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30 Struggles All ENTP Personalities Face

Updated on September 22, 2016
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Andrea loves to write on the zodiac, Myers Briggs, and texting. She is an expert on romance and relationships. She also has two cats.

The ENTP personality in Myers Briggs is a social, argumentative, charming creature. For the unaware, it may seem like they have it all together with the perfect set of friends. The extroverted-intuitive-thinking-perceiver does come with its fair share of problems, mostly at the shaft of its gifts. Their dominant function is extroverted intuition followed by introverted thinking, extroverted feeling, and introverted sensing. The ENTP is similar to the ENFP, except the ENTP acts more like a lawyer and the ENFP a hippie. The ENTP is one of the most social creatures, its identity practically built around the scene of a social group.

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Why It's Hard to Be an ENTP

1. The ENTP is enthusiastic, upbeat, and popular. But there are so many people that they feel the need to see that sometimes it can be frustrating that they can't know all of them super well.

2. There are so many exciting things in an ENTP's mind, but often it doesn't go anywhere. They need other personalities to help them get their big visions done.

3. Their love of debate may cause them to provoke arguments. Sometimes they get stuck in the mode of having to present arguments and doesn't know how to use other rhetorical skills.

4. They love high risks and spending money—which can lead to financial strain.

5. Although they take their commitments seriously, they tend to abandon relationships which no longer offer opportunity for growth.

6. The constant excitement for new things causes them to forget some of their older friends, habits, and tasks.

7. The ENTP dislikes routine and detail-oriented tasks. This equates to nap time or trying to find others to chat with to pass time.

8. People easily confuse their natural charm in social situations for flirting.

9. Dislike confining schedules and environments. They need room for things to be interchangeable. Rigid structure is snoozeville.

10. The ENTP excels at intuition, thinking, and feeling. Their sensory can be forgotten leading to huge messes, unawareness of being sick, and lack of maintenance.

11. They will resist being controlled by people making them sometimes pick unnecessary rebellious choices.

12. The ENTP is a natural leader, but sometimes gets hung up on whether they're controlling people. This is where the NJ personalities can help take over in a situation when people are unable to make a choice and they need to immediately.

13. If the ENTP is not careful to develop their tertiary extroverted feeling, they will become too aggressive and argumentative. A well-developed ENTP will employ empathy.

14. They are less interested in developing plans of actions or making decisions than they are in generating possibilities and ideas.

15. They often play the devil's advocate. They like to see an issue from all sides, angles, and dimensions. When they express their underlying principles, they may feel awkward and speak abruptly and intensely.

16. Under stress, they may lose their ability to generate possibilities and become obsessed with minor details. These details may seem to be extremely important to them, but in reality are usually not important to the big picture.

17. Shriveled-up soul syndrome. ENTPs need people. If they are left alone for too long, they tend to despair. "Who will spar with me in an argument?" There's no greater emptiness than a lonely ENTP.

18. ENTPs love people. They constantly want to meet people. Except in the back of their mind—wow this person is literally the dumbest I've ever met. I still want to charm you... but wow you're dumb.

19. They can get windswept by people talking too much about details while simultaneously energized by the number of people in the room. This leaves them feeling imbalanced.

20. ENTPs lose their minds over a person who is attractive both physically and mentally. After meeting so many people that are only walking shells, it's devastating to meet someone with both sides. They will want to charm them, but if they've only been entertaining fools, they'll feel the new person they've met is out of their league. "I want to conquest through multitude of intellectual quests with you, but I also am mystified by how you work."

21. ENTP is one of the top 3 personalities to get lost in a series of drinking games. They are social alcoholics for sure. The more people egg them on to drink, the more defenseless they are to drinking. They want to appease the people in the room as well as their ego.

22. Speaking of ego—the ENTP has a massive one. Think Jeff from Community, except he leans more toward an ENTJ. It constantly needs validation, conquests, and will fish for any compliment it can get. Date an ENTP and you'll need to encourage them every dot, so if you suck at compliments—just leave them alone when it comes to romance.

23. They so badly want to get people involved that sometimes they don't see how bad combinations of people could arise. They may also try to cram too many people into one space, table, etc. than is possible for people to have discernible conversations.

24. They will collect people around them that are cool, often neglecting those that may be less fortunate.

25. ENTPs may have a hard time moving on in life if they're really stuck to a certain group of people. They can leave. Their Ti will help them move if they need to for a job. But they may go through hefty depression. Or a complete, frightening identity crisis.

26. They like to keep things cool, running, and smooth, so much so that it can be difficult to express actual, negative personal emotions. They can hide in arguments and swag.

27. The ENTP can be manipulated easily by cute things that tenderize its heart. There's not a lot of soft, sweet, NF people in the world—and sometimes they can throw the ENTP for a curveball. Not only that, but the NF crowd is extremely attractive to the ENTP, particularly the INFJ which is one of its most compatible mates. Those bastard INFJ.

