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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.

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.

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How rare 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 Quotes

"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

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.

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Chad ENTP (not verified) says...

Ahhh... My fellow ENTPs, i guess we can all agree: Our comment section have the most beautiful, extensive and detailed Walls of Text than any other personality type... I almost can't hold the urge to join you all myself... Even the illiterate guy managed, somehow.

Matt 79 (not verified) says...

I can't agree more, Chad. What only proves your point more is the fact that the illiterate guy is only 3 yo. That's right, entp's are also geniuses as children who, true to their type, don't want to waste time with the small detail of spell check.

ENTP CHAD (not verified) says...

Wow! That's very impressive! As a father of a newborn i can only hope my son manages to receive that level of incentive and encouragement as that kid. Tell him he's not only very inteligent, but specially very brave, which is in my opinion the most pertinent and world changing quality that i know of. Congratulations!

tony perez (not verified) says...

i will like to be a argitect because i like to creat and dising things to build

tony perez (not verified) says...

i am veary ferlses because i trust my gut i know whats whrite and wats rong and i have a lot of comfedens in my self that i will do good

Hades (not verified) says...

Words make togeather with sentence also. Letters can order different from regular stance but implications maintained. 

Only1tyler (not verified) says...

lol.. dude.. you need some education. Your spelling is damn-near horrific. Like if the movies Saw and the dictionary had a baby... that would be your text-to-speech

hehee (not verified) says...

why u gotta do him like that XDXD i laughed too hard

Andy Clarkson (not verified) says...

I took the MB personality test almost 20 years ago and was told I am ENTP which explained a lot.. None of this seemed all that important at the time but I was also told my best suited career as an ENTP was real estate. This was important becuase I had been in that industry for over 10 years before moving into technology. It is only now looking back having connected the dots that it all makes sense. As Steve Jobs said you cannot connect the dots looking forward, so you have to trust that they will somehow connect in the future. The point I am making here is that having an ENTP personality is like being given a tool like a paintbrush. It is how you use that tool that counts and only are the barrier to the masterpiece. 

When I worked in Estate Agency my ENTP big picture mind worked very well at putting togethet property deals becuase I 'saw' the connections. I did not however see my  entreprenuer self as an estate agent. I would not settle and my refusal to settle until I had found what I truly loved is fundemental. "Only when you love the work you do can you do great work". I found that by ditching the rat race and moving into a cabin where I lived and worked getting a part time income but free from distraction I could focus my own project. For me that was what I needed and I loved it, it was the happiest time of my life. 

What I know now is that to make the leap from working for some-one else to making it as an innovator on your own you will come accross so much negative feedback and resistance to your ideas that it will seem that you are crazy to continue. Many people fail becuase they give up which is really the sane thing to do, it is so much easier. Also too many distractions such as family a relationship or children will suffer. No matter how good your ideas are the personal battle to see them make reality may be more than most can take. 

 Again as Steve Jobs said 'those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do'.

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AlwaysSeeking42 (not verified) says...

Just want to add my 3 cents on ENTP and typology in general. While Meyer Brigg types feel generally accurate, they are still generalized descriptions, so many people may score as an ENTP but not necessarily identify with all of the descriptions. Researching the theory behind the Meyers Briggs and the components that comprise these type-codes helped me better understand how it specifically applies and allowed me the confidence to rely on the results by understanding the logic.  

 I, for example, am ENTP, but express lower extroversion, and am only a few questions away from scoring as an INTP.  This may seem like a small difference and many assume that all else is the same, except for more introverted tendencies, but this isn't true.  

The 16 Meyers Briggs codes are actually just formulas that indicate what your cognitive preferences are.  These cognitive preferences were theorized by Carl Jung, and later used by Meyers-Briggs to establish the system we use today.  The real significance of the code you score, is the cognitive preferences they reveal.  Its called a "cognitive function stack".

 According to Jung, an individual's personality traits were resultant of how they Perceived the world and how they Judged the world.  His model proposed 4 different cognitive functions, 2 perceiving, and 2 judging.  Perceiving is divided into Intuiting and Sensing.  Judging is divided into Thinking and Feeling.  According to this model, we perform 2 of these functions internally (introverted) And 2 of these externally (extroversion).  Additionally, we all express a preference and dominance for these functions in order of dominance and strength.  (Its best thought of in terms of handedness.  Although, you can use both hands, we obvious excell, and thus rely on our dominant hand to perform most functions).  In similar fashion, we have inborn cognitive preferences that become progressively reinforced and develop throughout life.  

