because extroversion is correlated to being high in reward sensitivity.

Rebellious & Erratic

They can have difficulty with authority, rules and time scales. They like a certain amount of freedom and flexibility, this is combined with some impulsivity. Some may find this type unreliable, undisciplined, and they may dislike their unpredictability.


The downside of being straight talking is that they can be a little harsh or too honest, depending on the situation. Those who value compassion and sensitivity will likely find them cold and uncaring.

Narrow Thinking

Because they focus so much on the current moment and the details, they often overlook the big picture. They may struggle to make and see certain connections and patterns, this is due to there intuitive ability being under developed.