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Hey all ENTPs and/or people researching ENTPs. I came across this site, 16personalities.com with an ENTP profile. I felt it gives a good accurate picture of an ENTP person in comparison to some other sites without the use of too confusing words that require further research to the ones that are not as MBTI educated.

I searched around on the forum and couldn't find any trace of it, so apologies if it was slotted somewhere but I feel it should be profiled here icon7.png

I had great success with this article in terms of getting people (with no knowledge of personality types) to read it. Others tend to fall off quick due to the overwhelming amount of buzzwords (Fe, Se, Fi etc)

Hope you all enjoy it!

Source: ENTP personality | 16 Personality Types
Directly pasted relevant bits here. A couple of articles there required paying so I didn't put them here naturally.


Personality

People with the ENTP personality type are often called devil’s advocates, and for a good reason. ENTPs absolutely love to argue and they do not really care that much what the argument is about, as long as it is fun. They may not actually support the idea they are arguing for, but may decide to go against the prevailing opinion, seeing this as a mental exercise. ENTPs are very quick-witted and original, which gives them a great advantage in debates, academia and politics – however, they also tend to do very well in many other areas that require willingness to challenge the existing ideas and juggle multiple arguments.


One of the reasons why ENTPs are able to hold their ground in nearly every debate is their impressive knowledge and ability to jump from one idea to another, making unorthodox connections in the process. They do this with amazing speed and without much effort – the onslaught of arguments coming from the ENTP may easily confuse their opponent. This can be both a good and a bad thing, depending on who the ENTP is arguing with – they can easily shred their opponent’s arguments in a debate about politics, but cause immense stress in a romantic relationship if they try to do that to their partner.


As always, there is no trait that is universally positive – in this case, ENTPs need to be careful to keep that love of arguments in check as the actual process is often more important than the truth. People with this personality type know this very well, but they also need to understand that what they see as fun can be very hurtful to another person.


ENTP personalities tend to use their mind in a very specific way and this is especially noticeable in the professional environment – they enjoy brainstorming and outlining all the options, but do their best to stay away from actual implementation. Again, such a trait can be very valuable in certain situations, but cause tension in the workplace as the ENTP may be perceived as having fingers in many pies, but not willing to work hard to implement their ideas. ENTPs also tend to be non-conformists and love challenging existing rules and routines, which makes them irreplaceable where there is a need to rip up the existing models and come up with new, original plans.


It is also worth mentioning that ENTPs usually prefer dealing with complex ideas and difficult challenges rather than day-to-day concerns. They enjoy thinking big and are good at it – it may take a while for an ENTP to reach the position that would allow them to fully utilize such a trait, but once they do, the flow of ideas will become unstoppable. However, the ENTP will still need to rely on other people to put them in place.


ENTPs are usually very direct and honest. They do not really care about being seen as sensitive or compassionate, so their honesty may be quite brutal sometimes. ENTPs say what they think and do not mince their words – furthermore, they dislike people who try to beat around the bush, especially if they are about to ask the ENTP for a favour. Consequently, ENTPs tend to be respected, but not necessarily liked – many people not only tolerate being lied to, they actually hope for and need to hear a lie in certain situations. The society tends to put feelings, sensitivities and comfort above the unpleasant truth – this is likely to frustrate many ENTPs.


In general, ENTP personalities are very rational and do not see much value in emotions or emotional arguments. Consequently, they are great when it comes to logical thinking, but likely to have difficulties in the emotional area – ENTPs’ confidence and keen sense of humor are usually very attractive, but they can easily (and often inadvertently) hurt an individual belonging to a different personality type. F types are especially vulnerable in such situations as they strongly dislike criticism and arguing, while ENTPs thrive on this.


Strengths & Weaknesses

ENTP strengths



  • Quick thinkers. ENTP personalities find it easy to come up with arguments and counterarguments in any discussion, jumping from one idea to another without much effort. They also enjoy being devil’s advocates.
  • Very knowledgeable. ENTPs enjoy learning new things and accumulating knowledge. They tend to be very successful in the academic environment, especially where there is a need for original and bold solutions.
  • Excellent brainstormers. People with this personality type can easily see both sides of the coin and do not get emotionally attached to a specific viewpoint or an idea. They simply enjoy the process of looking for possible solutions.
  • Original. ENTPs are not afraid to experiment and suggest ideas that are unconventional or even drastic. They are especially well suited for coming up with novel solutions for historical, systemic problems.
  • Charismatic. Quick-witted and confident ENTPs tend to also be charming and popular, intriguing and attracting people around them.
  • Energetic. ENTP personalities can be very enthusiastic and energetic if something excites them. They can spend ages looking for a solution to an interesting problem.

