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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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Guest (not verified) says...

For me, seeing the "Big Picture" is actually the realization that there is always more information that is pertinent to the story or situation and it is a requirement to know those things before letting feelings control my actions. Something that feels bad in the moment is not always bad in the future, and something that feels great in the moment may have negative consequences in the future. As an ENTP I really want to know the truth of a situation before I can even judge.
And there is always more to every situation. (can be a bit bothersome when a decision actually has to be made) It is always bothersome to me when someone I care about acts out because of a reaction due to some feeling, that might be a misunderstanding or an assumption that is wrong, or even low blood sugar. (but only if it is someone I care about, others I am just bewildered and maybe amused)

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A story I like. An older man had horses. One night a storm came and his best stallion broke out of the stall and ran away. His neighbors came to console him and said what bad luck. The old man just said "maybe" A few days later the stallion came back and four beautiful wild fillies and followed him into the stall. Friends said that is great luck. Old man said maybe. The man's son tried to tame and break one filly but the wild horse bucked him off and broke his leg. Again to the old man the neighbors said "such horrible bad luck " The old man again said maybe. The king wanted to transcript all the young men into the army and go to the front lines of the battlefield. Because of the broken leg the man's son was passed by. The neighbors marveled at the fortune, and of course when they spoke to the old man about the good fortune, he simply said, "Maybe"

KGD (not verified) says...

I love this story. There are so many factors that impact/ affect things - and I get annoyed when people are so certain of the "reason" why something happened. The stories people need to tell themselves to rationalize situations - I get it, and understand the need for such self-explanations, and will let it go - unless it is going to cause a bigger problem if not challenged. I will challenge their thinking if I see potential for negative consequences.

zuse000 (not verified) says...

 "For example you have a partner that you felt he/she is your entire world "? I am probably older but I am not sure that an entp would feel like a partner is their entire world. If they did feel it for a bit, they would soon logically realize it is not true that truth would over ride that feeling. If , in my opinion and experience as an entp we are talking about dating and having fun in whatever way that takes form, and as long as there has been no stated commitment,  then sure, no harm no foul, that is their choice, there are a million others. After all we are prone to like open ended. That would not be feeling he/she is entire world though.  
  Usually an entp (or at least I do) perculate a long time on something important , weighing the information of which there are always too many factors before making a decision to truly commit to a relationship and then if they do make the commitment it is a choice and the commitment is good until the time they say it isn't. Entp's can , if it is worth it to them and if they can see a good potential outcome , see a big picture framed in other ways than there are a billion more out there. They may see other factors in such a situation such as the betrayal. What kind of betrayal? Do I understand what the thinking was?  Because it felt or looked like a betrayal , is that really correct?  There are always reasons why someone acts in the way they do. Are their other people involved that could be affected if I just say screw this and move on? Big picture, many sides to look at before moving on. Of course if after all of that, or if the evidence proves a betrayal with no solution orthe situation is that the partnership can not be salvaged, then by all means it is time to accept that, let it go and move on with life.   

 

Jandemans (not verified) says...

I second that. I am as extreme ENTP as it goes. How I know? That's the iNtuition, you just -know-, there's no hiding from the truth ones your mind makes the "click". Of course I cannot talk about my feeling emotionally, as I first have to rationalise them through thought, let alone other's feelings, no empathy, no direct emotional connection to be found, just Perception.

I have a relation, I shouldn't have ... as commitments truly scare the hell out of me, yet I did when I was perhaps not 100% sure, and I did not know myself that well at the time.

How can one say an "I love you" when you can only speak about things that you know are truth and nothing but the truth? You could guess from this that this could be breaking me to pieces, it actually does. Here I am explaining it in rational observation to the world. I could, Extravert as I am, have a conversion about me without the slightest concern of privacy or vulnerability, to anyone. Because that is all outside, that is just myself as an intriguing problem to solve. I could not talk with my partner about this, not even if my life depended on it, yet I cannot escape, you know ENTP's are notorious for not being able to give up, I cannot let go, cannot admit defeat, even without the knowledge that I have no tool to have the slightest chance to solve this problem. But I can-not yield

It is a hard life being an ENTP, the gift to invent and do literally anything, -anything-, there is absolutely no job I could not do, no problem I could not solve, bar running out of (life)time. But with a total blind spot when it comes to myself

Jan

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm literally going through those feelings and thoughts now in my current relationship. it must be an ENTP thing.

