The Optimist (ENFP) is an Intuitive, Feeling and Perceiving Extravert. You can easily recognize them as the adorable and hyperactive MBTI personality type that can rarely focus on something for a prolonged period of time. The ENFP friend may appear happy almost all of the time, but sometimes this can just be a clever disguise. Their Feeling nature causes them to experience very deep emotions, which they sometimes find hard to communicate to others — an obstacle that these idealists need to overcome. They may find it easier to share their negative feelings with more introverted types, as they are naturally good listeners.
There is a running stereotype of how ENFPs interact with more introverted and closed off personality types such as INFP, INFJ and INTJ. This idea has been born as a meme in Reddit, but we found it perfectly plausible. Being naturally inclusive is a very ENFP trait, which makes them want everyone to feel happy and… well… they are willing to go to extremes to make any introvert comfortable in social situations. The Optimist often has trouble understanding how introverts feel in social settings. Their intuition tells them that being separated from social contact should feel like a terrible punishment, which is why they are always on the lookout for ways to shine their inspiring nature on more withdrawn personalities.
It’s easy for The Optimist to build a relationship, as they are extremely open about themselves. However, human motivations don’t always align, so they need to keep that in mind the next time they expect people to immediately be on the same page as them. Sometimes it’s hard for them to understand that not all people are overly energetic social butterflies like themselves, which can cause problems in their relationships.
In this article we decided to take a look at the lovable ENFPs through the lens of their humor, as well as quotes they find inspirational. This can provide a keen insight into the inner workings of their minds.
Humor styles of each Myers Briggs personality type can vastly differ from the others. This is based on their individual personality traits and preferences, which is completely normal and understandable. ENFP humor can be categorized as active, with somewhat dark tendencies. The Optimist doesn’t take themselves too seriously, however given their Feeling nature, they are sensitive to their environment, which is why dark humor can be used as a means of a coping mechanism. This is why they might make jokes about things that bother them or make fun of themselves.
Self-deprecating comedy is an ENFP specialty. Since they don’t want to be taken seriously, playing this role can entertain a healthy ENFP greatly. Knowing that they can’t really offend themselves can cause them to go to extremes — but this is only fun to do in front of people who are in on the joke. Otherwise it’s a wasted opportunity.
ENFPs also have a preference for sarcasm and irony and can handle them quite masterfully. Nothing strengthens The Optimists relationships more than exchanging witty banter with someone who equals their sense of humor. Sometimes their jokes might be perceived as offensive or unthoughtful, but keep in mind that they never mean to hurt anyone — they just want to have fun.
ENFP personalities also use humor as an outlet of their curious and playful personality. It’s easy for them to laugh at their own funny jokes, given their predisposition to being easily amused and carefree. What the ENFP personality type particularly loves, however, is to be able to bring a smile to the faces of the people they are with – whether this is in their private life, or at work. They are optimistic and positive people and want to spread these feelings to the outside world as well.
ENTP have similar humor to ENFPs in terms of goofiness, and ENTJs share their aggressiveness.
A lot of ENFPs are good with quick-witted banter, and part of that is terrible puns. This is part of their sense of humor — they know their puns are terrible and say them for the sake of being terrible. Not all of their banter should make the other person have to overthink the joke, although they are capable of these jokes as well. Here is a taste of what they find funny:
- Why did the farmer win an award for excellence? He was out standing in his field.
- What did the mother cow say to its calf? It’s pasture bed time.
- Why did the cowboy get a dachshund? Because someone told him to get along little doggy.
- A Buddhist walks into this pizza joint. Person behind the counter asks, “Hello sir, how may I help you?” Buddhist replies, “Make me one with everything.”
- How do you make a tissue dance? Put a little boogie in it.
- What’s blue and smells like red paint? Blue paint.
ENFPs love funny jokes, viral videos and memes — which should come as no surprise, given the ENFP personality profile. ENFP memes are especially popular and can be found on different websites all over the Internet.
Following, we list the best hubs for ENFP memes (and include our favorite meme from each):
Reddit is a network of communities, based on people’s interests. There are thousands of subreddits on different topics — and ENFP memes is one of them. r/ENFPmemes has 3.2k members as of October 2020 and these members are very active — you will find a new meme on there every couple of days.
Pinterest is an image sharing service, where people can create so-called “pinboards,” which are a collection of images united by a similar topic or idea. These pinboards aren’t limited to memes, as you can imagine, but can include different things that fit the set aesthetic. For example, if someone were to make an ENFP board, they would include memes, things that ENFPs like, and anything else that can be linked to this personality type.
Tumblr is a microblogging service, where different users build and maintain blogs. They can follow each other, repost content, comment and like. Tumblr supports a large pool of multimedia, such as videos, images, GIFs, audio, text posts, etc. Users can tag content in a suitable way, which makes it easier to be found by the next person in the internal search engine of the site. There are plenty of posts tagged #ENFP on there.
ENFPs are drawn to inspiring stories told by actual real life people. This reminds them that the world out there is vast and offers much adventure for their restless hearts. Here are some quotes that ENFPs can relate to, as well as quotes by famous representatives of this Myers Briggs type.
Quotes ENFPs can relate to
It’s easy for the ENFP type to get inspired. Their whimsical, energetic and high-on-life personality can find the deeper meaning in anything… if they stare at it long enough. Here are some quotes that perfectly encapsulate the life philosophy of this MBTI type.
- “Not all who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien
- “I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time. Sometimes this makes planning my day difficult.” – E. B. White
- “You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” – Robin Williams
- “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on!”– Sheryl Sandberg
- “Don’t settle. Don’t finish crappy books. If you don’t like the menu, leave the restaurant. If you’re not on the right path, get off it.” – Chris Brogan
- “Adventure is not outside the man; it is within.” – George Eliot
- “If you judge people you have no time to love them.” – Mother Teresa
- “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman
- “When choosing between two evils, I always pick the one I haven’t tried before.” – Mae West
- “I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.” – Agatha Christie
Quotes by famous ENFP people
If you want to know more about what makes an ENFP celebrity or a fictional character — take a look at our ENFP famous people article. If you just want to read some quotes by famous ENFPs, this is the right section to do so.
- “A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world.” – Oscar Wilde
- “The worst thing that happens to you may be the best thing for you if you don’t let it get the best of you.” – Will Rogers
- “Genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age.” –Aldus Huxley
- “It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for – and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool – for love – for your dreams – for the adventure of being alive.” – Oriah Mountain Dreamer
- “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou