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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.

How common 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 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.

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.

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

Quotes About ENTPs

"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

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BjornGT (not verified) says...

My life has always been constantantly looking for new knowledge, although I rarely specialize in anything. All my friends think of me as the "mr know it all". And I use it all the time...coffee break at work I always try to break down my collegues arguments, I rarely walk away from any discussion. One of my weaknesses is that I pretty quickly categorize them, usually after first meeting. It actually makes me happy when I'm proven wrong in that respect. I work as salesman, working with complex  systems, with regular customer contact. When I book meetings I always try to get my customers to be more than 5 people in the meetings. For some reason I find that putting me in a superior position towards them. I know that out of the 5 there are seldom more than one that is tough and competent. The rest will almost always buy my arguments and they almost become my assistants. I know it's "ugly" but it works very well. My collegues don't understand my way of working. They always seem to find themselves as underdogs when having sales meetings with many opponents. I have tried to explain my theory to them without succes. 

I'm a guitarist and I love playing. Every now and then I decide to become better at it and starts with serious training...it usually last for a day or two. It's impossible for me to schedule practise and follow it through. 

I have an understanding wife, she knows all my quirks. I often get ideas of how to improve our house and garden. I start the practical work but never ever get it completely done. It always ends with her bringing professionals to finish what I started. 

It's only a couple years since I made the first test and got my "diagnos", after that I've done it a couple of times. Always ENTP no matter if I'm sad, angry, normal etc when I do it. I find it interesting to see and get answers why I am like I am. Unfortunately I'm bipolar 2, many of the things that come with that fits the description of ENTP. I actually believes that many ENTP's also are bipolar 2. If you're interested, read about it. I think some of you will recognise yourself. That of doesn't mean that you're bipolar. Although I find it very interesting. I have to medicate everyday to keep my bipolar side less prominent, but all features of ENTP stays put.

I apologize if my english is not perfect...I'm a swede trying my best.

Mistakai says...

In regards to your bipolar 2 and it's correlation to ENTP types - that's a really interesting concept.  I'm ENTP and also bipolar 2, but had never put the two together.  Food for thought, thanks for posting.  Best of luck with the hard times - they come and go 

An INTP (not verified) says...

E is for entertaining

N is for now we're getting ideas rolling

T is for think of all the possibilities

P is for pretty much has own mind

tanstaafl28 says...

We have a lot superpowers, but they come with a price. We don't always know what to do with them. It gets easier with age and experience. You will calm down and find it easier to stick to one lane at a time. Keep being you. The rest will shake out as you go. 

Vine (not verified) says...

The whole comment thread about the spelling of verbage and verbiage is so hilarious. Soooo ENTP, love you guys 😂😂😂

ELIZABETH PFOTZER (not verified) says...

For God's sake, I've had that very same conversation...why God's sake, I  to now haveask...

GenXNotMillenial (not verified) says...

ENTP’s thankfully mellow out as we age, depending.  Recently found out my ex is an INFJ, as is my current partner of 10 years plus.  Coincidence has nothing to do with it.  Literally they are the only ones that can put up with me, apparently.  INFJ males are the rarest type and ENTP females although not the rarest, we are still pretty hard to find irl.  If you can find this combo, consider yourself quite lucky.  (Tbh I don’t even understand how these 2 types would meet irl)   It doesn’t seem to work in reverse with INFJ female and ENTP male, both logically and from my personal observation of 1 instance.  If I had to guess, entp’s male or female, have more testosterone making it a bit out of balance if you are a male ENTP with an INFJ female partner.  It could work in a same sex combination though.  In general I do not think ENTP and ENFP should date, but they do make for fantastic friends.  That being said, I do know a couple who is ENTJ male with ENFP/ENTP and I believe it’s the opposite J and P that allows that relationship work.  

