According to the Myers Briggs personality test, the ENFP (The Campaigner) personality is a true free spirit. They are often the life of the party, but unlike types in the Explorer Role group, Campaigners are less interested in the sheer excitement and pleasure of the moment than they are in enjoying the social and emotional connections they make with others. Charming, independent, energetic and compassionate, the 7% of the population that they comprise can certainly be felt in any crowd. (source)
Here are your book recommendations for each trait (all summaries come from Amazon):
1. You Can Change the World With Just an Idea
Unlike all of the other personality types, ENFPs see the world as a complex puzzle where every piece reveals something deeper. Empaths with pure hearts, you never have to guess what they’re thinking. Boring roles are a death trap.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor. This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
This is the story of what it’s like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie’s letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.
2. Don’t Lose That ‘Little Spark of Madness’
As quick as ENFPs are to emote passion and intensity, they can cut to a creative free spirit. Because they are so in tune with social cues and intuition, sometimes ENFPs can create situations in their minds that don’t exist while finding their place in the world. Though ENFPs are curious, creative, and enthusiastic, the pendulum swings widely the other way and struggle with focusing on practical skills, overthinking, being too emotional, and fiercely independent.
The Astonishing Color of After
Emily X.R. Pan
Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.
Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life.
Alternating between real and magic, past and present, friendship and romance, hope and despair, The Astonishing Color of After is a stunning and heartbreaking novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief, and love.
3. You Cannot Live Without a Fire
Love for ENFPs is a way to connect with another soul. They take relationships seriously and give their whole heart to the other person. Their charm, passion, and warmth are attractive and their devotion is unshakable. ENFPs sometimes focus on the potential of their partner, rather than the present and those fantasies, when unfulfilled or unrequited, often leave them feeling unhappy or misunderstood.
Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.
When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.
But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.
4. So, You Think You Know the Real Me?
Going all in with a relationship that doesn’t end the way an ENFP anticipated, they can splinter right down the center. The failed relationships can keep an ENFP locked up in their own plague of discontent, self doubt, and reluctance to open up to another person. But, in the end, the ENFP’s unshakable belief in love and its infinite possibilities will always open them back up for another try.
The Upside of Unrequited
Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.
Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.
There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.
5. An Exciting Adventure
As with romantic relationships, friendships are a cornerstone in an ENFPs life. While gregarious and having a sort of gravitational pull, these personalities will also link up with introverts, sometimes pushing them out of their shells. Like the failed expectation of romantic relationships, friendships can also lead to disappointment when they don’t pan out as expected. Putting so much effort into being selfless and supportive, ENFPs forget to take care of themselves. That sort of imbalance cannot be sustained and ENFPs may burnout on those friendships where there’s no reciprocity.
Follow your heart. Find your people.
Sixth grade is supposed to be perfect. Shannon’s got a sure spot in the in-crowd called The Group, and her best friend is their leader, Jen, the most popular girl in school.
But the rules are always changing, and Shannon has to scramble to keep up. She never knows which TV shows are cool, what songs to listen to, and who she’s allowed to talk to. Who makes these rules, anyway? And does Shannon have to follow them?
6. Making Life Spectacular
Even with all the hard feelings, the ENFP gift is that of communication. Forgiveness is what strengthens bonds and forges lifelong friendships so that everyone can enjoy the good stuff.
Shouting at the Rain
Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Delsie loves tracking the weather–lately, though, it seems the squalls are in her own life. She’s always lived with her kindhearted Grammy, but now she’s looking at their life with new eyes and wishing she could have a “regular family.” Delsie observes other changes in the air, too–the most painful being a friend who’s outgrown her. Luckily, she has neighbors with strong shoulders to support her, and Ronan, a new friend who is caring and courageous but also troubled by the losses he’s endured. As Ronan and Delsie traipse around Cape Cod on their adventures, they both learn what it means to be angry versus sad, broken versus whole, and abandoned versus loved. And that, together, they can weather any storm.
7. Go On, Spread Your Wings
There’s a Tim McGraw song, My Little Girl, that has a verse, “Chase your dreams but always know the road that will lead you home again.” What a tender sentiment. An ENFP parent devotes their entire heart to their children and will always be a parent children will confide in. Wanting their children to be happy, well rounded, and self confident, they raise them to go into the world at their own pace and with their own style. Always knowing which road will always lead them home.
The Giving Tree
Since it was first published fifty years ago, Shel Silverstein’s poignant picture book for readers of all ages has offered a touching interpretation of the gift of giving and a serene acceptance of another’s capacity to love in return.
8. The Opening of a Door Can Be a Wonderfully Joyous Moment
ENFPs enjoy a challenge and are always ready to use their ace in the hole: people skills. They’re ready to rally the troops to support causes, examine new ways of thinking, and share their enthusiasm for new projects.
Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.
With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the camp’s Director and his guards.
9. Too Many Bosses, Too Few Workers
Hierarchies and repetition do not sit well with ENFPs. They enjoy pushing boundaries and exploring new ideas. Questioning status quo and exploring alternatives are experiences ENFPs thrive upon.
One choice can transform you. Beatrice Prior’s society is divided into five factions—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Beatrice must choose between staying with her Abnegation family and transferring factions. Her choice will shock her community and herself. But the newly christened Tris also has a secret, one she’s determined to keep hidden, because in this world, what makes you different makes you dangerous.