Benjamins (not verified) says...

I actually feel you. It’s just never enough. Keep on craving that’s the way of life. ENTP for life ❤️

Guest (not verified) says...

I am an ENTP female and this describes me PERFECTLTY.

Guest (not verified) says...

So good to hear others speak what goes on in my own head. It would be Very interesting to know an ENTP but, alas, there are so few of us..

KSA (not verified) says...

I agree; I am very in-touch and in-tune with my feelings, however, I'm not quick to want to discuss them or even be able to in a way that is understandable. I do much better explaining emotions or feelings with generalizations like "I'm frustrated" or "I'm upset with you," but to explain the details - which is normally VERY easy when dealing with objective subjects - creates a whole new set of problems because of my inability to clearly explain my feelings in "plain English." I don't mind discussing emotions or moods from an objective or academic perspective (I love delving into complex emotions and opinions), I just have problems when trying to discuss or express those that are personal.

keaganpwmccann says...

Yes!! Exactly!

IvanGrozny (not verified) says...

I couldn't have said it better myself. :D

Guest (not verified) says...

I am an Entp-a male and I have to disagree... I often do not have feelings about others or feelings period. It may just be me but I am often to focused on a theory or idea that I conjured up then to worry about those around me or what I feel on a subject. It takes a lot to rile me up or get me emotional in any way... happy or sad or rather I often have a positive attitude about life and keep if that way... so if a positive attitude counts as an emotion I guess it counts but as a whole I'm normally to caught up with whatever catches my attention to care about an insult or anything else for that matter.

Lex (not verified) says...

Yep, I've identified it in myself as being two-fold: difficult to anger/upset, and bored with the details. It takes a lot for something to put me out, and it's not usually one simple thing. I think being so hyper aware of the many steps it took to upset me makes it just annoying to recount later. Especially if it's something involving one or more other people. I can definitely get caught up listening to gossip (or whatever) but when it comes to recounting the many steps that lead to me being upset or angry, the actions of others, and all the interpersonal details, I just get bored. Not worth the ten minutes to talk about it. Let's just move on to something else.

Guest (not verified) says...

Absolutely correct, as I am a female ENTP and think the same way...

Csy (not verified) says...

This is so true. I am ENTP-T and am literally so straightforward, acquaintances would get a tad terrified by my behavior, initially. HAHA

Rachel 9999 (not verified) says...

I could be wrong but I believe this is most ENTP's.. I am an ENTP and suffer the same lol. I can be forthright with my thoughts and beliefs,but it's more difficult with my internal, most personal feelings. When I do expose my feelings to someone- which is about .000002% of the time lol... it is only to someone whom I feel I can utterly trust with my feelings. It's a rare thing to have happen. EXTREMELY rare. But yes the feelings are there- deeply so most times.

TabHat8 (not verified) says...

No really that's about right. It never comes out the way it is in your head. I too am an ENTP.

Guest (not verified) says...

Very true! When something is bothering me or has me down, I need a few days to stew on it, just to figure out for myself what has me down. Then I can try to explain to others, which is always very difficult to put in words. It's not that I don't have the feelings, but finding the right "language" to express them to others and make sense to others is almost impossible.

Guest (not verified) says...

I too am a female ENTP and have never found a way to communicate my feelings. Over time I have become one who simply writes it in a journal.

Guest (not verified) says...

i'm sure you can explain your feelings to yourself and you understand your explanation. The problem is not that we cant the problem is they cant understand us so we don't.

Guest (not verified) says...

As someone who is an ENTP, I'm puzzled by all the "not expressing emotion" descriptions of ENTPs. I was thinking of how to describe it, and what you said came the closest to how I'd conceptualize it. It's not that I don't know my own feelings, or can't get in touch with them -- it's just that I feel like my feelings are extremely complex and sometimes I don't want to discuss it with people who might not understand. From what I read, that statement is probably very typical of an ENTP. I'm a therapist-in-training and I've loved psychology for as long as I can remember. But not because I couldn't understand people, but because I had a natural ability to pick up on others emotions, and seemed like to me I was more accurately picking up on cues others were missing.

In short, I like what you said about generic emotion talk. I always feel the need to be more precise than that -- and often if someone doesn't get it, they get frustrated with me for trying to be precise. It all just goes to "just admit that you're disappointed" and that's only 1/3 of what I was trying to communicate. I also have that whole militant honesty thing going on, and some people just can't take that, or are judgemental, so I might just not talk about it rather than try to defend myself when I have better things to do. Now if I don't have something better to do, I will debate it to death but....that's another story haha.