All this being said, generally speaking I think ENTP’s under 40 are a nightmare.  I put my darling INFJ through hell and back.  These days I try to be less selfish, and perhaps other ENTP females are better than I, but knowing the personality and the development first-hand, I am sure other ENTP females and males were just as annoying and irritating when young.  Kind of like a toddler that constantly questions and pushes boundaries.  Eventually the toddler will grow up, but the question is when?  Some people love the exuberance of toddlers but others just hate children.... which explains why some people instantly hate us;)

P’s should be matched with J’s definitively!  Aside from that, I personally think ENTP females and INFJ males can make for a very balanced pairing.  They can both think abstractly and have the oft plain weird thought and where one is more uptight and moral and the other is slightly more spontaneous and a bit wicked.  It’s how the political system is supposed to work; with checks and balances.  

 

NEPT (not verified) says...

You may want to look at it another way: It is extremely irritating for J to deal with P (because it comes in the way of day-to-day working)!  E & I will not have much of a conflict, though E can irritate I a lot more than the other way around!  N will not have issue with S and S will learn to use N and viceversa without complaining.  F & T can have conflicts, but not to the same level as J & P.

Based on this logic, good combination for ENTP could be in this order:

1. ENFP

2. INTP

3. ISTP

4. INFP

5. ENTJ: provided N & F is not higher for the P than for the J (higher N & F for ENTP means that ENTJ will have greater need to dominate the relationship)

Not an expert in the space, but my relationship with ENFP has gone rather well, even better than an ENTP!

 

sirenx. (not verified) says...

As a female infj who has observed and dated male entps, you are absolutely right. My true soulmate is an enfp. The entp male is WILD and too much for me to handle or even come to terms with. The ones I've met have issues far too much for me to deal with and we're insensitive and manipulative. My partner understands my emotions and their own, making it easier for them to be a kind and empathetic person. However, at the same time I wonder if they're a an entp who had a loving and supportive family to teach him healthy emotional habits. (Because they do possess a ton of traits of your typical entp and we're much more wild as a younger kid) ehhhh whatever, I love them very much either way. Lol

Suhbat (not verified) says...

That is very true. I am an entp at root but i occasionally turn into an enfp. I am always fluctuating between either personalities. A grown entp who is able to understand that not everyone is able to cope with their personalities is probably always becoming an enfp for those precious to them.

 

JLSEMS (not verified) says...

So, it's funny you should post the above because I am an INFJ female and my husband is an ENTP (I'm pretty sure at least, he won't take test).  I swear, I don't think anyone in the world would put up with his personality other than me, lol.  But for whatever reason, our relationship seems to work.  We've been married 17 years so far.  He's just now starting to grow up a tiny bit and he's 50. He's a very strange mix of super silly, super emotional and super aggressive when it comes to what he wants in life. I'm much more of a supporter type that avoids conflict, sees the good in everyone and wants to keep my people happy. But I am very closed off and can come across as cold and serious at times so that's when his ridiculous side helps me open up a bit.  Plus we both like our space and are very independent so neither of us has to be attached at the hip. I guess we're both just complete weirdos if I think about it but all 'N' types, since we are rarer, do seem to blend into the world a little less than the sensors. Anyway, I just found your post to hit home and YES it can work in opposite direction, but I am a big time tomboy so that's probably why it works in our instance. I love all 'man' activities and I can be quite competitive and stubborn : )

GenXNotMillenial (not verified) says...

ENTP’s thankfully mellow out as we age, depending.  Recently found out my ex is an INFJ, as is my current partner of 10 years plus.  Coincidence has nothing to do with it.  Literally they are the only ones that can put up with me, apparently.  INFJ males are the rarest type and ENTP females although not the rarest, we are still pretty hard to find irl.  If you can find this combo, consider yourself quite lucky.  (Tbh I don’t even understand how these 2 types would meet irl)   It doesn’t seem to work in reverse with INFJ female and ENTP male, both logically and from my personal observation of 1 instance.  If I had to guess, entp’s male or female, have more testosterone making it a bit out of balance if you are a male ENTP with an INFJ female partner.  It could work in a same sex combination though.  In general I do not think ENTP and ENFP should date, but they do make for fantastic friends.  That being said, I do know a couple who is ENTJ male with ENFP/ENTP and I believe it’s the opposite J and P that allows that relationship work.  

