ENTP relationships

If there's one thing ENTPs are good at, it's coming up with a never-ending stream of innovations and ideas to keep things moving forward, and this is evident in their romantic relationships as well. For people with the ENTP personality type growth is key, and even before they've found a dating partner, they imagine all the ways that they can experience new things together, to grow in tandem. This can be an overwhelming process if their partner doesn't match up, but when ENTPs find someone who shares their love of intellectual exploration, watch out.

Show Me a Satisfied Man, And I'll Show You a Failure

ENTP relationshipsFrom the earliest dates, ENTPs test their partners' limits for this kind of potential, pushing boundaries and traditions, looking for open-mindedness and spontaneity. Dating ENTP personalities is hardly a boring experience, and they make use of their enthusiasm and creativity by delighting and surprising their partners with new ideas and experiences.

ENTPs' idea of fun is often rooted in self-improvement, and people with this personality type bring their partners along the way, as much in a spirit of sharing as in a spirit of expectation. ENTPs see either growth or stagnation and don't buy into the idea of a happy status quo, making them demanding as much as they are exciting.

Some may tire in the face of this constant improvement - while ENTPs' vigor can be attractive, it can also wear down even the most patient partners. A little time to breathe and a chance to rest on one's laurels for a moment is necessary for many people, but not something ENTPs are likely to appreciate. However, if their unwavering enthusiasm is met in kind, it can lead to a magnificent relationship characterized by its strength, depth, and spark.

Genius is One Percent Inspiration and Ninety-Nine Percent Perspiration

This is perhaps most evident as ENTPs' relationships progress into more intimate situations. All that exploratory curiosity and enthusiasm has a chance to be expressed in new ways when ENTPs and their partners come together, and they readily encourage their partners to try new things, to enjoy their intimacy without preconceived limitations.

For people with the ENTP personality type, this phase of their relationships is a chance to improve and develop in areas that are outside the realm of academia, though they approach it in much the same way - as a physical and intellectual process of striving towards excellence, rather than a spiritual or emotional expression of affection.

ENTPs' desire to improve in this department makes them fantastic partners when the relationship reaches that point, but their attitude towards this process is also evidence of their most glaring shortcoming - their emotional obliviousness. While ENTPs are more open-minded than other Analysts (NT) about others' perspectives, they are also more likely to express their disdain for such things as emotional sensitivity in cuttingly well-phrased and clear terms, easily hurting their partners' feelings without realizing it. ENTP personalities may even ignore their partners' feelings altogether, instead immersing themselves entirely in some distant idea or opportunity, inaccessible.

Where ENTPs' unwavering desire for self-improvement comes in most handy is in their emotional development, as they may actually be willing to work on areas such as sensitivity and emotional communication with their partners.

As with other Intuitive (N) types, ENTPs' best compatibility rests with other Intuitives, with one or two opposing traits which help to create both balance and opportunities for growth. If they are with a more sensitive partner, this can be an excellent way for them to find another quality that they can work on together, making this weakness yet another opportunity to be creative, challenge themselves, and to deepen the attractiveness that this sense of progression brings to their relationships.

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Oct 13, 2014 21:44:32
I am a INFP and my boyfriend is a ENTP. This just helped me understand out relationship problem on a whole new level
Oct 06, 2014 20:29:23
So true! So many people see introverts as lifeless, no-fun people, but we just hide it really well! It's so funny how attracted to humor and social confidence I am, considering I'm an introvert. But honestly, I love adventure and I'm hopelessly curious--and always laughing, when I'm COMFORTABLE. (comfortable being the key word there, if you didn't catch that.) Maybe I am great when I'm alone, but that doesn't mean I hate the world!
Jane BEnder
Oct 06, 2014 20:19:11
I'm a female INFJ, and I completely agree! I've always been attracted to ENTP's, and just to let you guys know, not ALL introverts are hiding in corners! One unique thing about both the INFJ and INFP personalities is that we do recuperate through being alone, we still love social outings and meeting people! Another thing is that, being an introvert includes the disadvantage of usually NOT being the "go-getter," or being really strong opinioned--at least with my own personality. Being with an extravert really helps with that, especially this type, since they are "constant improvers." Also, I don't know about other people, but I find ENTP's EXTREMELY charming and usually NOT socially awkward at all, which is really attractive. So for all of you scoffing at the scientific research these people have done, mayyyybe you just haven't met the right ENTP. Or the right introvert. :)
Oct 13, 2014 21:53:34
Jane BEnder thank you so much for your comment. I am a INFP and my boyfriend is a ENTP, our relationship has it's bad times but he brings me out of my shell. many times he pisses me off by questioning my every action but he makes our relationship exciting. While I'm not a go getter, I still generate some good ideas for the betterment of others and he helps carry out these projects because he is the go getter. Thanks to this personality test I've learned to understand him. We make a good team
Felicity Neale
Sep 25, 2014 06:22:20
I'm a female INFJ, and although I find that guy in the photo very sexually attractive, and think ENTPs sound like fun people, there is no way on this earth I would ever subject myself to a romantic relationship with an ENTP. Matching INFJs with ENTPs seem bizarre. Good friendship only!
Jane Bender
Oct 06, 2014 20:29:11
Honestly, I see what you're saying. The website describes ENTP as a emotionless jerk who likes to argue. But have you met one? They describe ENTP as "charming," but they don't explain. I've met several, and they are engaging, hilarious, helpful, thoughtful, adventurous, extremely intelligent people. The kind of guy who most INFJ girls only dream about--then tell themselves he doesn't exist. So wait until you've met one to judge them! :)
Sep 03, 2014 04:32:05
I've always had a thing for ENTP's, especially as fictional characters (e.g. Eugene Best-Disney-Prince-Ever Fitzherbert, Jack Sparrow, and Jim Halpert from The Office). Their sense of humor, spontaneity, and penchant for adventure are what make us INFJ girls squee inside--as well as draw our deeply-hidden fun, sarcastic self out of its shell of introverted seriousness. Just to let you ENTPs know, you're pretty cool!