Guest (not verified) says...

This is so accurate. I an ENTP and I'm always misunderstood. People often mistaken me for being heartless and emotionless. I'll be quick to express the wrongs in other situations but it's always hard for me to express how I feel...it's always hard for me to find the right word. It is frustrating.

Brask (not verified) says...

I sometimes suffer from what I call Winnie the Pooh syndrom

It was not very wisely said, Pooh, said Piglet..

"It was wise when it was inside my head, but something happened on the way out.." said Winnie the Pooh..

Meaning that all the thoughts thats constanly bobles in my head, its often hard for me to explain to others what goes on and then sometimes it comes out wrong

omoyemi (not verified) says...

I am an ENTP female too! Good to know I am not alone.

Slstephan says...

You're not alone. You explained in one paragraph what I've been trying to explain to my husband for what seems like millennia. It's not there is a lack of emotion, it's there are no words. Maybe we overthink it because we have to figure it out. Like maybe other people just feel things. They accept emotions. When we're sad, we over-analyzed it; trying to find logic in it. We see it as illogical, and there will never be real words to use for something so abstract in our eyes.

Jones (not verified) says...

ENTP male. I've been exploring this world for 50 years, and have discovered that with age comes a softening of the sharp edges that define the periphery of our personality types. This softening occurs as a result of our exposure to the joy and ecstacy and pain and anguish that is part and parcel of the human condition. So, your mileage may vary. But...  

...Looking back, I can see how external stimuli of relationships affected my desire to express the emotional responses that so many believe are not present in my psyche. Of course we have the ability, wordsmithing is a strength of the ENTP. However, it takes practice to effectively express a 'concrete abstraction' such as love. A suggestion: our spouse can make it easier for us to learn how to express the emotion that they may need to receive from us. Our personality needs three things to access the deep well of emotion that we keep under SCIF level security: belief, encouragement, and affection.

  • Belief - When someone, anyone, believes in your dream and wants to be part of it... that person becomes special to us. In "Phenomenon" the 1996 movie with John Travolta & Kyra Sedgwick, one of the character's explained how the protagonist won the heart of the girl who is sticking by his side through trauma and heartache, "because he ought her chairs." He believed in her dream.
  • Encouragement - Not all of our big ENTP ideas are composed of world-changing genius. But when someone thinks enough of us to encourage us, "that might work, let's see if we can make it happen," If they're willing to engage, to encourage the brainstorm, knead the idea, and tweak it into something workable, or discover with us that it is not... oh man, that's like catnip.
  • Affection - for those who have a hard time verbally expressing their innermost feelings, physical affection is of critical importance for conveying those things we struggle with saying. 

If someone nurtures your soul with these three things, you will be drawn to them, you will begin to open up to them, and for them, your emotions will become tangible and relatable. You will not only find it easy to express the depths of your feelings, but you may well wax poetic in that expression. 

Conversely, if you want to destroy an ENTP? Tell them it's not going to work. Tell them they're not as smart as they think they are. Be un-affectionate and unresponsive to their flirtation or their touch. 

Zahra (not verified) says...

"ENTPs are in touch with their feelings, they just don't discuss them." I wrote that 3 years ago and unfortunetly I still feel quite the same. I say unfortunetly because although my ability to express myself has come far, there is still a frustrating itch that, reminds me of the translation from mind to mouth which isn't accurate enough. It's frustrating because you wonder, if you had the ability to make sure everything you said mirrored, your thoughts and emotions, would you feel more peaceful. My conscious  always feels heavy especially if I have an "emotional" conversation, because I feel like I have not complety said my piece. However, the experiences and situations I've been living, from the last three years to now has made me aware that ENTP or not, a lot of other people have this issue but don't really grasp it as a problem. I don't know how I feel about that yet, I'll come back in three years to decide. 

 

entp says...

"if you had the ability to make sure everything you said mirrored, your thoughts and emotions, would you feel more peaceful. " 

This may be useful, I'm not sure yet but I "felt" strongly enough about this piece to write a comment here about your post. I'm an entp female and have been dating an INTP male for about a year, and I love him. It's possible that I'm more sentimental that a lot of ENTP's out there because of a strange childhood, but I digress. 