All this being said, generally speaking I think ENTP’s under 40 are a nightmare.  I put my darling INFJ through hell and back.  These days I try to be less selfish, and perhaps other ENTP females are better than I, but knowing the personality and the development first-hand, I am sure other ENTP females and males were just as annoying and irritating when young.  Kind of like a toddler that constantly questions and pushes boundaries.  Eventually the toddler will grow up, but the question is when?  Some people love the exuberance of toddlers but others just hate children.... which explains why some people instantly hate us;)

P’s should be matched with J’s definitively!  Aside from that, I personally think ENTP females and INFJ males can make for a very balanced pairing.  They can both think abstractly and have the oft plain weird thought and where one is more uptight and moral and the other is slightly more spontaneous and a bit wicked.  It’s how the political system is supposed to work; with checks and balances.  

 

David452 (not verified) says...

Given your claim to be about visions of a better future, why has no a single one of you published on pollution free living? Accepting pollution as an inevitable part of being human automatically includes the acceptance that life is dispensable, yet you are part of said life itself? Our lifestyles is undoubtedly superior to our ancestors yet is so lacking in humility to where it's all taking place. Our dizzy heights mitigate the need to touch the very planet that carries us. In my vision of the future, you are not needed. Who is needed are people who Respect the very ground they walk on, and will give 100% of self to maintain contact with it, as it's your only food basket, no matter how near your supermarket may be. After 700 years the pope abdicated for a change. After 160 odd yrs in business big travel companies fail. The most technology airliners, fall from the sky. And electric blackouts happen without fail. And you place your Trust in this? Not very clever for a clever Trevor, is it

Dixie Lee (not verified) says...

I am an ENTP female who has been recycling even GUM WRAPPERS for over 20 years. I take a HUGE stance on environmental sustainability. Probably more than you do. AND I do not place trust in the enneagram. I find it hilarious, because we are constantly changing. I do NOT think we have a superior life to our ancestors. It is just different. We mostly don't behead people, simply poison them slowly.  I DO have hope for our future, and AM sorry for the fear I read between your condescending lines.

ThatCoolDude (not verified) says...

ENTPs and INFJs not listed as natural partners? Ehhh, doesn't really sound like it was written by somebody with much experience as an ENTP. If your non-empirical theorizing about relationships doesn't really match up with reality, you may want to chuck in the garbage and go with something else.

MeargleSchmeargle (not verified) says...

ENTP and proud of it! 99% of what they say here describes me to the letter.

Nico Q (not verified) says...

When my girlfriend and I started dating, I was an ENTP. During the beginning, I had asked her to take a series of tests to better understand who she is—whether it be her love languages or her MBTI. She was my complete opposite as ISFJ. I remember I told her I was doing everything academically in my power to become a doctor and was psyched to know that she was pursuing the medical field. Her MBTI was perfect for it! I was running through the lists of possible career choices for me and I'll never forget what she said: "I don't hear anything in the medical field." I'm sure there are a bunch of great medical doctors that are ENTP. However, it's through taking these tests over and over again every year that I began to think logically about what she said. So much of my academic perception about what I wanted to be revolved around what I grew up around. I thought about how I would act in a business setting and honestly, felt so much happier thinking about myself in that position than to be a medical doctor. Nowadays, I'm thankful for tests like these to help me reflect on my past and to help understand them to channel them into my future decisions!

Nigga (not verified) says...

nice

Wesley (not verified) says...

I am really unhappy with my results. I was wanting to see if I was going to be in law enforcement, but no, the freaking Meyers Briggs crushes dreams of hopeful people.

New Year ENTP (not verified) says...

