ENTP - Inventor

Extraverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Perceptive


ENTPs are clever, idea-oriented people. They are motivated by their curiosity about the world. They are always absorbing ideas and images from the world and using their intuition to make patterns. ENTPs have the ability to quickly and accurately grasp a situation, giving them insight into what is about to happen. Although the ENTP is more interested in absorbing information than in making decisions, they do possess strong thinking functions that allow them to form solid conclusions.

 

ENTPs are energized by their ideas and can spread their excitement to other people. They adapt easily to a wide range of tasks, becoming good at pursuits that stimulate them. They are witty conversationalists who enjoy debate as a sport. They make excellent lawyers, entrepreneurs, and scientists.

 

ENTPs are outgoing and fun to be around. Some male ENTPs can be boldly flirtatious while female ENTPs vary in their audacity due to gender norms. Living with them is lively and exciting. They enjoy starting creative, new projects with their partners that promote knowledge discovery and growth.

 

Unlike Instincts compatibility, Personality compatibility is largely based on personal preference. However, general patterns do exist. Many ENTPs find themselves to be most compatible with INFJs and INTJs. Generally speaking, they prefer long-term relationships with Intuitive and Judging types.

 

About 5% of the U.S. population is ENTP.

 

 

Famous ENTPs

 

Alfred Hitchcock, film director (The Birds)

Céline Dion, singer

David Spade, comedian

George Carlin, comedian

James A. Garfield, US president

John Adams, US president

John Candy, actor (Spaceballs)

Jon Stewart, comedian (Daily Show)

Lena Dunham (Girls)

Lewis Carrol, author (Alice in Wonderland)

Marilyn Vos Savant, columnist and savant

Matthew Perry, actor (Friends)

Newt Gingrich, US Speaker of the House

Quentin Taratino, director (Pulp Fiction)

Rodney Dangerfield, actor (Caddyshack)

Rutherford B. Hayes, US president

Steve Jobs, entrepreneur

Theodore Roosevelt, US president

Thomas Edison, inventor

Tom Hanks, actor (Forrest Gump)

Weird Al Yankovic, songwriter

 

Fictional

 

Cosmo Kramer (Seinfeld)

The Joker (Batman)

 

 

Instincts and Myers Briggs

 

Project Evolove's Instincts determine two people's compatibility while Myers Briggs determines their day-to-day interactions. Although Myers Briggs dating is a popular concept, it does not accurately predict compatibility when used without Instincts.

 

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Project Evolove's psychology has its basis in Myers-Briggs Theory, Socionics, Enneagrams, and the works of Carl Jung. Notable influences include Personality Page, Type Logic, Enneagrams Institute, Ocean Moonshine, and the works of David Keirsey. The MBTI assessment tool is a separate and unrelated entity.

ENTP Personality

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ENTPs are clever, idea-oriented people. They have exceptional perceptive abilities that allow them to see the possibilities and trends of any situation. They are energized by their ideas and can spread their excitement to other people.

 

The motivating drive behind ENTPs is their curiosity about the world. They are always absorbing ideas and images about their current situation and using their intuition to make patterns out of these abstractions. ENTPs have the ability to quickly and accurately grasp a situation, giving them insight into what is about to happen. Although the ENTP is more interested in absorbing information than in making decisions, they do possess strong thinking functions that allow them to form solid conclusions.

 

They adapt easily to a wide range of tasks, becoming good at pursuits that stimulate to them. Meanwhile, they quickly drop any pursuit that seems proceduralized and any approach that seems traditional. ENTPs are known to be fond of "toys", both mechanical as well as abstract, the more complex the better. Seeing possibilities and trends, ENTPs are proficient at solving problems using improvised, creative solutions.

 

ENTPs love ideas, valuing the ones that make an action or product possible. However, they may lack interest in forming plans or carrying out details. Some juggle so many projects at once that they collapse, while some others begin projects without a timetable, only to leave them unfinished. Also, ENTPs may cut corners and ignore rules if it is expedient. The ones who have learned to follow through on their plans and to be meticulous about details can become extremely visionary and entrepreneurial.

