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ENTPs and Other Personality Types

Kindred Spirits

People of the following types are more likely than most to share the ENTP's values, interests, and general approach to life. They won't necessarily agree on everything, and there's no guarantee they'll always get along, but they're more likely to feel an easy rapport and have plenty of things in common.

Intriguing Differences

People of the following types are likely to strike the ENTP as similar in character, but with some key differences which may make them seem especially intriguing. The ENTP may find people of these types particularly interesting and attractive to get to know. Relationships between ENTPs and these types should have a good balance of commonalities and opportunities to challenge one another.

Potential Complements

ENTPs may not feel an immediate connection with people of the following types, but on getting to know each other, they'll likely find they have some important things in common, as well as some things to teach one other. Although people of these types may not attract the ENTP initially, their relationships present a lot of potential to complement and learn from one other.

Challenging Opposites

People of the following types present the most potential for personality clash and conflict with the ENTP, but also the best opportunities for growth. Because people of these types have fundamentally different values and motivations from the ENTP's, initially, it may seem impossible to relate. But because they are so different, their strengths are the ENTP's weaknesses, and if they are able to develop a relationship, they can learn a tremendous amount from each other.

ENTPs in Love

In relationships, the ENTP is inventive, enthusiastic, and spontaneous. ENTPs are often exciting partners, full of ideas for new things to explore together.

ENTPs prize their ability to understand others and communicate effectively, and have an ongoing interest in improving themselves and their relationships. They want to know how their partners' minds work, and are creative in coming up with solutions to interpersonal problems.

ENTPs like to encourage their mates to pursue their ambitions. However, they may be competitive or even argumentative; they enjoy a good debate for its own sake. They typically need a partner who is emotionally resilient and doesn't take offense at their intellectual challenges.

ENTPs can be unreliable as they follow their inspiration, wherever it may lead. They have little interest in order or routine, and may neglect mundane household chores as they pursue more stimulating activities. The ideal mate for an ENTP appreciates their ingenuity, competence, and perceptiveness, and supports them in their ever-changing interests, schemes, and social pursuits.

ENTPs as Parents

As parents, ENTPs are concerned with developing their children as independent thinkers. They are fun-loving parents who want to give their children many experiences to help their young minds expand and grow. More interested in challenging their children intellectually than caring for their physical needs, the ENTP is inclined to leave the day-to-day details of childrearing up to another parent if possible.

Although ENTP parents may be distracted from their families when other interests capture their attention, they derive great joy from offering their children many and varied opportunities to develop.

ENTP Communication Style

ENTPs are lively and agile communicators who speak in terms of the “big idea.” They like to explore possibilities and make connections with the information they receive. ENTPs love innovative solutions and are enthusiastic about change, but they are also highly analytical and will not hesitate to criticize ideas that don’t hold up to their logical analysis. ENTPs can be hard to keep up with in conversation; they like to play with lots of complex ideas and have little patience for explaining details.

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no one reads your comments except me and i don't care (not verified) says...

I love how all the ENTPs have ADHD

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. 

Nazmun Nehar (not verified) says...

I'm a 31 year old. 1 year ago I was unemployed for nearly 2 years. I didnt get fired from a job. I got bored and I couldn't stand my boss. 

In all the companies I have work I brought improvements and changes and then I realized that is an actually career.

I'm a business analyst now and my job is to look at how things work and find solutions to make it better.

Stop being a free spectator that is telling people to improve the way they work. Get paid for it!!!

Richard gravey (not verified) says...

For me I learned Carpentry and started my own company. The trade itself is so expansive your always learning even after decades of doing it. It also pays well

Senia (not verified) says...

Hey Corey,ENTP/J ...Its okay to really feel the way you do for the moment. But try not to stay in that place for too long..as it will eventually start to affect on a cellular level which in the long run..its just not good. I'm looking for a business partner to launch an ecommerce business..so if you want to jump on board get in touch venusmedia2020@gmail.com. Either way... I have a million ideas too eversince I've known myself..however ..what I found that's working for me now is writing down the ideas and narrowing each of them down. As I'm narrowing things down I'm realizing that focusing on one thing is in fact possible for me...I just have to weigh out all the odds to what's possibile so I can choose which is worth it based on all important aspects like time, finances, resources, connections etc. and finally things starts to come together. Then just taking it a moment at a time and move through the discomfort of something new that might be boring or so.. self talking myself about patiece is used constantly(this part is done, next thing is and I need to do this then do that okay cool!).. but move through the discomforts slowly. Some things may be exiting and interesting at first usually but the building and grit of bringing it all together may not be as exiting. Some or most aspects of unfolding this beauty we see in our minds might be not so mind-bending. So when that happens I take breaks..come back...etc. I try my hardest to find ways to stay motivated..I just visualize the thing that glitters in my mind (the idea) about what I'm working on and see how it will look in my minds eye when its done and how I will feel about it when its all done. And this usually keeps me freshly inspired.