Wesley, the whole point of taking this kind of personality test is to get to know yourself better and to see how you were created to function. Certain personalities will fit better in certain careers. When people are in a career that matches how they think and operate, they will usually be happier and more effective. If you are young and seeking a career, talk with a career guidance counselor about your results, and about your reasons for wanting to be in law enforcement.  Perhaps you may find an area that you could do well in and be happy in, while functioning in your natural personality style. Maybe you may look at other options you have never considered before.  Certainly these tests are not to crush dreams of hopeful people, but to steer them in a more clear and appropriate direction for career satisfaction. :)

OvO (not verified) says...

Oof I'm both an ENTP and an INTP

Cesca (not verified) says...

Good article, I'm a dudette and s'pose the ENTP's ENTP, working out as a strong entp or equivalent, whatever test i do.

In a highly compatible career as an ethical, scientific Anthropologist, who specialises in Palaeontology , i'm a happy bunny/

Sammi (not verified) says...

As an ENTP female (that sometimes swings to J) I have realised after almost half a century on this planet; that the order of senses is a better way for me to understand my emotions.

If the extroversion is in the drivers seat, and Intuition is in the passenger seat; thinking is in the back seat and my feelings are in the toddle booster seat behind me...

It's not that ENTP's don't have or understand their feelings, but that we go through logic and rationalising before applying it to our feelings. I have learnt to put aside my feelings in a given emotional situation; especially emotional conflicts, to allow myself the time it takes me to work it's way through (sometimes a few days later) to the toddles back seat to my feelings.

It is then, I can safely look at the whole of an emotional situation and see the big picture, which under unemotional situations, is something I need no time to arrive at a conclusion immediately. 

Richard H (not verified) says...

Interesting. I just went through the MBTI assessment and came out ENTP with very clear E & T, moderate N and slight P.  The ENTP characteristic that I strongly identify with is the way that I analyse and solve complex problems and build "what if" models (and tear them down) in my head. And when I commit my outputs to a plan they are usually 95% right. It's very inate with me, almost like breathing. I always thought it was because I've been an analyst all of my working life. I actually get frustrated with people that call themselves analysts and don't have that degree of mental agility. I also love the debate and the defending of a position....but I will always concede if I'm wrong. Yeah....ENTP fits me pretty well. And as for..."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." Absolutely! The definition of insanity is doing the same thing today that you did yesterday and expecting the outcome to be different!

Danelroy (not verified) says...

I’m also an ENTP. I find myself either bored, irritated or dumbfounded by others stupidity a lot of the time. It’s utterly exhausting to be around people who are so incompetent. I’ve tried to find some way around these uncomfortable feelings, to try and take the “joy” out of a situation, rather than being disgusted by someone who I deem moronic and inept. No such luck yet. Anyone else have the same feeling?

shlomo (not verified) says...

I find that I am living in the city of Gotham (wise men of Gotham).

lapartyboy (not verified) says...

The author failed to mention the following:

This is the ideal personality for human beings. If everyone was an ENTP- Earth would literally turn into heaven. 

Don Chan (not verified) says...

I am ENTP and INTP. I can be  on both extremes of either introverted and/or extroverted. Both sound pretty accurate. Did test a few times and it came out to both those. Seems to be I'm the only one who got INTP and ENTP?  

Annunaki (not verified) says...

ENTP-T -- T/F are close enough to cross over when needed.  For example, I'm in a job which requires me to project manage "T" and, while I despise the deadlines, structure, timeline, and boring ass details, I can do these things if I really have to.

On the other hand, my free mind is far more comfortable in the "F" zone (writing, painting, philosophy, sociology, theology, wherever-the-heck-my-mind-takes-me).  

But this all kinda makes me jack-of-all-trades though, right?  The devil is on the other side that reads, "master of none".  Where do I find a good paying job that allows me to use these characteristics as useful assets?

