Myers-Briggs Personality Type: ENTP "The Devil's Advocate"
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Are you the ultimate devil’s advocate? In other words, do you thrive on shredding arguments, opinions, and beliefs into tiny, little pieces – just for the hell of it? Yes? Well, if so, you may just have an ENTP personality. If you are an ENTP, you are probably a “debater” aka a “devil’s advocate.” I bet you love sparring with others on a highly intellectual level. Why? Well, because it gives you an opportunity to display your naturally quick wit, vast sea of knowledge, and ability to use you undeniable intellect to connect abstract ideas that prove your point.
Playing devil’s advocate stimulates you because it helps you and others better understand opposing viewpoints. In other words, it helps you slip into the shoes of others for a little while – or at least until your mental feet hurt. When you take on the role of devil’s advocate, you automatically become the “underdog,” which deep down delights you. Why? Well, because you find joy in questioning the status quo. In other words, you like to “shake things up” a little. You do not want to think like everyone else – you want to rework existing systems, or develop creative solutions to old problems.
Truthfully, executing and implementing your brilliant ideas and suggestions, just isn’t “your thing,” and that is ok. You are best at “stirring the pot,” and opening up the minds of others, so that they do not become “sheep following the herd.” You are fantastic at brainstorming, so employers would be wise to utilize you in areas that call for process-improvements and generating ideas and solutions. You also have a vivid imagination, so you think BIG.
Unfortunately, though, you are not so keen on the “grunt work” that comes with actually getting your BIG ideas to work. Your best quality…? Well, it is your ability to challenge others to think outside-of-the-box, and to combine understanding, empathy, consideration, and compromise, alongside logic, reason, and progress. Your weakness…? Well, you do tend to worry too much, and/or become distant, overly emotional, and narrow-minded, when stressed.
What does the abbreviation ENTP mean?
E - Extroversion N - Intuition T - Thinking P - Perception
How common is this personality type?
ENTP personalities only make up approximately 3% of the general population, which is perfect. Why? Well, because it gives you a chance to develop unique ideas and solutions, and then take a step back to allow more anal, detail-oriented personalities to take control of the actual logistics (i.e. implementation, execution, and maintenance).
Do people with ENTP personalities do well at work?
ENTP personality types tend to be straightforward when it comes to their expectations of themselves, and their expectations of others in the workplace. These expectations can sometimes be impossibly high and hard to meet. In fact, these individuals have been known to expect their employees and co-workers to offer new and creative solutions to workplace problems. They also expect their ideas and suggestions to be heard, and applied by others. In addition, they welcome debates amongst peers, and will gladly accept constructive criticism – just as long as it pertains to performance issues. Let’s be honest – ENTPs love to debate, which can be an asset when examining an old problem, or looking for ways to improve workplace processes, however, it can also be a detriment, when challenging or questioning their bosses during meetings, or picking apart policies that they do not agree with.
Truthfully, people with this personality type hate-hate-hate routine tasks. In fact, repetitive tasks make their skin crawl. Seriously, they have nightmares about stuff like that. So…managers should assign problem-solving roles and challenging tasks to these crafty individuals. They also like diversity, so monotonous tasks cause them to lose interest, which then causes them to get bored – and quit. Oh, and NEVER, and I mean NEVER agree to something, only to complain about it later. Why? Well, because that is an ENTP’s biggest pet peeve. In his or her mind, people should “hash it out,” until there is a real resolution or compromise. These individuals can’t stand people, who are too afraid to “rock the boat.”
In actuality, ENTPs strive for honest, real, direct interactions, which, sometimes causes them to come across as insensitive and condescending. They also value objective assessments of ideas, suggestions, and solutions. In other words, they want to know how others really feel and think. And, although, ENTPs can appear stiff, arrogant, and formal to others, they also know how to relax and have a little fun – even if it is through wordplay. And, contrary to popular belief, these individuals tend to make friends fairly easily. How? Well, people that “get them” actually find them outgoing and humorous.
Do people with ENTP personalities have good relationships?
People with the ENTP personality believe that growth is the key to happiness and success at work and in relationships. In fact, even before a person with this personality type has even found a partner, he or she has already imagined all the new experiences he or she and his or her new partner will share together – all the things they will do and see, and how they will grow old together. The goal of romantic relationships is to grow together. Truth-be-told, if an ENTP’s partner does not “measure up” in the growth area, the ENTP is quick to move on. And, to defend the partner, ENTPs are known for high expectations, which can be overwhelming to a romantic partner, who does not have this personality.
But, when an ENTP is able to find someone, who shares his or her love of mental and emotional exploration, watch out because this relationship is boundless. If you are thinking of entering into a relationship with someone with an ENTP personality, beware because they have a habit of pushing limits to see how you will react. Why would they do this? Well, to open your mind, and encourage spontaneity and objectivity - they are the devil’s advocate, after all. The good news is that dating a person with this personality is not without excitement…and fun.
When an ENTP is in love, they are enthusiastic and creative, which most partners love! He or she looks for ways to surprise and spoil the one he or she loves. This person uses his or her creativity to draw his or her loved one towards him or her. In addition, ENTPs are loyal and supportive, however, they are also honest and direct, and expect their partners to be on a never-ending quest for self-improvement, and enlightenment. It is important to note that ENTPs will not hold their tongue, if they feel that you are weak in some area, rather, they will point out this weakness, in an effort to help you “improve.”
But, unfortunately, this can cause their partners to feel incompetent, unworthy, and/or deficient, which then causes serious problems in the relationship. ENTPs have to be cautious not to alienate partners and friends with their vigorous debates and insatiable need to be “right” and win debates. Not everyone relishes at the chance to debate others, and for those, who don’t, this personality type can be frustrating. When it comes to raising children, ENTPs tend to shun rules and regulations, so as a recourse they often allow their children to explore on their own, without restrictions and limitations.
They encourage independence and advocate freedom of expression. And, as a result, ENTP parents typically provide an unorthodox home environment for their children that centers on excitement, joy, happiness, autonomy, and independent thinking. Furthermore, ENTP parents encourage their children to not only have a “voice” and to debate things that they think are unjust or simply wrong, but also offer creative solutions to problems or issues.
What types of jobs are best suited for those with ENTP personalities?
ENTPs are most successful in careers that promote their natural curiosities and abilities. Employers should utilize the never-ending ideas that flow from the minds of ENTPs. They should also utilize the spontaneity of those with this personality type. ENTPs value rational/logical thoughts, knowledge, deep insight, and creativity, which makes them awesome lawyers, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, scientists, and system analysts. They also excel as sales representatives and entrepreneurs.
Do any famous people have an ENTP personality?
Yes! Listed below are respected ENTP personalities: