ENTP personality types are strategic, adaptable, energetic and enthusiastic.
This introduction to the ENTP personality type, based on the Myers-Briggs® Step I personality assessment, can help ENTPs to understand how they interact with others, and what careers they might enjoy.
ENTPs solve problems creatively and are often innovative in their way of thinking, seeing connections and patterns within a system. They enjoy developing strategy and often spot and capitalise on new opportunities that present themselves.
Potential development areas for ENTPs
ENTPs sometimes avoid making decisions and may become excited about ideas that are not feasible because of constraints on time or resources. They may be overly challenging to others and their ideas.
Typical characteristics of an ENTP
ENTPs are typically emergent, theoretical and flexible as well as imaginative and challenging.
Their most common characteristics are shown here in the form of a fun Typie, which you can download and share.
ENTP careers & career ideas
ENTPs prefer to work in a fast-growing, high-energy atmosphere which is characterised by autonomy and the freedom to think differently. They enjoy devising technical solutions to problems and selling new ideas and opportunities to others. Careers within a wide variety of fields will appeal to ENTPs, include those in the creative professions, business management, finance and engineering. More insight about ENTP jobs can be found in our Introduction to Type and Careers.
ENTPs under stress
An ENTP will typically become stressed in the situations shown in this MBTI stress head illustration. In these circumstances you will tend to be over-worried, withdrawn, tunnel-visioned and prone to extreme emotions. Download and share* this ENTP stress head to remind yourself and your colleagues about the things that stress ENTPs.
An ENTP will enjoy a good debate, their conversational style is customarily challenging as well as stimulating. Their partner will see them as energetic and lively but also independent.
Read our blog post on "What if your date is not your type?!"
Fun ways to share ENTP characteristics:
- Explore what kind of drink, sport or shoes we think depicts an ENTP personality
- Discover more ways to characterise the ENTP personality on our Fun ways to share your type page
- Already have your MBTI Step II profile? Create your Personal Typie
- Read more on our blog about how aspects of Type dynamics are captured in each Type