30 Struggles All ENTP Personalities Face
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.
The main reason we love the ENTP
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.