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The ENTP Personality Type

ENTPs are inspired innovators, motivated to find new solutions to intellectually challenging problems. They are curious and clever, and seek to comprehend the people, systems, and principles that surround them. Open-minded and unconventional, Visionaries want to analyze, understand, and influence other people.

ENTPs enjoy playing with ideas and especially like to banter with others. They use their quick wit and command of language to keep the upper hand with other people, often cheerfully poking fun at their habits and eccentricities. While the ENTP enjoys challenging others, in the end they are usually happy to live and let live. They are rarely judgmental, but they may have little patience for people who can't keep up.

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What does ENTP stand for?

ENTP is an acronym used to describe one of the sixteen personality types created by Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers. It stands for Extraverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, Perceiving. ENTP indicates a person who is energized by time spent with others (Extraverted), who focuses on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details (iNtuitive), who makes decisions based on logic and reason (Thinking) and who prefers to be spontaneous and flexible rather than planned and organized (Perceiving). ENTPs are sometimes referred to as Visionary personalities because of their passion for new, innovative ideas.

ENTP Values and Motivations

ENTPs are energized by challenge and are often inspired by a problem that others perceive as impossible to solve. They are confident in their ability to think creatively, and may assume that others are too tied to tradition to see a new way. The Visionary relies on their ingenuity to deal with the world around them, and rarely finds preparation necessary. They will often jump into a new situation and trust themselves to adapt as they go.

ENTPs are masters of re-inventing the wheel and often refuse to do a task the same way twice. They question norms and often ignore them altogether. Established procedures are uninspiring to the Visionary, who would much rather try a new method (or two) than go along with the standard.

How Others See the ENTP

ENTPs are typically friendly and often charming. They usually want to be seen as clever and may try to impress others with their quick wit and incisive humor. They are curious about the world around them, and want to know how things work. However, for the ENTP, the rules of the universe are made to be broken. They like to find the loopholes and figure out how they can work the system to their advantage. This is not to say the Visionary is malicious: they simply find rules limiting, and believe there is probably a better, faster, or more interesting way to do things that hasn’t been thought of before.

The ENTP is characteristically entrepreneurial and may be quick to share a new business idea or invention. They are confident and creative, and typically excited to discuss their many ingenious ideas. The ENTP’s enthusiasm for innovation is infectious, and they are often good at getting other people on board with their schemes. However, they are fundamentally “big-picture” people, and may be at a loss when it comes to recalling or describing details. They are typically more excited about exploring a concept than they are about making it reality, and can seem unreliable if they don’t follow through with their many ideas.

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How rare is the ENTP personality type?

ENTP is one of the rarer types in the population. ENTPs make up:

  • 3% of the general population
  • 4% of men
  • 2% of women

Famous ENTPs

Famous ENTPs include Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, Richard Feynman, Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolo Machiavelli, John Stuart Mill, Jon Stewart, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and Conan O’Brien

ENTP Quotes

"ENTPs tend to be independent, analytical, and impersonal in their relations with people, and they are more apt to consider how others may affect their projects than how their projects may affect others."

- Isabel Briggs Myers, Gifts Differing

"ENTPs are the most reluctant of all the types to do things in a particular manner just because that is the way things have always been done."

- David Keirsey, Please Understand Me II

"Don't tell an ENTP that we can't fly a rocket to Mars, build a 200-story skyscraper, or communicate over two-way wrist radios. That will be an invitation for the ENTP to prove you wrong."

- Otto Kroeger, Type Talk at Work

Facts about ENTPs

Interesting facts about the ENTP:

  • On personality trait scales, scored as Enterprising, Friendly, Resourceful, Headstrong, Self-Centered, and Independent
  • Least likely of all types to suffer heart disease and hypertension
  • Least likely of all types to report stress associated with family and health
  • Scored among highest of all types in available resources for coping with stress
  • Overrepresented among those with Type A behavior
  • Among highest of all types on measures of creativity
  • One of two types most frequent among violators of college alcohol policy
  • Among types most dissatisfied with their work, despite being among the types with highest income
  • Commonly found in careers in science, management, technology, and the arts

Source: MBTI Manual

ENTP Hobbies and Interests

Popular hobbies for the ENTP include continuing education, writing, art appreciation, playing sports, computers and video games, travel, and cultural events.

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Cd (not verified) says...

I'm 18 currently working on my health science degree with a track in dental hygiene. Im struggling to figure out if this career is really the best choice. I've always had a creative side but it's been buried for so long and I feel like its to late for me to pick that back up. Any suggestions for careers that pay good but won't make me want to blow my brains out from boredom.

