Argumentative Personality Types

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on October 22, 2008

Intuitive Thinking personality types are the most likely of all of the types to be argumentative, according to research led by Donald Loffredo, Ed.D, at the University of Houston. ENTJs in particular tended to score as highly argumentative. Intuitive types are more likely to approach argument as a means of exploring possibilities, while Thinking types often enjoy argument as an exercise to think things out logically and analyze a situation. Thinkers are also less likely than Feeling types to get emotionally involved in an argument, and so are more likely to approach conflict without reservations.

The researchers also found that, independent of type, men tend to be more argumentative than women. Thinking types can benefit from understanding that their tendency to argue may not be appreciated by Feeling types, who usually prefer to build consensus and focus on harmony rather than engage in argument.

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Molly Owens

Molly Owens is the founder and CEO of Truity. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and holds a master's degree in counseling psychology. She began working with personality assessments in 2006, and in 2012 founded Truity with the goal of making robust, scientifically validated assessments more accessible and user-friendly.

Molly is an ENTP and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she enjoys elaborate cooking projects, murder mysteries, and exploring with her husband and son.

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About the Clinical Reviewer

Steven Melendy, PsyD., is a Clinical Psychologist who received his doctorate from The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. He specializes in using evidence-based approaches in his work with individuals and groups. Steve has worked with diverse populations and in variety of a settings, from community clinics to SF General Hospital. He believes strongly in the importance of self-care, good friendships, and humor whenever possible.


Guest (not verified) says...

Hahahaha totally true. I'm kind of a mix between ENTP and ENTJ, and all the time, if someone says something I don't agree with I instantly start running my mouth without a second thought.

Matt-chew (not verified) says...

I'm entp/intp, and we are definitely  'debative'. However, when we're at our worst, that turns into being downright argumentative. It's the extraverted intuition which sees possibilities, combined with Ti which works on making them logically coherent. Our Fe goes out the window, too, which was never our strong point, however.



Entj (not verified) says...

Entj's can be argumentative, especially if you give us a reason. Entp's don't need a reason. I believe the author is Bias 

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