Clever describes ENTPs best. They deal imaginatively with social relationships as well as physical and mechanical relationships. They are alert to what is apt to occur next, and sensitive to possibilities. ENTPs are the engineers of human relationships and human systems.
Verbally as well as cerebrally quick, ENTPs enjoy arguing: for its own sake, and to show off their impressive verbal skills. They often have a perverse sense of humour, and play devil's advocate regardless of consequence. They sometimes confuse, even hurt, those who cannot understand the concept of argument as a sport.
Innovative and ingenious at problem-solving, they sometimes manage to outsmart themselves. ENTPs have been known to cut corners without regard to the rules if it's expedient – or it might be the collapse of an over-ambitious juggling act.
ENTPs are optimists. They tend to regard problems as personal challenges, and have little patience with those they consider wrong or unintelligent. However, they are often extremely genial and quite charming, when not being harassed by life in general.
Good at analysis, especially functional analysis, ENTPs have a tolerance for, and enjoyment of the complex. Enthusiastic, ENTPs are apt to express interest in everything, and thus unwittingly inspire others who find themselves caught up in an ENTP idea. The ENTP is the most reluctant of all types to do things in a traditional manner.
Non-conformists, ENTPs enjoy outwitting the system and use rules and regulations within the system to win the game – whatever it may be. ENTPs are good at innovative projects and can administer them well if dull routine is not involved. For ENTPs to be manipulated by another is humiliating.
During youth, the ENTP may be diagnosed with a variety of ailments and conditions which often emerge as a lack of intellectual engagement. Boredom is the bane of the junior ENTP. Generally immature until their late 30s or early 40s, the young ENTP is a socially awkward animal since they rarely fit in with the herd, and require 40 years to comprehend why this is and what to do about it.
Great friends or silent adversary; Court jester or Builder of bridges, the ENTP is difficult to overlook.
ENTPs are innovators, explorers, entrepreneurs and visionaries. Always looking over the next horizon, trying to push the edge of the envelope and trying to do what other people say can't be done. What is – is never good enough. Our vision of What Could Be and a powerful drive turn our visions into reality. Explaining everyone and everything... it could almost be the ENTP mission statement. It is our goal to understand people and things.
We are not bound by our generalizations, nor are we necessarily committed to them. We simply want to comprehend. This group is a forum in which the members can boldly advance any idea, theory, perspective or triviality that suits their fancy. We tend to be tolerant, challenging, entertaining, stimulating, unorthodox and sometimes just plain off the wall. It's our playground.
Designed to be a place we can be free to be ourselves, to enjoy one another, to engage in lively conversation, expressing thoughts and feelings, where what we say counts but is not life and death, where real life consequences are remote, where we can get into the essence of what and who we are by seeing ourselves reflected somewhat accurately in the other people on the list. But please note that not all who post here are ENTP. There are cuckoos in the nest and you should check before assuming a poster is of the ENTP type.
We are here to enjoy the company of Tribe ENTP. People having a great time ... letting our hair down in company we hope will have some understanding of our point of view... and allowing self expression in more creative ways than we may have had the opportunity before.
ENTPs are nothing if not unique. A rare personality type, they comprise approx. 3-5% of the total (American) population. They have an enthusiastic interest in everything and are always sensitive to possibilities. Known as the inventor, they are non-conformist and innovative, self-confident and competitive.
ENTPs are known to be verbally as well as cerebrally quick, and generally love to argue – both for its own sake, and to show off their often-impressive skills. They tend to have a perverse sense of humour as well, and enjoy playing devil's advocate. They sometimes confuse, even inadvertently hurt, those who don't understand or accept the concept of argument as a sport. They get pleasure and intellectual stimulation from arguing both sides of a subject, or from doing something unusual or unexpected just to get a reaction.
ENTPs are as innovative and ingenious at problem-solving as they are at verbal gymnastics; on occasion, however, they manage to outsmart themselves. This can take the form of getting found out at sharp practice –ENTPs have been known to cut corners without regard to the rules if it's expedient – or simply in the collapse of an over-ambitious juggling act. Both at work and at home, ENTPs are very fond of toys – physical or intellectual, the more sophisticated the better. They tend to tire of these quickly, however, and move on to new ones.
Like most Extraverted-Perceivers, they are more excited about pursuing a new idea than about following through on an existing one, which can be a cause for frustration and anxiety – both for themselves and those around them. To the ENTP, all the world is a chessboard whose places must be moved in such a way – by the ENTP – that all the players will get the best and most out of life.
ENTPs are basically optimists, but in spite of this (perhaps because of it?), they tend to become extremely petulant about small setbacks and inconveniences. (Major setbacks they tend to regard as challenges, and tackle with determination.) ENTPs have little patience with those they consider wrongheaded or unintelligent, and show little restraint in demonstrating this. However, they do tend to be extremely genial, if not charming, when not being harassed by life in general.
In terms of their relationships with others, ENTPs are capable of bonding very closely and, initially, suddenly, with their loved ones. Some appear to be deceptively offhand with their nearest and dearest; others are so demonstrative that they succeed in shocking co-workers who've only seen their professional side. ENTPs are also good at acquiring friends who are as clever and entertaining as they are. Aside from those two areas, ENTPs tend to be oblivious of the rest of humanity, except as an audience -- good, bad, or potential.
Even though they are extroverts, ENTPs may demonstrate a subtle tendency towards reservation. Those who have had problems establishing friendships may manifest a quiet nature and a lack of general outgoingness, one day appearing social and friendly only to be indifferent or avoidant the next. Over a period of time specific social patterns may develop, appearing unfriendly and reserved to some and friendly and open to others. With their sporadic nature, they may unwittingly convince others of a general dislike and social discontentment, even though it is not their intention.
ENTPs do not readily follow social norms. They do not like to have their independence threatened by unnecessary rules, and they can appear expedient and out-of-place in a society that values any various forms of unnecessary subjugation. While ENTPs may have a healthy respect for rules when they are necessary as a guideline or are necessary and good for the well being of people, they do not readily tolerate intentional subjugation to any type of rule or method that they consider to be out-dated or harmful to the well-being of individuals. ENTPs tend to look down on people who do so, considering them to be childish and lacking of confidence.
The main peculiarity of ENTPs behaviour is an incredible absent-mindedness. They usually leave items where they used them and have a tendency to constantly lose smaller objects. ENTPs work place and personal belongings are often kept in disarray. They invariably forget what they have already done and what they need to do. However, they are quick and shrewd in day to day matters, taking advantage of every opportunity that arises. Because of this others may consider them to be crafty or shifty.
ENTPs are actually pretty positive people, who enjoy life greatly. Unless circumstances prove it necessary, they rarely find reason to think negatively about people. They seek to accept and to understand people for who they are inside. They do not like to condemn people for their personhood, and they can often be sought out by others for matter of practical solutions to common every day problems. People typically have respect for the intuitive understanding of ENTPs towards them and appreciate their loyalty in personal matters. It is not like an ENTP to betray a friend in need.