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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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Guest (not verified) says...

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

Guest (not verified) says...

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

Guest (not verified) says...

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

Guest (not verified) says...

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

Guest (not verified) says...

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

Guest (not verified) says...

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

Guest (not verified) says...

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

Guest (not verified) says...

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

Guest (not verified) says...

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

angela.sladen says...

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

Katrianna (not verified) says...

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

Pikachu (not verified) says...

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

Crystal McNeil (not verified) says...

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

Guest (not verified) says...

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

Guest (not verified) says...

sweet!!!

Guest (not verified) says...

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

Guest (not verified) says...

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

Guest (not verified) says...

Use your Fe! He can use his. That way, by focusing on each other, you can "open up" Fi at the other. Say what you think and don't overanalyse it.

The NTP Guy (not verified) says...

That's not how it works. Or at least, it doesn't make sense if it did work like this. Being an ENTP means consciously suppressing your Fe function, and subconsciously avoiding your Si function. It's a shame how most people fail to understand the concept of Jung's ideas. People seem to forget that every single type uses all of the functions, with personal preferences due to different circumstances and situations. It's a misconception to assume the tertiary and dominated functions are one of the 'strengths' of the type.

It's much more reasonable to imagine the functions in the form of a balance. If you put weight onto Intuition, you're losing some of your Sensing abilities (both functions in each case, Ne AND Ni, Se AND Si). So, if you're an NTP-type, you are repressing your Fe function to a certain extent. The more you repress it, the less conscious/aware you become of that function and its capabilities, meaning, that if your dominated function is Si, you're subconsciously avoiding the use of Si and easily overwhelmed by it as you're lacking the experience to perfectly control it. To illustrate this, EN_P's are the type that feels nostalgia in the most intense form as they are not used to ponder about the past for extensive amounts of time (and memory is part of the Si function). When ENTP's, for instance, are discussing a topic, they will be subconsciously overwhelmed by their memory, giving them many different possibilities to argue their point.

In this sense, since an ENTP's Ni is weaker than its Ne function, their Fi is stronger than their Fe. Tertiary functions are the functions you're still consciously aware of and therefore consciously decide to deny their use. To give you an example, an INTJ will suppress their use of Fi (expression of feelings), as they consider them inferior to their Te. In the same way, an ENTP will avoid using their Fe (harmonizing with others; empathy; following the masses; valuing others opinions; caring about what others say/think about you; etc.) even consciously to the point, depending on how much Ti is developed, that they will excessively explain others how much they don't care about others or similar.

So, just to summarize, the ENTP's function strength usually comes in this type of order: Ne, Ni, Ti, Te, Fi, Fe, Se, Si
Obviously, this does not mean that the ENTP cannot use their Fi or Fe functions, but more likely than not, they will blatantly protest against the use of it, unless they realize that the situation does not allow them to do so for whatsoever reason.

Coshu (not verified) says...

I thought I was an INTP/ENTJ for the longest time, however I realized that for one.... I liked leading, but never wanted to put in the effort to keep it going and two.... I avoided talking to a lot of people at my school, not because I was afraid to, but because they were boring. (Also, I feel really akward when people cry or have strong emotion.... no idea what to do)

JoeT (not verified) says...

The test seems to be scarily accurate in its descriptions.

I just assumed it was some scam that would categorize everyone into something they would like being, like an ENTP.

Then I did an analysis of the % distribution of population in each category and the # of comments at the bottom of each list. Of course, I didn't record any of this, I just kept it in my head. I realized that there are a lot of people who aren't ENTP's. :) Interesting, I always just assume everyone thinks the way I do.

I guess it makes sense that they don't always understand why I am right! :)

On to the next project!

StephanieENTP (not verified) says...

Last week I found out that I’m 100% ENTP without emotion. I completely relate to your story. Have felt that way quite often

Guest (not verified) says...

