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ENTP Defined: What It Means to be the ENTP Personality Type

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Clever, inventive, novelty seeking and persuasive, the ENTP is an extrovert who engages with the world in a creative, intellectually curious and adaptable manner. Restless and prone to boredom, ENTPs crave variety and are always scanning for possibilities, new ideas and mentally stimulating activities to preoccupy themselves with. 

ENTPs have been nicknamed as the “debater” and “strategic inventor”. As intuitive thinkers, ENTPs are good at grasping abstract concepts and recognizing various relationships and associations by which ideas and objects are connected. They enjoy dialectical discussions and challenging many of the conventional notions and views espoused by others. Furthermore, they prize ingenuity, objectivity, and intellectual honesty. They despise dogmatism, groupthink and various forms of restriction.

ENTPs are highly rational, skeptical, and relativistic. Hungry for knowledge and achievement, they can eventually find success through any number of their diverse interests. They display versatility and openness to new experiences that can lead them to dabble in many different occupations and endeavors, becoming a jack of all trades in the process. ENTPs are typically attracted to Science and Technology but may also gravitate toward the arts and humanities. They are more interested in strategy than diplomacy which may be due to their competitive nature. ENTP types constitute only about 2% of the population making them one of the least common MBTI types.

ENTPs are intellectually attracted to chaos as it provides them with an opportunity to exercise their creative problem solving skills. People with this personality type have engineering minds that allow them to find innovative solutions to impossible problems. ENTPs are ever on the lookout for newer and better ways of doing things rather than being content to carry on with doing things the way they have always been done. Tradition and convention can often serve as obstacles in their way. For them, autonomy and freedom to explore options is essential to who they are.

ENTPs can be irreverent and outspoken against what they regard to be wrong or foolish, irrelevant or old fashioned. They are true independent thinkers who do not blindly trust claims and assertions on the basis of authority. They think critically and reach their own conclusions based on the sources they find most credible. ENTPs are similar to The ESTP in their ability to improvise and respond quickly to unexpected situations. 

ENTPs have an entrepreneurial spirit and can often thrive in a variety of occupations as long as they don’t involve a lot of repetitive tasks and routines. ENTPs quickly lose interest with jobs that don’t offer variety of tasks or stimulating challenges. ENTPs are known for being non conformist and being someone who is more interested in out-witting the system than adhering to it. A lot of the problems that ENTPs run into are the consequence of a lack of preparation and planning. Additionally, they can often fail to follow through on tasks and responsibilities that don’t interest them.

ENTPs are often great conversationalists. People tend to find their company enjoyable and comical. They tend to surround themselves with a lively circle of friends who share their affinity for stimulating lighthearted discussions. However, even friendly arguments with ENTPs can be frustrating. They are known to employ various debate tactics and can be masterful in the art of gaining the upper hand. Their ego can make them very competitive and prone to verbal sparring even with their loved ones. Partners who are not as intellectually competitive may find them exhausting, but those who are may enjoy the give-and-take of ENTP repartee.

When it comes to family, ENTPs can be capable providers but often lacking or inconsistent in the affection they show their children. These types can be all or nothing, vacillating between showering their loved ones with warmth and attention but later denying them with benign neglect. Much of their time can get spent engrossed in their interests and hobbies, of which there may be many. Their homes may be populated with plenty of books and gadgets for them to play with. 

ENTPs can be effective teachers with an ability to simplify complex subjects into a form that is easier to digest and comprehend. Moreover, ENTPs can dispense information with a dose of humor and dramatic flair that makes them fascinating and enthralling to listen to. As students, they can perform well so long as they’re sufficiently interested and engaged with what they are learning. ENTPs prefer more interactive and involved styles of learning as opposed to just being lectured to.

With their thirst for new challenges and numerous interests, ENTPs can be great at initiating many projects but can often lose interest and fail to see them all the way through to completion. They can display a high tolerance for risk and engage in high stakes gambles for the chance to win big. This tendency can sometimes put a strain on their relationships. ENTPs typically trust their powers of reason and ingenuity to get them out of trouble when needed but those who are entangled with them may find their antics to be irresponsible and reckless.

Their Lifestyles can contribute to major financial swings and instability. A lack of organization and attendance to regular everyday tasks such as house cleaning and maintenance can eventually lead to a chaotic environment. Nevertheless, ENTPs often treat their homes as an open parlour at which friends and like-minded individuals can convene for the purpose of interesting discourse and meaningful social exchange.

