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The ENTP Personality Type

ENTPs are inspired innovators, motivated to find new solutions to intellectually challenging problems. They are curious and clever, and seek to comprehend the people, systems, and principles that surround them. Open-minded and unconventional, Visionaries want to analyze, understand, and influence other people.

ENTPs enjoy playing with ideas and especially like to banter with others. They use their quick wit and command of language to keep the upper hand with other people, often cheerfully poking fun at their habits and eccentricities. While the ENTP enjoys challenging others, in the end they are usually happy to live and let live. They are rarely judgmental, but they may have little patience for people who can't keep up.

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What does ENTP stand for?

ENTP is an acronym used to describe one of the sixteen personality types created by Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers. It stands for Extraverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, Perceiving. ENTP indicates a person who is energized by time spent with others (Extraverted), who focuses on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details (iNtuitive), who makes decisions based on logic and reason (Thinking) and who prefers to be spontaneous and flexible rather than planned and organized (Perceiving). ENTPs are sometimes referred to as Visionary personalities because of their passion for new, innovative ideas.

How common is the ENTP personality type?

ENTP is one of the rarer types in the population. ENTPs make up:

  • 3% of the general population
  • 4% of men
  • 2% of women

Famous ENTPs

Famous ENTPs include Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, Richard Feynman, Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolo Machiavelli, John Stuart Mill, Jon Stewart, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and Conan O’Brien

ENTP Values and Motivations

ENTPs are energized by challenge and are often inspired by a problem that others perceive as impossible to solve. They are confident in their ability to think creatively, and may assume that others are too tied to tradition to see a new way. The Visionary relies on their ingenuity to deal with the world around them, and rarely finds preparation necessary. They will often jump into a new situation and trust themselves to adapt as they go.

ENTPs are masters of re-inventing the wheel and often refuse to do a task the same way twice. They question norms and often ignore them altogether. Established procedures are uninspiring to the Visionary, who would much rather try a new method (or two) than go along with the standard.

How Others See the ENTP

ENTPs are typically friendly and often charming. They usually want to be seen as clever and may try to impress others with their quick wit and incisive humor. They are curious about the world around them, and want to know how things work. However, for the ENTP, the rules of the universe are made to be broken. They like to find the loopholes and figure out how they can work the system to their advantage. This is not to say the Visionary is malicious: they simply find rules limiting, and believe there is probably a better, faster, or more interesting way to do things that hasn’t been thought of before.

The ENTP is characteristically entrepreneurial and may be quick to share a new business idea or invention. They are confident and creative, and typically excited to discuss their many ingenious ideas. The ENTP’s enthusiasm for innovation is infectious, and they are often good at getting other people on board with their schemes. However, they are fundamentally “big-picture” people, and may be at a loss when it comes to recalling or describing details. They are typically more excited about exploring a concept than they are about making it reality, and can seem unreliable if they don’t follow through with their many ideas.

ENTP Hobbies and Interests

Popular hobbies for the ENTP include continuing education, writing, art appreciation, playing sports, computers and video games, travel, and cultural events.

Facts about ENTPs

Interesting facts about the ENTP:

  • On personality trait scales, scored as Enterprising, Friendly, Resourceful, Headstrong, Self-Centered, and Independent
  • Least likely of all types to suffer heart disease and hypertension
  • Least likely of all types to report stress associated with family and health
  • Scored among highest of all types in available resources for coping with stress
  • Overrepresented among those with Type A behavior
  • Among highest of all types on measures of creativity
  • One of two types most frequent among violators of college alcohol policy
  • Among types most dissatisfied with their work, despite being among the types with highest income
  • Commonly found in careers in science, management, technology, and the arts

Source: MBTI Manual

Quotes About ENTPs

"ENTPs tend to be independent, analytical, and impersonal in their relations with people, and they are more apt to consider how others may affect their projects than how their projects may affect others."

- Isabel Briggs Myers, Gifts Differing

"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."

- David Keirsey, Please Understand Me II

"Don't tell an ENTP that we can't fly a rocket to Mars, build a 200-story skyscraper, or communicate over two-way wrist radios. That will be an invitation for the ENTP to prove you wrong."

