ENTP personality

People with the ENTP personality type are often called devil’s advocates—and for good reason. Forming around 3% of the population, ENTPs absolutely love to argue and 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 they 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 a willingness to challenge the existing ideas and juggle multiple arguments.

ENTJ_4One 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 whom 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 minds in a very specific way, and this is especially noticeable in the professional environment. They enjoy brainstorming and outlining all the options, but they do their best to stay away from actual implementation. Again, such a trait can be very valuable in certain situations, but it may cause tension in the workplace as the ENTP may be perceived as having fingers in many pies but unwilling to work hard to implement their ideas. ENTPs also tend to be nonconformists 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. Although it may take a while for an ENTP to reach the position that would allow them to fully utilize such a trait, 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.

Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of ‘crack-pot’ than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost.

Thomas J. Watson

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. Society tends to put feelings, sensitivities, and comfort above the unpleasant truth, which 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 they are 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. Feeling (F) types are especially vulnerable in such situations as they strongly dislike criticism and arguing, while ENTPs thrive on this.

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Some famous ENTPs:
Alexander the Great, king
John Adams, former U.S. president
James A. Garfield, former U.S. president
Rutherford B. Hayes, former U.S. president
Theodore Roosevelt, former U.S. president
Thomas Edison, inventor
George Carlin, comedian
“Weird Al” Yankovic, musician
Alfred Hitchcock, film director
Tom Hanks, actor
David Spade, comedian
Céline Dion, singer
“The Joker” from Batman series
“Jack Sparrow” from Pirates of the Caribbean
“Clyde Shelton” from Law Abiding Citizen
“Tyler Durden” from Fight Club

23 Responses to “ENTP personality”

  1. Eshtar Reply

    I am either an INTP or an ENTP. Perhaps I am just ambivert for the first letter hahahahhaa. But both showed the two side of me very well. :))))))

  2. Daniel Reply

    Read me like an open book. Im truly surprised at the accuracy of this test.

  3. Brittani Reply

    I got entp this described me to boot its actually kinda scary how accurate this is!!! :D

  4. Vivian Reply

    Only thing pissing me off about the discussions is that people are saying about how they finally “fit in” and whatnot. Really annoying. You are not some sort of mental disorder freak. People in every category are saying this. You simply have a personality. If you didn’t have a personality, you’d barely be human. Trust me. It’s annoying when you guys say stuff like this, because having ADHD, I hate it. Hate it. Not cause of the ADHD, I’m not going to excuse anything I can on it, that’s a waste of time. When I see things like this about people “finally fitting in”. This isn’t changing anything. Simply telling you what personality type you have. Not changing it or making some big shift in your life. I have ADHD, and the symptoms can cause, lack of ability to follow through but an abundance of creativity, and I can chatter on about several topics without any meaning implied with it. This is like an ENTP to the point where it interferes with daily tasks. So stop acting like it’s some sort of disorder and get on with your life. It’s simply who you are, not anything more, like you’re making it out to be.

  5. CAROL!! Reply

    HAHA My role model is on the list with my personality. Best Result Ever! I LOVE THE JOKER!!! (batman)

  6. Scott Lifer Reply

    Dead on but now all I am thinking is how do I begin to delegate as my “big thinking” and creative side is not congruent with the implementation side……. great test. I have taken a very similar one so I know it’s dead on. Now, just need to work within the framework and implement..

    • Duncan Reply

      Or more likely Scott, come up with a plan of how to change … and then put it to one side and do something more interesting instead :)