What's It Like To Be an "ENTP"
A Self-Portrait Personality Type Description for ENTPs**
By Linda V. Berens Ph.D. and Dario Nardi Ph.D.
||ENTP - Explorer Inventor
|Likely Social Style:
Life feels like a constant state of
moving from one interesting thing to
another, and I can get frustrated when
there isn’t enough time to pursue all those
I have a wide range of interests. I love
to explore the world, how other people live, what they
believe in, and what their lives are like. I have a deep
need to understand the human condition and what brings
people to life, even above difficult odds. I like it when
the conversation goes wherever it wants to go—deep
imaginative, intellectual, or philosophical conversation.
Going off on one theory or another is fun, but long
stories with nothing to learn frustrate me.
Personality Type Descriptions
by Linda V. Berens, Ph.D.
and Dario Nardi, Ph.D.**
Ideas mean change. When I meet people who
have interesting ideas, talents, or projects, I want to get
to know them and help them make whatever they want
to do possibly much bigger, more successful, or more
impactful than they had intended. I start aligning with
them and building trust because I want to get invited in—
to probably change whatever they want to do because
I tend to see more possibilities. Then we cook up the
project. It’s fun to learn. I enjoy that in-the-moment
experience of connecting things in my mind. Challenge
and intellectual stimulation get me excited.
I just see a different world than the one in which I
live, and I admire people who have genuine compassion
and a commitment to serve others. I really respect
people who have the ability to take the slings and
arrows that come with leadership roles and working for
change, who can cope with all the misunderstanding
and resistance, who can say, “This is an idea whose
time has come and we’re going to get it done.” It’s
important to me to be in a setting where people are
committed, where facts are respected, and where there
is a space for people to tell the truth or at least look for
the truth—and be open to listening.
Colleagues describe me as someone they can go to
when they want an idea or help with an issue or problem
they’re trying to solve. I often can condense or simplify
a complex idea. I really often know the right words to
use, not necessarily the right empathetic words but the
right words. Coaching and giving ideas I do well. Just
giving direction is boring. I don’t feel things have to be
done my way, but they have to be done well.
I am very partner oriented, and being creative
together is what makes a relationship alive.
I work a lot, always looking for new projects,
something to sink my teeth into, and I am constantly
challenging myself to make things better. Things I’ve
already figured out I like to put together in a format or
structure, so I don’t have to sit down and go through all
the nitty-gritty details. I think in terms of the future—
why am I here, what is this connected to, where are
things going, where did they come from and wouldn’t it
be better if…? When my intuition is working it produces
a lot of excitement and ideas.
I tend to look at things from a very objective
basis. Sometimes I don’t take the time to stop and
thank people and let them know I’m trying to build on
what they have already done. When I look at things, I
am trying to figure out the system—looking beneath,
behind, or above, somehow looking beyond the sensory
data to figure out how it all works. I spend a lot of time
trying to figure out in my head everything around me.
Competence is a must, trying to perfect things, finding
a new way. I am hardest on myself, with incredibly
high standards, and I hold others to my standards even
though sometimes I wish I hadn’t. And yet I often
seem pretty easygoing.
Fairness and consistency are really important. I
feel that people should be treated with respect at all
times, and I don’t like behavior demeaning to others.
When there is conflict I feel a compulsion to figure it
out, to resolve it. When I’m personally involved, it can
be difficult to initiate a discussion about the conflict.
Sometimes I feel inadequate.
I think life is a puzzle and we keep playing with
how to fit the pieces together. Something new and
challenging is always more interesting to me than
something I am already competent at.
This concludes "What's it like to be an ENTP,"
A Self Portrait Personality Type Description.
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