Rpwhit (not verified) says...

Hi Cd,  i am 68 year old ENTP who (accidently) found being an RN (male) has been a good match for me for 39 years.  I was a plumber before making the switch.  It is a good match because it is people oriented, both with peers and patients.  The doors open to a Bach of Science Nursing are many and varied.  Pay is good and job security is as solid as it gets - plus you can work anywhere you want to go.  Bordom is only if you want it .. ER, ICU, CRNA, surgery .. you can lateral to any of those with as little as 6 weeks.  You never have to get stuck.  Plus they like people with good process skills.  

Crows090909 (not verified) says...

I'm a dental hygienist, also an ENTP and it is quite possibly one of the worst matches out there 🤷🏼‍♀️. Great job, but I'm absolutely miserable doing it. Good luck! 

Rflaherty says...

I work as an Electrician at 35 years old having trained over the last 5 year. I have tried my hand in many other fields such as Teaching, Coaching, Care, Retail, Estate Agent, Printing Hoodies (side hustle). Many!! I have learnt a lot from each of those roles.

 

What I do know is that as an Electrician I am highly valued in society. It pays well. The knowledge aspect of my work, particularly electrical testing, is challenging. I can work for myself. I can learn a lot about technology and how the world around me works. I meet lots of people and I also learn a lot from the Tradesmen and Provider personality types around me. (Which I have only just found out is something our personality type can learn a lot from).

 

Don't be afraid to explore different carer paths, you are very young now. You have years to see so much in the world.

 

All the best.

 

Rob - Manchester, England.

The Marine (not verified) says...

I went from working from wanting to be an Electrical engineer through high-school to wanting to be an underwater welder. I ended up joining the Marine Corps  best decision for me. It was high pace, high reward (value wise) highly intellectually stimulating and was a huge part to what I am now, it showed me that I'm not only smart and motivated but that I can motivate others as well and wanted to seek something like that. So I got out as a sgt in 4 years and began working to start my own company, long story short moved up from laborer at a construction company to Project manager in 5 months, also part time on-site property manager at my building, playing the stock market, consulting friends and family on the side, and doing Doordash on my Harley for fun. So its tough yes but trust me money isn't important especially at 18 I'm 24 and I'm just now ok with making money before I didn't like it, I wanted to enjoy the work I'm doing vs making money. Anyways I am now finally utilizing my G.I bill to study Pychology with the intent of enrolling in Law School I want to be a Lawyer to protect those that cannot protect themselves. My values are Intelligence, honesty, and justice. No matter what those have always come up in my life and as a lawyer those are all there. At least for me I will do everything I can not to lie.

Britttanysharpe says...

My bf is an entp and he switched his major like 4 times and graduated at 36 despite having a track record of academic success. His advice was pick something that generally aligns with the activities you truly enjoy (money/prestige/other people aside). Namely, he meant liberal arts - do you like writing? Do you like drawing? Do you see yourself designing artistic projects and enjoying that? Or stem - do you like looking through a microscope? Genuinely. Do you like math a lot genuinely? Physics? Or the last category was social science. Do you like contemplating philosophy? Do you like business related tasks? ?  Etc. He said pick one broad category and stick with it the four years to save money and then move from there because life only gets more expensive and it's best to advance your career earlier according to him. It can also be traumatizing not having the flexibility a college degree allows for with ENTP personality type, I feel.

Lukas (not verified) says...

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Pikachu (not verified) says...

Dang I really thought I was an INFP all this time...well, this makes a little more sense? The descriptions vary between websites, so I'd say I'm a little of both, definetly less structured and a "thinker" than it says. But hey, apparently I'm charming, so...

Chad ENTP (not verified) says...

Ahhh... My fellow ENTPs, i guess we can all agree: Our comment section have the most beautiful, extensive and detailed Walls of Text than any other personality type... I almost can't hold the urge to join you all myself... Even the illiterate guy managed, somehow.

Rflaherty says...

Top Comment. Ha, Ha.

Matt 79 (not verified) says...

I can't agree more, Chad. What only proves your point more is the fact that the illiterate guy is only 3 yo. That's right, entp's are also geniuses as children who, true to their type, don't want to waste time with the small detail of spell check.

ENTP CHAD (not verified) says...