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    ENTP Shadow: The Dark Side of ENTP

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    The shadow type of ENTP is INTJ. According to Carl Jung, the shadow represents the unconscious mind and the darker aspects of personality such as our insecurities, anger and neuroses. In Jung’s theory, the inferior function (the weakest and least developed cognitive function) serves as the gateway to the shadow. A lot of what we struggle with and tend to repress and reject in ourselves can be explained by the inferior function.

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    ENTP Strengths – 7 Advantages of Being ENTP

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    ENTP forms one of the 4 MBTI types in the temperament group known as the Rationals. Being an ENTP encompasses a number of strengths that prove advantageous to them. Here is a look at 7 strengths associated with being an ENTP. Continue reading

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    INTJ and ENTP Relationship Compatibility

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    ENTP and INTJ Relationship

    ENTP and INTJ are two of the 4 “Rational” types categorized as such by MBTI theorist and author, David Keirsey. In relationships, Rationals are described as loyal mates who are also uncomplaining, honest and non-possessive. Although, they can make for wonderful partners, establishing a close relationship with them can take more time and effort than with other personality types because of the complexities in their character. Continue reading

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    7 Struggles of Being an ENTP

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    ENTPs are extroverts with a mercurial and restless temperament. They are ingenious, alert and fueled by a constant thirst for novelty and intellectual stimulus. They gravitate toward the new and unknown and away from the familiar and routine. However, for all their strengths, and abilities, life can pose special challenges to the ENTP personality type. Here are 7 struggles associated with being an ENTP. Continue reading

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    6 Reasons Why INFJ and ENTP Belong Together

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    The INFJ ENTP Relationship

    According to psychologist David Keirsey, INFJ and ENTP are highly compatible in both a romantic relationship and friendship despite their differences function-wise. INFJ is an introvert/feeler who prefers structure, while ENTP is an extravert/thinker who prefers adaptability. It is their mutual preference for intuition (albeit of opposite attitudes) that Keirsey estimates to be the string that ties the knot especially in the case of an INFJ ENTP marriage.

    Because of their shared “N”, the INFJ ENTP couple is considered to be ideal for love and friendship. Keirsey believed that types who share the same perceiving preference whether introverted or extraverted, are bound to get along well due to the good communication and understanding this fosters in the relationship. Idealists and rationals get along best with other idealists and rationals and guardians and artisans get along best with other guardians and artisans.

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    12 Shades of ENTP: MBTI & the Zodiac

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    [dropcap]N[/dropcap]o two ENTPs are completely alike. Sure they may all qualify as ENTP, but to what degree? Variations among the MBTI types have been attributed to factors such as maturity and level of development of the type’s composite functions. But what if astrology signs played a role as well? Most people are likely to have known their astrology sign long before learning about their MBTI type. It is possible that some people’s self image may be heavily shaped by their understanding of their astrology sign and consequently may behave more like their sign simply because they believe it. Some individuals might feel their zodiac sign really resonates with who they truly are but is it a coincidence or evidence of something more?

    Here is an interpretation of how the ENTP personality type may vary under each of the 12 zodiac signs.

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    99 Struggles Intuitive Types Will Understand

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    Being an intuitive type isn’t always a rosy chalice of cherry wine cooler. Comprising roughly 25% of the population, intuitives are a minority in a world dominated by sensors. And yet, intuitives account for the majority of the world’s most brilliant and influential trailblazers and visionaries. Einstein (INTP), Newton (INTJ), Zuckerberg (INTJ), Martin Luther King Jr. (ENFJ), Steve Jobs (ENTJ), the list goes on. Intuitives live in the future-world of envisioned possibilities but this can present problems for them in the here-and-now. Here are 99 struggles that come along with being an intuitive.

      1. When you think of about five or more different concepts of time whilst walking to the kitchen but fail to notice that you forgot to open the door before trying to walk through it…

      2. You think Sensors seem to be “missing” something, and the Sensors think you aren’t all there.

      3. The real world bores you.

      4. When you try to explain something and you end up going into a dozen different tangents triggered by what you’re saying. You can be terrible at telling stories.

      5. When you’re always going on about how you just figured something out, but you’re often unable to explain what it is or provide any examples.

      6. When you spend several moments walking around looking for something you’ve been carrying in your hand.

      7. When you’ve seen something every day, and only processed it days/months/years later.

      8. When you throw something out in a conversation thinking it’s clearly a part of the conversation but no one understands where it’s coming from or how it’s relevant.

      9. When your train of thought forks and you try to follow both paths at once, but end up thinking about the pesky limitations of your human brain instead.

      10. You can spend hours talking theory about something you’ll never do.

      11. You tend to think people much older than you are more interesting than “kids your own age”, even once you’re well into adulthood.