- Otto Kroeger, Type Talk at Work

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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 ENTP (not verified) says...

ENTPs don't like to touch their feelings too much. You see, imagine you have a table with all the possible weapons. In a corner, almost falling out of the table there is this knife who looks plain, a knife indeed, but plain. Those are the feelings for an ENTP, they rather leave them there, not being touched, or used, or molested, no matter how powerful they might be. We might come off as insensible but the fact that ENTPs rarely open up and when they do it's a very antithetical talk with ourselves that you are invited to listen to, it's true. Show him you are there mentally, and he will appreciate that more than just standing there, challenge him and show him he is "wrong", you'll see how fast you get on his favorites.

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...

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...

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...

ENTPs are in touch with their feelings, they just don't discuss them. IF they try to explain their feelings it almost never or hardly makes sense to another person.You'll always hear that ENTPs are difficult to understand which is true but it's because of their lack of expression when it comes to discussing feelings. It doesn't mean that they can't feel or they seclude personal emotions, it's the problem of communication. ENTPs have complex trail of thoughts and to understand them, is difficult in any language. This is all "generic emotion talk" however. I'm an ENTP female and if there is something specifically bothering me, e.g.my sister is lying to me for whatever the reason, I'll be straightforward and confront her. On the other hand if I had to discuss how I cope when i'm scared for example is a different matter. I won't do it, because my sentences won't make sense and/or I won't find the right words. It's frustrating really.

-soooo is this only me or like other ENTPs because I'm sure this is quite common in ENTP personality types. //

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 :) ) 

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. 

omoyemi (not verified) says...

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

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

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.

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...

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...

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...

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.

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.

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.

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

Guest (not verified) says...

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

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.

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...

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.

IvanGrozny (not verified) says...

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

keaganpwmccann says...

Yes!! Exactly!

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..

Taryn (not verified) says...

Deifinately not just you. You are not alone. I am also ENTP, and I can't/won't talk about feelings, I have tried a few times, and it comes out all wrong, and difficult to understand. So I usually just say "It's too hard to explain", then just leave it at that. I have enjoyed reading your comments, as my most recent ex is a ENFP, and in some ways we were completely connected. When it came to empathy, patience, and feelings. We were on completely different pages. I don't know if it's just me or a general ENTP thing, but I find it really difficult to get into a realtionship. I mean I have no issues, dating, and seeing someone for say a few months, but as soon as I am faced with having to actually commit, I run a mile, because I just never feel anything is good enough, I obsess over the flaws in a prospective partner rather than the good things.

Is it just me, or is that an ENTP trait?

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

M (not verified) says...

I think most ENTPs feel the same way about commitments (aka they avoid them). I can only speak for myself 100%, but I believe ENTPs don't particularly like commitments generally. I think that may be because ENTPs view their feelings as something that makes them vulnerable. Also, they usually feel they are better than average so, as you said, they don't feel anything is good enough. It might be that ENTPs generally avoid commiting unless they are more than 100% sure about something or someone.

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


Guest (not verified) says...

Feelings/emotions are reactions in our brain and as such they are not to be trusted. For example you have a partner that you felt he/she is your entire world. Then he/she betrays you. An ENTP will say well he/she is not the world after all there are billions of other people out there why waste my mental state on one person? And then an ENTP will move on just like that. And this is the correct logic. People are so fixated on the one person that they do not see the big picture. That the particular person is not really their everything. Another person around the corner might be better than this one and we simply lose it because we are fixated on the current one. This fixation is simply reactions in our brain, not a word "love". How many people said they loved like mad their partners and then the next day they toss them away like they were nobodies?

And as you can imagine I'm an ENTP and I'm thankful for that. People get years of depression, might commit suicide for these reactions in their brains. I don't get that thanks to my personality. Call us robots all you want we simply look at the big picture. We are not going to waste our mental state for things such as feelings. This does not mean we don't feel or that we don't get these reactions. We just see the big picture around it when other people waste months or years asking "Why this?" "Why did he/she do that to me?" "Am I such a garbage or loser?" "Why did they fire me? Am I such a loser?". Well no, humans are humans and do not have constant feelings. And life is life and is not constant. ENTPs move on and have less anxiety from all personalities because they know lows are the beginning of new highs.