Wow! That's very impressive! As a father of a newborn i can only hope my son manages to receive that level of incentive and encouragement as that kid. Tell him he's not only very inteligent, but specially very brave, which is in my opinion the most pertinent and world changing quality that i know of. Congratulations!

tony perez (not verified) says...

i will like to be a argitect because i like to creat and dising things to build

tony perez (not verified) says...

i am veary ferlses because i trust my gut i know whats whrite and wats rong and i have a lot of comfedens in my self that i will do good

Hades (not verified) says...

Words make togeather with sentence also. Letters can order different from regular stance but implications maintained. 

Only1tyler (not verified) says...

lol.. dude.. you need some education. Your spelling is damn-near horrific. Like if the movies Saw and the dictionary had a baby... that would be your text-to-speech

BareFoot (not verified) says...

Hey, chill - and lot less J. English might be second language, for one. Two, I know a lot of brilliant people for whom spelling is not their forte. Also, they didn't say they wanted to be an architect, not a writer, so...,

hehee (not verified) says...

why u gotta do him like that XDXD i laughed too hard

Andy Clarkson (not verified) says...

I took the MB personality test almost 20 years ago and was told I am ENTP which explained a lot.. None of this seemed all that important at the time but I was also told my best suited career as an ENTP was real estate. This was important becuase I had been in that industry for over 10 years before moving into technology. It is only now looking back having connected the dots that it all makes sense. As Steve Jobs said you cannot connect the dots looking forward, so you have to trust that they will somehow connect in the future. The point I am making here is that having an ENTP personality is like being given a tool like a paintbrush. It is how you use that tool that counts and only are the barrier to the masterpiece. 

When I worked in Estate Agency my ENTP big picture mind worked very well at putting togethet property deals becuase I 'saw' the connections. I did not however see my  entreprenuer self as an estate agent. I would not settle and my refusal to settle until I had found what I truly loved is fundemental. "Only when you love the work you do can you do great work". I found that by ditching the rat race and moving into a cabin where I lived and worked getting a part time income but free from distraction I could focus my own project. For me that was what I needed and I loved it, it was the happiest time of my life. 

What I know now is that to make the leap from working for some-one else to making it as an innovator on your own you will come accross so much negative feedback and resistance to your ideas that it will seem that you are crazy to continue. Many people fail becuase they give up which is really the sane thing to do, it is so much easier. Also too many distractions such as family a relationship or children will suffer. No matter how good your ideas are the personal battle to see them make reality may be more than most can take. 

 Again as Steve Jobs said 'those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do'.

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AlwaysSeeking42 (not verified) says...

Just want to add my 3 cents on ENTP and typology in general. While Meyer Brigg types feel generally accurate, they are still generalized descriptions, so many people may score as an ENTP but not necessarily identify with all of the descriptions. Researching the theory behind the Meyers Briggs and the components that comprise these type-codes helped me better understand how it specifically applies and allowed me the confidence to rely on the results by understanding the logic.  

 I, for example, am ENTP, but express lower extroversion, and am only a few questions away from scoring as an INTP.  This may seem like a small difference and many assume that all else is the same, except for more introverted tendencies, but this isn't true.  

The 16 Meyers Briggs codes are actually just formulas that indicate what your cognitive preferences are.  These cognitive preferences were theorized by Carl Jung, and later used by Meyers-Briggs to establish the system we use today.  The real significance of the code you score, is the cognitive preferences they reveal.  Its called a "cognitive function stack".

 According to Jung, an individual's personality traits were resultant of how they Perceived the world and how they Judged the world.  His model proposed 4 different cognitive functions, 2 perceiving, and 2 judging.  Perceiving is divided into Intuiting and Sensing.  Judging is divided into Thinking and Feeling.  According to this model, we perform 2 of these functions internally (introverted) And 2 of these externally (extroversion).  Additionally, we all express a preference and dominance for these functions in order of dominance and strength.  (Its best thought of in terms of handedness.  Although, you can use both hands, we obvious excell, and thus rely on our dominant hand to perform most functions).  In similar fashion, we have inborn cognitive preferences that become progressively reinforced and develop throughout life.  

ANYWAY.....  for ENTP's, our cognitive stack is as follows:  1st preference = Extroverted Intuition N(e), followed by our Introverted Thinking T(i) as 2nd preference.  3rd preference = Extroverted Feeling F(e), and 4th is Introverted Sensing S(e).  

So what makes ENTP's "extroverts" is that their dominant function is extroverted Intuiting, meaning we are constantly scanning our external environment for information and recognizing patterns and connecting  disparate, unrelated fundamental concepts, or "big picture" prospecting.  It's the reason why we avoid committing to one thing, or confining to "limitations".  (We are called to explore the possibilities of the world and seek that which is fundamental to all things, in different forms).

