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ENTP Strengths and Weaknesses

The strengths and weaknesses of the ENTP personality type

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Being aware of your natural strengths and weaknesses allows you to fortify your strengths and improve upon your shortcomings. ENTPs are skilled communicators, debaters, and decision-makers. Most ENTPs can enhance the management of their own emotions, how their words influence the feelings of others, and knowing when they're coming off as combative.

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Your strengths and weaknesses may become more apparent when you interact with other personality types, as the differences are contrasted.

ENTP Strengths

Natural strengths of an ENTP

E Pluribus Unum

“Out of many, one.” The ENTP has the innate ability to draw data from several sources and amalgamate them into a cohesive theory that usually explains the "why" behind an action.



Debate skills, finding points and counterpoints, and enjoying conversation all employ the ENTP to be quick-witted. They usually have a sharp sense of humor and a firm grasp of wordplay



The practice of debate makes most ENTPs adaptable in unexpected circumstances. From their experience creating and countering arguments, they are quick to find solutions that others may miss.



In the famous poem by Robert Frost, "I shall be telling this with a sigh, Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by," it embodies the direction of the ENTP. Rarely satisfied with the tried-and-true path, they will be inclined to make their own way.

ENTP weaknesses

Natural areas where ENTPs could develop themselves


While the ENTP isn't emotionally charged when they get into a heated debate, often their conversational partner can negatively misinterpret their enthusiasm.


Emotionally Distant

ENTPs make decisions based on a logical understanding of causal events. Because they are so quick to disregard their own emotions in decision-making, they can be seen as emotionally distant.



Although this is often a benefit, sometimes rules are better followed, and worn paths are such because they are already known to be the most effective. An ENTP may insist upon taking a non-traditional approach, even when the traditional system is the best option because ENTPs prefer to choose their own path.



ENTPs like to extrapolate the big vision from the information they take in but instead leave the details to someone else. This penchant for dreaming big can leave them unfocused on some of the more practical matters of their life.

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Improving on oneself is not always easy, but everyone is capable of this over time. The ENTP can .


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Ellie Simmonds, MSc

University of Bath, Psychology

Ellie Simmonds, MSc in Psychology from University of Bath. Ellie is an associate lecturer on psychometric assessments and has extensive knowledge of the 16-type model.