The ‘NFP’ and the Highly Sensitive Entrepreneur

The ‘N’ refers to Intuition and how individuals prefer to take in information. People who prefer Intuition like to take in information by seeing the big picture, focusing on the relationships and connections between facts. They want to grasp patterns and are especially attuned to seeing new possibilities. Characteristics associated with people who prefer Intuition:

  • Oriented to future possibilities
  • Imaginative and verbally creative
  • Focus on the patterns and meanings of data
  • Remember specifics when they relate to a pattern
  • Move quickly to conclusions, follow hunches
  • Want to clarify ideas and theories before putting them into practice
  • Trust inspiration

The ‘F’ refers to Feeling and describes how decisions are made. People who prefer to use Feeling in decision making like to consider what is important to them and others involved. They mentally place themselves into the situation to identify with everyone so they can make decisions based on their values about honoring people. They are energized by appreciating and supporting others and look for qualities to praise. Their goal is to create harmony and treat each person as a unique individual. Characteristics associated with people who prefer Feeling:

  • Empathic
  • Guided by personal values
  • Assess impacts of decisions on people
  • Strive for harmony and positive interactions
  • Compassionate
  • May appear “tenderhearted”
  • Fair – want everyone treated as an individual

The ‘P’ stands for Perceiving and how one deals with the outer world. People who prefer Perceiving process in the outer world like to live in a flexible, spontaneous way, seeking to experience and understand life, rather than control it. Detailed plans and final decisions feel confining to them; they prefer to stay open to new information and last-minute options. They are energized by their resourcefulness in adapting to the demands of the moment. Characteristics associated with people who prefer Perceiving:

  • Spontaneous
  • Flexible
  • Casual
  • Open-ended
  • Adapt, change course
  • Like things loose and open to change
  • Feel energized by last-minute pressures

The individuals prefer to focus their attention and get their energy depends on either an Introverted or Extroverted focus. People who prefer Introversion like to focus on their own inner world of ideas and experiences. They direct their energy and attention inward and receive energy from reflecting on their thoughts, memories, and feelings. Characteristics associated with people who prefer Introversion:

  • Drawn to their inner world
  • Prefer to communicate in writing
  • Work out ideas by reflecting on them
  • Learn best by reflection, mental “practice”
  • Focus in depth on their interests
  • Private and contained
  • Take initiative when the situation or issue is very important to them

People who prefer Extraversion like to focus on the outer world of people and activity. They direct their energy and attention outward and receive energy from interacting with people and from taking action. Characteristics associated with people who prefer Extraversion:

  • Attuned to the external environment
  • Prefer to communicate by talking
  • Work out ideas by talking them through
  • Learn best through doing or discussing
  • Have broad interests
  • Sociable and expressive
  • Readily take initiative in work and relationships

Sourced from “Introduction to Type” workbook by Isabel Briggs Myers