 

Witty and unconventional, ENTPs have a penchant for dropping semi-tangential, clever references in their conversations. They also enjoy debate as a sport. They may employ tactics specific to debate rather than substance, often to their opponents’ frustration. Whether or not they truly believe in their argument's righteousness is secondary, as they enjoy playing devil's advocate. Oftentimes they will find themselves in a debate without knowing it. The unique traits that ENTPs have make them superb lawyers, as they are able to take advantage of quirks in the law to protect their clients.

 

While the ENTP's approach to debates gives them advantages, other types may perceive this behavior as unfair or devious. To ENTPs, their approach is entirely justified as long as their actions adhere to an objective set of rules. They feel this way because they isolate their feelings from their logic. It may be wise for an ENTP to take into account the subjective and human side of a situation when taking action.

 

Despite being verbally fluent, they may feel uncomfortable expressing their core principles. If they feel their core principles violated, they may suddenly display a flash of anger, only to be completely at peace moments later.

 

The wit and verbal proficiency of ENTPs make them great lawyers, salespeople, and comedians. More so than any other type, ENTPs can also make terrific inventors. Their ability to see possibilities allows them to become visionaries in science and high-tech. The professor that juggles a dozen ideas in his mind while giving an entertaining lecture is a classic example of the ENTP.

 

 

Their Cognitive Functions

 

1. (E)xtraverted I(N)tuition: the ability to see patterns in events and to see possibilities of where things may go. As their primary function, ENTPs are creative, visionary, and keenly aware of trends and people's behaviors.

 

2. Introverted (T)hinking: the ability to construct a network of logical connections suggested by external events. As their secondary function, ENTPs are able to logically understand complex concepts.

 

3. Extraverted Feeling: the ability to form conclusions about people and to socially organize others. As their tertiary function, ENTPs have some ability to read into other people's emotions.

 

4. Introverted Sensing: the ability to remember facts in an internally organized fashion. As their inferior function, ENTPs sometimes ignore the details of reality and get carried away by their own imagination.

 

 

Instincts and Myers Briggs

 

Project Evolove's Instincts determine two people's compatibility while Myers-Briggs personality types determine their day-to-day interactions. Although MBTI dating is a popular concept, it does not accurately predict compatibility when used without Instincts.

 

SIGN UP: Find your Instincts and meet compatible members! We are non-profit and free. Members can chat with each other or discuss topics on our forum.

 

 

 

Project Evolove's psychology has its basis in Myers-Briggs Theory, Socionics, Enneagrams, and the works of Carl Jung. Notable influences include Personality Page, Type Logic, Enneagrams Institute, Ocean Moonshine, and the works of David Keirsey. The MBTI assessment tool is a separate and unrelated entity.

ENTP Relationships


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Before a Relationship

 

ENTPs are quick to befriend those who have similar interests and personalities. However, sometimes they give the impression that they view other people only as an audience. It may be difficult to get the attention of an ENTP, especially as an introvert.

 

It is best to approach an ENTP in a straightforward manner, for ENTPs strongly dislike playing "relationship" games, such as engaging in antics that provoke jealousy or speaking ambiguously. In fact, if one is involved in such a game with an ENTP, not only will the ENTP always win, but the other person may be trapped in a circle that goes nowhere. In addition, affirming one's "rank" will also not bode well with an ENTP, for they dislike social ladders and will attempt to put the person in his or her place using consistent one-upmanship.

 

Male ENTPs can be boldly flirtatious. With full force and directness, they may charm someone that they are interested in. Depending on the ENTP's instincts, some male ones have the potential to be "playboys", jumping from partner to partner because they enjoy each new experience. Due to different gender norms, female ENTPs vary in their audacity. Some may be very flirtatious while others may be hesitant to show their cards.

 

 

During a Relationship

 

When ENTPs form relationships, they can bond very closely and suddenly with their partners. At times they can be very publicly demonstrative of their affection, while at other times they will appear unusually nonchalant.