      12. You wonder what it would be like to be a tire, and all the shit you’d have to go through.

      13. You want the glue that binds facts together… facts aren’t enough.. lists aren’t enough. You crave understanding.

      14. The random thoughts that run through your mind can crack you up and make it appear like you’ve gone mental to everyone around you.

      15. When you see something coming a mile away or a brilliant answer pops into your head and people are astounded by your ingenuity, but when they ask how you came to that conclusion, you can’t tell them because you don’t really know yourself.

      16. You lose track of time in the bathtub/shower because you’re daydreaming.

      17. When you have arguments with yourself and never really consider the possibility that you might be insane.

      18. When you have the urge to use a metaphor or simile to explain everything.

      19. When you always want to make shortcuts in your activities because repetition bores you.

      20. When you absolutely have to have a journal, pencil, and voice recorder in your purse at all times to capture random thoughts that you want to remember later.

      21. When you stop in the middle of what you’re doing to go google the correlation between something.

      22. When you sympathize with a 5 year old for being told to shut up from their parent after asking so many questions, because you’re just as inquisitive and can definitely relate.

      23. You constantly feel like you’re weird, and slowly going crazy.

      24. When you forget you’re walking down stairs and end up skipping the last two or three and continue like nothing happened.

      25. When you have long and elaborate conversations with people that are completely imaginary.

      26. When you keep seeing exploding dolphins…. GET OUT OF MY HEAD.

      27. When you’re off in your own world and then you jump or flinch because some starts talking to you.

      28. When your conversations can go from how stupid everyone is and censorship to why don’t men’s bathrooms have dick washing stations.

      29. When your thoughts are coming so quickly (and erratically) that you have a tendency to skip words when typing.

      30. When asking someone a question, you figure out the answer in your head before your mouth gets there, then try to explain that you’ve already got it – so all that comes out of your mouth is a complete load of half-word gibberish.

      31. Your teacher tells you that no one else ever asked that question before.

      32. When you open a browser and forget what you were looking for, and you have about 20 tabs open already.

      33. When you can have three hour conversations with a friend fantasizing about all the possibilities of being stranded on a desert island.

      34. When you wake up from a dream, realize that’s not how it was supposed to end, then fall back asleep and re-dream it with a new and improved ending.

      35. When you have random phrases that pop in your head, but you have no clue what they mean. However, this does not stop you from recording them in a journal since you feel like it was some sort of poetic epiphany.

      36. When you’ve considered paying someone to follow you around all day and tell you where you left your keys, remind you to shower and eat, and wake you up so you won’t be late for work every single morning, but then you realized you’d much rather just think about it than actually have to go through the process of finding someone to do it.

      37. When the thought of having sex arouses you more than actually performing.

      38. Your clarifications confuse the people around you even more.

      39. You wake up from your sleep and have figured solution to a bugging problem.

      40. When people seem to have trouble following you train of thought.

      41. When you had plans of things you wanted to get done, but then you get competely sidetracked by an idea or something interesting online.

      42. When you’re studying and go to get a snack, and you accidentally leave your book in the fridge. But you can’t remember what you were studying so you don’t realize and just read another book. Which you then also leave in the fridge. True story. – lirulin (INTJ)

      43. When you constantly miss things that are right in front of your nose.

      44. When you can’t comprehend that a good portion of the population is unable to conjure up an image at will. Whereas YOU can conjure up 3D action-packed movies of the plot of your choosing in your mind, with all the special effects and intentional visual/audio changes you wish.

      45. You can come up with grand unifying mathematical theories but have trouble remembering your multiplication tables.

      46. You tell people that you walk for exercise, but you really do it so your mind can wander.

      47. When the phrase “show your work” makes you cringe.

      48. When you end up averaging one meal per-day because you don’t notice you’re hungry until the day’s almost over.

      49. When you accidentally shampoo your hair with your body wash and then almost wash your face with your conditioner. And, added bonus, you’ve been awake for hours so you can’t blame sleepiness for the mistakes.

      50. You are like an eccentric millionaire minus the millionaire.

      51. When you take a little trip to the kitchen and 5 minutes after you’ve finished and are walking towards the living room you realize you put your phone in the fridge and are now carrying an eggplant. You don’t even try to figure out how that happened.

      52. When surrounded by boring, reality-bound conversation, you begin to throw in comments that are more absurd than you’d usually say just to see people’s reactions.

      53. You’re bad at giving directions because you really can’t recall precisely how you do each step.

      54. When, because you know yourself so well by now, you constantly remind yourself that you must’ve forgotten something. You think about it for a couple of minutes and make sure you have everything….and it seems that you actually haven’t forgotten anything, for once. Until the end of the day, as you’re lying in bed right before you go to sleep….you remember…you actually DID forget something.

