People with the ENTP personality type are among the most creative and pioneering of all those identified by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. They’re full of other wonderful qualities, too, such as great communication skills and a steady mind for logic. What we want to do is pin down their most important tendencies and characteristics and match these up to the careers where they have historically found success. Even if you are not an ENTP, you can still bring yourself up to creative par with this course for designers and instructors on how to home your creative techniques.
Who Are ENTPs?
It’s always difficult to generalize a population, ENTPs being a prime example. Even though they account for a relatively small population of human beings (~2-5%), it’s still a challenge to lump such a large group together, especially when they are all supposed to be creative and unique in their own way. So while the following qualities are certainly accurate, take them with a grain of salt and think of them more as ideas rather than attempts at fact.
That said, let’s see what Myers-Briggs says about the letters, E-N-T-P:
Extraversion: ENTPs are social butterflies. They equally enjoy conversing on a high plane as at a more conversational level. The important thing to take away from this quality is that ENTPs find other people highly interesting and somewhat “need” to interact.
Intuition: Myers-Briggs defines intuition as a tendency to look into the future, or to prefer looking into the future rather than immersing themselves in the present task. They’re all about seeing things in their entirety and, if they had it their way, would leave the details for someone else to figure out.
Thinking: Thinking is a good thing, but in this case thinking refers to ENTPs highly logical mind. Knowledge is treasure to them. Subjective attitudes are likely to get knocked by ENTPs. An underlying result is that emotional decisions are less common in ENTPs (either a good or bad thing, depending on your outlook).
Perceiving: In Myers-Briggs, the opposite of perceiving is judging. So this means that ENTPs withhold judgment and like to see how things play out. They prefer to keep an open mind about decisions and circumstances.
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ENTP Professional Tendencies
The most widely appreciated professional quality of ENTPs is their natural affinity for interpersonal relations. They thrive in an environment where communication is constant and necessary. Making acquaintances, and turning acquaintances into friends, is all part of a day’s work. They excel in debates, or brainstorming activities where ideas build upon each other (of course, these are the times when things can sour the quickest, so they have to tread carefully).
But certainly the most prized characteristic is the creative tendency. ENTPs are basically the seers of Myers-Briggs types. They are comfortable pioneering new ground and have no fear of moving into the unknown. In fact, as mentioned earlier, they prefer to be in the future unknown than deal with the present facts and smaller issues that have to be sorted out.
If anyone is going to succeed in a sensational career, such as in inventing/entrepreneurship, science or philosophy, it is going an be an ENTP. I hardly need to explain why they are such naturals in these areas, but the key for ENTPs to be successful, in any field, is to have space to let their ideas breathe. A job that requires repetition, monotony or confined thinking is ultimately going to confine and frustrate an ENTP’s most valuable abilities.
Many famous inventors and thinkers were ENTPs, from Alexander the Great to John Adams, and people like them are most successful when they venture out on their own. This is why entrepreneurship can be an exciting, albeit risky, business. ENTPs can follow their own ideas without inhibition and build a work environment around themselves. Anyone – ENTPs or not – can hone their interpersonal skills with this course on developing an entrepreneurial personality, with lessons on understanding what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur.
Law And Engineering
ENTPs, or at least those that can focus their energies on the present for sustained periods of time, make outstanding lawyers and engineers (and other related fields, obviously). Both of these careers need a mind that can think creatively and grasp the bigger picture, while also casting a scrutinizing eye over the logistics of how to get from A to B. Check out your career options with this post on the different types of engineering fields.
Both of these careers perhaps have an advantage over the sensational careers listed above in that they have a more prominent element of human interaction. Entrepreneurship/science can get awfully lonely, which is exactly the kind of thing to derail an ENTPs ambition. Law and engineering require collaboration, but also allow ample space for individual exploration.
Arts And Minds
The last two areas of interest for ENTPs are the arts and careers such as psychology and psychiatry. The arts are a natural choice, as they provide more or less infinite room for creative thoughts. Careers in acting, journalism or even photography would be preferred to those in areas such as the visual arts, studio art or creative writing; the former categories score highly in interpersonal relations, while the latter are virtually sealed in isolation.
There is a definite art to psychology/psychiatry, and needless to say the ability to meet many people, have deep conversations and build relationships is highly appealing. I also want to remind you of ENTPs natural appreciation of knowledge and logical and innovative mind; all of these things form a confluence in diagnosing, treating and helping patients.
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