Anyway, hope this helped. These are my steps. Feel free to email me if youre down for a biz project. Have a good one.

Marko the man (not verified) says...

I am a 55 year old ENTP with the same issues, and an attorney.  Looking at being a business owner through buying a franchise - look into it!  Some are fairly inexpensive at 20-50k.  

nnnnnnnnn (not verified) says...

Not sure if it's possible where you live, but you sound a hell of a lot like me and I never had success until I started working at a startup. Pay can sort of suck depending on the level you come in at, but it's an environment that lets ENTPs shape whatever they want and learn like crazy. If you don't code, that's also a really great way to get some creativity and stress out. 

For the depression, are you interested in any art form? I'm diagnosed bipolar/depressed, but my symptoms really only flare up when I don't make time for creative outlets (that includes not taking on fun coding projects at work). We need stimulation. 

Carly Donohue (not verified) says...

Of course there is a place for you in this world! A few of my immediate family members (parent, 2 siblings, and my own daughter) have ADHD. My advice: make sure you're on medication and try to find an ADHD life coach to help you navigate this stage of your life. 

BjornGT (not verified) says...

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

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

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

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

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

sellar (not verified) says...

wow, I was diagnosed as bipolar and ADD as well and am ENTP.  I own a business and lead my partners with new ideas but do struggle to stay organized with the everyday follow through of details. I also am seen by my employees as rude at times because I say what I think without sugar coating and expect others to do the same with me... and infuriating because I seem disorganized in my searching for new ideas and feedback and spewing out thoughts they don't know what to do with. 

TD (not verified) says...

I am also an ENTP and Bipolar and believe that  the two coincide.  It would be interesting if a study were done to see how many ETPS are bipolar.  Everyone's brain chemistry is different and and I've always wondered if a disproportionately significant amount of Bipolar people exhibit ENTP traits.  I've Also wondered if birthdate has anything to do with.  I was born in late July. I'm not into Astrology but have just wondered.

TD (not verified) says...

I think it's also noteworthy to recognize that when in my manic phase I test out as an ENTP but when I'm in my depressive stage I test out as an INTJ.  Thankfully I run more to the manic side.

Mistakai says...

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

An INTP (not verified) says...

E is for entertaining

N is for now we're getting ideas rolling

T is for think of all the possibilities

P is for pretty much has own mind

tanstaafl28 says...

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

Vine (not verified) says...

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

ELIZABETH PFOTZER (not verified) says...

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

GenXNotMillenial (not verified) says...

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

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

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

 

NEPT (not verified) says...

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

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

1. ENFP

2. INTP

3. ISTP

4. INFP

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

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

 

sirenx. (not verified) says...

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

Suhbat (not verified) says...

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

 

JLSEMS (not verified) says...

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

GenXNotMillenial (not verified) says...

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

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

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

 

David452 (not verified) says...

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

Dixie Lee (not verified) says...

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

ThatCoolDude (not verified) says...

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

MeargleSchmeargle (not verified) says...

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

Nico Q (not verified) says...

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

Nigga (not verified) says...

nice

Wesley (not verified) says...

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

New Year ENTP (not verified) says...

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

OvO (not verified) says...

Oof I'm both an ENTP and an INTP

Cesca (not verified) says...

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

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

Sammi (not verified) says...

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

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

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

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

Richard H (not verified) says...

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

Danelroy (not verified) says...

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

shlomo (not verified) says...

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

lapartyboy (not verified) says...

The author failed to mention the following:

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

Don Chan (not verified) says...

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

Annunaki (not verified) says...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Callum (not verified) says...

Haha I'm entpa

Mistakai says...

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

bLamar (not verified) says...

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

LukeSkyWalker (not verified) says...

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

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

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

Regards from Sweden

MattENTP (not verified) says...

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

Sammi (not verified) says...

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

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

TrevorOfTheRiver (not verified) says...

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

JennyGump76 (not verified) says...

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

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