I've been an ENTP stay-at-home mom for almost 2 and a half years. When I read my personality being reflected back at me, then saw, "least likely type to be stay-at-home parents," that was a pretty big moment for me. I can't tell you what a struggle this path has been (terrible housekeeper, not detail-oriented, cannot maintain a routine) and also what a joy (complete and total flexibility, complete control over each day's agenda, learning about and experimenting with various parenting strategies, exploring new places and experiences with my kids almost daily). And now I understand why! I can let myself off the hook for the parts I struggle with and go ahead and find a different way to take care of the things I will probably never be good at.

Sammi (not verified) says...

You will be brilliant at it -  I have three teenage boys and I could not have been the stay at home parent. Their dad did this role (ESTJ) and he was far better at the mechanics of parenting than I could ever have been. Not to say I couldn't do it, but I found it incredibly challenging to supress the boredom.

However! You will be able to understand your childrens' emotional needs far better than anyone. They will come to you in the near future and tell you everything, be themselves and respect your style and your rational opinion, as mine do. 

Charlesadam (not verified) says...

I am an ENTP and my gf is INTJ. Our relationship is all but boring. She's a cunning bi**h and a force to be reckoned with, but I seem to be a gluten for the challenges she yields and I take the punishment

Charlesadam (not verified) says...

I'm not sure if I agree with the implications associated with unable to stick with a job

Farah (not verified) says...

I am a 19 year old girl. When I was 14 I was an ENTJ then change to ENTP when I turned 16. I just took another test and i got ENFP. I tried to take another test, I got ENTP. The result often changes between ENTP and ENFP according to my condtion. I read the descriptions and it feels like I am between ENTP and ENFP. Any suggestions, anyone? Thanks.

villa (not verified) says...

SOO accurate...

I`m an ENTP female, very strong in all (90% Extravert,95% Intutive,80% Thinking, and 95% Preceiving,) and this profile explained so much!
Unfortunately, I`m surrounded (friends & Family) by very dominant Feelers and nearly every day I`m teased as a heartless robot or psycho. No one wants to debate With me because they think I`m trying to attack them, and I feel so undervalued. When I voice my thoughts, People generally tell me to shut up or be more open-minded.

I wish I was more sensitive other`s feelings, but I never do and inadvertenly hurt them by saying what sounds to me as a casual comment. I`m honest and I face Things head-on. Of course, then just about everyone else get awkward and try telling me to be quiet so that I don`t cause ``Waves.`` I got in trouble frequently in School because I knew what I thought on issues, and I just feel like everyone is trying to break me Down. Probably not true, but it doesn`t change the way I experienced it. Any advice?

Guest (not verified) says...

After taking the test, finding out about me being an ENTP and reading the comments, it has been so bizarre to find out how accurate these statements have been. For example, someone in the comments was saying 'ENTPs are in touch with their feelings, they just don't discuss them.' and I find this incredibly accurate, among a lot of other things, as they are statements in which have been described about me from my friends and family through normal conversations and have shown up in the exact description of an ENTP. as I am only 17 years old, I am aware that my personality type may change over time, as I've heard from other people. I am trying to figure out what career path to follow for the future, I have considered either going down the science route yet also love doing art and always considering what it would be like to run my own business in something, and guess what!? these types of jobs were all in the ENTP careers list......very strange.
For A-levels at the moment I am studying biology, psychology, English and art, and want to go on to further education, is that very ENTP of me?
I have questions that I would be grateful for any of you to answer... what if you have to be a certain personality type to want to take this test in the first place? and could that effect the results of how many people are certain personality types world wide?
(obviously I am not aware of why people take this test or if it is compulsory in certain situations)

Guest (not verified) says...

I just found out I'm entp. I'm amazed at the accuracy of my predicted careers. Currently I'm a creative director and producer director I also do commercial photography.

lucassmith307 says...

pretty accurate , but depressing to know I will never accomplish much even though most with my personality do great things. We now live in an age where dominance is frowned upon and free thinkers are shunned as conspiracy theorists. I have an interest in most of these things, but to accomplish my many goals would take a 10 lifetimes with the constraints of government laws and peer on peer suppression, it would seem as though its very difficult to stand out and accomplish the things that interest us.my test was halfway ENTP and INTP.

Guest (not verified) says...