 

ENTPs like to understand how their partner's mind works. They are usually good at coming up with creative solutions to solve interpersonal problems.

 

Living with them is lively and exciting. They are usually in good mood and easily entertained. They encourage their partners to follow their ambitions, and they wish to have the same support. However, some may engage in one-upmanship with their mates. This may strain day-to-day harmony if the mate is stressed by competition or if the mate is as competitive as the ENTP.

 

ENTPs' primary goal in their romantic relationship is to promote growth and improvement. They enjoy starting creative, new projects with their partners that promote knowledge discovery and growth. Their ideal partners are open-minded, intellectual, and confident, for the ENTP quickly becomes bored with someone who cannot match their wit.  Just as important, their partners must be decisive and organized, for these traits provide an anchor for the ENTP from which they can pursue their creativity.

 

 

Sex

 

Sex to the ENTP is a physical act that symbolizes intimacy, rather than an act that directly provides intimacy. They tend to enjoy spontaneity and new experiences, though they are more fun in nature than fantastical. They are always findings ways to grow and improve their sex.

 

 

Compatibility

 

Unlike Instincts compatibility, Personality compatibility is largely based on personal preference. However, general patterns do exist.

 

With a strong Extraverted Intuition function, ENTPs are better understood and appreciated by other Intuitives. With the Perceiving characteristic, ENTPs are naturally the ones who "see all the possibilities". Thus, they are better paired with Judgers, who can "pick the best choices". Specifically, they are most suitable with those who have strong Introverted Intuitive functions, such as the INFJ and the INTJ. How this is derived can be found here.

 

 

ENTP - INFJ

 

ENTPs bring spontaneity and new ways to interact with the world to the INFJ. They provide the INFJ with novel, intellectual ideas to reflect upon. INFJs' natural decision-making skills provide ENTPs with stability and direction, especially in emotional and social matters. By gently and caringly guiding the ENTPs, INFJs help them become their best.

 

 

ENTP - INTJ

 

ENTPs bring spontaneity and creative ways to interact with the world to the INTJ. They provide the INTJ with novel, intellectual ideas to analyze. INTJs' natural decision-making skills provide ENTPs with stability and direction, especially in logical matters. By analyzing ideas that are interesting to ENFPs, INTJs provide deep insights and well-developed thoughts that ENTPs enjoy exploring.

 

Instincts and Myers Briggs

 

Project Evolove's Instincts determine two people's compatibility while Myers Briggs psychology determines their day-to-day interactions. Although Myers Briggs matchmaking is a popular concept, it does not accurately predict compatibility when used without Instincts.

 

SIGN UP: Find your Instincts and meet compatible members! We are non-profit and free. Members can chat with each other or discuss topics on our forum.

 

 

 

Project Evolove's psychology has its basis in Myers-Briggs Theory, Socionics, Enneagrams, and the works of Carl Jung. Notable influences include Personality Page, Type Logic, Enneagrams Institute, Ocean Moonshine, and the works of David Keirsey. The MBTI assessment tool is a separate and unrelated entity.

ENTP Career & Other Info

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How ENTPs relate to other Types


ENTP: Identity - They are the same types. Feeling like they are competing in the same space, the two may initially oppose each other. However, they usually recognize their similarities and begin to cooperate.

INTP: Pal - Similar worldviews, goals, and thoughts. The Introvert is more original while the Extravert is better at implementing ideas and plans. They get along at work and at play.

ENTJ: Complement - They have interests in similar realms but their strengths have opposite emphasis. They solve the same problem with different approaches and for different reasons.

INTJ: Contrast - They have the same order of functions but the Introvert/Extravert direction of each function is reversed. They have similar interests but the Perceiver thinks of possibilities while the Judger thinks of plans. They have different goals and opposite emphasis in strengths.

ESFJ: Supplement -They have the same functions in different order. One's weaker strengths are the other's stronger strengths. Their strengths can add to each other.

