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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.

ENTP Career Stats

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Sammi (not verified) says...

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

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

bLamar (not verified) says...

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

Annunaki (not verified) says...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don Chan (not verified) says...

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

lapartyboy (not verified) says...

The author failed to mention the following:

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

Danelroy (not verified) says...

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

Richard H (not verified) says...

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

Sammi (not verified) says...

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

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

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

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

Cesca (not verified) says...

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

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

OvO (not verified) says...

Oof I'm both an ENTP and an INTP

Wesley (not verified) says...

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

New Year ENTP (not verified) says...

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

Nigga (not verified) says...

nice

Nico Q (not verified) says...

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

MeargleSchmeargle (not verified) says...

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

ThatCoolDude (not verified) says...

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

Hoov206 (not verified) says...

I’m 98% (couldn’t be 100% gotta be different 🤪) ENTP; like in college 20 E/I questions I was 100% E, and definitely the only one maybe 60/40 (12/8?) was T/F. I have hella emotions a doctor told me I had Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and traits of Narcissism (easy to say what you want when your entire industry has a monopoly on research and Rx). She was also a ESFJ/ESTJ or something similar so you know how that goes, “Oh let me consult the book that informs me how to decide things.” Left her bs stuff like THAT. Very ENTP of me.

Therapist now is an INFJ and I’m always late and she just smiles like, “Dont worry, you’re a Perciever! I plan for it. :)” 

oh and food for thought: the ethical exercise “three cheerleaders tied to train tracks, you’re on the overpass next to a fat man who you inherently know if you push would die, but stop the train and save the 3 cheerleaders.”

What do you do?

Me? I wouldn’t enjoyyyy it, but...yeah. I’m a utilitarian. One death over 3 🤷🏼‍♂️

 

Oh wait, whole reason I was posting was to say I’m highly emotional however it typically can only get expressed via writing and making music (namely, singing and rapping). Soundcloud.com/hoov206/tracks if you’re interested in how an ENTP sounds expressing hisself. It can frighten me but I let it be 🤙🏼

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