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What strengths do ENTPs bring to their 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.

ENTP career facts

What are some good careers for an ENTP?

Top careers for the ENTP include:

Business and Leadership
Arts and Design
Science and Engineering

How can an ENTP find the right career?

ENTPs, like all personality types, are most satisfied and successful when they choose a career that takes advantage of their natural strengths, talents, and interests. If you're searching for the right career, check out the Career Personality Profiler test, which provides a complete assessment of your personality, interests, and aptitude.

What careers should the ENTP 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.

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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.

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. 

 

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.

Guest (not verified) says...

I personally think i am a ENTP, but i got "diagnosed" with every personality in this row. It's been very hard for me to compare Benjamin Franklin to Elvis or Dr.Seuss.

Guest (not verified) says...

Perhaps you should see what fits you. Listening to what others say.......yeah.......might as well ask someone if you are a bloke or a chick.

Guest (not verified) says...

All the test I have taken I have come up as intp,infp or intj or something similar. This time I came up as entp. It was quite a surprise and so accurate it was a bit of a shock. (Only 2 % of woman have this type and it explained so much for me.)Wonder why it took so long to figure out and why non of other test picked it up.

Guest (not verified) says...

It's just a theory, but I think it might be because your thinking/feeling side is probably quite well balanced (looking at your past results, the I/E and T/F fluctuates, as does your P/J, while the N function is pretty fixed). The extreme ENTPs are intuitive rationals but there are some - possibly like you? And like me, as I've realised - whose feeling sides are unusually well-developed for an ENTP. That means we have a greater need to relate to people, think things out on our own, be alone just observing or thinking, developing a moral conduct extracted from our observations of the world around us to use as a base-guideline in any given situation, as your average ENTP might. It seems to me that this could lead to the fluctuation of the I/E indication (the need for people AND alone-time to really be able to recharge), the T/F (acting from heart as well as head) and the J/P (need for a bit of structure but plenty of space for manoeuvre)that you've been coming up with.

Guest (not verified) says...

Your theory resonates for me AND makes sense. I'm new to the MB world and now am wondering if there are resources out there for XNXXs...

Guest (not verified) says...

Best explanation I have read regarding the INTP/ENTP dilemma. It appears, from the feedback on this site, that numerous ENTP types test INTP. I thought I was alone in that, until today. Being a mid-life ENTP female may explain the more balanced and therefore more blurred preferences between I/E, T/F, J/P preferences in certain arenas. The N, as you suggest, seems consistently dominant. I can 'imagine' so many circumstances and consider a variety of options for any number of scenarios. The P emerged after my divorces! Lol. My first answer to most of the questions is typically "well, it depends". Don't ask me what I want to eat or where I want to go nor what's for dinner and never ever ask when it will be ready!! You pick a place and take me there. The menu will stimulate a craving otherwise when I am done doing whatever it is I just started, I will check the cupboard! In the work place I have been steadfastly innovative, a maverick!! Friendly, likeable, open, adventuresome, unique, eccentric, resourceful, focused, self directed, rising to the challenge of the impossible and emerging a leader all resonate with me however it is the personal relationships and the ENTP description that kind of galvanized it for me. I can be somewhat cold, calculated and rebellious especially when MY future is at stake. Last week again, I tested INTP then started pouring over the ENFP, ENTP descriptions again. I am very affirming of my family and rose to the challenge of parenting, studying tirelessly books on child development and psychology and spent endless hours discovering my children's types and preferences, providing environments in which they could thrive and self discover. I am very positive and diplomatic with clients (I have no friends so will omit that category) so think I might be an F, oops, no friends, guess that's out. Then the comments from the various personal relationships like "you are very analytical...mean to me....challenge everything I say....upset with me but can't tell me why" came to mind. Ouch! I only argue when you are arrogant and think you're right and I know you're not!! I have always told my children, your greatest strengths are also your greatest weaknesses. Ok, I can fix this....charm the hell out of them, do something spontaneous and edgy that will renew the intrigue and they will love me for a little while, atleast til my 'perfectionistic' tendencies kick in and I get scared they are probably not "the one". I give it 18 months max!! How can I be at this stage/age/level in life/career and still unsettled personally? Every time I test INTO I think going it alone is best but NOW there is that E to contend with IF I truly am an ENTP. It does seem to satisfy some of the quandary. Plus, I do so love starting something new!! So I guess I'll keep trying on the personal front.

Guest (not verified) says...

I loved reading what your wrote to death! Not my death, but maybe until the "inter-webs" die! This thread solidifies a great many things for me, mature ENTPs (raising hand looking around to see who else is one) always have a blurred preference between I/E, and J/P. I feel my N is sold and will never go away, hence the inability for me to talk to some people because I want them to shut up and stop talking, they don't say anything I can learn from so stop it! So like you I feel that the no friends thing happens here. If I'm understanding you correctly, I have three best friends, that's all I need. So we get to the T/F...I'm going to have to say that I stand my ground on T, because really it saved me in my divorce feelings here would of got out of control. I rambled on to long, I just wanted to say great I hear you and "feel" you! Good luck, who needs these damn feelings anyway!!?!!

Guest (not verified) says...

Right, they are damned feelings. But again, what happens when good feeling go through your way? Still F/T?

Guest (not verified) says...

omg i got intp on another test and was so shocked because the result was about the opposite of who I was and once i took this one and got entp, i was amazed because it matched more of what i really am. Sometimes I wish I was a guy so i don't have to conform to the everyday life of a women which is typically taking care of the kids etc and it just got me. The other day I was telling my 5 year old niece to color the sun purple instead of yellow like everyone else so I just know this is right

angela.sladen says...

LOL...I had the same thing happen to me...went from an INTP to an ENTP. For me, the change was growing up and not giving a rip about what anyone thought of me and realizing I DO like to engage with the external world, just not with everyone. I prefer people who are thinkers, creative and interesting...which weren't very many people in my world. I also am a woman, a wife, a mom to 10 and a grandma to 6. I homeschooled my children and ran a home-based business at the same time. Productivity and creating money making ventures was my game! You can do both even while you conform to the everyday life of a woman. :-)

Katrianna (not verified) says...

10 kids, where are they in life now? After homeschooling them, may I ask and do you still run the business? I'm a youngish ENTP mom now trying to figure myself out before my 30s hit and part of that is wondering do I home school the kids? What do I do for money when I have so many interests!?

Pikachu (not verified) says...

Pika! Pika! (Hey! That's me!)

Crystal McNeil (not verified) says...

I am an ENTP married to an INTP, best relationship ever. I am finally intellectually challenged in a relationship and it is amazing to not have to explain myself to someone all the time.

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm dating an intp and e's by far the best lover/partner/friend I've had!

Guest (not verified) says...

sweet!!!

Guest (not verified) says...

As an entp I can relate to finding it difficult to open up about feelings. However I've developed this ability in myself by having a single person that I feel comfortable in sharing personal things with. In doing this I find it much easier to share feelings with others. It doesn't mean it's really easy for me to do. But it helped me to develop that skill. Or maybe I'm just a bit of an enfj too. I would recommend looking at the strengths finder and enneagram tests to augment myers briggs as they give more insight which is good.

Guest (not verified) says...

I'm a ENTP female, and my on again off again boyfriend is also a ENTP. Anyone eles dating or married that are both a ENTP? We get each other, but we are horrible when it comes to expressing our feelings, wants, needs etc. how do we learn to open up to each other? We are first loves, and we always find ourselves back together, we have a 33 year history together.

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