Before I met him, the INTP, the only way I could talk about feelings with a partner was in a larger-than-life, explosive type of way. I dated an istj and then an esfp, the first one who tried to "fix" my emotional issues and treat me like a princess being saved by a prince - I did not love him. I did learn how to be emotionally vulnerable in the safe space he provided me with his company; however, I've never seen myself as a princess who wants or needs to be saved. The esfp encouraged me to speak about my feelings towards pretty much everything and often, and especially the problems that I had emotionally would surface up during our difficult times - the emotional highs almost seemed manic, and so were the lows - I did love him, and experienced the passion which I thought I was lacking from my previous relationship. 

Anyways, I'm sorry that this is so long - I'm trying to hammer down that once I met an INTP and spent a good deal of my time with him in a romantic relationship, I felt peace with my mind for maybe the first time. My Ne and Ti felt safe when communicating to his Ti and Ne combination; we would switch between them and our Fe and Si functions nonstop when we first met, knowing deep down that there's no way in hell that the other person wouldn't on some really fundamental level understand the other's last line of reasoning or train of thoughts. It was intimidating for me at first - someone who could filter right through the bullshit I could conceive of just as fast as it flows through my mind, leaving room for me to focus on the thoughts I thought were real gems and share them with him if I felt brave enough. In time, I became more confident in expressing my more complicated and meaningful thoughts because he was patient with me, and he came out of his social shell by feeling more confident in his abilities to be among new people and talk to them about their shared interests because he knew how likeable I thought he really was at his core.  

Not only was it intimidating when I first met my INTP, because I had been hanging out with esfp, esfj, isfj, estj, istj, and enfp's only for most of my life and wasn't used to someone "getting" me so quickly or even at all, but it weirded me out because we had the same mannerisms and would say things that the other person would normally say. We both had some level of anxiety, his was around people and visible, mine was hidden away but crippled me from making decisions when I was alone. We would both fiddle with something when speaking something that excites us, and make large hand motions to add to the stories we'd tell each other. I had never met someone who said the word "ok" more than me, and there was an element of shyness to both of us, despite being opinionated and assertive about things we knew well. We were polite always, and hardworking, loved our families more than anything, and struggled with small talk, hard. But in the midst of watching him do his thing, it was like I saw the inside of my mind in action and in understanding him well I loved him thoroughly. It made me want to love myself more, and share with him how to do it himself, this self love thing. We studied each other's eyes, and emotional talks were extremely difficuly at first, but as we came to conclusions of "it's going to end, or it's not going to end," one would disclose their deep feelings for the other and the other would always inevitably follow suit. The first steps were the hardest, so much so that things almost ended several several times in the first year. Then, we gave in finally and found peace within the space of the other, a homely feeling of finding something that we were both looking for. It required letting down our walls and learning to express acception of the other's reasons and feelings each moment they came. All the meanwhile, of course, it was necessary to let the other person feel validated for their separate usage of the other's strength of the cognitive function they possess themselves but utilize differently, being receptive to hearing sense from the other one's mouth - always. It was how they describe love, the growing ability to converse about emotions vulnerably to one another, slowly, and then all at once. 

intp and entp relationship = uphill battle, but woudn't want anything else at this point in time, and that's what's kept us going stronger by the moment. Watching a person mirrior back your cognitive functions is a great learning experience to see how others might perceive you in the world, and what you should work on to be the healthiest version of yourself possible. It's logically a mutual growth relationship, which in itself seems peaceful to me as an entp because it encourages rather than restricts freedom of thought, as long as both are acively striving to be independent and vulnerable along side one another with a balanced understanding of give and take. It's peaceful beacause you know the other as though they really are the left hand to your right hand, and you are begrudingly the left to their right, and that if you show your weakness of emotional expression, they know in themselves a similar weakness which deserves sensitivity to understand.  I don't know when it ends, but love is a great, infinite energy and it seems definitely worth learning to harness.  

(That being said, I've always been able to type out my feelings, and MBTI has helped me logically determine how feelings arise, giving me more security to their existence in my life and the importance of their expression to others I care about -even if just in bursts of verbal positivity/humor, tears, or hugs. And yes, this whole post was a lovey-dovey tangent. Thank you for reading :) ) 

Guest (not verified) says...

This is spot on. I am an ENTP and when I discuss my feelings, it isn't really a discussion with another person. It feels more like I'm exploring them and I'm allowing you to watch me explore and talk about them. If someone tries to give me advice on my feelings, I tend to not take heed because I think to myself, "These are my feelings. They are not up for discussion, I'm just letting you know how I feel."