ENTP weaknesses



  • Very argumentative. ENTPs enjoy debates and see them as mental exercises – this attitude can easily upset more sensitive or stability-oriented types.
  • Insensitive. ENTP personalities are very rational, which is likely to make it difficult for them to recognize other people’s feelings or express their own.
  • May find it difficult to focus. ENTPs’ mind is used to jumping from one interesting idea to another – they may have difficulties staying focused on one specific topic.
  • Dislike practical matters. ENTPs are more interested in ideas and solutions than practical, daily matters. They may have no difficulties coming up with the perfect plan, but are likely to be far less interested in actually putting it in place, checking all the details etc.
  • May be intolerant. ENTP personalities may sometimes be intolerant and dismissive, especially when they have to deal with people who try to avoid debates or cannot defend their ideas.
  • Get bored quickly. ENTPs need to feel excited – routine tasks bore and frustrate them. They may even come up with imaginative problems or start suggesting unnecessary improvements, just to keep their mind occupied.



ENTP Relationships and Dating

People with the ENTP personality type tend to be very spontaneous and they often seek dating partners who complement that trait – their ideal relationship includes looking for new things that both partners could experience together. This means that the ENTP’s partner should have similar priorities and intellectual capacity – the ENTP will do their best to push the boundaries and traditions in any romantic relationship, even during the early dating phase (they often test their potential partners to see how open-minded and spontaneous they are). That being said, the unwavering enthusiasm of the ENTP is likely to be very beneficial in the relationship, both strengthening and deepening it.


ENTPs constantly challenge both themselves and those around them, always looking for new ideas and ways to improve their understanding of the world. This is evident in their romantic relationships as well – even when they are still looking for a dating partner, ENTPs think about how they would be able to develop and grow together with that person.


Celine Dion ENTPSuch a relentless pursuit of growth can be tasking, but it also strengthens the relationship considerably – ENTP personalities would keep trying to surprise their partners in a pleasant way, keep finding new aspects to improve, keep looking for innovative ways to connect with those close to them etc. Dating an ENTP or living with them is never boring – some personality types might get a bit tired after a while, but if they do not, the flame of their relationship will always burn brightly.


This trait is especially evident in intimate situations. ENTP personalities tend to be very curious and enthusiastic sexual partners, keen to seek exploration and development in this area. ENTPs are likely to encourage their partners to try new things and enjoy intimate situations without limiting themselves in any way. Such traits make ENTPs very attractive dating partners, once the relationship moves into that stage. However, it is unlikely that the ENTP will define intimacy in emotional terms – they tend to see sexual acts from the physical rather than spiritual perspective.


ENTPs know how to direct their enormous enthusiasm and genuine desire to improve things into further refinement and development of the romantic relationship. However, ENTPs should take care not to overlook their partner’s feelings and also avoid excessive immersion in new non-romantic ideas or opportunities. While that sincere excitement can certainly be very attractive, the never-ending stream of ideas pouring from the ENTP’s mind would eventually frustrate even the most patient dating partner.


Preferred partners: INTJ and INFJ types.


Friendships

No friends are likely to be as quick-witted and argumentative as the ones belonging to the ENTP personality type. ENTPs absolutely love discussions and can spend an entire evening defending an idea that they might not even believe in. If the ENTP’s friends can hold their ground and come up with valid, rational arguments, then the ENTP will consider this the epitome of a friendship.


That being said, ENTPs do not usually take such discussions personally, even when they strongly disagree with one their friends – ENTP personalities tend to argue for the sake of intellectual stimulation instead of seeing this as a way to establish their superiority. ENTPs know how to relax and have fun, even though their idea of fun is likely to be somewhat unusual. For instance, an ENTP may enjoy sharing a bottle of wine with their friends and brainstorming about the European debt crisis – many other personality types (especially SFs) would probably title this “the evening from hell”.


ENTP friends are not known for their sensitivity or affection, even though they can be very intuitive. People with this personality type are likely to come across as rational and unemotional – they may be quite genial and enthusiastic, but no one should expect an ENTP to know when or how to offer a shoulder to cry on. They will certainly be able to come up with a completely logical and reasonable solution, but emotions and feelings are something that ENTPs prefer to suppress.