This is the first time I've knowingly taken this test and am beside myself (haha) concerning the results.  Like many others, it almost feels like a future me wrote about me, and now I'm reading what I wrote about me.  It's so meta I can't stand it!  But you KNOW you love this too.

So, who else desires to pour your weird-assed ENTP/ENFP space unicorns into a series of short novels?  Paint the world with your camera? Explore every enchanted corner of the universe just to see what shiny new things await?

Who else read your personality results and immediately thought of Marty, the zebra in Madagascar?  For me, at first, I was SURE I was the only one who conflicted inside my mind.  I was unique and tormented. Now I meet the other zebras and I'm like, "Huh? Nonsense! There's nobody like me! I'm the only one -- but hey, you're pretty cool.  And you too.  And you. And me! This is my tribe.

Yeah, that's us, at least many of us along the spectrum, more or less.  I think.  But I could be wrong because, you know, that "-T" at the end.  Damn turbulence.  It's a curse.

Mistakai says...

Meta it may well be, yet the buzz of reading comments that you had no hand in, while reading as if they're your own, has been worth the cringe.

bLamar (not verified) says...

 Under different test I have been typed an ENTP 7x and an INTP about 3x. Despite this, I continuously question whether I am actually INTP.  The margin between my use of Extraverted Intuition and Introverted Thinking is very small. When I interact with people I question the factual accuracy of what they are saying and cast doubt by offering alternative positions whether I actually beleve they are true or false. I return to what they originally said and say: It might be true but without any factual evidence how can you be sure? What makes me think I am an INTP is that I don't like being around too many people, espeically if I perceive them as materialistic, gossipy or wanting attention. However, I get excited and energized when I am able to share my ideas about how x object or system works and their intrinsic potential. I absolutely hate being to myself and prefer to be yapping away about my ideas and philosophical reflections.

LukeSkyWalker (not verified) says...

Have any of you guys found fulfilment in your work life?

I have been an engineer for 6 years and I am dying of boredom. No mater where I go, jobs are so damn repetitive! Yes, I got bored of engineering, which was supposed to be dynamic, exciting, mentally challenging. Companies seem to be mostly after damn brainless monkey-engineers who will sit down and repeat a task until the project is done. I'm out.

Is the solution to change career every few years and go EXPLORE something else? Or maybe give everything up and roam the world like a thrill-seeking-junkie? What if even that gets repetitive an monotone?

Regards from Sweden

MattENTP (not verified) says...

Responding to LukeSkyWalker and anyone else who feels the same about dying of boredom in their career. Couldn't agree more! I typically get to a new role and am shocked at how poorly my predecessors did their job. The first several months I take pride in fixing past mistakes and revamping the processes. I get a lot of complements over the first six months or so, but after that I am completely bored. I started my own business and it was by far the most satisfying experience of my life. Every day I had to carefully stretegize and make my own decisions. Absolutely loved being responible for all decision making, even when I made the wrong choices.  Unfortunately didn't make enough money as an entreprenuer and after three years am back to the grind. Leaving my current corporate role after 15 months or so and moving to a Consultant position. Hoping this is a good fit! (Thank god employers do not expect employees to stay at the same company for decades any more!!) 

Sammi (not verified) says...

As an ENTP woman, who is also and engineer - I have left my profession many times in the last 25 years. I get bored sensless with engineering. I love the hunt the chase and the deal; so when I need excitement I switch to sales. 

When I feel like more sability, I go back to engineering, usually project management

TrevorOfTheRiver (not verified) says...

In the "Facts about ENTP" portion of the article, points 2 and 5 seem to contradict each other based on what I've read about Type A personality. Hmmm.... curious. 

JennyGump76 (not verified) says...

