ENTP is an acronym which stands for Extroversion, Intuition, Thinking and Perception. It defines one of the sixteen categories under the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). The MBTI has come to be known as one of the more reliable tools of personality analysis, since being propounded by Carl Jung in the much acclaimed Psychological Types.
The MBTI is a psychometric tool which classifies people based on their outlook, perception and choices about the world through the questionnaire method.
The MBTI achieves the broad categorization through the following analysis:
ENTPs have a hunger for understanding people and situations around them. Their innate extroversion and intuitive thought process helps them pick up the complex interplay of emotions, logic and circumstances through reading the ‘not-so-obvious’ signs and effective communication. So much so that, they are even able to base their actions on their reading of the proverbial ‘invisible ink’.
ENTPs are the ‘multi-taskers’ of the universe. They can easily be involved in a multitude of focus requiring projects and yet juggle with a complex theoretical concept in their head! What sets them apart is they manage to do most things successfully AND at once! The Hollywood director deciding between multiple scripts to make his next movie while delivering the perfect commencement lecture at Stanford University is your typical ENTP!
Rather than acting on an impulse, they like to ‘think through’ a situation, sifting through the wealth of information that they gather through extroversion and perception. But they think on their feet. Their maneuvers, both verbal and cerebral, are fast and effective.
Strangely, small setbacks irk them immensely. Major hurdles are always looked upon as challenges to be ‘solved’ or ‘competitions’ to be ‘won’ but the minor itches bring out their petulance.
They adore frankness. They love to bond with straightforward, intelligent and informed people. Equally, they love to ‘play the game’ if they think someone is out to con them.
They might have a perverse sense of humor, spliced with incisively accurate and ingenious way of thinking.
ENTPs can be cryptic for introverts. For an ordinary person, it is hard to catch the attention of an ENTP. Their various talents lead them to pick out like-minded, multi-dimensional people as friends and partners. They are good leaders, very kind and considerate with their team members.
They love to enjoy the luxuries of life with their companion. To outsiders, they appear materialistic. With close friends, they might be casual and offhand but at certain times they are so demonstrative of their feelings that it takes their counterparts by surprise. ENTPs have large circles of friends. They are part of many communities of diverse function at the same time. Generally, in a group, they can catch attention and keep it by their charm and intelligence.
They can also be highly innovative; from technology to product development; from brand management to speech writing, there are a precious few who manage to outwit an ENTP.
Their many skills enable them to excel at politics. Also, rather than going through the ‘grind’ they like to be involved in project oriented work where they can get the job done and then relax for some time.
They are good leader but do not like being led; the resistance to authority creates problems for them in routine jobs.
True all-rounders, there is a huge list of professions where they might do well: Lawyers, Scientists, Actors, Consultants, photographers, Systems Analyst, etc. ENTPs can be everywhere. Problem-solving, creativity, natural intelligence, and ‘people skills’ open almost all doors for them.
Notable people considered ENTPs include: