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ENTP's Greatest Weaknesses

Updated on August 5, 2019
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ENTP is one of the 16 personalities proposed by Myers and Briggs who based their hypothesis on Jung’s theory of psychological types.

ENTP is also called the Debater, the Visionary, and the Inventor.

This article discusses possible weaknesses of an underdeveloped ENTP.
By no means does this article propose that all ENTPs exhibit these deficiencies, but it does suggest that ENTPs are more likely to do so than other MBTI personality types.

ENTPs are not only debaters, but also visionaries who see the big picture. Photo by Tim Bogdanov on Unsplash.
ENTPs are not only debaters, but also visionaries who see the big picture. Photo by Tim Bogdanov on Unsplash.
  • Losing interest fast. ENTPs get super excited and enthusiastic about new ideas, people, plans, etc. but, boy, do they know how to move on! After the novelty wears off, i.e. after ENTPs master something, they just can’t find a reason to stick with it.

    Everything becomes monotonous and boring real fast, which is why ENTPs always have to be on the lookout for new things (and people) unless they want to become miserable.
  • Being unable to commit. ENTPs can be coldly objective and they know that there’s a good chance they’ll find something shiny along the way that will grab their attention and pull them away from what they already had.

    They really believe the world is their oyster, and they know that there are simply too many exciting undiscovered things for them to ever be able to truthfully commit.
  • Having a massive ego. ENTPs think very, very… very highly of themselves. For the most part, they’re right – they really are intelligent, interesting, amusing… but they have their bad sides, too. They will, however, happily gloss over the flaws in their characters, and exaggerate their good sides to the max.

    Also, ENTPs think of their intelligence as their most valuable property. They tend to identify with that small part of their person so much that they really don’t even notice problems in other areas.
  • Never knowing what to believe in. Because ENTPs have a strong need to examine all possible perspectives, they often don’t know for which side to opt for. They will do massive amount of research on both sides of the argument, but rarely will they find either side more convincing.

ENTPs love doing research and exploring multiple options and other perspective, which often leads to indecisiveness. Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash.
ENTPs love doing research and exploring multiple options and other perspective, which often leads to indecisiveness. Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash.
  • Being scatterbrained. ENTPs have such vast interests that they often struggle with concentration, focus, and organization. Even when focusing on one particular thing, ENTP is likely to make connections with a whole set of other things.

    This is evident in how ENTPs communicate—many people find it hard to follow ENTPs' line of thought and may feel frustrated because ENTPs rarely seem to have a clear point. ENTPs, on the other hand, really enjoy this type of communication and tend to get excited when recognizing covert patterns and correlation.
  • Picking ideas over people. ENTPs may or may not be idealistic, but they will definitely choose ideas over people. Why? Well, partly because of their Ti (internal thinking) cognitive function, and partly because ideas don’t ask for commitment and people do, and we already discussed how that works with ENTPs.
  • Not really needing meaningful relationships. ENTPs love to be around people who are entertaining, interesting, and fun. They treat people as their own personal jesters at times and they rarely feel the urge to share intimate feelings or contemplations with others.

    When other people force them to "open up" (something a lot of ENTPs despise), they don't really feel that anything's changed. They may or may not feel more connected to the other person, but it's not something that really matters to them a whole lot.
  • Preferring to be alone too much. "Too much" in regards to what is socially preferred. ENTPs really don’t mind going to the beach alone, or hiking, biking, and paragliding alone. There is rarely any need to share a particular experience with others because they have themselves, and the interlocutor ENTP loves best is, of course, himself.
  • Constantly challenging others. If you dare to express your opinion in the presence of ENTPs, you better know how to defend it because they will come and crush your opinion by listing all potential problems linked with it (and this won’t really take them long; few minutes is all an ENTP needs to look at a concept from all possible angles).

    Oh, and don’t even try to wriggle your way out. ENTP will notice your changing the subject or trying to move on to the next point before you defended the previous one. ENTP will not rest until it’s either clear you had no idea what you were talking about in the first place, or until you defend your position entirely.

ENTPs are also notorious for loving to debate others and showing off their intellectual prowess.
ENTPs are also notorious for loving to debate others and showing off their intellectual prowess.
  • Being extravagant. If you need a piece of advice on saving money, don’t even try to go to your ENTP friend. ENTPs don’t like saving money because of their inherently optimistic nature that assures them that, somehow, money will always keep rolling in.

    Also, there are just too many things ENTPs want to try, and they want to try it now. No delays, no future arrangements. ENTPs have to have it NOW (possibly because they know that soon they’ll lose interest and move on and end up never trying it).
  • Craving attention. Oh, ENTPs love attention. That's why they will sometimes put on their most eccentric mask on and try to entertain people with the most far-fetched conspiracy theories they have ever heard of. They believe themselves to be brilliant and wish that other people recognize it as well.

    However, ENTPs do need their audience also because they want to teach others, and not in a condescending way. This is where ENTPs tend to show a bit of a humanitarian spirit—they just want to teach others about all that the world has to offer to prevent others from being confined within the boundaries of their own communities and traditions.
  • Not taking anything seriously. ENTPs feel awkward talking about serious topics, especially if these involve the big F (feelings, of course). We've already touched upon ENTPs' optimistic nature, and this prevents them from even considering that there really is no cheerful twist to a situation, an idea, or whatever.

    ENTPs really tend to always find that silver lining, making them awesome friends to have around when you need a bit of that rose-colored perspective. However, don't go to them if you want someone who will put themselves in your shoes and understand the pain or suffering you're going through. Even if ENTPs did that, they would still maintain their optimistic outlook.
  • Being too rational and too logical. ENTPs will have a very hard time listening to opinions of others that are not based on concrete evidence or facts. That makes them somewhat contradictory because of their highly idealistic nature and broad-mindedness clashing with their need for hardcore empiric proof and picking rational approach over an irrational one.

    They also prefer not to base their own beliefs on instinct or intuition, though their primary function is actually external intuition. When they "sense" something, they will always try to find proof.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Dina Sostarec

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