I think if someone were to come to me and get me to try to "open up" emotionally I would have no problem sharing how I feel but I would not feel comfortable having a conversation where someone tries to "help" with my emotions. Just let me know you're there for me then just let me handle me.

Guest (not verified) says...

I am so enjoying every comment written, I have never in my life heard myself through so many other voices until today being 40 something. I was so in awe with the astounding similarities, I feel so at rest. I grew up with such a unique mind I had no other choice but to accept myself without trying to fit in. I have been guilty on occasion of dumbing myself down just to make others feel comfortable around me. Then I got older and realized some people don't want to be smart, and most people don't like the truth, and rationalizing non-sense to be comfortable is one of the quickest ways to annoy me. Live and let live.

I could've responded to every comment on this board and tried to just relish in the joy of knowing that I am not alone, until I got up to you! I am so laughing about how much I relate to sharing my feeling with others, or should I say in front of others allowing them to see how its done. I kind of do it to answer the questions about me really having feelings because my nature is always the solution. I just filter emotions from a logical place. I just always know Im going to get over what ever I'm feeling, especially when I verbalize. I don't do well as others with crying and winning about stuff. Not because I don't feel, but because with me the solution is just around the corner. I happen to believe it is not events that cause me to have an emotional problem, but its just my interpretation of it. Therefore, if I want to change the way I feel all I do is change the way I think (simple logic to me;). Therapists love me because its the easiest money they'll ever make. Im with you my fellow ENTP, Just let me know your there to satisfy my extravert senses, and I will take care of me.

Guest (not verified) says...

Can't agree more. I'm a clear ENTP and have never expressed my feelings but to one person in my life who managed to "extract" them from within me. Actually what I was doing was exploring them myself and letting her know and participate. I felt that she connected with my inner me in such a way that I couldn't resist. I surprised myself because I had never indulged in my own reflections about my feelings, so complicated as they were. All in all I'm a bit frustrated right now cause I can't be with that person as we're both married to different people and I don't have the clear ideas necessary to split or go for it, which is sad, but now I understand how we work and operate internally.

Heycopperlee (not verified) says...

Was she an INFJ? If so, go for it. GO FOR IT. I wish my ENTP ex would go for it, we are also both married to other people now, but no one has ever impacted me or touched my life in any way as close to him, ever. He’s my one, true, only, real love (& I’m a full blown INFJ). Muster the courage & go for it. Deal with the blow back of whatever happens with your spouse later. You need to explore that connection with your extractor. 

Guest (not verified) says...

Being any type does not automatically exclude you (or excuse you) from using your less preferred functions.
For instance, just because you are labeled an "extrovert" doesn't mean you get to leave your wife and family home and go party every night. It does not work that way.
Ditto for a "P" preference- just because you don't like details does not mean you don't have to deal with them in the outside world.
Men in America, in general, and especially those over age 30, are uncomfortable expressing their feelings openly because they have been trained from birth to do hold them in. This was not just reinforced by other males, but also females.
However, there are a great many ENTP males that often shock coworkers when they see the ENTP with his mate, with the ENTP often being far more demonstrably affectionate than the coworkers would have ever realized.
If your partner is unwilling to communicate on an adult level with you, and it is hindering the relationship, then it is time to seek a counselor. Hiding behind the ENTP moniker is no excuse.

ps- and be glad you are not married to an INTP!

Guest (not verified) says...

That's why the test is about percentage. For example you might be 10% more Extroverted than Introverted. I might be 20%. You didn't study the test properly.

optins says...

That IS NOT WHAT IT MEANS AT ALL! It does not mean you are 10% more extroverted. It means the test only has a validity confidence level of 10% that you are more one polar opposite or the other- that's all. It does not gauge in any way "how much" you are of something, your fitness for a job, etc. It's people like you using the MBTI for things like hiring decisions that are causing all the problems.

Guest (not verified) says...

Thank you for sharing, I no longer feel so extremely lonely with my personality type. It was VERY accurate.

Guest (not verified) says...

For once, I read a personality test that makes sense. Detailed, concise, and with a focus on its implications for one's work and personal life. This really helped me a lot.

leonserna says...

i really know myself and with this test and info i feel that i get a more in depth of what i am like

Yaliina (not verified) says...

