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The Comprehensive ENFP Survival Guide

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Life as an ENFP is no walk in the park.

Despite the happy-go-lucky attitude they exude, only those who share the specific preference for extroversion, intuition, feeling and perceiving on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator can truly understand the unique form of chaos that governs this type’s restless mind. Embodying a profoundly strange stack of cognitive functions, ENFPs
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 30th 2015 by Thought Catalog Books
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Talitha
Sep 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh. This book. It's basically a narrative of my very soul. Words can't even begin to explain it, there is just a mountain of exclamation points I want to use right now.
Elena
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heidi Priebe does an amazing job in opening out the ENFP miraculous world for everyone. This book is a must read for every ENFP and everyone who lives or deals on a daily basis with us - ENFP guys. It will help you better understand yourself and work further on your improvement, because for an ENFP we are our best project to develop in a lifetime. And, for those who live along us it will provide assistance and give answers to their numerous "why"-s as we go riding our roller coaster called ...more
Brent
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: psychology
I've spent a lot of time over the last couple months researching MBTI (yes, I am an ENFP, yes I research) and have found the internet to be largely awash in conflicting and over-sensationalized accounts of personality theory. Priebe is one of the few online authors I have come across whose articles seemed to jibe with my own observations. I was impressed enough with her work on other types that I thought I would read what she had to say about me.

Turns out, I'm pretty awesome.

Seriously though,
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William
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The difference between taking a myers briggs test online and reading this book is like the difference between using an outhouse at a trailhead in the winter with the cold breeze coming up the john vs sitting in a hot tub with a beer in hand after a long day of skiing.

Seriously, this book is so far beyond any Myers Briggs website that blabbers about being an Extravert or Introvert, that it boggles my mind. I can't believe I have been so dumb and in the dark on the topic of cognitive functions
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India
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-adventures
I have been following Heide's posts on Thought Catalogue for about a year now and I was very eager to read her book! As an INFP, I am naturally curious about learning a bit more about what makes myself and others tick. Her comprehensive guide combines many of her previous articles with further research and clever new insights. It's always nice to know that you aren't alone. If you consider yourself an ENFP (or if you know and love one) then this book will not disappoint.
Malory Teegarden
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I felt understood for the first time. This was an eye-opening read with regards to the way the ENFP personality type develops and how it relates to other personality types. Insightful and thought provoking. -an ENFP :)
Supernova802
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I could see why ENFP individuals could benfit from this as myself did.
I am really grateful I read this book
Charity
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Heidi has a clear writing style and concise manner of sharing information. Her understanding of cognition is great, and it opened up my eyes to both the good elements of my personality (yay, I have a well-developed Si that keeps me focused and on track!) and the negatives (I become reclusive at times, instead of reflective).

It didn't quite resonate entirely with me (I'm not an Enneagram 7, and a lot of the focus seems to be on that combination), but I really appreciated that she spent time
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Michiel
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was an extremely satisfying read as an ENFP. Heidi Priebe's book starts by briefly dissecting the MBTI type indicator, and explains how the order of your underlying cognitive functions shape how you perceive and judge the world around you. It focuses equally on the benefits and pitfalls of the type, and is richly illustrated with anecdotes from other ENFPs (and other types' perception of the ENFP). An interesting bonus at the end, the book compares the ENFP's compatibility with other types, ...more
Twidle
Nov 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
a punch in the gut is what this is! and a punch every ENFP needs desperately. a well written book by an author who truly understands what it is to be ENFP; the positives are of course wonderful to read and feel good about, but this is not a book that makes you feel special, it makes you want to be special by fixing your crappy side. thank god the author is an ENFP, Maybe that's why the punch to the gut doesn't hurt as much.
Alex
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
Amazing!! I felt like I was reading an autobiography. It was so incredible. The things about the shadow functions and the shadow personality were so interesting omg! LIKE I KNOW MBTI IS A PSEUDOSCIENCE AND PERSONALITY CAN'T BE MEASURED AND THAT IT IS A FORER EFFECT. BLAH BLAH BLAH BUT IT'S JUST SO FUN!!!!
مهاب السعيد
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For me, Reading this book was the kind of experience you know for sure you will never be the same person after having it.
Wesley Sweet
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is amazing! Reading this book makes it feel like someone has somehow infiltrated my mind, searched my soul, and uncovered my darkest secrets... and I love it! Often because the world is primarily made up of sensing types, ENFP's feel like something is wrong with them as they have a very unique way of looking at the world. But Heidi Priebe does a fantastic job of showing ENFP's that they should feel proud of who they are, while at the same time not blowing sunshine up there ass the ...more
Leanne
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Given as a gift from my favorite INFP, this survival guide would may only be riveting if you are an ENFP....which of course I am. Although Kimber gave this to me last Christmas, I didn't read it until she insisted that I not make another major life decision until I had read the book to better understand my own brain. It was definitely thought provoking.