ANYWAY.....  for ENTP's, our cognitive stack is as follows:  1st preference = Extroverted Intuition N(e), followed by our Introverted Thinking T(i) as 2nd preference.  3rd preference = Extroverted Feeling F(e), and 4th is Introverted Sensing S(e).  

So what makes ENTP's "extroverts" is that their dominant function is extroverted Intuiting, meaning we are constantly scanning our external environment for information and recognizing patterns and connecting  disparate, unrelated fundamental concepts, or "big picture" prospecting.  It's the reason why we avoid committing to one thing, or confining to "limitations".  (We are called to explore the possibilities of the world and seek that which is fundamental to all things, in different forms).

 We then bring that information INWARD w/ T(i), where we have a discriminating and thorough matrix, or library of information where we judge information, verify it's truth, consistency, and organize.  So our external worlds are disorganized and distracted as we constantly seek exposure to any and all things, and our internal worlds, are organized, interconnected, and more structured.

Our 3rd function, (extroverted Feeling) indicates a tendency to evaluate people and social contexts and evaluate the values and climate of interpersonal dynamics, making ENTP's socially ABLE (if not always socially inclined) as well as provide the ability to read, analyze, manipulate, influence others, recognize power dynamics and exploit for gain, manipulate for enhancement or goal objective, or improve for the sake of harmony.  With that comes a keen ability to read people, recognize subtle social cues, and often seek to understand human motivation.  Sensing as 4th function is our weakest and explains why details, repetition, follow through, timeliness, etc. are not our best traits!  Although, under distress, or if ignoring these "detail" tasks for long periods of time, this 4th/Inferior function can manifest in maladaptive ways and become hyperactive.  Such examples are bouts of "obsessive detail, OCD tendencies, episodes others would describe as being a "control freak", and perfectionism (especially with projects you feel showcase your valued talents). 

There's plenty more info online but each of these cognitive functions reveal specific ways of behavior or rather ways of thinking that coincide with general behavioral outcomes.  Discovering and reading on this is REALLY accurate, psychoeducational, and helpful towards deeper understanding of yourself.  I highly recommend delving further into the implications of typing.  You may even discover that the test wasn't accurate, in which case breaking it down to the respective functions could help you better identify your type in instance where you fall close to the middle of each dimensional scale.  Anyway, thought it could be useful for whomever has a deeper interest in learning more about it wasn't quite sold on the logic or validity behind type-assessments.  

AnnieENTP (not verified) says...

If you go to the 16-personalitie site and check out the debater personality, or ENTP, if gives the percentage for each letter. ENTP people are 53% etroverted, according to them, which makes sense by what ypou are saying. We are the most introverted extroverts, and if we were 4% more introverted, we would be INTP.

glovey1104 (not verified) says...

Thank you! Again, this is scarily accurate and I resonate with literally everything above! 

LoveNina (not verified) says...

Omg! Thank you so much for that comment it has made everything make so much more sense

Meyersbriggscurious (not verified) says...


Interesting! I am an xNTP and I feel the introvert/extrovert mix is accurate. So I was intrigued to read your analysis after stating you were E but with lower extrovert traits. Your description made sense and felt very accurate to me. Where is a good place to start delving further into typing? 

Jakethurman17 (not verified) says...

Thanks! I just started learning ab all this and that really helped understand the processes and information behind it. 


Gnome (not verified) says...

Hi Seeking,

I've read your comments with interest - thanks. Nicely written, well structured, and a lot to relate to in there.

Like you, I've come up as INTP a few times, but more generally as an E. Maybe this variability comes out of IT2 performing its analytical work as a kind of game-play, a juggling act. 

I suspect the combination of EN1 and IT2 with IP3 is a reason for the type's interest in the game of discovery and invention, rather than Finding An Answer.

In any event, I do ageee it's an interesting field when you get into it.

Again, well done on your clarity - enjoyed it.


MissNeona (not verified) says...

I appreciate the insight - I bet you always take a towel with you wherever you go. Are you an ENTP yourself? 

Will C (not verified) says...

Thankyou so much for this analysis of the type. I identified massively with your apraisal of our weakest element in the 4th function of sensing. As a sufferer of 'following through and procrastination', personally due to not knowing which option to go for, and thus sitting at the cross roads of inaction, to be most enlightening.