ISFJ: Anima - They have the same functions but in reverse order. Each sees the other as having strengths that the former wishes to improve upon.

ESTJ: Suitemate - The two enjoy the same environment and have little interpersonal friction. They do not have anything in common but can enjoy everyday activities together.

ISTJ: Cohort - The two find each other in the same activities only when one is stressed out and wishes to "escape" from normalcy.

ENFP: Companion - They have the same primary function. The two have a mutual understanding of each other and can talk on a deep, honest level.

INFP: Tribesman - They have similar cultures and are often found in the same social groups. They have different strengths and will be pursuing goals independent of each other.

ENFJ: Advisor - Each has insight that the other lacks. They find each other to be a source of fresh perspectives and enjoy each other's company.

INFJ: Pedagogue - Each has insight and strength that the other lacks. They develop a parent-child relationship.

ESFP: Enigma - They are complete mysteries to each other. They have different goals and strengths.

ISFP: Novelty - Their differences are so striking that they are curious about each other. They sometimes run into conflict due to their fundamental differences in worldview.

ESTP: Neighbor - The two are often found in the same jobs or walks of life, but they reached their position through completely different means.

ISTP: Counterpart - The two perform the same functions but are in different realms. They have mutual respect for each other but do not necessarily wish they had the same skillset as the other.



ENTPs As Parents

 

They are easy-going and enjoy having fun with their children. On the other hand, they are very serious about their children's education. They tend to turn every activity into an improvised learning activity of some sort. Their goal is to make their children independent and intelligent. The attention they give to their offspring is inconsistent, as they may spend copious amounts one day, but become completely absorbed in their pet project the next. They generally leave the day-to-day tasks of caring for their children up to their spouses.

 

The ENTP's willingness to take risks can be both a positive factor as well as a problem for a relationship. They have many ideas up their sleeves. Financially, some do exceptionally well by finding new ways to make income. Others may put the couple at risk of financial ruin due to poor decisions.

 

 

ENTP Occupations

 

ENTPs enjoy careers that allow them to work on a variety of creative pursuits using different approaches. They wish to see their ideas and inspirations materialize to products in the world. They need an innovative environment that encourages risk-taking, with as little rules and restrictions as possible. Ideally, details and mundane tasks can be taken care of by support staff. They like to meet influential and talented people so that they can increase their own personal abilities. They like to be fairly compensated and recognized for their work.

 

 

Potential Career Paths (ENTP Jobs)

 

    Actor

    Ad Account Executive

    Aerospace Engineer

    Architect

    Art Director

    Attorney

    Chiropractor

    Copywriter

    Corporate Trainer

    Cost Estimator

    Creative Director

    Criminalist

    Detective

    Drafter

    Education Director

    Environmental Scientist

    Financial Planner

    Geologist

    Health Care Administrator

    Industrial Designer

    Industrial Engineer

    Internet Architect

    Journalist

    Market Researcher

    Organizational Psychologist

    Photographer

    Political Scientist

    Politician

    Producer or Director

    Property Manager

    Public Administrator

    Public Relations Specialist

    Real Estate Agent

    Reporter

    Sales Manager

    School Psychologist

    Social Scientist

    Stockbroker

    Urban Planner

    Venture Capitalist

 

 

Instincts and Myers Briggs

 

Project Evolove's Instincts determine two people's compatibility while Myers Briggs typology determines their day-to-day interactions. Although using Myers Briggs for relationships is a popular concept, it does not accurately predict compatibility when used without Instincts.

 

SIGN UP: Find your Instincts and meet compatible members! We are non-profit and free. Members can chat with each other or discuss topics on our forum.

 

 

 

Project Evolove's psychology has its basis in Myers-Briggs Theory, Socionics, Enneagrams, and the works of Carl Jung. Notable influences include Personality Page, Type Logic, Enneagrams Institute, Ocean Moonshine, and the works of David Keirsey. The MBTI assessment tool is a separate and unrelated entity.