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Personality Types

ENTP Personality Type — The Originator

ENTP Originators are innovative, flexible and see endless possibilities. They are very enthusiastic about the ideas they generate. They are inventive, intellectually quick and skilled at what they do. They thrive at finding crafty solutions to technical problems. They are gifted at coming up with new and efficient approaches.

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The ENTP personality type is of the NT Intellectual temperament.

ENTP Preferences

Preferences: Extraversion (E), Intuition (N), Thinking (T), Perceiving (P)

ENTPs direct their energy outward. They are assertive, talkative and gregarious. They are expressive and enthusiastic. ENTPs are energized by interaction. ENTPs are Intuitive. They are deeply imaginative and inventive. Their thought process is abstract and theoretical. ENTPs are complex and future-focused.

ENTPs are Thinkers that are objective and logical. They are impersonal, rational and thick-skinned. They make decisions with their head and are driven by logic. ENTPs are flexible and often carefree. They like to keep their options open. They are spontaneous and comfortable with change.

Describing an ENTP

ENTPs can often be described using these words.
  • Innovative
  • Perceptive
  • Future-focused
  • Curious
  • Logical
  • Imaginative
  • Crafty
  • Theoretical
  • Enthusiastic
  • Objective
  • Introspective
  • Impersonal
  • Inventive
  • Assertive
  • Flexible
  • Carefree
  • Gregarious
  • Intellectual
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Complex
  • Non-conforming
  • Fearless
  • Efficient
  • Exciting
  • Spontaneous

ENTPs and Relationships

ENTPs define relationships in terms of creativity and problem solving. They enjoy the give and take of relationships and love to debate. ENTPs are helpful and supportive partners. Although they might have intense feelings inside they are often unable to communicate them. They love to share interests and ideas with those closest to them.

ENTPs and Work / Career

ENTPs appreciate the synergy created when people work together and share ideas and talents. They value fairness and consistency. They are great coaches who are driven to help others make their projects bigger, better and more impactful. They appreciate openness and value honesty in their colleagues. ENTPs are quintessential entrepreneurs.

ENTP Career Matches

The following careers are possible matches for individuals with the ENTP personality.
  • Engineer
  • Computer Analyst
  • Computer Programmer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Inventor
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer/Attorney
  • Marketer
  • Politician
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Consultant
  • Scientist
  • Systems Analyst
  • Writer
  • Photographer
  • Sales Agent
  • Comedian
  • Actor/Actress
  • Musician
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ENTPs and Learning / School

ENTPs learn by getting involved. They often dislike lectures, routine and details. They go from one interest to another and need the freedom to explore all of them. They are interested in arguments, challenges and projects that can be used and marketed. They learn by arguing and challenging.

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ENTP Strengths and Weaknesses

There are strength and weaknesses that ENTPs are more likely to possess than others.

Typical ENTP Strengths

  • Driven to self-improvement
  • Excellent communicator
  • Great at generating ideas
  • Charming, popular and enthusiastic
  • Laid back and flexible

Possible ENTP Weaknesses

  • Poor follow-up skills
  • Gets bored in relationships
  • Argumentative
  • Risk taker with money
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Famous ENTPs

The following famous people and fictional characters can be classified as ENTPs with reasonable accuracy.

Famous ENTP People

  • Alexander the Great
    King, Military Commander
  • Sir Walter Raleigh
    Writer, Poet, Explorer
  • Walt Disney
    Filmmaker, Entrepreneur
  • Richard Feynman
  • Nikola Tesla
    Inventor, Physicist, Engineer
  • John Adams
    American President
  • James A. Garfield
    American President
  • Rutherford B. Hayes
    American President
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    American President
  • Thomas Edison
  • Julia Child
    Chef, Author
  • George Carlin
    Comedian, Actor, Author
  • John Candy
    Comedian, Actor
  • Weird Al Yankovic
  • Marilyn Vos Savant
    Author, Lecturer
  • Alfred Hitchcock
    Filmmaker (The Birds)
  • Tom Hanks
  • David Spade
    Actor, Comedian
  • Celine Dion
  • Matthew Perry
    Actor (Friends)
  • Rodney Dangerfield
    Comedian, Actor
  • Lewis Carroll
    Author (Alice in Wonderland)

Fictional ENTP Characters

  • Mercutio
    Romeo and Juliet
  • Emmett "Doc" Brown
    Back to the Future
  • Q
    James Bond
  • Cosmo Kramer
  • Bugs Bunny
    Looney Tunes
  • Shirley Feeney
    Laverne & Shirley
  • Polly Prince
    Along Came Polly
  • Gilbert Blythe
    Anne of Green Gables
  • Ed
    Cowboy Bebop
  • Wile E. Coyote
    Road Runner (Looney Tunes)
  • Tom Sawyer
    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Q
    Star Trek: The Next Generation


ENTP Originators see life as a puzzle or a chess board where they need to make all the pieces fit together. They are deeply curious, inventive and enthusiastic. Their greatest contribution is their ability to pursue and succeed at any risk-taking venture.

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