Equally, as someone who is also on the cusp of another type ENFP (In fact I get ENFP as my dominant type with 47% T and 53% F). I wondered if we/I can be 'a bit of both'? (Something we aren't afforded by being on the cusp of 2 star signs!! I joke of course! or do I? ;-) )

One thing I did want to raise with you (bouncing ideas etc) was the concept of the Ambivert, which is when one is both Introverted and Extroverted. Of course there is a sliding scale between the 2. Do you think the Ambivert is real, or Just an Extrovert who is having a bit of me time, and the Introvert simply remains as such?

Thanks again. Your comments were a fascinating read, and I am grateful for your research and sharing. Big love.

BoedicaZ (not verified) says...

I find that a good judge of true introversion or extroversion is whether being with people drains or recharge you. Everyone needs some time alone and some people time. For those of us in middle of this sliding scale, how we recharge reveals our core intro or extroverion.

Firefly (not verified) says...

This is ridiculously accurate for me as an ENTP, though I'm often underestimated since I had the misfortune of being born the youngest child. I love to study these personality types and learn about the people I know. I'm not surprised that this type is rare. It makes sense, considering I have trouble finding people like me. I'm very creative and I like challenges. 

ZoeENTP (not verified) says...

Oh this is fabulous! So as an ENTP I become unbelievably bored doing the same thing repetitively...although I can become completely obsessed if something has alot of depth and significance. Reading these responses...I truly believe the Bipolar or ADHD negative "diagnosis" is when ENTP's are put in the wrong environment - ie highly restrictive, boring and low requirement for intelligence - add to that lack of outlet for creativity and being held back from driving things forward and lo and behold you get "bipolar and ADHD" in the right environment ENTP's will reach the sky and beyond.

Ashley Magnuson (not verified) says...

Yes!! I have been diagnosed with both ADHD and OCD by separate people in different times of my life. This realization of my type explains so much about the hyperfocus/ distraction problem I've encountered so many times!

Groovelady (not verified) says...

I’m an ENTP female with ADHD. Crushing on my friend of 30 years who is likely an INTJ. I am considered successful in my career, but I’m stalled, having begun a big project that is really a lot of little projects, and that big project has become a laboratory for all my experiments.

I’m just interested in too many things, and it’s just too difficult to complete all my projects with two kids and being a single mom!



justReplier (not verified) says...

hi recently i found nice article about how to beat what you talk about... google entp hack... article described how to make todo list but call it wish list... then work on task you want, when yoy are bored as usual just make note where you stopped and work on another task from list you are intetested in... im also ENTP :) 

meetoo (not verified) says...

I'm an ENTP who's totally into an INTJ friend too.  Mind blown... 

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

I love how all the ENTPs have ADHD

Danielle Salomon (not verified) says...

I have ADHD and I am not an ENTP, but it's great to see so many people with ADHD.

Rob In (not verified) says...

I am an ENTP and I definitely don't have ADH... oh look! A butterfly! 

Katespy (not verified) says...

I dont have ENTP. :) I have incredible focus. But my daughter has ADHD, and I often wonder if I just passed it down 'cause I had it laying around. lol

Marteen says...

This made my brain happy. Yep I'm an ENTP

Hugsforhippogryphs (not verified) says...

I consider myself an ENTP with well controlled, non clinical ADHD. In elementary school I studied for spelling b's in a handstand, in college I played tetris through all my boring classes, and now with my doctorate I literally have silly putty at my desk so I have something to do with my hands when I enevitably get board trying to actually complete whatever task I thought was a great idea to start. 

ENTP Female (not verified) says...

They don't, actually.

Groovelady (not verified) says...

This is true.

Why, though? It seems odd that a personality type is also a match for a particular divergence from what is considered neurotypical-specifically ADHD. Why wouldn’t INTPs also be represented? Or ESFPs? 

I get how xNxP hits all the ADHD markers—xAbstraction xPerceiving/Possibilities, but why the E and the T?

Eric Chambers (not verified) says...

Im an ENTP and have insane ADHD lol didnt realize it was a trend

Amelia (not verified) says...

I also am a female ENTP with severe ADHD 😂 I think the traits go hand in hand 

Sonia B (not verified) says...

I too have ADHD. Took this last year and for some reason talked about it yesterday. I then wanted to see what type of personalities I would connect with relationship wise. As I started to read the comments, I realized, I was not alone.

Job wise, I believe it's safe to assume, it's best we have a job that intellectually stimulates us. 
I'm currently in a sales position.

Jen Ytal (not verified) says...

I hate norms! They don't need to exist. Normies are fine, as long as they don't spit on me. Anyhow, norms are just a limit. I want to do something! Go somewhere! (By the way, the floor is a nice place, but whenever I lay on it and stare at the ceiling, people ask me how old I am. Age is just a number. Call me immature, I don't care.)

combined type ADHD (not verified) says...

