This will be our first profile of an artist with a sensory preference. ‘Sensors’, as we call them in the Myers Briggs system, are more oriented to the world of what’s verifiable with their senses and are less inclined to look for hidden meanings or patterns.Diana Ross is of the ESFJ type.
ESFJ are typically warm and friendly and very interested in other people, largely due to their dominant process of extraverted feeling.
Their second function, introverted sensing, gives them an ability to notice and recall details, which for them will often relate to people. They’re the most likely type to remember details from previous interactions, which they’ll often use in complimentary and supportive ways in conversation.
As extraverted feeling primaries, they’re acutely in-tune with how other people feel and this can affect them deeply.
“My father worked hard, but we were still very poor; and I didn’t want anybody arguing about money, so I became the entertainer – the one who wanted everyone to be happy. I didn’t want there to be any problems.”
“Criticism, even when you try to ignore it, can hurt. I have cried over many articles written about me, but I move on and I don’t hold on to that.”
As with ENFJs, ESFJs typically have a strong sense of style that shows in their dress and in the home environment that they create.
“I majored in fashion design in school, and I have always wanted to design my own line of clothing, jewelry, and stuff like that; so this was just a step for me in that direction.”
Their introverted sensing function, in combination with extraverted feeling, often manifests in a strongly aesthetic, but relatively more traditional style than ENFJs.
ESFJs can be very good performers and particularly enjoy producing positive feelings and fond memories for their audience.
“I’m not really a songwriter – I’m an interpreter. So in a sense I am an actress first and foremost. I act out the songs, and I lead with my heart.”