With Te blocked with Si, ESTJs are primarily interested in productive activity that meets real needs. Their main activities are focused on addressing needs that are relevant today, not things that may or may not produce benefit some time down the road.
1. Te: Extraverted Logic
ESTJs are sensitive to the productivity, quality, and effectiveness of everything around them. These are topics that they discuss frequently and have strong opinions about. They tend to freely comment on that which is pointless, poorly done, bound to fail, and all manifestations of unprofessionalism, as well as offer numerous tips and pointers for how these things can be improved.
ESTJs are drawn to efficient technology — all manner of devices, gadgets, things, and methods that perform a certain job perfectly, decreasing the amount of energy required to achieve a desired result. Their expectations for quality and performance are high, and they are highly aware of how well the things they have actually meet their needs.
ESTJs' approach to life is practical and realistic. They tend to have a clear idea of the results they would like to achieve, and set forth finding ways to achieve those results in the most rational way possible.
ESTJs' primary mode of talking about things is to use a factual, non-emotional perspective. They are interested in objective events, facts, and knowledge that cannot easily be called into question. They may come across as dry or monotone because of their emphasis on objective, rather than emotional aspects of communication.
ESTJs try hard to be people of their word. They remember agreements made and do not take promises lightly. They judge other people by how conscientious and reliable they are in interaction and cooperation. ESTJs expect people to say what they mean and do what they say. As their innate understanding of personality is not very fine-tuned, they judge others' character more by their objective deeds than by their attitudes and motives, which can be hard for the ESTJ to discern.
ESTJs are proponents of an orderly, stable, and rational society with efficient mechanisms in place to address all of society's needs. They view trustworthy cooperation on all levels as the foundation of such a society, beginning with their own families.
2. Si: Introverted Sensing
The comfort and convenience of things and living space is very important to ESTJs. Living spaces need to be conducive to rest, work, or recreation. ESTJs take it into their own hands to reorganize or redesign living spaces to make them more comfortable and convenient.
ESTJs typically love recreation with a physical element, such as picnics, walking, hiking, sports, etc. They recognize the need to relax and unwind and typically plan these activities into their schedule at regular intervals and involve other people in the activities. Nonetheless, relaxation is secondary to the ESTJ's main pursuits, which is generally their work. ESTJs with families typically organize recreation with their families to combine quality family time with relaxation.
Unlike leading Si types, ESTJs usually cannot switch into relaxation mode at the drop of a hat. They need to finish tasks that they expected to accomplish before they can consciously allow themselves to relax. Relaxation, like their other activities, must be approached rationally with an eye to the overall results, rather than allowing oneself to be guided by the impulses of the moment. When they willingly switch to a "vacation" mode and know that they have adequate leisure time, ESTJs will delve into relaxation with gusto. Without adequate time, they tend to avoid relaxing too much, as it jeopardizes their productivity.
Aesthetic appeal is very important to ESTJs. This applies to all aspects of their lives — clothes, work tools, living environment, etc. Most ESTJs have an orderly home and work area and select their clothes carefully. They have a relatively easy time matching clothes, colors, textures, and other aesthetic properties. Many ESTJs are conneisseurs of good food, good clothes, household products, and hygienic products.
ESTJs typically have a strong caretaking streak; they enjoy having others to care or provide for who are dependent on their assistance.
With Fe blocked with Ni, ESTJs are generally dismissal of lofty rhetoric and hype, or visions of the future that are not securely based on facts. Their own emotional expression and personal vision tends to be simplistic and clearly secondary to their more important, practical activities.
3. Fe: Extraverted Ethics
ESTJs value facts and objectivity over emotions, and are not generally highly animated or expressive. Due to their businesslike approach to things, ESTJs may sometimes worry about making a fool of themselves in informal settings where the emphasis is on joking, laughter, and fun.
ESTJs' emotional expression tends to be either subdued and understated or unusually sudden and obvious. ESTJs are resistant to emphatic emotional appeals and try not to let themselves get carried away with any feelings.
ESTJs are often unable to control their emotions. They can easily loose their temper with people if their instructions are not followed or if someone's behavior goes against their logic and understanding. When they are in a bad mood they can be very direct, sometimes even to the point of being verbally abrasive to loved ones and complete strangers.
4. Ni: Introverted Intuition
In order to be happy and productive, ESTJs need a stable environment without sudden, unexpected changes. It takes them a while to get into a "groove" and find their rhythm, and any uncertainty about the future tends to fill them with a dread that makes it hard to be productive at all.
ESTJs tend to express a simplistic vision of the future where their hard work pays off in the long run, or where everything in society goes hopelessly awry. They are not easily able to incorporate many different forecasts into their view of the future, relying instead on the trend of visible changes around them.
