“Curious, child-like wonder characterizes the ENTP, they are flexible, open-minded and love possibilities. They tend to see everything as a challenge, seeing opportunities even in the most difficult of circumstances. ENTPs are basically optimists, and major setbacks tend to be seen as challenges, and tackled with determination. But smaller, less significant issues can really get to them and see them becoming scratchy and impatient. ENTPs can at times display impatience with those whom they consider wrong or less intelligent, and will on occasions show little restraint in demonstrating this.
ENTPs are usually verbally as well as cerebrally quick, and generally love the critic, to argue and engage in robust discussions often for its own sake, and to demonstrate their often impressive skills. They tend to have a perverse sense of humor as well, and enjoy playing devil’s advocate. They sometimes confuse, even inadvertently hurt, those who don’t understand or accept the concept of debate or argument simply as a ‘sport.’ ENTPs are as innovative and ingenious at problem-solving and verbal gymnastics, as they are bored with the routine, the detail and the ‘this has been done before.”
• Creative thinker
• Stimulating company
• Alert and outspoken
• Argues on both sides of an issue
• Confident of abilities
Areas of Growth
• Attention to details
• Recognize value in other styles
• Finish projects before starting new
• Don’t take on too much at once
“The basic attitude of ENTPs is one of skepticism. While they are open to new ideas, they are skeptical of their validity, until logically proven otherwise. They find the ambiguous fascinating and also may be driven to seek clarity”
• Variety and challenging work
• Being taken seriously
• Creating innovative solutions to problems
• Adequate unstructured time
• Being rushed to reach closure
• Overwhelmed with details
• Having competency doubted
• Strict rules that limit creativity
“ENTPs and ESTPs tied for having the lowest stress of all types. ENTPs were among the four most unstressed types for “Children,” “Intimate relationship,” “Health,” “Care for aging parents,” “Balancing home and work,” and “Other.” ENTPs did not even appear among the four types that were most stressed for any topic.
Since this type typically is so unworried, the researchers suggested that if an ENTP is stressed, it should be taken more seriously than for other types.”
To function at their best
“A working environment where they can go from one project to another, solving major problems and leaving details to others. Recognition and support for ideas.”
The ENTP moves from one exciting situation to another and this is where they derive their immense energy. ENTPs are capable of enthusing; energizing and making people feel really special. They are also capable of moving on quickly when the situation does not provide the feed they need. The ENTP may be difficult to keep up with but it will be an exhilarating and memorable journey.
The ENTP is often confused with the ENFP because of their people skills and ability to charm, cajole, persuade and get what they want from others. People will want to be part of their gang. However in the cold light of day the ENTP displays the ‘T’ characteristic and will be pragmatic decision-makers using only empirical data, evidence and logic to decide, again maybe to the surprise of those who believe the ENTP to be basically a ‘people-person.’ Sure they are, but decisions are based on evidence not emotion.
The ENTP is happy with conflict as it allows them to sharpen their debating skills and engage in verbal sparring. They will not really engage at an emotional level seeing it all as an interesting game. Winning the debate is very important to the ENTP and so they will want to be proved right. Telling an ENTP they’re wrong is like throwing down a gauntlet, one they’ll be delighted to pick up. For all their people skills and verbal abilities the ENTP is at heart an analyst and their way will be to use logic, rational argument and empirical data to enjoy the debate and win the day.
ENTP at work
“ENTPs are creative, fresh and interested in such a variety of things, indeed whatever takes their interest at that moment, preferably the new, the novel, the exciting. They are excellent at reading people and situations and possess a wide range of views, interests and knowledge. This may, of course, be at the expense of depth, in that the ENTP will want to quickly move on to new pursuits, often before ‘completing the course.’ They are unconventional, sporadic, work with amazing bursts of energy with an enthusiasm that can be almost tangible. Once they become bored, however, they will be ready to move on.
Verbally quick and incisive the ENTP has a great gift for language, and is clever with words and is happy to demonstrate this. An aspect of the ENTP character which can alienate them over time, is if they continually fail to follow through on their commitments - especially to those whom they have invited close. ENTPs are excellent at considering and selling future possibilities but if they ‘fly too many kites,’ then others can begin to at best see them as dreamers and at worst mistrust them. However their energy, enthusiasm, optimism and plausibility mean that people tend to want to follow them and they will be excellent at selling the vision and will happily take risks and bounce back from setbacks ready for the next big thing.”
ENTPs are among the highest paid of all types, and the type most dissatisfied with their salaries.