28. They rejoice in being a skeptic, atheist, and the like on the outside. Internally, they have lots of existential crises about information they're not sure how to deal with or access properly. Damn it, they have to turn to INFJ again.

29. They can bury the real answer, distract people from what they really want to focus on, and in turn completely forget the real point themselves.

30. The phrase "I'm an exceptional narcissist" is befitting most ENTP.

31. The ENTP using "I'm an asshole" as a scapegoat. Generally speaking, the ENTP has an outer shell that keeps their inner humanitarian self protected. Again, this is why the INFJ is hot to them. It carries the ENTP's inner self on the exterior. God, that sounds really gross. ENTP is a softie in disguise. But you better not tell anyone. Ever.

32. Those they choose as their ultimate best friends are so deeply loved by them that if anything ever happens to them, like death, they will feel it so strongly and severely that they'll go into the deepest, darkest depression reality has to offer. ENTPs do not like to lose people. They're a protector of people.

33. The ENTP is the worst about wanting to argue any point to victory, even if it isn't logically accurate, sound, or meaningful. If they can prove that Winnie the Pooh is the greatest president we have ever had, they'll do it. And at least some (if not all) will believe it.

34. ENTPs are going to feel real uncomfortable with certain commitments. "You want me to learn how to dance? You want me to join this dweebish club for you? You want me to—but that's uncool... at least currently." They will make these commitments as a sacrifice to be a good friend. ENTPs have a strong need to be cool. This is slightly different than their cousin ENFP—who would think something along the lines of, "You mean I can roll around in the mud and be a hippy? AWESOME! Just let me get my clothes off."

35. I don't know, maybe Winger is an ENTP, just with some outfit savvy J tendencies.

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      Rex 3 weeks ago

      Well, i'm a "developed" ENTP with the empathies and guess what... it's actually worse.

      Just a stage they'll say, you've come so far they'll say.

      Make some self defeating quip back as to how i've failed because I've failed to count my successes, but hey, counting successes isnt what drives people, wanting more is, but that is unhealthy and I know it, should do what love, well self talk genius, what does one do when one loves humanity, but is a neurotic problem solver and can make it all go away, but can't be empaathy aint what the world needs, it's a kick in the fing teeth, in the toughests nicest loving way.

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      Andrea Lawrence 2 months ago from Chicago

      Tough to say. They could be interested, but have other priorities or are not putting the same kind of meaning to things you are.

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      Scary 2 months ago

      Well, that really sums me up except, I don't have too many friends (at the moment) and I am well aware I use instant friends at recurring venues but I do develop and plan as much as I have ideas and social distractions.

      an idea that is a primary driving force will lend it self to other synergistic ideas that funnel into a highly productive mode.

      Like a Chef, making a banquet all is confusing to the untrained eye. there seems to be a tendency in Briggs and online to paint ENTP to be distracted to the point of unproductive - we need that, I have 56 screens open on my computer and they are all related in some way to what I am doing...including this! and they will ALL get done you INFJ (i got you) - you not as good looking as you think you are or maybe you are an ENTP that been abused by an INTJ - which one is it (now I am really being an ENTP here lol)? ha and what up with you being a woman and having a male picture? It's interesting to know...and by the way you got me 93% except for more interested in ideas than making plans thing... :)

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      Artin 2 months ago

      About 24, I collect unfortunates but they usually feel alienated. They leave most of the time, signalling me that they are not interested in what I am offering.

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      Andrea Lawrence 3 months ago from Chicago

      70% is fairly high.... wish I could go higher.

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      Macoy 3 months ago

      WTF! Describes me well atleast 70%. - ENTP

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      JR 6 months ago

      I do go nuts for INFJs...

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      Derek T ENTP-T 8 months ago

      Yep I can identify with 99% of this. I had to teach myself empathy because I didn't have it as a child... lmao

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      Andrea Lawrence 17 months ago from Chicago

      @dwelf

      Thank you for the comment. I enjoy the length of it. I hope I can clarify some points... or add some fodder to it.

      ENTP are known for being naturals at debating, breaking down ideas, and refreshing those ideas. That's what makes them lean toward careers as lawyers... and you're definitely using many of those strengths in your comment, which is appreciated.

      ENTP's love for being cool, isn't like the coolness of someone in a leather jacket sailing off on a motorcycle into the sunset (that's more like an ISTP). They have a keen amount of knowledge in what is socially acceptable and how to navigate those waters that other personalities... simply don't have (like an ISFP, who tends to have a much smaller homebase of people, but a large amount of artistic inquiries.) I keep a tab on my ENTP folk because they know where the parties are and the know all when it comes to people in a community, even if they are not admitting or aware of this themselves. They are not only stimulated by people. With a preference for NT they also really like longer theoretical ideas and more sweeping interests. But unlike an INTP who is super dedicated to ideas and very interpersonal, ENTP is more socially a chameleon. This is partly why they make for strong lawyers -- they have social awareness + intelligent, questioning minds. Two cards that many types wish they had with ease, or even the possibility of developing.