A very well-done profile and explanation. I'm learning more about personality typing for my Doctorate program, and in the course, have discovered that I am an ENTP (borderline ENFP), which makes complete sense. I used to test as an ENFJ, about 10 years ago (showing my age here), when I was in undergrad, and trying really hard to conform & be scheduled. Now, I don't think that was ever really accurate, but was just my awesome test-taking ability coming out & answering the questions the way I thought they "should" be answered (unintentionally). Now I'm much more mature, and have a completely different focus in life (family, career, etc.), and don't care much what others think about me- so I think this was a much more accurate result. Also, I took the Keirsey version, and it came out ENTP as well (3 out of 4 times), which confirms it to me.

My husband of 15 years is an ISTP, and his Sensing nature is really very helpful- we often comment that we're like Jack Spratt & his wife: we have different, but complimenting skills. His ability to attend to detail and the external (that Sensing thing) helps me actually get stuff done, and often prevents me from getting to deep into something I would never finish. I agree with others that I could never be in a serious relationship with someone who wasn't intellectually on-par with myself. Hubby's skilled Artisan abilities (he's a techno - crafter)are admirable, and although he sometimes can't keep up with my linguistic acrobatics and debating skills, his level-headedness and attention to detail actually results in an occasional win for him, which keeps our marriage happy. ;)

Guest (not verified) says...

hi

Guest (not verified) says...

I also identify with ENTP(borderline ENFP) and I just thought it was very cool that someone else was sort of in the middle like me. I was starting to question the legitimacy of these tests but to know that someone else is in the same boat strengthens my faith in the 16 personalities.

Guest (not verified) says...

Oh My God!! you have described me so well my head is spinning right now!! I don't even know where to start...

I am an ENTP (borderline ENFP),I used to test as an ENFJ too. I am 24 and I just took a test yesterday- for the fun of it. After i read the profile, i somehow knew that it described me-'the deep inside me' the me i used to be long ago when i was a bit younger. The 'outside me' has over time been trying really hard to conform & be scheduled. So yester-morning, i took the test without over-thinking it. i wasn't taking the test in my awesome test-taking ability coming out & answering the questions the way I thought they "should" be answered (unintentionally). Hence the authentic results.

I am currently struggling with (the transition) balancing maturity, career and the burden of placing too much care on what others think (which is a trait that i picked up along the way since i initially did not have it).

p.s
I have used your sentences since they are the exact words that describe me and how i really feel. It is good- so good to know that i am normal- or not alone. :)

Diyel (not verified) says...

Hey! I'm an ENFP (borderline ENTP) here! I'm studying right BS Psychology right now, and it feels very weird for me to have these two personalities at once, often exchanging personality types based on my whims and emotional stress. When I'm really happy and stress-free, I normally act as an ENFP but, in times of need, chaos and massive stress as well as when I see it fit (say for example, debate), I'll automatically, most of the time consciously flip myself into an ENTP persona. (which I always find amusing, as I have that inert ability to effortlessly switch between logic and emotion, though I can only handle one aspect per instance). But yeah, right now, I'm really more into an ENTP persona, even as a kid, I remember that I really had the very exact qualities of being an ENTP, but grown into being an ENFP in my adolescence, which re-emerges now.

Only thing that I notice is whenever I took test, I always land as an ENFP, and feel that my soul and existence is really crafted for being it, while for the meantime having a body forged into the essence of what an ENTP is. To oversimplify myself, My mind mind never rest, often giving out logical explanation as to how things work and why they work, I love challenges and being stubborn, loves freedom and the casual light-hearted poking at others, the intense love for debate and most of all, the regular "wat" face like all people around me are a bunch of stupid sheep. But deep inside, I have this innate compassionate and the need to make the world a better place to live. An idealistic and often altruistic and heroic view in life that we are born to live in service of others. And then after a while I flip back into that seemingly emotionless asshole who can kill you with his stare.

Is this twin personality normal, or something like a rare phenomenon? I really want to take this as a future thesis, and would like to see other studies about this "twin" or "dual" personality type if ever.

Niamh (not verified) says...

This is accurate as hell.

Guest (not verified) says...

This is all eerily true!

Guest (not verified) says...

hi im bob

Guest (not verified) says...

Hey Bob.

Guest (not verified) says...

Hey Bob and Not-Bob.

Super Not-Bob (not verified) says...

Hey Bob, Not-Bob, and Other Not-Bob.

ENTP fellow (not verified) says...

Hey Bob and possibly two other guys who may or may not be Bob themselves.

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