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ENTJs and Other Personality Types

Kindred Spirits

People of the following types are more likely than most to share the ENTJ's values, interests, and general approach to life. They won't necessarily agree on everything, and there's no guarantee they'll always get along, but they're more likely to feel an easy rapport and have plenty of things in common.

Intriguing Differences

People of the following types are likely to strike the ENTJ as similar in character, but with some key differences which may make them seem especially intriguing. The ENTJ may find people of these types particularly interesting and attractive to get to know. Relationships between ENTJs and these types should have a good balance of commonalities and opportunities to challenge one another.

Potential Complements

ENTJs may not feel an immediate connection with people of the following types, but on getting to know each other, they'll likely find they have some important things in common, as well as some things to teach one other. Although people of these types may not attract the ENTJ initially, their relationships present a lot of potential to complement and learn from one other.

Challenging Opposites

People of the following types present the most potential for personality clash and conflict with the ENTJ, but also the best opportunities for growth. Because people of these types have fundamentally different values and motivations from the ENTJ's, initially, it may seem impossible to relate. But because they are so different, their strengths are the ENTJ's weaknesses, and if they are able to develop a relationship, they can learn a tremendous amount from each other.

ENTJs in Love

In relationships, the ENTJ is a commanding and challenging partner. ENTJs have high expectations for themselves and for their partners, and want a mate who will put in the time and effort necessary to create a successful life together.

ENTJs prefer to have their homes and lives structured and organized, and may be domineering in imposing this structure on others. They tend to have a clear idea of how things should be done, and may feel that others should follow.

ENTJs are enthusiastic and analytical problem-solvers, and will approach conflict head-on. They are unemotional in sorting out issues, and weigh perspectives with a logical detachment. They may neglect to attend to their partner's feelings, preferring to arrive at conclusions with objective logic. They can also have trouble listening patiently, because of their strong desire to problem-solve.

ENTJs are typically ambitious and may spend a lot of time at work or otherwise pursuing career success. They often need a partner who is independent and supportive of their goals. ENTJs value a partner who respects and appreciates their competence, intelligence, and effectiveness.

ENTJs as Parents

As parents, ENTJs are in control of their children and their households. ENTJs set clear expectations and see that their rules are followed. They tend to be consistent and rational disciplinarians by setting clear consequences for misbehavior, and usually elicit obedience from their children.

ENTJs often have a strong focus on career, and so may spend limited time at home and with family. However, they place great importance on the task of being a competent and effective parent. They often ensure that what time they do spend with their children is well used, and allows them to instill values of hard work, productivity, and achievement.

For more information: Please Understand Me II

ENTJ Communication Style

ENTJs are direct and commanding communicators, often with a clear idea of what needs to be done and and a take-charge attitude toward organizing people and projects. ENTJs are organized and strategic in their thinking. They communicate their vision and their plan to implement it in a logical, task-oriented way. ENTJs see flaw in ideas and plans quickly and give critique freely. They enjoy analyzing ideas, but are ultimately oriented toward action; they want to integrate information, formulate a long-term plan, and then move forward.

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John Wilder (not verified) says...

So do you think that two ENTJs can find romance?

Inneska (not verified) says...

Recently me and my husband made MBTI test, my man did even the profound one with part 1 and part 2. As a result we both are ENTJ. We built an amazing family with two kids, romantic love and relationships, together since 8 years, but we do fight, sometimes even a lot. The thing is both of us are always right and knows better☺️. But even though we are so similar and this helps us a lot, feeling like you are on the same wave with your man. 

AnonENTJ (not verified) says...

I am in the same situation, two ENTJs and similar amount of time also. I agree, having the same mindset is awesome. There is barely a time when we dont understand the others point of view. If we dont, you know the other is very willing to take as much time as needed to explain it haha!!

ClaytonSnider (not verified) says...

I think, as an ENTJ myself, it's quite possible two ENTJs could find a mutual understanding of loyalty and reliability and with that call it true love. Love to me is a decision not always a feeling, because feelings change often and drastically, love is a steady commitment. Having made that choice on either and both of their parts they may choose to forever be together. Is that romantic? Maybe not to most but having a life long partner that understands you and works well with you sounds romantic to me.

Nupur7 (not verified) says...

Being an ENTJ woman, I completely agree with this.

John Wilder (not verified) says...

Well lets see if a woman agrees with your opinion. I would hope so but women generally don't think like men

Seqular Seattle (not verified) says...

You are on a MBTI website but you abandon the model in favor of simplistic gender stereotypes? You should know that NT women are uncommon and "female" traits are therefore based mostly on SFs and NFs. I am disappointed in such sloppy thinking from an ENTJ (also your lack of appropriate punctuation). NT women are just as rational, ambitious, and generally awesome as NT men although we have often learned to don a nice veneer to get by. But, as I am demonstrating right now, we really do not value being nice.  We care much more about what is right than how anyone feels about it. 

 

John Wilder (not verified) says...

