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.
4 years ago
It's all true EXCEPT the insensitive and intolerant parts. I'm sure I USED to be insensitive when I was little, but there comes a day when you realize how terrible you've been and make a conscious effort to be better. I make sure I argue carefully, and if I DO slip up, I ALWAYS make myself apologize. Ditto for intolerant. We can see, we can try, we can change.
Jimmy M.
4 years ago
Wow this is pretty crazy. Its the most accurate test I have taken like this.
4 years ago
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.
4 years ago
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.
Anirwan Sengupta
5 years ago
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.
6 years ago
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! ;^)
6 years ago
Brian, 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 :)
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