ENTP Strengths and Weaknesses

ENTP Strengths

ENTP strengths
  • Knowledgeable – ENTPs rarely pass up a good opportunity to learn something new, especially abstract concepts. This information isn’t usually absorbed for any planned purpose as with dedicated studying, people with the ENTP personality type just find it fascinating.
  • Quick Thinkers – ENTPs have tremendously flexible minds, and are able to shift from idea to idea without effort, drawing on their accumulated knowledge to prove their points, or their opponents’, as they see fit.
  • Original – Having little attachment to tradition, ENTP personalities are able to discard existing systems and methods and pull together disparate ideas from their extensive knowledge base, with a little raw creativity to hold them together, to formulate bold new ideas. If presented with chronic, systemic problems and given rein to solve them, ENTPs respond with unabashed glee.
  • Excellent Brainstormers – Nothing is quite as enjoyable to ENTPs as analyzing problems from every angle to find the best solutions. Combining their knowledge and originality to splay out every aspect of the subject at hand, rejecting without remorse options that don’t work and presenting ever more possibilities, ENTPs are irreplaceable in brainstorming sessions.
  • Charismatic – People with the ENTP personality type have a way with words and wit that others find intriguing. Their confidence, quick thought and ability to connect disparate ideas in novel ways create a style of communication that is charming, even entertaining, and informative at the same time.
  • Energetic – When given a chance to combine these traits to examine an interesting problem, ENTPs can be truly impressive in their enthusiasm and energy, having no qualms with putting in long days and nights to find a solution.

ENTP Weaknesses

ENTP weaknesses
  • Very Argumentative – If there’s anything ENTPs enjoy, it’s the mental exercise of debating an idea, and nothing is sacred. More consensus-oriented personality types rarely appreciate the vigor with which ENTP personalities tear down their beliefs and methods, leading to a great deal of tension.
  • Insensitive – Being so rational, ENTPs often misjudge others feelings and push their debates well past others’ tolerance levels. People with this personality type don’t really consider emotional points to be valid in such debates either, which magnifies the issue tremendously.
  • Intolerant – Unless people are able to back up their ideas in a round of mental sparring, ENTPs are likely to dismiss not just the ideas but the people themselves. Either a suggestion can stand up to rational scrutiny or it’s not worth bothering with.
  • Can Find It Difficult to Focus – The same flexibility that allows ENTPs to come up with such original plans and ideas makes them readapt perfectly good ones far too often, or to even drop them entirely as the initial excitement wanes and newer thoughts come along. Boredom comes too easily for ENTPs, and fresh thoughts are the solution, though not always a helpful one.
  • Dislike Practical Matters – ENTPs are interested in what could be – malleable concepts like ideas and plans that can be adapted and debated. When it comes to hard details and day-to-day execution where creative flair isn’t just unnecessary but actually counter-productive, ENTP personalities lose interest, often with the consequence of their plans never seeing the light of day.
5 months ago
it’s strange how this is almost precisely accurate! but i’d argue that the insensitivity part should be viewed from a different lens. of course, i want to go through that emotional level in a discussion, but with enough experience, i now know that it would just result in me losing company; thus, ending the debate for no reason.
1 year ago
This is a great website! Super-informative and yet easy to understand. I learned a bit about myself today!
2 years ago
This makes so much sense! Before this I considered myself an introvert (and I still do in most ways) but I do love arguing with people. Most of the times for sheer entertainment. It's my favorite pastime. My parents constantly say I should be a lawyer or a politician... Nah too much work. I like to come up with ideas and not further just as it says
2 years ago
"Weaknesses: very argumentative..." And that's a weakness because... I happen to think it's my strongest and greatest quality...
1 year ago
I do as well, but in my experience it tends to have people think of you as a jerk or leads them to believe you think they're stupid.
1 year ago
The context made this funny.
11 months ago
I do agree, this is one of my best and worst qualities, along with Defiance. This really gets out of hand when (according to other people) I create arguments with people of "authority" (and I despise thinking that some people have power over others, like managers). Not that I really care about it (is that my Insensitive weakness kicking in?).
2 years ago
It's scary how accurate this is. Being an ENTP-T type I often feel pretty insecure but am also quite arrogant and ambitious. Sometimes I feel like a walking contradiction. Lazy and ambitious, Shy but extrovert, realistic almost to the point of being pessimistic but also strangely naïve. Though I do love arguments :D I have not yet finished school and I have absolutrly no idea what to become, what with me being both lazy, ambitious, dead-set on being special and wanting nothing more than being normal... I suppose I'll just go my way :)
2 years ago
SAME! Like I know exactly what your talking about its almost scary!!!
1 year ago
That statement describes me exactly! I had not idea what I wanted to be when I first went to College, I started with a general interest in writing, then thought about Journalism, then a major in History, then Philosophy, and finally a general interest in teaching children... and I still don't know what to do with myself as I am going through college!
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