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.

Strengths & Weaknesses


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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!
cheru chan
Aug 16, 2014 00:12:31
so basically, this says im a logical trouble maker.
Aug 11, 2014 01:51:17
Very true. I (an INTJ female) have an ENTP boyfriend and one thing I've especially noticed is that he is always looking to improve the relationship, especially by trying new things. I'd agree that we're compatible, and being an introvert myself, it's nice to have someone to hide behind at (God forbid) a social event. A little exhausting at times, but ENTPs, you people are quite romantic.
May 28, 2014 14:31:19
Wow! I'm an ENTP girl. This is incredibly accurate. I'm dating an ISTP now, and it's cool because I'll get and idea, and he's like "yeah lets do it" because it appeals to his sense of adventure (Se).

Suppose a reggae song comes on the radio. I'll say "OOH! Lets go to a reggae club tonight!" and he will find a club for us to go to, and take care of the details as well. lol
Feb 04, 2014 20:24:31
How does ENTP end up with a Introvert? That makes no sense to me.
Feb 11, 2014 15:19:18
Heather, I'm an ENTP currently with an introvert, and originally I had the exact same question as you. I think really, the best answer has to do with attention. I seem to need someone who can "go along" with my adventurous side rather than clash with their own impulsiveness. What's needed, in HUGE amounts, is trust. If the introvert feels like they can trust the ENTP they're more likely to go along for the ride.

There are some negatives. Partys for example, excite me and give me energy, while they absolutely exhaust her. Or vacations... In a new/strange town I'm more likely to say "Let's just head into town and explore and see where we end up." That's literally the worst thing she's ever heard. So the introvert needs to trust (not always easy for them) and the ENTP needs to sometimes compromise (not always easy for us) If the combo works, it leads to pretty good growth for both.
Aug 08, 2014 15:22:10
I can't help but disagree -- and not just because I'm an ENTP. I've dated both introverts and extraverts, and completely agree with Heather. Why would I want someone to 'go along' with me when I could have someone that can challenge me? Especially when they're as outgoing as I am. I don't want someone who would rather play it safe but follows me out into something their personality would dislike because they trust me -- I want someone who's as bold and impulsive enough to thrive on the same things I enjoy.
Aug 13, 2014 01:49:59
Introverts can actually be quite sweet and romantic and very thoughtful.