Portrait of the Provider (eSfJ)
Copyrighted © 1996 Prometheus Nemesis Book Company.
In addition to being concrete in speech and cooperative in reaching their goals, the Providers are also informative and expressive in their social interactions. Their most highly developed skill is in providing for the needs of others, something they tend to practice doing even when they are children. Second comes the other conserving skill, protecting others from harm and loss, but eSfJs can do very well as inspectors and supervisors as well, since these activities also make use of their logistical talents.
The most sociable of all the Guardians, Providers are energized by interactions with people, and are the great nurturers of established institutions such as schools, churches, social clubs, and civic groups. Wherever they go, eSfJs take up the role of social provider, happily contributing their time and energy to make sure that traditions are supported and developed, and that social functions are a success.
Providers are thought to comprise a whopping 15 percent of the general population. This is very fortunate for all of us because cooperation and social facilitation is a key to their nature. They make excellent chairpersons in charge of banquets, rummage sales, charity balls, and the like, naturally skilled in maintaining cooperation and smooth relations among their helpers, but also tireless in their attention to the details of arranging goods and services. As master of ceremonies they are without peer, able to approach others with ease and confidence, and seemingly aware of everything that everybody's been doing. And they are outstanding hosts or hostesses, able to remember people's names, usually after one introduction, and always attentive to the needs of their guests, trying to insure that all are involved and comfortably provided for.
President George Washington is an example of a Provider Guardian temperament
A full description of the Providers is in Please Understand Me or Please Understand Me II