      55. You space out even while watching things you enjoy.

      56. When your sense of place and direction are terrible because usually you never pay attention to where the people you’re with are driving or walking to. You just space out to think and suddenly you’re there in no time.

      57. When you redirect the conversation from gossip, to the universe but those conversations are so rare that you don’t really know how to handle it with strangers, so you make a joke and change the subject again. Besides, you can already predict all their possible responses.

      58. When upon getting an email, you compose a brilliant answer in your head, and maybe even type half of it out, and start wondering how your friend will respond to it. And then, a week later without a response to your genius, you realize you never actually sent it.

      59. When walking down the street or among a large crowd, your mind always gets blown by the idea that every single one of these people are thinking of something right now… it’s a bunch of little worlds walking around.

      60. When people seem to be transparent to you, but somehow others don’t notice what you clearly perceive in others.

      61. When you feel like you can “see through” people because your hunches about people’s motives almost always turn out to be right.

      62. When you are constantly fine-tuning your definitions of words to express your inner ideas more fluently.

      63. When you try to hide your lack of common sense from your Sensor friends.

      64. When you remember something someone said earlier, not because you actually remember them saying it but because you can trace back the train of thought it set off.

      65. You know you’re an intuitive when other people’s definition of bizarre is your definition of awesome.

      66. When you wish you could just let people into your brain so they could see what’s going on instead of having to try and explain it.

      67. When you experience a disconnect looking into the mirror because it’s hard to make the connection between what is you and the body that houses it.

      68. When you’re so busy thinking about a bad pothole you’ll need to avoid on your drive home that you forget about the speed trap you’re flying through on your way to work.

      69. You would like to warn someone about something but you’re afraid they’ll think your a nutcase.

      70. When you run into a man on the street that is wearing no pants and you still try to pay attention to what he is saying.

      71. When you catch your brain “turning-off” during conversation with some people because it is not stimulating enough.

      72. You know you’re intuitive when you stop on the street to have a long philosophical conversation with a homeless person, asking how they ended up there and why they choose this way of life.

      73. You go shopping with a list in hand—and spend a long time in the store browsing—and leave the store having forgotten to look at the list in your hand.

      74. When you leave a task half done because something else more interesting caught your attention…

      75. You thoughtlessly put the the spoon in the trash bin and the yogurt in the sink.

      76. When you never get bored on long journeys, because the world inside your head is so interesting it doesn’t matter if your surroundings aren’t.

      77. When you almost get into car wrecks on a daily basis cause you were day dreaming, even though you thought about the possibility of getting into said accidents before you even set out.

      78. When you see the evil in a priest and the good in a criminal…..

      79. People who repeat “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” like a mantra, get on your nerves.

      80. You can figure out the plot & the who done it 1/2 way into the 2nd segment of a 1 hour scripted television show.

      81. When you leave your house and head off to work, but drive alllllllll the way back because you think you left the door open.

      82. When you almost get run over because you were too in your own head to notice you were crossing a road.

      83. You know you’re an intuitive when, as a three-year-old, your defense to scribbling on the walls was that you had an alternate personality that made you do it.

      84. When you take chemistry then you start going insane because you cant comprehend how thoughtless atoms can create intelligent beings with unique thoughts.

      85. When you can’t be realistic to save your life.

      86. When the most revealing and insightful parts of a deep conversation with someone is in all the things the other person doesn’t verbalize.

      87. When you don’t need quiet to think. Having (unobtrusive) background distractions actually helps because it gives other senses something to preoccupy themselves with while ideas are stewing.

      88. You know you’re an intuitive when you know that but have fun trying to make connections anyway even if they turn out to be irrelevant.

      89. When you enjoy learning new subject matter almost solely for the analogies it could inspire.

      90. You know you’re an intuitive when in doing essay questions for class, the ones that require you to just regurgitate information are painstaking to you, while the ones that are more theoretical make you more enthusiastic.

      91. You put off purchasing something so that you can think about having the item rather than actually having it.

      92. When you know you will come up with a solution. You just need to sleep on it; It will come to you.

      93. You have been misunderstood by 75% of people on regular bases.

      94. When you remember you have to go somewhere, but when you reach your intended destination you completely forget why you’re there. Then you realize that you were supposed to go there tomorrow.

