Charlie Sheen: Narcissist and ENFP Personality Type?

It’s pretty hard to turn on the news lately and not see a Charlie Sheen interview.  Although it is hard to determine anyone’s personality type without having them take an actual personality test, it would appear that Sheen has an ENFP personality type based on the MBTI assessment from Myers Briggs.

Sheen seems to have an extroverted or “E” personality.  He takes little time to think about the answers to questions asked of him in a recent NBC Today Show Interview of Sheen.  His creativity and ability to think outside the box would indicate that he is probably an intuitive or “N” personality type.  It would also appear that he makes decisions based upon his own set of values so he likely has a high feeling or “F” personality type.  He doesn’t seem to lack in the spontaneity department either, so he is likely a high perceiving or “P”. 

If Sheen actually is an ENFP, it would make sense as this personality type does well in the arts.  According to Teamtechnology.co, the ENFP enjoys, “starting discussion or activities that challenge and stimulate others into having new insights about themselves.”   MyersBriggs.org describes the ENFP as, “Warmly enthusiastic and imaginative. See life as full of possibilities. Make connections between events and information very quickly, and confidently proceed based on the patterns they see. Want a lot of affirmation from others, and readily give appreciation and support. Spontaneous and flexible, often rely on their ability to improvise and their verbal fluency.”

Has his lifestyle changed his basic personality?  According to Myers Briggs research, one’s personality preferences indicated by the MBTI do not usually change over time.  That is not to say other parts of his personality may be affected, but his basic preferences for how he likes to process information probably will stay the same. 

There is speculation that Sheen may be a narcissist.  There is not necessarily a connection between one’s MBTI type and whether they are also a narcissist. There is some indication that Sheen has answered the question of whether he is a true narcissist.  In a recent interview, Sheen used the adjective grandiose to describe himself.  According to MentalHealthMatters, “Pathological narcissism is an addiction to Narcissistic Supply, the narcissist’s drug of choice. It is, therefore, not surprising that other addictive and reckless behaviors – workaholism, alcoholism, drug abuse, pathological gambling, compulsory shopping, or reckless driving – piggyback on this primary dependence. The narcissist – like other types of addicts – derives pleasure from these exploits. But they also sustain and enhance his grandiose fantasies as “unique”, “superior”, “entitled”, and “chosen”. They place him above the laws and pressures of the mundane and away from the humiliating and sobering demands of reality. They render him the centre of attention – but also place him in “splendid isolation” from the madding and inferior crowd.”

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