 We then bring that information INWARD w/ T(i), where we have a discriminating and thorough matrix, or library of information where we judge information, verify it's truth, consistency, and organize.  So our external worlds are disorganized and distracted as we constantly seek exposure to any and all things, and our internal worlds, are organized, interconnected, and more structured.

Our 3rd function, (extroverted Feeling) indicates a tendency to evaluate people and social contexts and evaluate the values and climate of interpersonal dynamics, making ENTP's socially ABLE (if not always socially inclined) as well as provide the ability to read, analyze, manipulate, influence others, recognize power dynamics and exploit for gain, manipulate for enhancement or goal objective, or improve for the sake of harmony.  With that comes a keen ability to read people, recognize subtle social cues, and often seek to understand human motivation.  Sensing as 4th function is our weakest and explains why details, repetition, follow through, timeliness, etc. are not our best traits!  Although, under distress, or if ignoring these "detail" tasks for long periods of time, this 4th/Inferior function can manifest in maladaptive ways and become hyperactive.  Such examples are bouts of "obsessive detail, OCD tendencies, episodes others would describe as being a "control freak", and perfectionism (especially with projects you feel showcase your valued talents). 

There's plenty more info online but each of these cognitive functions reveal specific ways of behavior or rather ways of thinking that coincide with general behavioral outcomes.  Discovering and reading on this is REALLY accurate, psychoeducational, and helpful towards deeper understanding of yourself.  I highly recommend delving further into the implications of typing.  You may even discover that the test wasn't accurate, in which case breaking it down to the respective functions could help you better identify your type in instance where you fall close to the middle of each dimensional scale.  Anyway, thought it could be useful for whomever has a deeper interest in learning more about it wasn't quite sold on the logic or validity behind type-assessments.  

Jessica Fallstich (not verified) says...

Thank you, that was well put. Will do!

 

AnnieENTP (not verified) says...

If you go to the 16-personalitie site and check out the debater personality, or ENTP, if gives the percentage for each letter. ENTP people are 53% etroverted, according to them, which makes sense by what ypou are saying. We are the most introverted extroverts, and if we were 4% more introverted, we would be INTP.

glovey1104 (not verified) says...

Thank you! Again, this is scarily accurate and I resonate with literally everything above! 

LoveNina (not verified) says...

Omg! Thank you so much for that comment it has made everything make so much more sense

Meyersbriggscurious (not verified) says...

AlwaysSeeking42:

Interesting! I am an xNTP and I feel the introvert/extrovert mix is accurate. So I was intrigued to read your analysis after stating you were E but with lower extrovert traits. Your description made sense and felt very accurate to me. Where is a good place to start delving further into typing? 

Jakethurman17 (not verified) says...

Thanks! I just started learning ab all this and that really helped understand the processes and information behind it. 

 

Gnome (not verified) says...

Hi Seeking,

I've read your comments with interest - thanks. Nicely written, well structured, and a lot to relate to in there.

Like you, I've come up as INTP a few times, but more generally as an E. Maybe this variability comes out of IT2 performing its analytical work as a kind of game-play, a juggling act. 

I suspect the combination of EN1 and IT2 with IP3 is a reason for the type's interest in the game of discovery and invention, rather than Finding An Answer.

In any event, I do ageee it's an interesting field when you get into it.

Again, well done on your clarity - enjoyed it.

 

MissNeona (not verified) says...

I appreciate the insight - I bet you always take a towel with you wherever you go. Are you an ENTP yourself? 

Will C (not verified) says...

Thankyou so much for this analysis of the type. I identified massively with your apraisal of our weakest element in the 4th function of sensing. As a sufferer of 'following through and procrastination', personally due to not knowing which option to go for, and thus sitting at the cross roads of inaction, to be most enlightening.

Equally, as someone who is also on the cusp of another type ENFP (In fact I get ENFP as my dominant type with 47% T and 53% F). I wondered if we/I can be 'a bit of both'? (Something we aren't afforded by being on the cusp of 2 star signs!! I joke of course! or do I? ;-) )

One thing I did want to raise with you (bouncing ideas etc) was the concept of the Ambivert, which is when one is both Introverted and Extroverted. Of course there is a sliding scale between the 2. Do you think the Ambivert is real, or Just an Extrovert who is having a bit of me time, and the Introvert simply remains as such?