I don't know whether I'm an ENTP or an INTP. I'm pretty sure I'm _NTP. The thing is I don't really feel like an introvert but not like extrovert either (more like an ambivert). One of my best friends is clearly an ENTP but she's a lot more outgoing and friendly and charming than I am and basically fits the description of an ENTP perfectly.So now one might think I'm an INTP but they often described as too internally focused and emotionally disconnected to fit my personality type. And I have a friend who is ISTJ so an introvert just like the INTP but she is much more of an introvert than I am even though INTPs are often described as THE definition of an introvert. I don't know I just feel like I'm stuck in the middle because I appreciate human interaction, not enough to be an ENTP, but too much to be an INTP.

guest (not verified) says...

Having only known personalities categories even exists, and I'm 30, is quite liberating to know I'm an ENTP.

Me in a nutshell (if possible)
I'm a Civil Engineer
Pretty outgoing in social situations and enjoy intellectual conversations
I have a constant strive knowledge and to pass it on.
I do show and have feelings but only to a select few and rarely. (my wife and my twin brother who are the only ones who can provoke them)
I can't really stay angry or sad for very long as requires too much effort.
Always seeing the bigger picture which allows me to move on quickly.
I don't get bored easily as there is too much to do or think about.
Pretty active in sports.
Being annoyed (not angry) with others people's habits and knowing they have a flaw. Maybe because i know i can't do anything about it.
My major flaw is getting annoyed with myself. This is wide ranging, from forgetting to lock the house to emotionally hurting someone (not physical!) close to me. I can beat myself up unless i resolve it.

I do like a debate but not as much as its made out with the ENTP description. When i get into arguments or heated situations and knowing is about petty, or emotional, or unjustified things I look for ways to resolve it quickly. I think to myself "how do I win this, so they feel they've won but with no consequence for both parties because this is silly". Maybe i see it as a problem to solve so i can move on and therefore i say and do the right things to calm it rather than actually mean what i say. Even i know there are flaws to point out but i know it would make the argument worse so i ride it out. If i know the person i would want to know, maybe a few days or weeks later, and ask them "what was the point in that argument?" and most of the time they say "it was just silly/frustrating/emotional/annoying/just letting of steam etc." Then when i know this, in my eyes, its fixed.

These are just few things about me but its nice reading other entries above and their lives being an ENTP.

Guest (not verified) says...

OMG! I am also an ENTP/ENFP (but mostly ENTP). I am glad since I never expect that there are so many people like ENTP/ENFP. I can see patterns everywhere especially in people's gesture, word and action. Just like I can read them easily. And it's freaking me out :(

james.day1961 says...

I am an ENTP. I work in Cardiac ultrasound and have a PT band for 12 years playing New Orleans Music in blues festivals in the Mid-Atlantic.

I like sailing & snowboarding and was an airbrush artist. I am the Poster Boy for ENTP!!!!!!!!! -()8^)> ( science beatnik)-lol

Guest (not verified) says...

Someone noted this above but I do want to argue here that knowing the functions will help you understand that being "on the border" between ENTP and ENFP "is not" a thing." The test is just a starting point for exploration.

I am a female, 49 year old ENTP with an ENFP, almost-grown daughter, and I can assure you firsthand that the differences between NeTiFeSi (for ENTP) and NeFiTeSi (for ENFP) are ENORMOUS! I think some are confusing the emergence of Fe in ENTP with a false conception of ENFP. ENFP has VERY low Fe - very low natural insight into how others are feeling even though they appear highly sociable, and often spread "light and love" wherever they go. Instead, they operate from an authenticity of feeling, the way that an INFP does.

One of the biggest differences between ENTP and ENFP (that my INFJ husband and I often note in our students/therapy patients) is the absence of a desire to Ti in the ENFP. Types with Ti have a significant capacity for theorizing, philosophizing. While the ENFP (who prefers Te) is comfortable with the abstract, they don't tend to enjoy abstracting as a hobby.

