Episode #60: Dismantling the Imposter Syndrome of the ENFP

Oh, ENFPs! With their vivacious and captivating personalities, they effortlessly take center stage and light up every room they enter. Their infectious energy and unwavering optimism make them a magnet for people, and they have an innate ability to inspire and motivate others. ENFPs are often the life of the party, bringing a sense of fun and adventure wherever they go. They’re not afraid to try new things, and their passion for life is contagious.

Here comes a plot twist though: despite all of their wonderful qualities, ENFPs are not immune to the insidious grip of Imposter Syndrome. When they experience Imposter Syndrome, they can become so consumed with trying to please everyone around them that they forget to take a step back and see their own worth. They may work tirelessly to show they are worthy of love and respect, but the fear of being exposed as a fraud can be crippling. This constant need for validation can be exhausting, leading to burnout and a lack of fulfillment.

In today’s episode, we’ll delve into three key reasons why ENFPs are plagued with the Imposter Syndrome – their constant need for approval, the tendency to personalize every situation and (accidental!) creation of chaos. We will also explore how it can lead to a tarnished reputation, difficulty maintaining healthy relationships, and overcompensating. And we’ve got a gem of a tip just for ENFPs: you are true superstars! Don’t let self-doubt dim your sparkle – it’s time to break free from the Imposter Syndrome.

Join us for an insightful episode on overcoming Imposter Syndrome as an ENFP, filled with valuable advice to help you thrive both personally and professionally.

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  • [01:47] Episode Introduction
  • [05:27] Why Does the ENFP Experience Imposter Syndrome?
  • [08:21] Impact of Imposter Syndrome on ENFPs
  • [32:54] Episode Gem
  • [35:47] Episode Wrap Up


  • The absence of positive feedback and approval can be particularly challenging for ENFPs, as they have a propensity for self-referral and personalizing the behaviors of others. Coupled with their empathetic nature, sensitivity, and idealistic tendencies, this can lead them to feel as though they haven’t achieved perfection if others don’t respond as they had hoped or anticipated.


  • ENTPs need for constant stimulation and their enthusiasm for generating ideas can make it difficult for ENFPs to focus on one project at a time, leading to procrastination and unfinished tasks. This habit can create chaos and reinforce Imposter Syndrome when they struggle to meet deadlines or complete projects.


  • Self-abandonment and Imposter Syndrome are intricately connected for ENFPs, creating a complex web of emotions and behaviors that can significantly impact their well-being. This can manifest in their tendency to prioritize the needs of others and adapt to their emotional environment, often at the expense of their own authentic selves.


  • Join us throughout our series on how the Imposter Syndrome shows up in the 16 MBTI types (or 8 Striving Styles). If you are not sure what your Striving Styles is, make sure to visit www.whoareyoumeanttobe.com to complete the assessment today! Remember, if you need help dealing with dysfunctions at work or in your personal life, reach out to us.




"Deciding to compensate for poor performance instead of managing it is an act of self- disempowerment."
episode 18 quote tile 2 - "When acting from the Victim Leadership Persona, our power and sense of personal agency is taken away by seeing situations through a  lens of helplessness."
episode 18 quote tile 2 - "When acting from the Victim Leadership Persona, our power and sense of personal agency is taken away by seeing situations through a  lens of helplessness."
episode 18 quote tile 3 - "Self-disempowerment starts from within. Leaders need to recognize when they are keeping their self-esteem low."

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