ESTP Se-Fe Loop: What It Means and How to Break Free

For the extroverted personality types, going into their loop means they turn to their extraverted functions. This isn’t immediately a bad or negative thing, and sometimes it occurs under stress as a means of helping the person navigate whatever challenges they are facing. At first it can cause them to turn towards parts of themselves they normally would not, applying pressure to a function which isn’t as natural or strong for them. It can help the individual figure some things out they are struggling with, but if this goes on for too long it can certainly become unhealthy for them. When they get in this loop for long periods of time, they definitely need a means of breaking free before it applies too much stress to their weaker functions and leaves them feeling emotionally and mentally exhausted.

The ESTP loop causes them to turn to these two functions and neglect their introverted functions entirely. The ESTP becomes focused on their dominant extraverted sensing, and tertiary extraverted feeling functions. Ordinarily the ESTP would also utilize their auxiliary introverted thinking function, but their loop causes them to neglect this function entirely. During this time the ESTP becomes very focused on seeking outside attention and validation from others. While ESTPs do enjoy being in the spotlight, this becomes exacerbated in much more unhealthy ways. They become so focused on being the center of attention and putting themselves out there for others to see, that they can lose sight of things which would normal be important and valuable to them.

ESTP Typically Rely On Introverted Thinking

When the ESTP is not in their Se-Fe loop they rely heavily on their dominant extraverted sensing but also on their auxiliary introverted thinking function. Their introverted thinking function allows them to assess things logically, looking at facts and analyzing this information from a rational mindset. Instead of allowing emotions to control their decisions and beliefs, the ESTP is capable of taking a step back and seeing things from a more logical angle. They enjoy information and want to be precise and accurate in the things they uncover. The ESTP uses this Ti as a means of helping them to understand the world, and also understand how the best respond to the people around them. Instead of allowing themselves to become caught up in their connection to others and analyzing what other people might think or feel, they logically realize that their own inner minds are important and should be valued. The ESTP doesn’t constantly turn to others for validation, since their sense of rational thinking is what helps them get this validation.

The Se-Fe Loop in ESTPs

When the ESTP turns only to their extraverted functions they start to neglect their introverted ones entirely. Neglecting those functions is what causes them to go into their Fe-Se loop. This is something which does often occur during times of extreme stress or serious change for the ESTP. It can also happen when the ESTP feels like their normal ways of responding to the world just aren’t working properly. Instead of relying on what comes naturally the ESTP will turn to only their extraverted functions in hopes of shaking things up and finding some sort of positive outcome. Of course if this happens for too long it can actually cause more stress for the ESTP, as they aren’t meant to be in this loop for longer periods of time. When the ESTP is relying on their Se and Fe functions, they become focused on pleasing others and impressing them. They turn to other people for a sense of validation, constantly trying to understand and read the behaviors of those around them. The ESTP can become reckless, constantly focusing on the present moment and ways to get the attention of those around them. They can become the life of the party, but in a way which can start to appear rather constant. Instead of just enjoying themselves in the moment, the ESTP becomes obsessed with impressing others and making themselves seem like the star of the room. This comes from a desire to impress everyone, and gain a sense of validation from their affections. The ESTP simply wants to please other people and finds ways to make them happy, but they also care deeply about how those people view them. Ordinarily ESTPs do care about making their loved ones happy and they do care about gaining attention from others, but not quite to this extent. They would normally utilize their introverted thinking function to pull back on this, and it helps the ESTP to value their own mind more than the emotional validation of others.

How to Escape the ESTP Loop

The best way for the ESTP to escape their loop, is to focus on the functions they are neglecting. Instead of being so focused on going out and experiencing excitement, the ESTP can actually benefit from reading a book or solving some sort of puzzle or problem. Looking inward and trying to draw out their introverted functions, is exactly what the ESTP needs to become themselves once again. They don’t need to turn to others for validation, but they might benefit from being around introverts in these situations. The ESTP really needs to feel comfortable spending time inside of their own minds, which is why focusing on these types of introverted behaviors can be beneficial for them. ESTPs love researching and reading, and this definitely pushes them to focus on their introverted functions and can really draw out their introverted thinking which they have been neglecting in their loop. The more time they spend inside of their own thoughts, the ESTP will start to feel themselves connecting with their normal traits and patterns once again. Taking time away from other people and large social gatherings is definitely something the ESTP needs to do in order to break free from their Se-Fe loop.