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The ENTP Personality: Careers, Relationships, and Life

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The ENTP is known as the debater in Myers-Briggs personality theory. Learn all about this type, from suitable careers to famous ENTP people.

The ENTP is known as the debater in Myers-Briggs personality theory. Learn all about this type, from suitable careers to famous ENTP people.

What Does It Mean to Be an ENTP?

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.

They're Big Thinkers Who Tackle Complex Ideas

Typically, the ENTP prefers to deal with complex ideas and challenges rather than mundane day-to-day tasks. They are big thinkers whose 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. Therefore, they will be very direct at times, 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 and Job Choices

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 good communication skills (both verbal and written). With their rational intellect they can inspire and motivate others with ease. 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.

Great Career Matches for ENTPs

Some ideal ENTP careers include:

  • Entrepreneurs
  • Actors
  • Engineers
  • Lawyers
  • Psychologists
  • Photographer
  • System Analysts
  • Freelance Consultants
ENTP StrengthsENTP Weaknesses

Good at coming up with ideas

Tends to abandon ideas/plans once they lose interest

Magnetic and charismatic

May move from partner to partner as they always seek novelty and excitement

Love challenges

Tends to take unnecessary risks

Relaxed, flexible, patient, and committed

ENTP Relationships and Compatibility

Ever logical, the ENTP personality does not place much value in emotions. It is their keen sense of humor and confidence that tends 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.

Best Love Matches for ENTPs

The ideal partner for the ENTP personality is the INTJ (introverted, intuitive, thinking, and judging) and INFJ (introverted, intuitive, feeling, and judging).

Famous 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 Yankovic, Comedian
  • Tom Hanks, Actor
  • Celine Dion, Singer
  • David Spade, Comedian
  • Walt Disney, Filmmaker
  • Rodney Dangerfield, Comedian

Fictional ENTPs

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