ESFJ Intelligence: How ESFJs Are Smart

When measuring intelligence it is important to remember that each person has their own unique type of intelligence. Just because someone might not be adept when it comes to sciences, doesn’t mean they don’t have an incredible grasp on languages. One person might be book smart, while the other is amazing at solving just about any problem which comes their way. There are so many ways in which people can be intelligent, and recognizing these different ways of using your mind can be an important step towards understanding people better. Just assuming someone isn’t smart because they respond to things differently than you, would be an ignorant thing to believe. 

When it comes to intelligence the sensors can become labelled as less intelligent, but this obviously is not the case. Personality types don’t decide whether someone is more or less intelligent, it simply gives you a better idea of how they process and respond to information and the world around them. ESFJs can however, be more prone to certain types of intelligences, and find these things to come naturally for them. While their minds might not be drawn to abstract ideas of theories, ESFJs can be rather proficient when it comes to understanding people and getting things done in a practical manner. They are naturally pragmatic people who believe in working hard to take care of tasks which others might find difficult to juggle.

Emotional Intelligence

ESFJs are often strongly connected to emotions, especially the emotions of others. They care about people’s feelings and want to be as supportive as possible towards them. Their sense of empathy is something which comes naturally but can also be strengthened over time. ESFJs often have a natural understanding of people and their needs, and this drives them to help others. Being someone who cares so deeply about the well-being of others can cause the ESFJ to make stronger connections as well. This is something which can even be beneficial in the workplace, as they have great communication skills. Where others might struggle to understand and anticipate the needs and expectations of their boss or customers, the ESFJ excels in this. They have outgoing personalities most of the time, and are good at finding ways to make others feel comfortable and at ease around them. This ease with people comes from their sense of empathy and a natural understanding of the emotions of others. Being able to read people and sense what they are feeling without asking, is certainly a type of intelligence and skill which can be highly useful. This helps the ESFJ to care for their loved ones, but also helps them to make connections and even progress in their careers. It might not be something the ESFJ consciously uses in order to achieve certain goals, but it is certainly something which helps them to do so. Knowing what people want and need before even they do, helps the ESFJ navigate so many new situations where others might flounder. They are not afraid to step into situations where they have to deal with strangers, as they can often figure out how to get along with that individual rather quickly.

While this type of intelligence can make it hard for the ESFJ to understand their own emotions when they are younger, it can actually help them navigate those feelings as they mature. Being so connected to others can help give the ESFJ a stronger grasp on understanding people and if they invest time into themselves they can learn to turn this inward as well. The more the ESFJ takes time to comprehend their own emotions the better equipped they become to help others. Having this natural desire to care for those around them makes the ESFJ strive to find new and better ways to improve themselves and their lives. The more they self-reflect the better they can become at comprehending their own emotions so that they can connect with their loved ones on a deeper level as well.

Practical Intelligence

ESFJs are often very practical people, who care about getting things done efficiently. While some might not recognize the value in this type of intelligence, it certainly comes in handy when it is time to tend to certain tasks which require focus and practicality. They have the ability to see the problems and find ways of fixing them, where many people would become overwhelmed. While being someone who considers abstract ideas and theories is important, it isn’t as useful when it comes time to tend to daily tasks and important life goals. ESFJs are capable of actually making things happen, rather than just dreaming that things will work out for them. They find ways of getting things done and will do whatever they must in order to accomplish their goals. Being someone who is capable of seeing the pragmatic solutions to their problems is not something to be looked down on. The ESFJs has a mind which can recall important details, and helps them to navigate challenges which might arise.

Focused Intelligence

ESFJs are capable of maintaining focus when they set their mind to something, and won’t become distracted by outside things. While this might not seem like a skill or type of intelligence, it allows the ESFJ to get things done and accomplish their goals. When they have something they need or want to get done, they are often capable of finding a solution, even when it seems hard. They can focus their minds on what needs to be done, and even spend time researching and learning a new subject in order to accomplish this. While they might not be naturally drawn to learning these things, when they need to in order to accomplish a goal the ESFJ can be surprisingly resilient and capable. Their ability to focus on the task at hand makes them capable of overcoming just about anything, and even capable of mastering something that others might not expect them to be able to learn.