No. Fundamentally, ENTPs want to freely explore and dive into different things, while the ISTJs abide by the system of views they formulate in their head- this can big source of tension between the two types. Though "understanding" can help and go a long way, it can be draining for both.
FWIW, *I* actually enjoy the company of mature ENTPs--they are so random in their thought processes that I have to struggle a bit to always see where they are coming from. But you are right...after a few hours, I need a break. IRL, they are a lot of fun, though.I was wondering if you are only referring to a romantic relationship as not a possibility? I completely agree about the draining! Especially I feel on the ISTJs part as ENTPs can appear extremely irrational to an ISTJ.
Do you think the tension stems primarily from the Te function which I tnink perhaps is more natural to the ENTP than to the ISTJ? Or do you think it is just a fundamental makeup of the personality types that creates the tension, such as the ISTJ's rigidity or the ENTP's random external thought process?
I do think that a relationship between an ISTJ and ENTP of any nature is possible. It depends on the people not just the personality.
Yeah; in fact, any two well-developed personalities could get along if that's what they really want. Obviously if an ISTJ doesn't really want to get along with an ENTP (or vice versa), then it's not gonna happen.I believe it can only work with a mature ENTP and mature ISTJ. The ENTP would have to be open to listening to the ISTJ's criticism. Which I feel only comes out naturally (by that I mean without intentional provocation on the ENTP's part) when we ENTPs irritate the ISTJ's last nerve and don't realize that boundaries have been crossed. The ENTP has to control the impulse to just laugh the ISTJ's outburst off or immediately rebut. There is much an ENTP can learn from an ISTJ and vice versa. It's just that both parties have to respect their different motivations and logic for even having a relationship to begin with whether it is a romantic, work, familial or friend relationship. The Te I feel has to be the common ground they relate on and communicate through. But how they arrive there are from very different directions. A relationship between an ENTP and ISTJ can be quite fun and close once barriers (aka egos) are overcome and understandings (aka connections) are made. I have a very close friend that I admire and adore who is an ISTJ. I rely on his integrity and honesty.