Also, "expressed emotion" is not the same concept as "F" - either Fe or Fi. ENTPs can be very emotionally expressive, but at the same time be uncomfortable with understanding their own emotions because they won't submit themselves to analysis as easily as other bits of information. In managing the emotions of others, ENTPs can "flip the objective switch" and appear very unfeeling as they go into Ti analysis. ENTP's expression of Fe - even when motivated by true concern, can come across as false and forced to the Fe experts like ESFJs, who smell a rat. Often they are right as Fe is a developed function and not automatic ...

T (not verified) says...

I have been dealing with the many emotions of my son all his life. He is now 27 years old. He has been self diagnosing himself for years. Only tried working with a doctor in his adult life 1 time. From my point of view, I know his life is not easy. On the other hand, I feel that he spends more time finding new diagnoses to support his behavior than trying to find a solution or a way to deal with his emotions. Anytime we get into a discussion about his mental health, he'll say things like, "well, I don't feel the things you feel because of (latest diagnosis). or "I can't help with household chores because of (latest diagnosis) or "I can't get up for work on a regular basis because of (Latest diagnosis). I feel he tries harder finding reasons to justify his mental health than trying to find ways, tools to help him through life. When I say this to him, he then refers back to another diagnosis. To me he seems very functional when he wants something, wants to go somewhere. Is it me not being understanding enough? Or is he just using mental health diagnosis as a crutch? I'm extremely frustrated and want to help, but I feel defeated no matter what I say or do.

MissMarie (not verified) says...

This came at a time when I really needed it. I’m at this stage where I’m rethinking everything. What I’m reading is the perfect description of who I am and how I feel. I always thought I wasn’t normal. My family always made me feel like something was wrong with me bcz I never want to do thing the "normal" way. I always get the "but why did you have to do this or you just can't be normal". My answer is always "what the hell is normal, what does that mean?" I’m in the process of changing careers. One of my main issues at my numerous workplaces was the structure in place and the rules. I always felt like I was suffocating trying to be someone that I’m not. I had a few bosses tell me I would be a good manager if only I was willing to follow the rules. Don’t get me wrong I try but, it doesn’t last long. I’m an accountant by trade which does not fit my personality at all. You can just imagine how I feel getting to work in the morning. All I could ever envision myself to be is an entrepreneur owning a business having employees, being in control of my Schedule, my time etc.

Guest (not verified) says...

Can you tell the main differences between Ti and Fi (ENTP and ENFP)?

williyamjam (not verified) says...

The 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.

Guest (not verified) says...

I haven't read through the other personality types and their comments (yet, though of course I intend to), but I must say that these threads are captivating and so very familiar in many instances. Long, introspective, analytical.. I can relate. I think these forums are wonderful because they also give insight into the thought process of other personality types with whom we may not so readily relate.
However, when it comes to emotion and its relative importance in the decision making process, I have a few thoughts. Its importance falls behind that of logical reasoning. I completely agree that decisions should be made on an entirely logical basis, whether or not your emotions may be in agreement. That should not surprise anyone. But in the interest of the "big picture," emotion should not be ignored or feared. Fear, after all, is an emotion too. Don't let it get in the way of your logical reasoning or understanding of your emotion. Rather than fear it, analyze it. Rather than leave emotion out all together, look at the processes behind it and factor in their significance for yourself and others. Granted that significance can be greater for many others than it may be for you, but that does not make emotion insignificant.
There is a biological, genotype/environment dynamic at work which, if overlooked, may leave out a very relevant detail to the overall big picture. The process behind the emotion is more important than the emotion itself. To ignore the emotion would be to ignore a contextually relevant process.
What is the schema, belief system and cognitive behavioral understanding behind the emotion? I find that while I look at the big picture, I am very observant and detail oriented. Emotions are just details, but all small parts make up the whole. I like to gather all the information before I make a decision. Emotions give you information, though not the definitive type of information you would use as the basis for a rational decision.
So many times the details logged away in my brain are irrelevant at the time, but have significance later on when their meaning finds its proper category/relevance.Most of us would agree, I am guessing, that the information we gather runs through a very complicated machine which influences the way we perceive, categorize, associate and download the information we use to make our logical decisions. But that machine is not an island. Because it is effected by the environment we live in, the food we eat, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the exercise we get, the stress we may be under and yes, our blood sugar level, I find that emotion is sometimes the first and most obvious clue as to the health of ones brain. When it is aligned with my logic, I usually don't notice the emotion. It almost becomes overlooked. This may be why some of your posts refer to it as hard to understand or communicate. It is simply in sync. When my emotion is out of sync with my logic, or when I find other people's emotions to be illogical, it is a sign that something is wrong biologically, conceptually or environmentally. I sometimes get so lost in thought that I forget my environment all together. I forget it has an effect on the process, though maybe not the final outcome. It's all about context. Every gene in our body has at least 7 ways to express itself depending on the environment. Homeostasis of the brain, neuroplasticity, mind/body interaction... Its all so very intellectually stimulating. Don't fear your emotion. Just listen to it and analyze it instead. We do it all the time with everyone else. You will learn the foreign language very quickly and expression of your emotions will come naturally after that. So will your ability to categorize them appropriately and take note of the clues they provide.