I think it is good for people who fit this description to accept who we are and run with it. It is less about the career you choose and more about how you do what you do. We may be "know-it-alls" but that's because we enjoy thinking about how things should work. Lucky for me, I can hyper-focus. I used to be a programmer-analyst back in the day when we had to read hex dumps to troubleshoot. The problem for me was that no matter what you code the computer to do, it does - almost 100% without fail. Once I could write code for everything from calculating changes in volume based on tank strappings to using low-level language to customize the print spooler, I got bored. 

Now I am an instructional specialists in an elementary school. Now I take a child study approach to advise teachers on how to help struggling and/or gifted students which requires both data analysis and direct observation. I also coach teachers on pedagological approaches, using data analysis to plan general lessons as well as on lesson delivery. Let me just say, that there is zero chance that any given day will be anywhere near 100% predictable which keeps things interesting. I spend my whole day just about every day working toward making people work for people the way they should. Point is, you would think that the elementary school would be easier and more boring. It could be, but not with the aproach that I take.

Corey (not verified) says...

32 year old ENTP that still has not found a decent job. 9 years of college with great grades. Too many career path changes to count because I have never really found one that I can survive off of. I have a lot of great ideas but I am terrible at follow through. In companies I have worked for I have inspired several of them to make permanent changes to the structure or policies of the company. I am also ADHD and rather depressed. Anyone hiring? Is there a place in this world for me besides that of the spectator pointing out better ways things can get done. 

Tom333 (not verified) says...

Hi, I would recommend IT Business Analyst or System Analyst role.You do not need to have IT backround to get in and since these are IT related roles, there always something new to learn and explore. You never work on the same stuff and once you get senior position you are free from boring small tasks and focus on big picture. I am in this position and so far I am satisfied. Only better carrer path I can think of would be science, but even there I am not sure because you need to crunch through a lot of data which can be quite boring and unsatisfying process.

danh (not verified) says...

add some accounting skills and project management skills/certs to your toolbox and look into consulting.. Professionally telling people how to fix themselves! New problems every few months!  Otherwise, financial advising, personal coaching, etc. are good careers.. 


Bob Reimer (not verified) says...


I am an ENTP and I am 74 years old . I want offer some encouragement 

When I was your age I had 12 years of business experience and an undergraduate degree then a career change and. Graduate degree but stuck with no direction. It was very tough so I get your frustration.

I went forward and recovered in the sense I found a space that used my analytical creative and communication strengths...Learning and Development is where I landed at age 35 and that took me to other related disciplines...but I don't want to give you more detail ..but rather some KEYS for your consideration:


a. Nail down your transferable shills - because they are needed and others cannot relate to the generalities of creativity or visionary or innovation ..those are part of our make but transferable skills are in effect functional skills and functional skills drive value and are implemented through Roles..for example the Role of Architect or Designer is one HAT we wear ..and we finish it..so no lack of follow thru cause we love doing the "piece"

b. Understand why people do or do not follow through...this is a longer discussion. The guy that helped me 20 years ago is Robert Fritz from New Hampshire..his early books like The Path of Least Resistsnce answers the questions on what is needed for us to create and finish various activities..note : they apply to everyone not just ENTPS 

c. Short answer on transferable skills is do the exercise in the book what color is your parachute ..they are helpful at nailing it down 

d. If you want more insight re transferable skills  contact me on linked in..Houston area

e. you asked if there was a place for you out there...ABSOLUTELY...and it only takes one person to see your value ..so focus on your functuonal skills that make up an ENTP ..e.g.

translating critical issues into treatment strategies and plans ....that is an ENTP strength 

that performs a valuable function ..

Lastly - I guarantee that if you study Fritz ( he speaks to structural issues that impact progress in tasks or activities ) you will have a better understanding of what can drive follow through or not drive it ...hint it takes a certain level of pressure that must be in play


all the best 

Bob Reimer 



Arie (not verified) says...

Anyone hiring? ENTP's work for themselves, and never on their own. You have to start your mastermind, and the beginning is very hard, but Dreams + Reality + Determination = Success. Enjoylife

Nazmun Nehar (not verified) says...

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

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

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

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

caleb Lippolt-rios (not verified) says...

i would love to know how you became a business anaylst as it was one of the careers i initially wanted to try to explore. 

Richard gravey (not verified) says...

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

Senia (not verified) says...

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

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

Marko the man (not verified) says...

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

nnnnnnnnn (not verified) says...

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

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

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