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.   


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)

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.

keaganpwmccann says...

Emotions are great to explore. There are so many avenues that make little sense but are just fascinating for the experience. I find I usually make emotional decisions that are backed by logic, and when they conflict I go with logic. What's the point of exploring and doing things if you don't enjoy it? The ability to enjoy things is tied irrevocably with the very same chemical machine that is our brain. I exist as a human being, my main apparatus is a chemical machine capable of logic, emotions and creativity. It is boring to deny those facts. Have emotions, cultivate them like a plant. Let them grow but don't let them grow out of control. Be logical and make sense. Or just enjoy our ability to be as nonsensical as we like. Or do all three at the same time. Works well enough for me.

Guest (not verified) says...

I am a young ENTP female and I completely relate to this, I have emotions. Strong ones even, I find they are hard to control but easy to ignore personally. I Have been told it is unhealthy to disregard my emotions as often as I do, but I am not able to understand my emotions when they are often so illogical and misplaced. It constantly confuses me, so instead of just feeling whatever emotion happens to occur at any random moment, I often project the practical and reasonable emotion, that a situation causes for. When I try to not think about about my emotions and just feel them, it exhausts me, because it is practically impossible for me to not analyze, and evaluate my emotions. To go with that though, it is easy to control my emotions, but not at the same time. I can't stop myself from feeling things that make no sense, but I can also just push them to the back of my mind like an afterthought. I feel like this isn't just me, and maybe it is just ENTP thing, because emotions confuse me so much. They are the most illogical, and annoying things, that I can cage up, but not put to sleep. I also sometimes think I have it worse because I am also a Virgo, but that's a whole different bag of crazy, that is too complicated to explain right now. Does anyone else experience these same kind of inner turmoils, and misunderstandings with their own feelings ?

Shreyash (not verified) says...

I am a young ENTP Male and I totally know what you're talking about and I'm a Virgo too. I've read through ENTP as well as Virgo Personality traits and how similar you as an individual seemed to me kind of freaked me out a bit but it's an amazing feeling when you know that there are people very similar to you living with the same kind of emotions. The ability to just cage my emotions I thought was only unique to me, I could feel something but could also choose Whether that emotion should affect me or not. It feels amazing to be an ENTP. Of course there are problems that we face when dealing with people of other Personality types but the fact that we can easily blend in and form a comfortable conversation really quickly is a Plus point. Overall Being an ENTP is great but it would be even better if we found more people like us . Smarter , creative and Understandable as well as logical.

T (not verified) says...

I can feel you right there. I am also ENTP female (and a virgo). I rarely feel comfortable talking about my emotional state because to be frank sometimes I don't know what in the earth I am feeling, it's like almost not making sense. I was once asked by my therapist to recall when was the last time I feel truly happy, and that moment I became silent trying to evaluate in the back of my mind of when and where and what was it that make me happy, and I could not find the right answer not because I've never been happy, but because I kept on comparing moments and it got me even more confused. I'm naturally a good listener and I find it pleasuring to come up with different ideas to solve problems and I'm very attracted with studying the human minds, psychology fascinates me the most. I'm recently learning about ENTP types and found out I am "The Debater" (according to several tests I took)

Don't worry, you're not alone x



Guest (not verified) says...

As an ENTP I've heard more than enough of how cold I am, especially as a female, but I refuse to call myself a robot. I do have feelings, it's just not normal according to others. There are feelings that we can actually control. You have the choice to feel happy or sad, and naturally as an ENTP the logical choice is to feel happy and not to dwell in the past, so that's what I'm gonna do. Even when I do feel sad, it's not gonna last long.