Best of all, it was more lovely fuel for my Meyers-Briggs hobby. I think the strength of this book lies in both Priebe's insight and into her
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Aaron Cordova
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fun and helpful

Spookily accurate at times (maybe confirmation bias?) still an undoubtedly fun read and affirming guide to how to be comfortable as an ENFP personality
Jennifer Brown
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book! Highly recommend!

If you want to understand yourself more clearly, then this book will help. Having been stuck in a loop I feel inspired to break out of it and re-set. Yay!!! I love being an ENFP
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Jaycee
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019-books
I felt very narcissistic reading this. That being said, half of it was good and informative, the other half read a bit like a Buzzfeed article.
Grace
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really good read. In-depth look at a personality type, with good examples to help in understanding complex ideas, with mbti background info. Favourite chapters were the ones that focused on the shadow functions. Insightful, will be re-reading this over and over.
Elizabeth
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Always good to revisit this book. Very helpful and informative, although I couldn't help but be distracted by some of the typos. All in all, worth the reread!
Lauren
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once upon a time, I thought I was an INFP.

I was wrong.

First off, I love Heidi Priebe. After all, I just finished How You'll Do Everything Based On Your Personality Type. If you haven't checked her out on Thought Catalog, I highly recommend it. If you don't know your MBTI, go here.

As an ENFP, I feel crazy about 98% of the time. "Having a thousand great ideas that you never follow through on", "wanting to be alone....but like, with other people nearby" and "being a walking contradiction in
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Nada
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Amazing book that helped me to discover myself more! It was a thoughtful gift from my ENFP friend!
Elizabeth Sharp
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
Got this for a fellow ENFP because he was/is way too TOXIC, he loves the book (ALL ABOUT HIMSELF) That says alot...Narcissitic, eh? ENFP's are great but "creepy" when they are toxic. I'm not sure he recognizes himself as being "too needy" to the point of abusing other peoples boundaries. As a fellow ENFP, this is just a "personality guide" book. It's more of an affirmation, self-full filling prophecy. i.e. that everything the ENFP does is okay. It's not. Add a self-help chapter please. ENFP's ...more
Erin Odom
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is a must-read for ENFPs and those who live with them, love them, and work with them! I learned a lot about my strengths and how to overcome my weaknesses that come with being an ENFP. I wanted to give this book 5 stars, but it has quite a few typos, so I gave it 4 stars.
Julija Šestakova
It's amazing how much a book can tell about you and your inner order. I was reading it during a hard time in my life and this book made me smile a lot and love myself more for being who I am.
Claudia Bercaru
Nov 06, 2016 is currently reading it
I'm also an ENFP, actually an ENFP-T one, so a turbulent one. :D
Bob Johnson
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
She even knew I would skip around before starting at page one.
Danna Gutman
Jan 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Enjoyable read, fun to think about, not sure how much I buy into the pseudo-science of it all though - reads like a collection of blog posts (which it basically is).
Jordan Carlson
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Very mixed feelings on this book.

First of all, while it has a lovely cover (part of what sold me, no shame here!), it seems like it was published before having a good, hard edit or three. Parts of it read like an exuberant but lacking blog-attempt that should have only made it to draft status.

On the other hand, parts of this book were extremely interesting, comforting, inspiring, encouraging and ‘aha-moment’-ish for me. I will probably return to certain chapters again to refresh myself on
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Joy
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is essentially the ENFP equivalent to Hagrid bursting in on me and my painted on lightning scar and exclaiming “Yer a Wizard, Harry”.

Heidi Priebe is my Obi Wan, my Good Witch of the (Wherever) directing me through Oz and - there I go - true to type, likening myself to aaaaaalll the heroes journey protagonists because why not?

Truth be told, I’m still not finished reading it. I got through a good 240 pages worth in one sitting, so I’m letting myself off.

The point is, I’ve never read a
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Luis E. Mercado
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!

So many aha moments! Thanks for this book, I feel like I’m normal now! I thought there was something freakishly wrong with me for being so enthusiastic in the beginning of a project and then failing to complete it. I learn that ENFP’s need a career that it’s flexible, creative and most importantly has a humane purpose. I can see where my optimistic, imaginative personality comes from! Im on a journey of self-discovery and this was the first books I’ve read on my personality. The more
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