ESTJs generally avoid talking about things that might or might not happen that don't depend on them, though they may think about these things to themselves. Discussions about what might or might not happen that are not based on provable facts distress them. Speculation not steeped in reality is a waste of time. ESTJs They prefer to believe that change depends on our actions and choices rather than on external events over which we have no control.
ESTJs tend to have an unchanging habit of either being chronically late or chronically early. They rarely know or think about how long things will take, and their estimates are often way off. They are often surprised by the amount of time that has passed between events, and wonder where the time has gone. ESTJs tend to want everything done as well as possible and to the highest possible quality, often failing to consider the amount of time necessary to do the job in such a way.
When making plans for the future, ESTJs typically do not leave room for unforeseen obstacles. These obstacles frustrate the ESTJ because they destroy the established rhythm of operations and require switching gears. In talking about their goals for the future, ESTJs often leave out intermediate steps, leading others to consider them naive. In ESTJs' opinion, the important thing is to express a clear goal; the step-by-step process of getting there is less important.
ESTJs get irritated by people who take forever to do things, or who slow down the overall pace of work for no good reason. If someone appears to be doing nothing, the ESTJ will assume that nothing beneficial is taking place.
With Fi blocked with Ne in the Super-Id, ESTJs are particularly responsive to people with a strong set of personal values who recognize the ESTJ's noble intentions and goodness and spur him or her to develop his potential.
5. Fi: Introverted Ethics
ESTJs have a great reverence for good will, moral support, reliability, traditions, and stability in relationships. Yet they are unable to generate these things on their own as they focus on rational activity, comfort, and efficiency. They have a deep need for someone to help them express and make sense of their feelings towards things on a very regular basis.
ESTJs approach relationships on their own terms, typically taking on the initiative to get to know the other person. What they are looking for — moral support and stability — they are dependent on other people to provide. ESTJs' approach to dating typically follows traditional gender roles, as they feel uncertain when being too creative in initiating relationships.
ESTJs are typically unsure of their personal feelings about people and relationships, as well as unsure of their right to harbor personal sentiments in the first place. They need someone they can trust to recognize and substantiate their feelings from a psychological or spiritual standpoint. This helps them learn over time to recognize and trust their feelings more.
ESTJs often have a hard time discerning the true nature of people and their intentions towards the ESTJ. This can lead to the ESTJ being "unapproachable" in some aspects, or particularly wary or suspicious of others. To overcome their doubts, they need very clear demonstrations of good will and friendship.
Although ESTJs may be social and have many acquaintances, particularly through work or leisure activities, they are cautious about building closer friendships. They tend to build relationships by doing activities together or doing useful services for people, unconsciously expecting the other person to initiate emotional intimacy in return.
ESTJs revere their emotional intimate friendships and can go to great lengths to make sure that the needs of these close friends or partners are met, in hopes that people will reward these efforts with a stable relationship and emotional security.
6. Ne: Extraverted Intuition
ESTJs generally believe they have talent and are exceptional in some way, but they need others to confirm this and point out what exactly distinguishes them from other people. This understanding can help the ESTJ focus his activities in the areas where he has the greatest advantage and probability of success.
ESTJs are interested in all innovations and new opportunities that relate to their line of work and can given them advantage and benefit. They are quick to jump on new opportunities if they see immediate practical application to their own work.
ESTJs themselves are typically innovative and inventive in practical matters (Te + Si inventiveness), but much less so in their worldviews, which tend to change only slightly over time.
Knowing about general trends and the latest developments provides ESTJs with the assurance that they are not falling behind the times, but they largely rely on other people to provide them with this information rather than actively seeking it out themselves.
ESTJ often hold deep convictions about what a perfect world should look like. More often than not, they have no clue as to what changes would have to occur to bring about that world about.
With Ti blocked with Se, ESTJs feel fairly confident dealing with power structures and organizational hierarchies, but much prefer to live and work in an environment where responsibility is shared, individuality is fostered, and people are pretty much free to do what seems prudent to them personally.
7. Ti: Introverted Logic
ESTJs may become interested in abstract concepts and don't generally have difficulty understanding them, but they are almost always more interested in the practical application. If a concept or idea has none, it is worthless. ESTJs are more focused on what works in real life than on what seems to fit together logically.
8. Se: Extraverted Sensing
ESTJs prefer to maintain a steady rhythm and energy output, avoiding projects that require a great deal of energy for a short period of time, or courses of action that are clearly ridden with obstacles.
They try not to be too forceful, controlling, or demanding and try to avoid coming across this way. They may, however, show brief flashes of protectiveness and confrontation if they have been attacked in any way.
ESTJs have a clear awareness of how they look to those around them. They craft their appearance and their belongings to create an impression that is welcoming and approachable rather than eye-catching or status-oriented.
Common social roles
- The busy worker bee who spends considerable effort on the quotidian details of work and organization management.
- The protestor who campaigns against deceit, mismanagement, injustice, or disorder in society.