My son is ENTP.  Feelings are not his strong suit-not that he doesn't HAVE them, he very much so does, but expressing them or working through them-I think he would rather have his appendix removed sans anesthesia.  That would be less painful for him.  He has a hard time processing strong emotional reactions from others.  Example:  I am INFP, through and through.  Most movies I watch, I get completely absorbed into the characters and feel all their feelings and think "Oh my gosh!  I would be so (insert response here)."  All that is going on in my head while the movie is playing.  I almost always cry at the end, especially if it's a drama.  However, I have been known to cry at animated movies, superhero movies and yes even that horrible Trolls movie.  This embarrasses the Son.  He will tell anyone who goes to the movies with us, "Oh, by the way, Mama will cry.  She cries at every movie, so just prepare yourself."  Eyes rolling, head shaking in my general direction.  (LOL)  The thing is, despite his crusty demeanor he is a loving, caring person.  He's very compassionate, but doesn't just let anyone know that.  (Who wants every charity case showing up on your doorstep.  Who has time for that?) He's helpful and he always has some great, creative idea for how to help someone...if he's inclined to help.  I would never say he is cold or unfeeling...just very particular about who he shares that with.  Finding his personality type has helped me tremendously in communicating with him.  We've always had a really great relationship, and this just helps a lot, in that I don't see him as being "a stone" anymore.  I just realize, his waters run deep.  That was a great thing to discover.  Rock on, ENTPs.  Thank you for keeping us feelers from floating away into the stratosphere.  (LOL)

Brice BASTY (not verified) says...

It's fun how I'm switching from ENFP to ENTP. I was a very emotive and impulsive ENFP before. Taking decisions on emotions. Now I'm way more lucid about things, less naive, I usually think before deciding. The last example I have was my old ENFP side that took a decision to go travelin. A week later I was like "man why did you took a decision from an emotion, it's illogical and will lead you to things you don't want". So I self reflected on my decision. I've already played the 300€ but NVM it will learn me to think before acting. My Feeling side caused me so much problems last years that I decided to switch to logical decisions. One of the decisions I'm proud of was buying some items on Amazon. At the time I was more in the Feeling side it was "see and buy". The last was more "wait 1 month, think for it, then buy". I'm really in a switch as I just can't stand emotions now. I've become way more analytical and "breaking-through". Like Tyrion in GoT. Btw, I was a big musician. Now I enjoy making music less. It's a downside of this switch. But emotions are... Cool for friends... Not for everyday life. One thing that changed is my new live for nihilism and atheism. I was a very "New Age" bohemian man. I just can't stand with non sense now.

mehdi (not verified) says...

 YOU KNOW YOUR AN ENTP WHEN: 

When you see people you know studying hours for a test while you are playing video games and read maybe one page of the textbook. Then they become angry at you for getting a better grade.

You know your an ENTP when you manage other peoples money better than you manage your own.

When you manage to charm people into doing what you want. After all, you were so sweet about it, right? 

When you see successfully cheating on tests as a measure of your own cleverness, not as something morally wrong.

when you're not afraid to walk in on any situation because you know you can bullshit your way out of anything.

when you can come up with stuff on a topic you know nearly nothing about, and be RIGHT.

when you get called "a mature person" and after 5min... "Act your age !!"

You know when your an ENTP when your teacher tells you you did a good job BSing your way through your last test.
when you can change political parties two times in one day.
when your music library consists of country, gangsta rap, opera, indie, movie sountracks, pop, and bagpipes.
when you... Sorry, I decided to go do something else mid-sentence.

You know you're an ENTP when only other ENTPs know what the hell you are talking about.

Docsavageii (not verified) says...

I just stumbled across this today and goddamn if you didn't just descibe my whole academic experience. 

Slave over a textbook? Why? Get in a tizzy over some easily managed social situation? Why?  

Society is ruined by having to wait on the common denomenators.

Docsavageii (not verified) says...

denominator* 

was typing too quickly, but just couldn't leave it alone.

Assertive (not verified) says...

You know you're an ENTP when you immediately stop reading because your cleverness misspelled "you're" to "your". 

Sri1979 (not verified) says...

