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Am I an INTP or a weird ENTP

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Hi guys,

I am new to personality cafe and have been trying to figure out my personality type. When I first took the test, five years ago, I came out as an INTP. After that first test I figured out how it worked and cannot take it reliably because I can answer to get whatever letters I want. There are several reasons for my doubt as to whether I am an INTP or an ENTP. First, I enjoy socializing and get a charge from it when I talk about ideas. No matter the group size if it has that content then I have fun. However, if it turns to small talk and short conversations are encouraged then I get drained very quickly and need to get out. At home I can get energized by playing chess online, reading, listening to music etc. But, after a certain point, I soon begin to get drained in those activities as well. I enjoy debating with people, but I often take a less adversarial position in it. I have the view that it should be for the benefit for both and serve to arrive at truth. In fact, I love playing devils advocate because it lets me think about various possibilities and lead me to making a decision on ideas that I have been mulling over in my solitude. I think this could partly be due to the fact that the test questions are not effective enough. It could also be that having 16 types is too arbitrary and even if 50 types are made it would still be too arbitrary. Not to mention the unnecessary complexity of adding more types and identifying the differences. So in the interest of pegging someone into a certain sandbox, would I be a weird ENTP or INTP?

Thanks for reading and I look forward to some thoughts on this.
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"devil's advocate"
"talk about ideas"
"small talk"
ugh. too much MBTI, i'm getting hives.

tell us about yourself, not about the ENTP. all NTs love playing devil's advocate, and too often i hear it drop when people try to convince themselves they're ExTx. tell us about yourself, bar nothing, and we'll decide if it's relevant or not.
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i read it fully. thanks for typing it out :)
INFJ is another strong possibility. like, if i read it cold, without the possibility of NTP already planted, i'd say definite INFJ. even though your behavior is very consistent with ENTP, your writing style doesn't hold strong for that at all. i didn't detect any xNTP bitterness, black humor or arrogance. you were clean and straight throughout the thread. the block of text was also consistent with this. (no problem though, i enjoyed reading it.) ENTP is typically short paragraphs or one-liners. INTP is either very brief, or extremely well-organized analysis. public communication varies depending on the culture in which you were raised, but if you were raised American, you're probably INFJ.
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it was not only the lack of arrogance, but the lack of humor or tangents or whim, pos or neg, that led me to an INFJ conclusion. an ENTP under the age of like 45 would be offended that people were so sensitive to their sense of humor, but maybe grudgingly conform. an INFJ would sincerely concerned about their effect on people. in addition, "scary", "wounded", "large part of herself", "really affect them" ring strong INFJ, rarely finding themselves into ENTP communication in the same context. your call though.
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