Generally, ENTPs have no difficulties communicating with friends and acquaintances belonging to other personality types, especially if they are not afraid to suggest and discuss new and interesting ideas (the ENTP should make sure this does not turn into a competition, though). However, it is unlikely that an ENTP will spend much time trying to put themselves in someone else’s boots, especially if the other person sees things very differently.


ENTP Parents

ENTP parents are likely to be relaxed, unorthodox and enthusiastic. They dislike being constrained by rules and consequently are very unlikely to try to create a structured, heavily regulated environment for their children – quite the contrary, the ENTP will probably encourage them to think independently and voice their opinions in the family environment.


ENTP personalities do not really understand or appreciate feelings and emotions – they will do their best to teach their children the importance of staying impartial and prioritizing logical, rational arguments. However, this also means that ENTPs will have difficulties responding to their children’s emotional needs and may have to rely on their partner’s help in such situations.


Parenthood is likely to have a profound effect on the ENTP, forcing them to pay more attention to the weaknesses inherent to their personality type, e.g. unnecessary risk-taking. Despite the fact that ENTPs often jump from one project or idea to another, they take their parental role very seriously, hoping to see their children grow up as smart, independent and honest individuals.


ENTP Career Paths

The ENTP personality type is one of the most versatile types and the list of typical ENTP careers is unsurprisingly quite extensive. ENTPs tend to have many transferrable and strongly expressed skills, which gives them a distinct advantage on the career ladder – as long as they pay enough attention to their strengths and weaknesses. This article will discuss what careers would be best for ENTPs – and your comments, suggestions or criticism are always welcome.


ENTPs truly love generating new ideas and devising new projects. This is one of the most creative and flexible personality types and such traits are always clearly seen, no matter which career path the ENTP decides to choose. Their intelligence can even be somewhat intimidating, as ENTPs have an explosive combination of extraversion (E), tendency for intellectual pursuits (NT) and spontaneity (P). These traits push ENTPs towards careers that allow them to use that never-ending flow of ideas in a productive way – for instance, ENTPs tend to be excellent entrepreneurs, actors or engineers.


Next, ENTPs have very good communication (both verbal and written) skills and there are few activities more satisfying for them than debating ideas with someone else. Interestingly, ENTPs also tend to have excellent leadership skills, but they dislike managing other people (or vice versa, being controlled by somebody else). On the other hand, people with this personality type are easily able to motivate and inspire others, even though that inspiration tends to be rational and intellectual rather than emotional. Some of the typical ENTP careers make good use of these enigmatic traits – ENTPs can be brilliant lawyers, psychologists, scientists or even sales representatives, as long as they are given enough freedom.


ENTP careers also tend to reward intellectual competency and curiosity – ENTPs tend to value knowledge, insightfulness and rational thought very highly. They are not impressed or affected by emotions – any ENTP would much rather spend time figuring out a solution for a difficult problem than trying to understand what makes somebody else “tick”. Furthermore, ENTPs need a lot of freedom – they dislike routine, structure and formal rules, seeing them as a hindrance to those exciting intellectual pursuits. Consequently, ENTPs tend to shine in careers that revolve around such traits – e.g. photography, system analysis, programming or freelance consulting.



ENTP Workplace Habits

ENTP personalities tend to be quick-witted and knowledgeable – these traits usually make them both popular and efficient in the workplace. However, they may also get into trouble for arguing over anything and everything, or have difficulties focusing on one specific project.


ENTP colleagues


  • Very argumentative
  • Excellent brainstormers
  • Have a good sense of humor
  • Attract new friendships quite easily
  • Honest, direct and objective
  • Usually very knowledgeable
  • May be insensitive and condescending

ENTP managers


  • Able to accurately and objectively assess conflicting arguments
  • Very good at holding ground in a rational debate, which usually makes them fearsome advocates for their teams
  • Enjoy coming up with innovative ways to deal with challenges, but dislike managing the actual implementation
  • Do not care much about being liked – would rather be respected and seen as smart
  • Open-minded and flexible
  • May jump from project to project, looking for challenges and excitement

ENTP subordinates


  • Comfortable challenging their manager’s ideas
  • Curious and able to learn new methods very quickly
  • Strongly dislike restrictive rules and guidelines
  • Prefer tackling complex challenges over dealing with simple routine tasks
  • Do not mind being criticized, as long as all arguments are rational
  • May have difficulties with practical or monotonous tasks
 
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