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The ENTP Personality Type is known for:

  • Entering into a flow state when learning about new things and trying out new possibilities and ideas
  • Being fascinated with challenging themselves through different projects and principles, or avoiding challenges which can become too overwhelming
  • Using relationships and social activities as a comfortable cushion or pillow they can hold to when life gets tough
  • Avoiding commitments and finishing projects, which they perceive as stressful, or burning themselves out trying to finish what they start

The ENTP Personality Type is known to be an enterprising type, focused on what is new, and what could be. They seek to, at their best, realize ideas and challenge existing conventions and traditions. This type becomes stressed by the prospect of finishing what they start and loses motivation the longer into a project they are. 

ENTPs enjoy and benefit tremendously from challenging themselves and using rules and principles to push themselves to the next level, learning new skills and processes. But they can also feel overwhelmed by the prospect of doing so. To get relief, they escape to Extroverted Feeling, and relationships and people. They feel highly comfortable and confident in social settings.

The Eight Functions of the ENTP

Extroverted iNtuition

Extroverted iNtuition drives the ENTP into a state of flow and constant change and new opportunities, giving them energy, motivation, and a sense of confidence and meaning. 

Introverted Thinking

Introverted Thinking drives the ENTP to a state of challenge and puzzle-solving that gives them intellectual stimulation and growth, but also overstimulates and scares them over time.

Extroverted Feeling

Extroverted Feeling provides the ENTP with a sense of relief and comfort, giving them an escape from more difficult and challenging projects.

Introverted Sensing

Introverted Sensing provides the ENTP with a healthy amount of stress, pushing them to see projects through to the end. It is however draining for them to engage in this function for too long.

Introverted iNtuition

Introverted iNtuition provides the ENTP with a sense of mystery or an unknown existential dilemma they have to figure out. This can be challenging and frustrating however, as Introverted iNtuition often seems needlessly abstract. It can be worth the discomfort though, and worth unpacking.

Extroverted Thinking

Extroverted Thinking is a recreative function for the ENTP. ENTPs can benefit from just starting fun projects and challenges that get them out doing things, just for the sake of doing it. It can give you a battleground to test your wit in practice or provide a fun dose of competition.

Introverted Feeling

Introverted Feeling allows you to check in with yourself and your own feelings for a second. This can be scary and stressful and draining – what if there’s something really wrong with me? But it can also provide you with vital information about your needs.

Extroverted Sensing

Extroverted Sensing helps you manage your own experience and stay grounded so you don’t fly off a cliff. It pushes you to demonstrate to others and explain what you might just pass off using quick concepts and abstract jargon. It may be boring for you to do so – but also necessary at times!

The ENTP Subtypes

The Dominant Subtype

The ENTP who is more dominant tends to push for their ideas with confidence and assertiveness. They are highly driven to realize their ideas even if they have to break a few eggs and challenge existing conventions to do so. 

The Creative Subtype

The Creative subtype ENTP is known to constantly push themselves just for the fun of it. They’ll come up with fun rules and principles and games to constantly keep themselves stimulated – even if it gets them out of their comfort zone to do so. 

The Balanced Subtype

The balanced subtype ENTP is known to be highly persuasive, a good communicator, and someone appreciated in friend circles. They’re fun entertainers and socially charming – natural salesmen. Engaging in Extroverted Feeling grounds them and gives them balance. But they may also be escaping from more challenging and worthwhile tasks, just because it’s easy to do so. 

The Turbulent Subtype

Sometimes, ENTPs may find themselves more anxious and conscientious. They may fear saying or doing anything weird or striking themselves out from the norm. This can cause them to repress their Extroverted iNtuition slightly (but never enough to make them into an ISTJ or ISFJ!) There can be a pressure here to translate your ideas to make them seem more harmless and more conservative. But that also lowers challenge and stress, and makes them more avoidant.

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