An Unhealthy ENFP (A 3 point Guide)

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This article will take a look at the ENFP personality and also highlight what traits they have in general. Furthermore, the article will pinpoint the exact traits of an unhealthy ENFP and describe their behavior! We will also take a quick look at the cognitive functions of the ENFP personality type so the audience has a better understanding of the topic!

An Unhealthy ENFP – What Are They Like?

Here are the traits of an unhealthy ENFP personality type:

  • Guarded
  • Pessimistic
  • Less Risk Taking
  • Indecisive
  • Go It Alone
  • Not Creative
  • Anxious
  • Manipulative
  • Too Controlling

Before we take a look at these traits in detail, let us introduce the ENFP personality type and highlight its cognitive functions.

What Is The ENFP Personality Type?

This is the personality type that is extroverted, intuitive, feeling and perceiving hence they are also known as the Campaigner; these individuals are full of energy and quite vibrant. They like to pursue the bigger things in life and are generally hopeful and want goodness for others as well.

These individuals are very sociable and like to attend events not just for the sake of partying but to meet new people, learn about them and form new emotional bonds; this is mostly due to the feeling function they possess hence they receive much satisfaction from any experience that stimulates it!

Furthermore, these personality types are quite insightful hence they do not just view the world through what is observant but also try to see beyond the face value of things. They are also of the opinion that everything is connected; however, they view these connections more through the lens of their emotions rather than logical thoughts and systems.

The campaigner is an interesting personality that can surprise others. It is easy for them to both focus on what their idealistic mind pushes them to work towards while also grabbing opportunities to socialize. However, sometimes these individuals get frustrated in their attempts to understand what people actually want. 

The Cognitive Functions – Healthy ENFPs

This section will describe the overall behaviour of ENFPs that are healthy by discussing their cognitive functions.

Extroverted Intuition – Dominant Function

This is one of the dominant functions of the ENFP personality through which they are able to understand the relationships that exist in their world. Using their insight, they are able to see what relationships or emotions exist between people, situations and experiences. This personality is also good at abstract thinking and they are able to relate it with their external world which allows them to better understand others and navigate their way through situations. Check out how Extroverts deal with depression.

Is it better to be intuitive or observant? Check here.

Introverted Feeling – Auxiliary Function

This comes into play when they make decisions. The ENFP personality type depends more on their emotions when they are determining what to do in life with regards to others, their career choices or life events. They want to be true to their own selves and look inside to see what gives them comfort and peace in the long term.

Extroverted Thinking – Tertiary

This is an interesting function that the ENFP has where they may think aloud – if not literally. They prefer to think about information that they receive especially from their external surroundings and process it in a logical and systematic way.

This function allows them to process things more smoothly and identify relations in their surrounding environment. It helps them achieve what they want to do such as solve problems that are relevant to people and the society.

Introverted Sensing – Inferior

This function usually becomes active when the ENFP is in a stressful situation or one that is usually not encountered by them. In this situation, the personality type resorts to sensing in order to understand what is going on in their external environment. 

It is possible they are stressed to the extent that they cannot extract insights from the situation they are in. Hence, they focus on what little information they can retrieve from there and pair it with instances from the past to make sense.

Unhealthy ENFPs – How Are They Like?

This section will highlight specific traits that unhealthy ENFPs exhibit.


Usually ENFPs are very friendly and quite talkative – they like to socialize with others and learn more about people and what they do. They are quick to accept an invitation and meet new people. However, an unhealthy ENFP will be very guarded – they will hesitate to meet new people and keep to themselves.

They prefer to stay away from people and are not so friendly, warm or approachable



Most ENFPs like to think positively and freely – they rarely end up thinking in the wrong light and will spread this positivity to others.

However, an unhealthy ENFP is unable to think or feel this way. They will think negatively in most situations and expect the worst. They will not look for the good things in life but focus on the negative.

Less Risk Taking

The ENFP personality type is indeed very explorative – they are adventurous and like to roam around and meet new people. They take risks.

The unhealthy version of the ENFP, on the other hand, is the total opposite – they avoid risky behaviors and prefer taking the safe route.


ENFPs are usually very decisive about what they want – let alone the fact that they pursue what they desire wildly. 

When it comes to the unhealthy ENFP, they are more tuned in to being indecisive even if they know deep down what they want. Their behaviour will seem confused and they will not be able to explicitly state what they want or pursue it!

Go It Alone

ENFPs can make great leaders when they are in their healthy form! However, an unhealthy ENFP will go it alone! This means they do not want to lead people to achieve even bigger goals. They will rather pursue a small one and do it alone. They don’t want to be part of teams.

Not Creative

Due to their perceiving function, the ENFP is quite creative but when it becomes unhealthy it loses all that creativity and becomes dull. They cannot come up with new ideas nor can they think of solutions to problems. They are not innovative at all nor do they really strive to be so.


When the ENFP becomes unhealthy, they are not the happy go lucky personality type but the anxious one who is too worried about the future. This makes them feel restricted and less free – they prefer staying mundane.


The unhealthy ENFP becomes manipulative. Manipulation is a psychological tactic or strategy – an unhealthy one – that is used by individuals to get what they want. They use it because they are not able to ask others to do what it is they exactly need done. It is a skill people often have which they keep hidden – this is because it is an unethical way of gaining what you desire and involves hurting the other person mentally or emotionally.

This unhealthy psychological tactic involves 3 components:

  • Fear
  • Guilt 
  • Obligation

The main purpose of manipulation is to make the other person do what you want – you want to make them feel obligated towards you so they carry out what it is you need.

A person can make someone feel obligated by either instilling fear in them or guilt. When it comes to putting fear into the other person’s mind – you can use a variety of tactics. You can be verbally abusive, physically abusive or engage in more implicit rather than explicit behaviours. You can be passive aggressive, pass quiet threats or even show your power and resources in a manner that the other person feels scared of upsetting you.

However, another way to get the person to listen to and obey you is by making them feel guilty. They will either play the victim or use previous experiences to show you how you made them feel or how they have been putting up with your ‘irrational’ behaviour.

Too Controlling

Instead of being the fun loving and free spirited MBTI personality type, this unhealthy ENFP becomes too controlling because they are now fearful and too scared of what can go wrong – a result of their excessive worrying and negative thinking.


This article took a look at the ENFP personality type from the MBTI inventory and highlighted the traits it exhibits when it is unhealthy. Furthermore, the article also introduced this unique MBTI personality type and explained its cognitive functions. The article also talked about manipulation in detail which unhealthy ENFPs engage in.


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