      These hubs do tend to play off stereotypes. I try to write them in a way that people can absorb the personality quickly, almost like a cheat sheet.

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      dwelf 17 months ago

      First part is fairly good to spot on, from then it gets a bit stereotypical, some of the things are plain wrong ---

      21. The ENTP is one of the top 3 personalities to get lost in a series of drinking games. The ENTP is a social alcoholic for sure. The more people egg the ENTP on to drink, the more defenseless they are to drinking. They want to appease the people in the room as well as their ego.

      24. The ENTP will collect people around them that are cool, often neglecting those that may be less fortunate.

      I have never met an ntp that even thinks remotely like this, online or offline.Drink because you want, but societal pressure, nah.Yes we want to please, but don't forget Fe is only our third function.It's still subservient to Ne and Ti.Speaking of Ne, I noticed that a lot of your points are people centric, which doesn't necessarily need to be true. Ne is focused on the outside , but people are only one of the things that stimulate us, most of the time not even a really important one.A human is only as interesting as the ideas and information it can provide, except of course when in the meantime a meaningful relationship or friendship has developed.

      This on the other hand is quite right ---

      31. The ENTP using "I'm an asshole" as a scapegoat. Generally speaking, the ENTP has an outer shell that keeps their inner humanitarian self protected. Again, this is why the INFJ is hot to them. It carries the ENTP's inner self on the exterior. God, that sounds really gross. ENTP is a softie in disguise. But you better not tell anyone. Ever.

      32. Those the ENTP choses as it's ultimate best friends are so deeply loved by the ENTP that if anything ever happens to them, like death, the ENTP will feel it so strongly and severely that they'll go into the deepest, darkest depression reality has to offer. The ENTP does not like to lose people. They're a protector of people.

      this completely not for example ---

      34. The ENTP is going to feel real uncomfortable with certain commitments. "You want me to learn how to dance? You want me to join this dweebish club for you? You want me to -- but that's uncool... at least currently." The ENTP will make these commitments as a sacrifice of himself to be a good friend. The ENTP has a strong need to be cool. This is slightly different than their cousin ENFP -- who would think something along the lines of, "You mean I can roll around in the mud and be a hippy? AWESOME! Just let me get my clothes off."

      I don't know where your infatuation for the idea that entp's desire to be cool above all.Cool is super subjective, and only relevant in the eye of the beholder.We want to be knowledgeable, smart, quirky, funny, a good friend,.. but conventional cool is not really an Ne thing I've noticed.

      The last one I promise since I need to go to work :D

      33. The ENTP is the worst about wanting to argue any point to victory, even if it isn't logically accurate, sound, or meaningful. If they can prove that Winnie the Pooh is the greatest president we have ever had, they'll do it. And at least some (if not all) will believe it.

      Nah, not really.I mean sure we like debating and winning debates, who doesn't.But the debate more often than not revolves around learning stuff, looking at a subject from all angles, shedding light on every possible surface so our restless Ne feels as if it has gathered enough data points to let Ti safely draw a conclusion.If we don't do that, chances are big we will never or rarely feel certain about a statement or decision we make.

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      Elric 17 months ago

      An ENTP loses their minds over a person who is both attractive physically and mentally. After meeting so many people that are only walking shells, it's devastating to meet someone with both sides. The ENTP will want to charm them, but if they've only been entertaining fools, they'll feel the new person they've met is out of their league. "I want to conquest through multitude of intellectual quests with you, but I also am mystified by how you work." ... Well xD

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      Andrea Lawrence 19 months ago from Chicago

      @Alvin Goerge

      Thanks! Glad to hear that.

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      Alvin Goerge 19 months ago

      This is amazing ! -ENTP

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      Andrea Lawrence 20 months ago from Chicago

      @Cammy

      Thank you for your response!

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      Cammy 20 months ago

      Wow... I'm not some of the things ENTPs have but I can say 61 percent is true of me. I have a deep feeling to be cool. An ever inflated ego that I tend and brush promising it a brighter tomorrow of eventful whimsical moments. I don't believe in that which I come across but have a desire to completely or, at least a little, alter it for the better. I believe in my friends trusting the possibilities of them being ultra-dependable as smart, shrewed men of novel standing just as I would see myself. People talk of the world and think of it to be an incomprehensively huge, indelible structure. I have disdain for this believe. Crazily I feel like I can reach the next country by my mere are though rationale will laugh in my head and echoe, "Foolish perceiver. Foolish perceiver. Who do you think you are- God? A part of me suddenly will feel the urge to answer this, in my view, misled question. The probable and I would say sensible- even with hotly on stand-by warrantable details- answer is 'yes'. From which I will not revert away