Yes men and women identified as ENTJ's have many similar thought patterns in terms of analytical skills but there is still a gender difference between men and women and men outnumber women ENTJs overwhelmingly in terms or raw numbers and percentages.  Let me give you and example.  I will be teaching marriage seminars in the near future and there is a gender trait unique to women of all personality types.  If the woman can in any way perceive a comment made by their husband as a critique of her often she will go NUCLEAR on his ass, yelling, screaming, name calling, slamming doors usually the bedroom door where the sexual starvation begins. Then the ultimate punishment is the "silent treatment" which is cruel and unusual punishmnet.  I will be teaching the women better conflict resolutions skills rather than just inflicting punishment on her husband.  Now as to my punctuation, this is not an English comp class and is just quick answers and I don't always bother with punctuation even though as a published writer I know punctuation.  Nitpicking on your part and again just putdowns which don't do anything other than to give you satisfaction for slamming me but I understand.

NikitaENTJ (not verified) says...

John Wilder, your seminars seem a little gender specific, since any human who is critiqued as you put it, will react negatively to varying degrees if the that critique isnt constructive, delivered with empathy and the understanding that they are speaking to another human being with feelings. Maybe you should try teaching how to communicate effectively rather than teaching women to be more pliable to their husbands criticism. A woman is not a doll to be programmed to react in a specific way to make a marriage work. Sexual starvation? Women punishing men? So you’ve probably had a hard time in your own relationships and have very meager understanding that you BOTH have a hand in how a relationship becomes successful and now your inflicting that experience on the women you bring into your circle of influence?. What on earth are you teaching? if you want sex then be freakin sexy for crying out loud, critique isnt sexy! Making someone feel bad about themselves isnt the path to getting your freak on, it doesnt matter who you are. Women are passionate and sensual beings, you should be teaching the guys how to tap into that energy rather than teaching women not to inflict punishment. Seriously, you should think about getting another job, or take some personal development classes for yourself, your focus is very gender biased, and it seems like you need to overcome your own personal traumas before you can give effective advice to the rest of humanity. Your embellishments of a womens response to men in marriage are typical of a man who has suffered similar experience. You think your teaching women better conflict resolution skills when really all you want to do is to teach women to react in a way that is calculated to produce the experience YOU desired in your own life. Programming them to make them respond to the way you desire, rather than making both genders understand each other, communicate empathetically with each other, so that they don’t criticise each other in the first place. You need to heal yourself first, because if you insist on trying to heal others before overcoming your own issues, that healing will remain very one sided.

AnonENTJ (not verified) says...

That's quite an exaggeration based on stereotypes. I am an ENTJ woman married to an ENTJ man and we barely fight. We both think through situations and know the other is always trying to do the right thing. We are just human once in a while and make small mistakes but we get over it fast. It's not fun to hear criticism but if the person giving it is genuine it is meant to help make things better, not said just to hurt someone. Read the recent article from today on this website on TJ/TJ marriages.

MelanieL (not verified) says...

To second the other poster, this is not a "female" trait.  To give you some anecdotal points from another ENTJ female, I'm often described as robotic and unemotional by men in terms of conflict or in situations where emotional displays are expected, particularly when they are emoting at me.  I care about efficiency and productivity and I find yelling, screaming, namecalling, slamming doors, crying, etc. to be inefficient and unproductive.  I find untethered emotional responses rather repulsive and go directly into trying to find resolution.  If someone just wants to "vent" and not problem solve, my interest and patience level is almost non-existent as I see "venting" rather valueless.  I've seen more explosively emotional reactions from men than from women before (and I have worked in hypermasculine career fields for most of my life), particularly from ENFP and INTJ men.  Have you read about attachment theory (anxious, avoidant, fearful, secure, etc.)?  One's attachment style is also not gender dependent and relates to what you wrote above.  I'm concerned that the "emotional" men and "unemotional" women in your group are going to feel quite ostracized but aren't going to let you know about it.

Seqular Seattle (not verified) says...

Dear John, 

It is simply not true that all women go "nuclear" in response to perceived criticism, and it would be unusual for an ENTJ woman to act as you describe. We are much more likely to retreat into our head (our NT safe place) and strategically plan our next move than to indulge in an emotional outburst. I am sorry if that has been your experience, but it was probably not with NT women. We are quite rare, as you note. Men, of course, are also quite capable of ranting & raving, as well as shutting down. Surely your seminar will include conflict resolution skills for them as well. The Gottmans' well-regarded research has identified criticism, contempt, defensiveness, and stonewalling as the four most significant predictors of divorce. These behaviors have no association with gender. I would suggest reading their work to get a more balanced, data-driven perspective. Re my comments on punctuation & grammar - the interesting part to me is that in several ways you do not seem true to type. ENTJs, in our constant striving for expertise and respect, seldom "don't bother" to present ourselves as best we can, whether in person or on a page. We also rarely make statements like "all women".... because we realize such absolutes are almost never correct. 

ENTPFart (not verified) says...

My mother was an ENTJ and would go NUCLEAR about ANYTHING that challenged her personality/authority. But go off. 

Female 1%er (not verified) says...

