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The ENTP at Work

At work, the ENTP is concerned with applying innovative solutions to challenging problems to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of systems. ENTPs often take an entrepreneurial approach to their work and they prefer to approach tasks in a casual and unstructured way, with few limitations on their ingenuity.

ENTPs prize competency and often want to be the expert. They enjoy work that demands continual improvement in their knowledge and skills. They value power, and want a career that allows them contact with powerful people and the opportunity to increase their own influence.

ENTPs are idea people, and chafe at routine. They get bored very quickly when required to repeat a task or attend to details. They do best when their work is highly conceptual, and allows them to solve problems creatively without having to think through the details.

The ideal work environment for an ENTP is intellectually challenging without being rigid, with creative and intelligent coworkers. The ideal job for an ENTP allows them to put their creativity to work developing innovative ideas, while allowing them to delegate responsiblity for the tedious details of implementation to others.

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ENTP Careers to Avoid

It is important to note that any personality type can be successful in any occupation. However, some occupations are well suited to the natural talents and preferred work style of the ENTP, while other occupations demand modes of thinking and behavior that do not come as naturally to the ENTP. Occupations that require the ENTP to operate outside their natural preferences may prove stressful or draining, and often sound unappealing to ENTPs who are choosing a career.

The following occupations have been found to be unpopular among ENTPs, based on data gathered from surveys of the general population.

The ENTP on a Team

ENTPs are ingenious, entrepreneurial team members who want to explore new and creative ideas. Flexible and adaptable, the ENTP wants to discover the best way to do something, and is often excited by an opportunity to innovate. ENTPs are generally energetic and optimistic, and confident in their ability to solve difficult problems. They often feel the best solutions come from skirting or even ignoring the rules, and rarely have much interest in adhering to the established procedures. They may have considerable friction with teammates who take a more traditional approach.

ENTPs are typically open-minded, and like to hear many perspectives on an issue. They are good at synthesizing information and often show a talent for incorporating the best of many ideas into one, unified concept. However, they can be competitive, and sometimes like to take the credit for a team’s successes. They are rarely good at hammering out details, and may want to take ownership for the group’s overall direction, while leaving the exact specifications of the plan to their teammates.

The ENTP as a Leader

In leadership positions, ENTPs are imaginative and enterprising. ENTP leaders tend to be intellectually competitive, and want a team that can keep up. They are likely to encourage independence and creative thinking among their reports, but will subject any new ideas, including their own, to a thorough and critical analysis.

ENTPs look for trends, and want to have plenty of information and data available in their search for patterns and principles. They tend to be focused on systems more than people, and may neglect their team's emotional needs in the pursuit of knowledge, understanding, and innovation. When they do focus on personal concerns, their strength lies in strategy rather than diplomacy, and they often use their understanding of human behavior to engineer and influence social systems.

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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.

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

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! 

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.)

combined type ADHD (not verified) says...

I think it is good for people who fit this description to accept who we are and run with it. It is less about the career you choose and more about how you do what you do. We may be "know-it-alls" but that's because we enjoy thinking about how things should work. Lucky for me, I can hyper-focus. I used to be a programmer-analyst back in the day when we had to read hex dumps to troubleshoot. The problem for me was that no matter what you code the computer to do, it does - almost 100% without fail. Once I could write code for everything from calculating changes in volume based on tank strappings to using low-level language to customize the print spooler, I got bored. 

Now I am an instructional specialists in an elementary school. Now I take a child study approach to advise teachers on how to help struggling and/or gifted students which requires both data analysis and direct observation. I also coach teachers on pedagological approaches, using data analysis to plan general lessons as well as on lesson delivery. Let me just say, that there is zero chance that any given day will be anywhere near 100% predictable which keeps things interesting. I spend my whole day just about every day working toward making people work for people the way they should. Point is, you would think that the elementary school would be easier and more boring. It could be, but not with the aproach that I take.

Corey (not verified) says...

32 year old ENTP that still has not found a decent job. 9 years of college with great grades. Too many career path changes to count because I have never really found one that I can survive off of. I have a lot of great ideas but I am terrible at follow through. In companies I have worked for I have inspired several of them to make permanent changes to the structure or policies of the company. I am also ADHD and rather depressed. Anyone hiring? Is there a place in this world for me besides that of the spectator pointing out better ways things can get done. 

ENTP MUSE (not verified) says...

I was where you were young padawan, and Imwent to doctor, got medicine and what had taken 20 years to finish and jumping from degree to degree, I did in two years.  I got my BA at 42.  If yiu hurry you can be done by 34 and I will have earned the name muse.  Make us ADHD ENTPs proud.  
 

On another note to the dude that said he wants to find and ENTP girl, we get bored of men quick.  Why do you want us?  
I wish I could find a man that keeps my attention that long.  Some sapiosexual man that can talk nerdy to me then build me engineering marvels as forplay.  If only....

Tom333 (not verified) says...

Hi, I would recommend IT Business Analyst or System Analyst role.You do not need to have IT backround to get in and since these are IT related roles, there always something new to learn and explore. You never work on the same stuff and once you get senior position you are free from boring small tasks and focus on big picture. I am in this position and so far I am satisfied. Only better carrer path I can think of would be science, but even there I am not sure because you need to crunch through a lot of data which can be quite boring and unsatisfying process.

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