      95. You find things that others consider hard very easy, but you struggle with things that other deem easy.

      96. Deja vu is frequent for you.

      97. You’ve predicted bad outcomes of people/situations.

      98. You can remember ideas better than facts.

      99. When you watch a movie, but don’t remember any of the characters’ names at the end.


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    33 Things Only Thinkers Will Relate To

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    I Think Therefore I am… a “thinker”?

    [dropcap]E[/dropcap]very conscious man and woman thinks, but true thinkers are cerebral to a fault. Logic is favored over sentiment; rationality over feeling. For those uncertain over what side of the fence they fall on, here are 33 things only thinkers will relate to.

    1. You’ve gotten in trouble more often for accusing your parents of being senseless than for anything you’ve actually *done*.

    2. When someone is talking, you think of a clever response of what to say but by the time you say it, it comes out differently then what you expected.

    3. When you look forward to trips because you want to think during the long ride there. And you HAVE to pick the window seat.

    4. When you feel depressed for no reason and conclude that it’s because you didn’t have enough for breakfast.

    5. When people are always asking you why you’re never happy but in reality you’re perfectly content.

    6. When you wish that all people would give away a computer-like “error” message every time something is wrong with them because you’re just. so. bad. at reading their signals.

    7. You take pleasure in making lists and classifying things.

    8. When your first response to emotion is to sit down and think about what it means.

    9. When you hear a joke about someone doing something rather irrational, you want to know why the person did such thing before laughing at the joke. “Why did he do that? That doesn’t make sense.” “Will you stop with the questions and just laugh instead?”

    10. When having an illogical argument with someone causes intense frustration and much mental anguish.

    11. When speaking with a feeler, you find the safest ground is to say the exact opposite of what you want to say.

    12. When someone tells you to examine your feelings and you suddenly remember you have those.

    13. When you correct your own grammar, logic, cliched thinking, etc. before someone else has a chance to do so, or even realize that you were in error.

    14. When you find yourself rationalizing an emotion and coming to the consensus that experiencing it is not effective towards your goal. Then you toss it into your subconscious.

    15. You argue for sport. Arguments are fun.

    16. When you talk about your brain like it’s a computer. (It’s shutting down. It’s multitasking. It’s running a bit slow today.

    17. You know you’re a thinker when you read and study posts by F-types simply to try and make some sort of sense out of it all, yet you still don’t understand.

    18. You’re a pro at weighing the pros and cons of any decision.

    19. You have considered at least once, how nice it would be to feel nothing but the urge to have sex, adrenaline rushes and hunger for more resources.

    20. When you think “The Silmarillion” will put you to sleep … and instead you get caught up in the appendices reading the linguistic definitions.

    21. You know your a thinker when you spend more time watching documentaries than any other form of television genre.

    22. When you think Sheldon Cooper does not act strangely at all.

    23. When the simple prospect of “cuddling” overwhelms you.

    24. When you have to consciously translate your internal dialogue into average human language before you speak.

    25. You can treat everything as though it were a game for you to beat.

    26. You can describe your feelings in terms of percentages and scales of 1 to 100.

    27. When you’re more curious about something than scared of it.

    28. When you thoroughly analyse whether you are a thinker or a feeler, quantifying the instances in which you were a thinker and then quantifying the instances in which you were a feeler.

    29. It drives you crazy when your Feeling mother asks you “how are you feeling?” because you have a hard time even identifying your feelings in the first place.

    30. When your coworker gives you a 15-minute monologue on why they can’t make a meeting and you sit there nodding your head and thinking, “who cares? Just tell me you can’t make it and that’s all I need to hear.”

    31. When you’re watching a Sci-Fi show or movie and you realize that it’s awfully convenient for everyone to know English.

    32. All of your relationships seem to end because you aren’t affectionate enough.

    33. When you have to remind yourself that expecting people to act rationally is in and of itself an irrational expectation.

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    ENTP vs. INTP: How To Tell Them Apart | High on MBTI

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    When listening to type descriptions, remember that “type portraits” can never accurately describe all people of a given type. Descriptions and portraits like these can only describe the types as they typically are.

    In ‘Psychological Types,’ Jung describes 8 main types, but does in practice refer to the dominant-auxiliary combinations popularized by later authors, such as van der Hoop, Pauli, Myers, and Briggs.

    INTPs are much more likely to look before they leap than ENTPs. ENTPs have inferior Si, which means that Ne’s exploration of possibilities and desire for novelty distracts the ENTP from accessing their personal historical database. This can cause ENTPs to be reckless and quick to abandon stability in favor of the unknown. INTPs on the other hand desire to understand everything and are more grounded in what’s known. This means INTPs are more likely than ENTPs to consider the logical consequences of impulsive activity.

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