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What is an ENTP?

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.

What are ENTPs like?

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.

What are the core values of the ENTP?

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 can I recognize an 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.

Who are some 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

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

What do ENTPs like to do?

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

What the experts say

"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

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

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Comments

Sammi (not verified) says...

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

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

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

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

Cesca (not verified) says...

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

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

OvO (not verified) says...

Oof I'm both an ENTP and an INTP

Wesley (not verified) says...

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

New Year ENTP (not verified) says...

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

Nigga (not verified) says...

nice

Nico Q (not verified) says...

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

MeargleSchmeargle (not verified) says...

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

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