Thanks again. Your comments were a fascinating read, and I am grateful for your research and sharing. Big love.

BoedicaZ (not verified) says...

I find that a good judge of true introversion or extroversion is whether being with people drains or recharge you. Everyone needs some time alone and some people time. For those of us in middle of this sliding scale, how we recharge reveals our core intro or extroverion.

Firefly (not verified) says...

This is ridiculously accurate for me as an ENTP, though I'm often underestimated since I had the misfortune of being born the youngest child. I love to study these personality types and learn about the people I know. I'm not surprised that this type is rare. It makes sense, considering I have trouble finding people like me. I'm very creative and I like challenges. 

ZoeENTP (not verified) says...

Oh this is fabulous! So as an ENTP I become unbelievably bored doing the same thing repetitively...although I can become completely obsessed if something has alot of depth and significance. Reading these responses...I truly believe the Bipolar or ADHD negative "diagnosis" is when ENTP's are put in the wrong environment - ie highly restrictive, boring and low requirement for intelligence - add to that lack of outlet for creativity and being held back from driving things forward and lo and behold you get "bipolar and ADHD" in the right environment ENTP's will reach the sky and beyond.

Ashley Magnuson (not verified) says...

Yes!! I have been diagnosed with both ADHD and OCD by separate people in different times of my life. This realization of my type explains so much about the hyperfocus/ distraction problem I've encountered so many times!

Groovelady (not verified) says...

I’m an ENTP female with ADHD. Crushing on my friend of 30 years who is likely an INTJ. I am considered successful in my career, but I’m stalled, having begun a big project that is really a lot of little projects, and that big project has become a laboratory for all my experiments.

I’m just interested in too many things, and it’s just too difficult to complete all my projects with two kids and being a single mom!

 

 

justReplier (not verified) says...

hi recently i found nice article about how to beat what you talk about... google entp hack... article described how to make todo list but call it wish list... then work on task you want, when yoy are bored as usual just make note where you stopped and work on another task from list you are intetested in... im also ENTP :) 

meetoo (not verified) says...

I'm an ENTP who's totally into an INTJ friend too.  Mind blown... 

no one reads your comments except me and i don't care (not verified) says...

I love how all the ENTPs have ADHD

Danielle Salomon (not verified) says...

I have ADHD and I am not an ENTP, but it's great to see so many people with ADHD.

Rob In (not verified) says...

I am an ENTP and I definitely don't have ADH... oh look! A butterfly! 

duck (not verified) says...

My man, yes. That is me in an infinite amount of unive.........BUTTERFLY

 

Katespy (not verified) says...

I dont have ENTP. :) I have incredible focus. But my daughter has ADHD, and I often wonder if I just passed it down 'cause I had it laying around. lol

Marteen says...

This made my brain happy. Yep I'm an ENTP

Hugsforhippogryphs (not verified) says...

I consider myself an ENTP with well controlled, non clinical ADHD. In elementary school I studied for spelling b's in a handstand, in college I played tetris through all my boring classes, and now with my doctorate I literally have silly putty at my desk so I have something to do with my hands when I enevitably get board trying to actually complete whatever task I thought was a great idea to start. 

ENTP Female (not verified) says...

They don't, actually.

Groovelady (not verified) says...

This is true.

Why, though? It seems odd that a personality type is also a match for a particular divergence from what is considered neurotypical-specifically ADHD. Why wouldn’t INTPs also be represented? Or ESFPs? 

I get how xNxP hits all the ADHD markers—xAbstraction xPerceiving/Possibilities, but why the E and the T?

Eric Chambers (not verified) says...

Im an ENTP and have insane ADHD lol didnt realize it was a trend

Amelia (not verified) says...

I also am a female ENTP with severe ADHD 😂 I think the traits go hand in hand 

Sonia B (not verified) says...

I too have ADHD. Took this last year and for some reason talked about it yesterday. I then wanted to see what type of personalities I would connect with relationship wise. As I started to read the comments, I realized, I was not alone.

Job wise, I believe it's safe to assume, it's best we have a job that intellectually stimulates us. 
I'm currently in a sales position.

Jen Ytal (not verified) says...

I hate norms! They don't need to exist. Normies are fine, as long as they don't spit on me. Anyhow, norms are just a limit. I want to do something! Go somewhere! (By the way, the floor is a nice place, but whenever I lay on it and stare at the ceiling, people ask me how old I am. Age is just a number. Call me immature, I don't care.)

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