What is the difference between ESFP and ESTP?

What is the difference between ESFP and ESTP?


Chances are big that you are confused whether you are an ESFP or ESTP, or you’ve come across a person that you type as an ESxP. Don’t worry though, as this article will assist you in figuring this out.


What makes ESFP and ESTP similar?

ESFPs and ESTPs are very alike. This is because they both have the same dominant cognitive function: Extraverted Sensation (Se). Making them both social and sensation-seeking personality types having a dislike for rules and regulations.

They also both share the same inferior cognitive function: Introverted Intuition (Ni) opposed to their dominant Se. Making them both having difficulties with long-term planning and understanding abstract theory.


What makes ESFP and ESTP different?

Obviously, ESFPs have a preference for feeling, while ESTPs have a preference for thinkingBut don’t be fooled! They often appear the opposite from the surface because of their extraverted judging functions.

ESFPs use Fi and Te. Meaning their feeling function is reserved and their thinking function is expressive. They have cold and reserved facial expressions, but are warm at the core.

ESFPs tend to treat people like a different version of themselves: treating others how they treat them without regard for social approval.

ESTPs use Ti and Fe. Meaning their thinking function is reserved and their feeling function is expressive. They have warm and expressive facial expressions, but are cold at the core.

ESTPs tend to treat people either treat people depending on the social approval: adjusting to group values.

We will now do a comparison between Floyd Mayweather (ESFP) and Conor McGregor (ESTP) since it was the biggest boxing match that happened recently.

Floyd is currently the best boxer of this time. With a score of 50-0, he is pretty much undefeated.

While Connor is one of the biggest names in MMA. Defeating opponents no one expected him to defeat.


What makes them both so good at combat sports?

Se & Ni:

Se is all about the moment. What is happening now?

This gives both Floyd and Connor the ability to have superhuman-like reflexes to dodge punches while having pinpoint accuracy in delivering blows at the right spots, in the right angles, and with the right timing.

Ni is all about predicting and strategy. What will happen?

Even though Ni isn’t their strongest function, they are both capable of predicting, dodging, and countering their opponent, which Ni definitely plays a role.


What’s the thing that makes them different?

Even though they are very similar in how they perceive their fights, they have a very different way of approaching it.

ESFP: Floyd Mayweather

Floyd Mayweather - ESFP

Fi & Te:

Floyd Mayweather: “I haven’t took no punishment. There’s nothing cool about taking punishment.”

Fi has a strong dislike to conflict. Wanting to avoid conflict no matter how.

This is very recognizable in Floyd’s fighting style. He is known for his great defensive and evasive skills. His main priority in fights is to not get unnecessary punishment. Resulting in tiring their opponents while denying them from getting points.

Te is goal-oriented and aggressive. Wanting to win no matter how.

Floyd’s main goal is winning.

Even though Floyd has many haters, disliking him for the fact that his fighting style is not really offensive, he keeps doing his thing because it makes him win against most boxers. But if you have watched the latest fight between Floyd and Connor, you’ve probably noticed that he got much more aggressive towards the end. Because unlike most boxing matches Floyd has been into, Conor has a much different fighting style. He knew that beforehand and that’s why he used this as a strategy to win.

Muhammad Ali: “I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.’”


ESTP: Conor McGregorConor McGregor

Ti & Fi:

Conor McGregor: “I sleep people. I put people unconscious. I’m stating facts.”

Ti is all about analyzing and problem-solving. How do I make it work?

Conor always studies how the enemy fights, looking their strengths and how to counter them, looking for inconsistencies, weaknesses, and how to abuse them. Then playing the sequences over and over again in his mind. This is how he pretty much won against his opponents in MMA.

Ti also does not like to follow conventional systems, but rather experiment on its own. This is why Conor has an unconventional fighting style both in MMA and boxing.

Fe knows how others feel and how to make them feel a certain way. 

Fe is often known for being a warm and caring function. While this is true, this also means that it can be used for the exact opposite reasons. Getting into the heads of your opponents. Intimidation. Making them feel afraid or anxious about fighting with you.

Fe also wants social approval. They want the crowd to cheer for them and fans to love them. Both of these reasons make Conor want to go for knockouts. The type of win that intimidates other opponents while making the crowd love him.

Mike Tyson: “I’m not much for talking. You know what I do. I put guys in body bags when I’m right.”


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