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The ENTP Personality: ENTP Careers, Relationships, and Life

Updated on October 30, 2012

Do you love to play devil’s advocate? If so, you just might be an ENTP personality. ENTP stands for extroverted, intuitive, thinking, and perceptive. These are the type of people who absolutely love arguing. It doesn’t really matter what the argument is about and being truly in support of the idea is not necessary either. Many ENTPs will go against the popular opinion, seeing this as an opportunity for a little mental exercise. Original and quick-witted, the ENTP personality loves to challenge existing ideas. They generally have a wide knowledge base and can easily jump from one idea to another, shredding their opponent’s arguments along the way.

Typically, the ENTP prefers to deal with complex ideas and challenges rather than mundane day to day tasks. They are big thinkers who flow of ideas is unstoppable when unhindered. Sometimes it is necessary to put an ENTP personality in their place, but this is something that this particular personality needs in their life.

The ENTP has no need to be seen as sensitive or compassionate. They will, therefore, at times be very direct with an honesty that can seem brutal. The ENTP does not mince words. They say what they think and dislike those that beat around the bush. They tend to be highly respected, though not necessarily liked.

ENTP Careers

ENTP is the most versatile of all the personality types. Their skills are highly transferable making them ideal for a wide variety of career options. This gives the ENTP personality a distinct advantage when it comes to climbing the career ladder. With a genuine love for new ideas and a high degree of creativity, ENTP’s can be valuable assets in almost any career. Their intelligence can be intimidating for some, but the constant flow of new ideas is normally quite appreciated.

ENTP personalities generally have very communication skills (both verbal and written). With their rational intellect they can inspire and motivate others with easy. Despite these admirable leadership qualities, the ENTP typically dislikes managing other people. They also dislike being managed and prefer the freedom of being able to make their own decisions.

The ideal ENTP careers will allow this particular personality to utilize their intellect, curiosity, competency, and love of new ideas. This personality enjoys finding solutions to difficult problems, including those problems related to understanding what makes someone “tick.” They are not fans of routine and structure, viewing them as more of a hindrance to their intellectual pursuits. Some ideal ENTP Careers include:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Actors
  • Engineers
  • Lawyers
  • Psychologists
  • Photographer
  • System Analysis
  • Freelance Consultant


ENTP Strengths
ENTP Weaknesses
Magnetic, Charismatic
Tends to abandon ideas/plans once they lose interest
Good at coming up with ideas
May move from partner to partner as they always seek novelty and excitement
Relaxed and flexible
Tendency to take unnecessary risks
Loves challenges
 
Very patient and committed
 

ENTP Relationships

Ever logical, the ENTP personality does not place much value in emotions. It is their keen sense of humor and confidence that tend to make them so attractive to the other personality types. Dating or living with an ENTP is never boring. They may spend a great deal of time finding new ways to challenge their partners, surprising them in pleasant ways whenever possible. The ENTP is constantly trying to find new ways to connect with those close to them.

Intimacy in ENTP relationships is typically filled with enthusiasm. The natural curiosity of the ENTP personality makes them keen to explore their partners in every way. They are likely to suggest new things without limits. It is unlikely, however, that the ENTP will view intimacy in terms of emotion.

The ENTPs desire for growth and personal development is also evident throughout their relationships. Typical ENTP relationships come with a sincere excitement and desire to grow and together. The ENTP personality can be rather frustrating to their partners at times as the stream of ideas tend to continue on a pretty constant basis. The idea partner for the ENTP personality is the INTJ (introverted, intuitive, thinking, and judging) and INFJ (introverted, intuitive, feeling, and judging).

Famoun ENTP Personalities

Based on analysis of their work and life, the following have been identified as possible famous ENTP personalities:

  • Alexander the Great
  • John Adams, Former U.S. President
  • Theodore Roosevelt, Former U.S. President
  • Thomas Edison, Inventor
  • Julia Child, Chef
  • George Carlin, Comedian
  • Weird Al Yankovick, Comedian
  • Tom Hanks, Actor
  • Celine Dion, Singer
  • David Spade, Comedian
  • Walt Disney, Filmmaker
  • Rodney Dangerfield, Comedian

Famous ENTP fictional personalities include:

  • The Joker, Batman
  • Chandler, Friends
  • Shirley Feeney, Laverne & Shirley
  • Bugs Bunny, Looney Tunes
  • Emmett "Doc" Brown, Back to the Future
  • Wile E. Coyote, Looney Tunes
  • Q, Star Trek: The Next Generation


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