1. Ne: Extraverted Intuition
The ENTP is typically a "big picture" kind of person, and tends to speak in generalizations about both people and things, omitting any details he deems mundane or uninteresting. He is acutely aware of what interests and what bores him. This leads him to always search for novelty and surprising things. At any given moment, the ENTP usually has a number of projects and/or skills that he is working on developing, and stays with these interests as long as he feels they have potential for growth. The ENTP gets bored easily with rote tasks that do involve lots of repetition and little innovation, although he tolerates them if they are necessary to succeed in society.
The ENTP is a creative thinker, and enjoys discussing his often unusual perspectives with others. These will often be expressed through unique and strange (but effective) analogies.
The ENTP is constantly aware of the possibilities inherent in social, natural or other systems, and of the areas with the greatest potential within them. The ENTP operates by using Extroverted Intuition to attune themselves to the multiple variables continually being expressed within the environment and proceeds to elucidate feasible connections and boundaries of context in order to change the way one perceives that which is operating below the surface of either everyday life or more dynamic technical arenas. To An ENTP, the world is a vast network of stars with infinitely interchangeable constellations emerging from the open-ended framework. Extroverted Intuition as a leading function pushes with white-hot intensity the active rearranging of the lego-blocks of reality; not necessarily with any intention towards construction or creativity, but with the ultimate goal of introducing novelty and fresh perspectives. Combined with Introverted Thinking as a secondary function, Extroverted Intuition finds compatible yet more disciplined, objective thinking to harness its irrational, unruled nature into a potentially functional talent.
2. Ti: Introverted Logic
ENTPs are obsessed with how things work, and how they will work together. Understanding how something works is merely the baseline for the ENTP. When the ENTP finds something new or interesting he thinks about how it could be used in conjunction with other objects he has come into contact with in the past.
The ENTP will freely voice comments on whether a rule (especially one imposed on him by society) makes sense to him. If it does not, he will break the rule or find a creative way of mocking it to express his dissent, rather than working within the system itself to change the rule. Unlike a Ti leading type (INTP, ISTP), he will often not replace the rule with one of his own.
The ENTP is not afraid of discussing and arguing his views, and may appear to take them more seriously than he actually does. The ENTP only makes use of structural frameworks if he can see some kind of intuitive relevance in them, e.g. to make sense of and solve a problem he is interested in. Thus his thoughts may often appear unstructured. Especially if his actions affect others, the ENTP will make sure that they are logically consistent and fair.
3. Se: Extraverted Sensing
The ENTP finds it difficult to get himself to do uninteresting, tedious work simply out of responsibility. If he has to, he will acutely feel his own lack of discipline. Thus the ENTP is more comfortable when he has a flexible schedule and is free to pursue whatever seems most interesting to him at the moment.
The ENTP is typically only able to sustain short periods of strenuous activity.
ENTPs are uninterested in forcing people to do things, and are not keen on those who impose their will on others, so they do not take well to direct commands. They often detest authority exercised in this way, and will often challenge abuses of power. When backed into a corner by an aggressive Se, the often harmless appearing ENTP will immediately rise to meet the threat and strike it down with carefully crafted ease. The impact the ENTP has on society is usually through his understanding of how the world works rather than a position of material influence. For example, an ENTP might rather advise a person in power than hold an official position of high authority. He will only take such a position if it is necessary (and if no one else will do so).
4. Fi: Introverted Ethics
Unstable in maintaining psychological distance. May have trouble making clear attraction. Can hide their personal sentiments when pushed and avoids the public examination of their desires. ENTP's tend to be unaware of how others view them relationship wise, unstable in levels of trust. View relationships skeptically unless legitimized. This can result in a mistrust of others and a general wariness regarding others' opinions of them, potentially causing irrational behaviors based on misconceptions in this area. They appreciate people who can reassure them of the status of a relationship.
Emotional responses to trauma will often manifest themselves several years later, triggered by things that seem to have little to do with the event responsible for the reaction e.g. abandonment issues surface after visiting a nursing home.
An ENTP may view many accepted moral standards with scorn if they do not make logical sense to him and may be frustrated if convenient loopholes in a system are said to be 'out of bounds' morally. Indeed, the ENTP may come to the conclusion that if he has not done anything legally wrong, then he could not possibly have done something morally wrong. Such thinking may bemuse more ethical types. In more extreme circumstances, the ENTP will see morality as just another system to be taken apart and studied, shocking types who value moral traditions when he uses logic and his clever insight to dissolve moral imperatives. e.g. "You may view human sacrifice as something inherently wrong but that's just a result of your upbringing. If you were raised an Aztec you would have seen it as a remarkable thing, believing it to be responsible for keeping your crops watered and the sun moving across the sky."
5. Si: Introverted Sensing
ENTPs need assistance with balancing their inner life and deriving enjoyment from all the things in life around them, and not just their mental activities. ENTPs appreciate people with a solid sensory awareness that can help them feel a healthy sense of pleasure from their surroundings.
The ENTP's focus on constantly chasing after new things often leaves him to neglect his physical and psychological well-being. He appreciates pleasant stimuli that help him to "turn off" his active mind for a little while and to find some kind of balance between the mental and physical. An ENTP will commonly use some short burst of physical activity to take a break from his interests.
6. Fe: Extraverted Ethics
Enjoy lively, animated and fun interaction with people, but tend to be unemotional when left on their own. However, he is not inclined to create this atmosphere himself but can create situations where there is a good chance that others will take the emotional initiative and create a fun and emotionally stimulating atmosphere. Failure at such attempts are met with dismay, which the individual either hides or reacts to with frustration and annoyance.
He may misjudge the mood of a situation and unintentionally irritate those around him in an attempt to raise the mood. Lacking the finesse of someone leading with Ethics, he may be interpreted as silly or immature by those who think that a sense of occasion is important.
7. Ni: Introverted Intuition
While the ENTP may seem entirely spontaneous to the observer, he will often plan extensively for the fallout of his ideas in order to rally the support of others and guide it towards actualization. As a by-product, most ENTPs will view lectures about foresight and planning as irritating and unnecessary. There is no need to go over that which he has already considered, in the privacy of his own mind.
Additionally, with too much attention to consequences the ENTP loses the thrill of discovery associated with his base function and finds it difficult to think outside of Ni's natural complement: Se. He prefers to think about immediate possibilities (Ne) and what can be done to materialize them (Ti) rather than to dwell on the outcome of what might or might not be.
8. Te: Extraverted Logic
Though the ENTP can demonstrate a head for practical or efficient reasoning, particularly in conjunction with the ignoring function Ni, he will typically resort to it only to sell the merits of his ideas. The ENTP is more concerned with the possibility of creating than in finding the best way to do something.
When the demand exists, the ENTP will deliver a practical and realistic rationale or solution, but be prepared for a tack that is singularly unorthodox. The ENTP will not be boxed in by the rules of convention, rather he will actively search for a new way to perform a task. In this way, ENTPs are often seen cutting corners. To others, this may be seen as snubbing the rules, and rightfully so, because the ENTP dislikes the idea of a preset way of performing a task. It is counter-intuitive to their Ego. To the ENTP, they are more likely playfully reinventing convention in order to show how their skills are best used or perhaps to prove that their manner of approaching the task surpasses that of Te ego types (ENTJ, ESTJ) in efficiency and practicality.
Common social roles
- The debater who will argue about anything with anyone.
- The career guru who is constantly building his already lengthy resume through the planned acquisition of relevant experience.
- The outgoing nerd who makes jokes about things like parabolas, loves gadgets and wears things like fisherman's vests to work and to parties because all the pockets are convenient for holding stuff.