ENTP strengths and weaknesses

ENTP strengths

  • Quick thinkers. ENTP personalities find it easy to come up with arguments and counterarguments in any discussion, jumping from one idea to another without much effort. They also enjoy being devil’s advocates.
  • Very knowledgeable. ENTPs enjoy learning new things and accumulating knowledge. They tend to be very successful in the academic environment, especially where there is a need for original and bold solutions.
  • Excellent brainstormers. People with this personality type can easily see both sides of the coin and do not get emotionally attached to a specific viewpoint or idea. They simply enjoy the process of looking for possible solutions.
  • Original. ENTPs are not afraid to experiment and suggest ideas that are unconventional or even drastic. They are especially well suited for coming up with novel solutions for historical, systemic problems.
  • Charismatic. Quick-witted and confident, ENTPs tend to also be charming and popular, intriguing and attracting people around them.
  • Energetic. ENTP personalities can be very enthusiastic and energetic if something excites them. They can spend ages looking for a solution to an interesting problem.

ENTP weaknesses

  • Very argumentative. ENTPs enjoy debates and see them as mental exercises; this attitude can easily upset more sensitive or stability-oriented types.
  • Insensitive. ENTP personalities are very rational, which is likely to make it difficult for them to recognize other people’s feelings or express their own.
  • May find it difficult to focus. An ENTP’s mind is used to jumping from one interesting idea to another; they may have difficulties staying focused on one specific topic.
  • Dislike practical matters. ENTPs are more interested in ideas and solutions than practical, daily matters. They may have no difficulties coming up with the perfect plan, but they are likely to be far less interested in actually putting it in place, checking all the details etc.
  • May be intolerant. ENTP personalities may sometimes be intolerant and dismissive, especially when they have to deal with people who try to avoid debates or cannot defend their ideas.
  • Get bored quickly. ENTPs need to feel excited—routine tasks bore and frustrate them. They may even come up with imaginative problems or start suggesting unnecessary improvements, just to keep their mind occupied.

Do you agree or disagree with these points? Please share your opinion in the comments!

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17 Responses to “ENTP strengths and weaknesses”

  1. Brian Reply

    This is SO me! I was looking on the web to see what careers suit an ENTP and I found out that sales are one. However, I hate my job as a Commercial Lender and was looking into what I could do now that I am 40 and have no other formal education except a Masters in Psych. Supposedly, the ENTP loves sales, though i think I COULD, I just don’t in this career. Looking for something different now, just like an ENTP does! ;^)

    • Hector Reply


      I completely agree with you. After carefully taking the test and reading this. I realized that this is me. However, I dislike sales too, you must know by now that you’re a natural. I hate sale too, however, I started my own business a year ago and somehow when we FEEL that what we are selling is ours we ENJOY doing sales.

      Just a thought :)

      • Anders Reply

        Yes! That’s it! I CAN’T STAND selling products that aren’t mine; I can never get passionate enough about them.

      • ENTPreneur Reply

        completely agreed on this! People have often come up to me and said I should do good doing sales; but while I recognise that I’d tell them I can’t sell something I don’t believe in (which, in turn, hurts them with the truth).

        I don’t do sales and have been saying I hate it, but if I have to promote an idea (my own, of course), then I’d go all out.

  2. Ayaan Reply

    Hey. Man This is totally me…. Yeah So i agree with you about ENTP..And all the ENTP’s out there High five :))))))))))))))))))))

  3. Anirwan Sengupta Reply

    It matches me – 100%. I have been quick to understand good student during my academics but never scored well in conventional exams. However, always did well in competitive exams. In job, I started with Construction Execution where I used to fail miserably as I always Planned Activities in innovative ways but got bored in Executing them after sometimes…depending on subordinates to take it forward when I concentrated in new mission. Later I came to QA/QC job which I enjoyed for scope of R & D in it. Later on, I became Construction Manager, did start well but lost plot. Then became a Planner…here I was appreciated for my ability to read between the lines of Contract and get claims in unconventional ways. I have also changed sectors from Oil and Gas, Fertilizer, Flyover, Nuclear Power, IT Parks, Sugar Factories, Metro Rail and now Cement Industry. A sort of Rolling Stone.

  4. anonymous Reply

    this is co correct. my sister and i are both like this but she is enfj. im going into acting and she is going into directing. we are EXTREMELY creative. this is so true.

  5. ChrispyBacon Reply

    For years I’d thought I was an ESTP because of the fast-paced, persuasive and people-oriented side of me which tends to come uppermost. Most traits agreed, although there were some essential things I felt fitted quite badly.

    Unlike most ESTPs I LIKE rules and fixed things… but only so I can reinterpret or improve them, or use them to be wildly and uniquely creative in a way that no one else would be. I’m creative but logical, I love systems – but again, I love them because I can get stuck right in and improve them. Intuition is extremely strong and I adore theories and, most of all, coming up with ideas and ways of implementing them (not actually implementing them – that’s the boring part). I also got lots of comments from people saying I should go into sales… but, as I’m picking up from other comments on here, I know perfectly well that I can only sell something to you if I genuinely believe it’s good.

    Then I retook a test and twice came out solidly ENTP. This explains it perfectly. Now I can continue to wildly reinvent everything and bring the best out of people, things, and the world, with an easy conscience.

  6. Pokemaster13 Reply

    All the advantages are pretty much spot on for me. But Im not so sure about “Charismatic”, even though i LIKE to think I am.

    • Pokemaster13 Reply

      And WOW, the disadvantages (if you want think they’re ‘disadvantageous’ are 100% on the bullseye. Even the part about arguing which is so true, it’s freaky.

  7. Jimmy M. Reply

    Wow this is pretty crazy. Its the most accurate test I have taken like this.

  8. David Reply

    Hey Bruno, as a fellow ENTP and former Jesus/God botherer, I hope you will keep an open mind and look outside the bible for lifes answers. When I first discovered Jesus it was exciting and I felt like I had found the answers but eventually relised there is a dark side to religious dogma. At first, the bible seems like it has all the answers because you feel spiritually awakened. But be aware there is some pretty awful stuff in there as well, don’t just pick the good stuff. Over time I gradually relised that evidence and reason is the best way to evaluate new ideas and philosophy. Once you apply this, the bible just dosn’t stand up.

    Good luck and all the best to you.


  9. Karen Bruno Reply

    I agree, especially about Jesus! Jesus is the only way for ENTP’s (of which I am one) and all the others as well!

  10. Pokemaster13 Reply

    Nice to hear that, because im atheist. But hey, we’re all cool, no matter what religion or even personality. (But ENTPs are better :P XD