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.

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From 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.

ENTP romantic relationships

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.

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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 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.

5 years ago
That makes sense. My girlfriend is an ESFP and every time I try to argue or debate something she tries her best to stop the argument. I think it's really fun to debate but she just try to avoid it.
William Dawkins
4 years ago
As an ENTP who married one, I can say from experience that debate is the iceberg that can sink an ENTP's relationship with an SFP type. Her visible resistance is only the tip of that iceberg. We ENTPs thrive on constructive criticism and want our ideas beaten into shape between the opponent hammer and anvil of debate. SFPs not only find the process of debate tedious and stressful, but they take the conflict and criticism personally. The irony is that the intellectual engagement that is a sign of respect from an ENTP actually feels like negation and disrespect to the SFP type. There is common ground in spontaneity, love of freedom, and openness to fun and adventure, but the Scylla and Charybdis of the relationship are, * Process: ENTPs fix by analysis and applied experiment, which exhausts SFPs and makes them feel their feelings were not understood or respected * Debate vs. affirmation: adding depth and capability makes us feel validated, and the steady flow of appreciation and thoughtful gestures that an SFP needs can actually make us uncomfortable as we feel they erode the standards we want to use to measure our progress. If you can, get her to read the types. She will probably find it tedious to give it the needed attention, but you might be able to help her see that your well-intentioned debate, constructive criticism, and focus on problem-solving are not as malicious as they feel to her. Even in the best case, you will probably need to find a way for the two of you to short-circuit debate and to accommodate her need for gestures and/or affirmation.
5 years ago
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