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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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Snolock says...

I had an interesting dilemma come up. I took a cognitive functions test after not having studied anything personality related in over a year. My results used to be ENTP, though I cant remember what my scores looked like, but now they consistently, across multiple tests, end up in this order: Ne>Ti>Te>Ni>Fe>Si>Se>Fi
Thinking back on it, when I was younger, prior to a lot of heavy abuse, I was rather pushy with my ideas and making other kids do things my way, extremely neat and tidy and was passionate about my schooling up until about 8th grade(all of this being common Te attitude) where I quit caring much at all. On the flip side of that, I was spent all of my free time reading books, playing games, watching my family play games, and watching the History Channel(which is more of an Ne attitude). This has me wondering if I used to be an ENTJ and flipped to an ENTP(they say it shouldn't happen, but if I was borderline even as a kid, it's more likely) and I'm now slowly going back, as I'm no longer in the abusive environment.

Dixie Lee (not verified) says...

We are constantly changing. Refuse to be put in a box. It'll cramp your style. HA!

Guest (not verified) says...

Yes, Thank you for mentioning that. I totally agree. We are pulled between them.

Guest (not verified) says...

Yep. That is what I was going to say ... but it seems your comment has been overlooked ... Probably by ENFPs! :) :)

Nerd (not verified) says...

You are such a nerd "probably by ENFPs" get a life.

Daniel (not verified) says...

Great profiling questions! Loved the verbiage.

Kathleen K Brophy (not verified) says...

Verbage and verbiage seem like two spellings of the same word. However, verbage is an error. ... Verbiageis the correct spelling of this word. It refers to excessive, intricate language.

Peggy (not verified) says...

Verbiage.  Definitely a conversation amongst ENTP's...gotta love it.

Justin Erickson (not verified) says...

I totally love it.  I need to find another ENTP to hang out with because this conversation would drive my ESTJ wife crazy.

Your name (not verified) says...

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Jennifer Miller (not verified) says...

Verbiage. Solved by Merriam-Webster: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/verbiage

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Smarty Pants (not verified) says...

Both spellings are correct and acceptable.

Bill Spellright (not verified) says...

Verbage and verbiage seem like two spellings of the same word. However, verbage is an error. ... Verbiage is the correct spelling of this word. It refers to excessive, intricate language.

Lelei (not verified) says...

You are incorrect.  Verbiage is the correct spelling.

LJ Stroud (not verified) says...

This whole debate is garbiage!

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Rlk (not verified) says...

So we are verbiage debaters ... Ok get it

SamW1180 (not verified) says...

Verbiage is indeed correct

Jennifer Miller (not verified) says...

Wordy works.

Mb2524BB (not verified) says...

Holy crap folks...Look it up.  Verbiage absolutely correct.  Thank yoiu SamW1180!

gloria northwood (not verified) says...

I assume that the person who said, "verbiage," slipped on the keyboard.

Calaen (not verified) says...

Boy have I had a passion for linguistics for as long as I can remember

People Call Me Dragon (not verified) says...

Same! I never knew why. Hmm...

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