Agreed!!  John, you are so wrong about ENTJ women.

Ally1988 (not verified) says...

Women? Do you have the ability to multiply?!

Esmeralda Monroy (not verified) says...

I can multiply the amount of times you use your closed-minded thinking by the amount of times you hit on a girl and accurately determine that you'll remain alone for the rest of your life, misogynist. 

AnonINTP (not verified) says...

Most men are out there conquering the world. aha

Guest (not verified) says...

I KNOW RIGHT. I feel like it should be more of the population because i am a student and we did this but 8 of 29 of us had ESTJ

Jhon (not verified) says...

Maybe you and your students friends have same hobbies 

Guest (not verified) says...

Yea, but you are in school based on your major, which would have similar personality styles.

Guest Miami (not verified) says...

I couldn't agree more. It makes sense now. Total natural born leaders!

Guest (not verified) says...

I am 100% ENTJ

Sharif (not verified) says...

INTJ is the closest to  my personality by the hair, in other words this prsonality test fails to meet my personality which is disappointing, given the options that are given, this is the closest one yet by two reasones. So this test did not apply to me for some reasone 

AnonINTP (not verified) says...

ENTJs are sure about their personality type. You're not one, and you aren't an INTJ either, too emotional.. maybe ISFJ, by the b**ching ;)

Ming (not verified) says...

Hahahaha love it

hey, guys! (not verified) says...

I love to see kids playing!!

=P

Chrissssss (not verified) says...

In fact, if you are ENTJ, you are logical and analytical. So you’d know that this test is flawed and unreliable ( for explanations why, look on google). Hence, you wouldn’t be certain that any of these 16 personality types describes you perfectly. I am largely ENTJ, however the test doesn’t correctly describe all of my characteristics. It’s just an approximation. Maybe, bro, you aren’t the ENTJ?

Saturniid (not verified) says...

AnonINTP, please don't troll. And provide credible information, unlike the stereotyping you just brought to light.

MBTI focuses on how one processes information, via thought or feeling, etc. I'm 110% INTP but not all of us categorically fit via every generalized description. For instance, I'm a bit more in-tune with my emotional side than once was, but there's still that underlying distance because of thought value. And generally, the older/more mature someone becomes, the harder it is to type them.

To the one that was unsure, if you want more clarity, focus on and learn more about cognitive funtion usage and priorities, and take a look at the functional stacks for each type. Try taking the individual tests too, like one for usage of Te or Ti, another for Se or Si, etc, etc. Keep in mind, once you find your functional stack, researching the MBTI that's correlated to it won't always match up to par with your personality because the whole of your mind cannot be reduced to a simple four letters on a web page. :)

AnonINTP (not verified) says...

Awn.. 110% INFP, so cute trying to save the world.

RealENTJ (not verified) says...

Daw....How cute! And freakishly adorable. A freakishly adorable INTP (or so it's been claimed!) found in the ENTJ's home turf. You're barking up the wrong tree, lad. Ever heard of the Jungian cognitive functions, bro? Yeah, didn't think so. Because if you knew what you were worth, you'd be surprised at what personality type you might actually be. 

Saturniid (not verified) says...

AnonINTP- And this is why INTPS get such a bad rap most of the time, and it's rather ironic to our functions-- over-generalizing trolls spreading poor, barely credible information.

Of course, just because I've managed to develop my Fe qualities a bit, you assume me to be an INFP. You're proving my point about generalizing. Sorry, but the last heavy assessent I had function-wise, everyone broke it down into very clear dominant Ti, since it's all about clarification--the exact intention of my prior statement, and inferior Fe, because despite the fact it's developed more, I still suck with recognising or even dealing with emotions, and Fi is the opposite of that. There is nothing about me that's dominant Fi. Lol.

 

But that's enough about me. I was informing someone else and clarifying that tests and letter dichotomies are simply unreliable because they're based on generalizations and percentiles. Meanwhile, I simply found your oddly moody trolling rather illogical, so it left me questioning why you were needlessly immature about it, that's all.

Anyway, this is senseless and even more so due in part to the fact that this somehow turned into an INFP/INTP prod on the ENTJ page of all places.

ENTP Annie (not verified) says...

"... this somehow turned into an INFP/INTP prod on the ENTJ page of all places.... " so funny ... I normally do not comment on any of open comment debates but this comment really made me laugh ... I am just trying to picture any of the ENTJ's I know toes being stepped on ... 

Intpsavage (not verified) says...

lol intps trying to dominate the entj section for no reason

Saturniid (not verified) says...

Haha. That wasn't my intention, though I apologize since I'm an INTP that participated in responding to the other supposed INTP. This definitely wasn't the page to be doing that on. I just get irritated at the trolls that give INTP a bad rap. Well, that, and inaccurate information.

 

Anyway, I should stop typing before this becomes another wall of text. I hope you have a good day!

Ghost (not verified) says...

You're trying way too hard to be cold, it's honestly a boring act. If you want to be rude at least grow some balls and be more upfront. The passive aggressive act is pathetic.

Ziad says...

or intp like u

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