omoyemi (not verified) says...

Just discovered I am an ENTP ...who can help me discover more about myself?

Guest (not verified) says...

Yes, I am Smart! Score.

I am amazing.

Jsadz (not verified) says...

Ha! I came to Truity to find tips on how best to deal with a frustrating ENFJ at work.  I love that the comments on our ENTP page are significantly longer and more introspective than those on that page (despite how longwinded I find Fs).  I love the sentiments.

Van (not verified) says...

I don't usually include myself in a group, but since most of you fashion yourselves intelligent, and apparently spend a lot of mental effort to improve the world, this group might not be the worst to be affiliated with.  I am curious, if most of you are type A personalities.  I am not.  The other thing I wonder, is how each of you think you came to have this personality.  You know, nature or nurture.

Cesca (not verified) says...

That is a great question Van, my answer is dunno, could be either. My Mum is an ENFP, course we get on great and i love her to bits

mehdi (not verified) says...

 YOU KNOW YOUR AN ENTP WHEN: 

When you see people you know studying hours for a test while you are playing video games and read maybe one page of the textbook. Then they become angry at you for getting a better grade.

You know your an ENTP when you manage other peoples money better than you manage your own.

When you manage to charm people into doing what you want. After all, you were so sweet about it, right? 

When you see successfully cheating on tests as a measure of your own cleverness, not as something morally wrong.

when you're not afraid to walk in on any situation because you know you can bullshit your way out of anything.

when you can come up with stuff on a topic you know nearly nothing about, and be RIGHT.

when you get called "a mature person" and after 5min... "Act your age !!"

You know when your an ENTP when your teacher tells you you did a good job BSing your way through your last test.
when you can change political parties two times in one day.
when your music library consists of country, gangsta rap, opera, indie, movie sountracks, pop, and bagpipes.
when you... Sorry, I decided to go do something else mid-sentence.

You know you're an ENTP when only other ENTPs know what the hell you are talking about.

Brice BASTY (not verified) says...

It's fun how I'm switching from ENFP to ENTP. I was a very emotive and impulsive ENFP before. Taking decisions on emotions. Now I'm way more lucid about things, less naive, I usually think before deciding. The last example I have was my old ENFP side that took a decision to go travelin. A week later I was like "man why did you took a decision from an emotion, it's illogical and will lead you to things you don't want". So I self reflected on my decision. I've already played the 300€ but NVM it will learn me to think before acting. My Feeling side caused me so much problems last years that I decided to switch to logical decisions. One of the decisions I'm proud of was buying some items on Amazon. At the time I was more in the Feeling side it was "see and buy". The last was more "wait 1 month, think for it, then buy". I'm really in a switch as I just can't stand emotions now. I've become way more analytical and "breaking-through". Like Tyrion in GoT. Btw, I was a big musician. Now I enjoy making music less. It's a downside of this switch. But emotions are... Cool for friends... Not for everyday life. One thing that changed is my new live for nihilism and atheism. I was a very "New Age" bohemian man. I just can't stand with non sense now.

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)

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. 

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