I laughed and then I cried - so true. I feel like I've met my tribe. 

Wish there was a way for us to get together in real life and laugh about our ridiculousness. 

Van (not verified) says...

I don't usually include myself in a group, but since most of you fashion yourselves intelligent, and apparently spend a lot of mental effort to improve the world, this group might not be the worst to be affiliated with.  I am curious, if most of you are type A personalities.  I am not.  The other thing I wonder, is how each of you think you came to have this personality.  You know, nature or nurture.

Cesca (not verified) says...

That is a great question Van, my answer is dunno, could be either. My Mum is an ENFP, course we get on great and i love her to bits

Jsadz (not verified) says...

Ha! I came to Truity to find tips on how best to deal with a frustrating ENFJ at work.  I love that the comments on our ENTP page are significantly longer and more introspective than those on that page (despite how longwinded I find Fs).  I love the sentiments.

Guest (not verified) says...

Yes, I am Smart! Score.

I am amazing.

omoyemi (not verified) says...

Just discovered I am an ENTP ...who can help me discover more about myself?

Guest (not verified) says...

I haven't read through the other personality types and their comments (yet, though of course I intend to), but I must say that these threads are captivating and so very familiar in many instances. Long, introspective, analytical.. I can relate. I think these forums are wonderful because they also give insight into the thought process of other personality types with whom we may not so readily relate.
However, when it comes to emotion and its relative importance in the decision making process, I have a few thoughts. Its importance falls behind that of logical reasoning. I completely agree that decisions should be made on an entirely logical basis, whether or not your emotions may be in agreement. That should not surprise anyone. But in the interest of the "big picture," emotion should not be ignored or feared. Fear, after all, is an emotion too. Don't let it get in the way of your logical reasoning or understanding of your emotion. Rather than fear it, analyze it. Rather than leave emotion out all together, look at the processes behind it and factor in their significance for yourself and others. Granted that significance can be greater for many others than it may be for you, but that does not make emotion insignificant.
There is a biological, genotype/environment dynamic at work which, if overlooked, may leave out a very relevant detail to the overall big picture. The process behind the emotion is more important than the emotion itself. To ignore the emotion would be to ignore a contextually relevant process.
What is the schema, belief system and cognitive behavioral understanding behind the emotion? I find that while I look at the big picture, I am very observant and detail oriented. Emotions are just details, but all small parts make up the whole. I like to gather all the information before I make a decision. Emotions give you information, though not the definitive type of information you would use as the basis for a rational decision.
So many times the details logged away in my brain are irrelevant at the time, but have significance later on when their meaning finds its proper category/relevance.Most of us would agree, I am guessing, that the information we gather runs through a very complicated machine which influences the way we perceive, categorize, associate and download the information we use to make our logical decisions. But that machine is not an island. Because it is effected by the environment we live in, the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the exercise we get, the stress we may be under and yes, our blood sugar level, I find that emotion is sometimes the first and most obvious clue as to the health of ones brain. When it is aligned with my logic, I usually don't notice the emotion. It almost becomes overlooked. This may be why some of your posts refer to it as hard to understand or communicate. It is simply in sync. When my emotion is out of sync with my logic, or when I find other people's emotions to be illogical, it is a sign that something is wrong biologically, conceptually or environmentally. I sometimes get so lost in thought that I forget my environment all together. I forget it has an effect on the process, though maybe not the final outcome. It's all about context. Every gene in our body has at least 7 ways to express itself depending on the environment. Homeostasis of the brain, neuroplasticity, mind/body interaction... Its all so very intellectually stimulating. Don't fear your emotion. Just listen to it and analyze it instead. We do it all the time with everyone else. You will learn the foreign language very quickly and expression of your emotions will come naturally after that. So will your ability to categorize them appropriately and take note of the clues they provide.

williyamjam (not verified) says...

The 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.

Guest (not verified) says...

Can you tell the main differences between Ti and Fi (ENTP and ENFP)?

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