The worst feeling is the one that you can not control. I once fell for a guy that I knew we can never be together since we're from a different race (Yes, it's a big deal over here in Asia). In my head I knew it all along, that's why even though we were falling for each other I decided not to date him. It took me freaking six years to completely get over him. During those five years I'm dating another guy (which pass all my blacklist traits) and while my head completely understand that I'm making the right move, there's still a piece of that guy under my skin. It's only after I witness it with my own head that he is happy with another girl I can finally completely moving on. For normal people, the view will make them devastated. For me, it's the cure I needed to move on. So I do have feelings, only it's distinguishable from normal people's feeling and I'm totally fine and proud with who I am :D

Elena Araujo (not verified) says...

Hey I am also an ENTP, I am going through a bit of a rough patch, recently turned 18.. alot of pressure and stuff to get started in life. I refuse to go uni straightaway as i want to pursue acting and stuff and dont want to be tied down.... you seem to have more experience and a greater understanding of what its like to be an ENTP. so if you could email me on *************@gmail.com and maybe help me out, some proper advice a different perspective it would be much appreciated. 

victor v (not verified) says...

And by the way, i personally think it's good to know if you are ENTP and stuff, but it really doesn;'t matter, because it's wrong to compare yourself to other people with the same type and take it seriously. I think we people are too much complicated and versatile to behave the same being the same type.

It's very interesting for me to read what people write here about themselves but it's really funny that they explain the same type differently, which proves me this knowledge really doesn;t help. Maybe only to me..

victor v (not verified) says...

Elena, i'm 32yo ENFP/ENTP, that i just found out, but it's just FYI, if you'd like to know it. My reply for you regarding should you go to university or pursue the acting career: only time and experience will show whether you did right thing back then.

However, if you FEEL now somewhere in you that you need to do something else instead of university, DO IT. I myself studied in 3 universities (management ....blabla) because society and my family wanted it, but only years later i understood what a mistake was done. I should have gone with my intuition - become an actor and musician.

Those in years in univewrsities for me were only pain, no gain whatsoever, because i didn't need that in that particular period of life. Universities are really really not for everybody. And it's really not true that universities make you more educated person or more intellectual person. It's good option only for some people, and the best option for very few. If you want to work VERY specific position that you can get only via university (say, Wall Street, financing), probably university is you best option, providing you will be literally the best of your class, otherwise you will end up being accountant (not your speciality).

In other cases, learn through experience, also self-studying. Nothing can be better and more accurately yours. So only once you realized you really need university, go try to study. Not earlier. And stop once you feel you domn;'t need it, don't waste your time. :)

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Guest (not verified) says...

I am ENTP/ENTJ/INTJ woman depending on which situation I'm in...Work, School or Life. I would put ENTP in the life category. I wouldn't say that ENTP is looking for perfection in relationships. In many cases, we are very distracted by what my friends and family affectionately call "shiny object syndrome." I personally have problems justifying getting into a relationship when I know I might actually later get really involved in a book, math concept, cooking, random running around at night because I can't sleep, and so on. Very few people have the capability to put up with my personality and all the thoughts I have going on.

Then there is the idea that we don't actually have feelings or express them. So when we are upset, and in my case it takes a lot of things to get me to that point, it comes off as we are too emotional. However for another personality our emotion might have been taken as just fine. It is just the concept that any emotion expressed is a lot to people who are around us. So it gives us more reason to just block that part out of our life while we explore everything.

Which really is the essence of the ENTP, exploration. Sadly many of the other personalities get into habits after a relationship has gotten to a certain point and think that couch surfing is going into the right direction. I always know within 3 months if I am staying or breaking up with whomever I am with. By 3 months all of the ability they have to keep up with me is usually gone or stays. If it is gone, no point in wasting their time in a relationship bound to end.

Carmenjello (not verified) says...

That's cool bro.

Guest (not verified) says...

First time in my adult life that I have taken the test, the first time I had I was barely a junior I high school. The results this time were smack in the middle between an ENFP and ENTP which is very accurate, as I feel most of the time I have a very strong emotional and expressive side, however when it comes to work and problem solving behavior I readily switch over to the methods most employed by ENTP. I also feel very lucky, as I believe that my partner of 5 years is also an ENTP therefore the tremendous overlap in behavior and similar ways of processing information especially in work situations lends itself to a very successful pairing. Thank you for offering this insight free of charge!

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