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ENTP Personality Type – The “Originator”

Extraverted (E), Intuitive (N), Thinking (T) and Perceiving (P)

The ENTP personality type is nicknamed the "Originator" and belongs to the NT Intellectual temperament. ENTPs are innovative, flexible and see endless possibilities. They are very enthusiastic about the ideas they generate. They are inventive, intellectually quick and skilled at what they do. They thrive at finding crafty solutions to technical problems. They are gifted at coming up with new and efficient approaches.

ENTPs direct their energy outward. They are assertive, talkative and gregarious. They are expressive and enthusiastic. ENTPs are energized by interaction. Originators are Intuitive. They are deeply imaginative and inventive. Their thought process is abstract and theoretical. Originators are complex and future-focused. Originators are Thinkers that are objective and logical. They are impersonal, rational and thick-skinned. They make decisions with their head and are driven by logic. ENTPs are flexible and often carefree. They like to keep their options open. They are spontaneous and comfortable with change.

ENTPs define relationships in terms of creativity and problem solving. They enjoy the give and take of relationships and love to debate. Originators are helpful and supportive partners. Although they might have intense feelings inside they are often unable to communicate them. They love to share interests and ideas with those closest to them.

"The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything." — Theodore Roosevelt

Originators learn by getting involved. They often dislike lectures, routine and details. They go from one interest to another and need the freedom to explore all of them. They are interested in arguments, challenges and projects that can be used and marketed. They learn by arguing and challenging.

Describing an ENTP

ENTPs can often be described with these words. They commonly posess the following strengths and weaknesses.

Characteristic of an ENTP

  • Innovative
  • Perceptive
  • Future-focused
  • Curious
  • Logical
  • Imaginative
  • Crafty
  • Theoretical
  • Enthusiastic
  • Objective
  • Introspective
  • Impersonal
  • Inventive
  • Assertive
  • Flexible
  • Carefree
  • Gregarious
  • Intellectual
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Complex
  • Non-conforming
  • Fearless
  • Efficient
  • Exciting

Typical Strengths

  • Driven to self-improvement
  • Excellent communicator
  • Great at generating ideas
  • Charming, popular and enthusiastic
  • Laid back and flexible

Possible Weaknesses

  • Poor follow-up skills
  • Gets bored in relationships
  • Argumentative
  • Risk taker with money
ENTPs by Gender Pie Chart
  • ENTPs make up 4.5% of all 16 personality types. ENTPs are one of the least common personality types. Of the NT types, ENTPs are the most common.
  • 1 in every 16 males is an ENTP (6% of all males). 1 in every 33 females is an ENTP (3% of all females). Female ENTPs are one of the most rare type-gender combinations.
  • There are significantly more male ENTPs than there are female ENTPs, with males outnumbering females by 2 to 1. One reason there are more male ENTPs is that males tend to be Thinkers (T) while females are more often Feelers (F).

ENTP Preferences

The ENTP's Preferences are Extraversion, Intuition, Thinking and Perceiving. These determine the ENTP's Personality Type.

Extraverted (E)

Extraversion is characterized by a preference to focus on the world outside the self. ENTPs are energized by social gatherings, parties and group activities. Extraverts are usually enthusiastic, gregarious and animated. Their communication style is verbal and assertive. As Extraverts, ENTPs often need to talk. They enjoy the limelight.

Thinking (T)

Thinking prioritizes objectivity. As Thinkers, ENTPs make decisions based on facts. They are ruled by their head instead of their heart (but are not without emotion). ENTPs judge situations and others based on logic. They value truth over tact and can easily identify flaws. They are critical thinkers and oriented toward problem solving.

Intuitive (N)

People with Intuition live in the future. They are immersed in the world of possibilities. They process information through patterns and impressions. As Intuitives, ENTPs value inspiration and imagination. They gather knowledge by reading between the lines. Their abstract nature attracts them toward deep ideas, concepts and metaphors.

Perceiving (P)

Perceiving refers to a person's adaptability and flexibility. Originators are random thinkers who prefer to keep their options open. They thrive with the unexpected and are open to change. They are spontaneous and often juggle several projects at once. They enjoy starting a task better than finishing it. Originators play as they work.

ENTP Cognitive Functions

Every person engages the world through four Cognitive Functions. The ENTP's primary function is Extraverted Intuition and secondary is Introverted Thinking.

Extraverted Intuition (Primary)

ENTPs use this function most often. With Intuition (N), ENTPs process new information through impressions, possibilities and meanings. Extraverted Intuition allows them to see different paths or ways. When an ENTP receives information, they are able to see that there is more than one way to look at things.

Introverted Thinking (Secondary)

ENTPs use of this function is somewhat high. While Thinking (T), Originators make decisions based on logic and reason. The Introverted Thinking function enables them to categorize and analyze information that they receive. It is the ability to identify inconsistencies and know how things work as well the ability to solve problems.

Extraverted Feeling (Tertiary)

ENTPs use this function but to a lesser degree. When Feeling (F), ENTPs make decisions based on feelings. The Extraverted Feeling function allows ENTPs to tune their behavior to the needs of others. Is it the ability to relate and the desire to connect with others with warmth and consideration as well as draw others out and responds to expressed or unexpressed needs.

Introverted Sensing (Least)

ENTPs use this function least of the four. Through Sensing (S), ENTPs process data with their five senses. The Introverted Sensing function allows them to remember data in detail and to compare it with current information. It is the ability to link present experiences to past experiences in search for a connection.

ENTPs and Work

ENTPs appreciate the synergy created when people work together and share ideas and talents. They value fairness and consistency. They are great coaches who are driven to help others make their projects bigger, better and more impactful. They appreciate openness and value honesty in their colleagues. ENTPs are quintessential entrepreneurs.

ENTP Career Matches

People with the ENTP personality type may find satisfaction with the following careers which tend to match well with their Originator personality.

  • Engineer
  • Computer Analyst
  • Computer Programmer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Inventor
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer/Attorney
  • Marketer
  • Politician
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Consultant
  • Scientist
  • Systems Analyst
  • Writer
  • Photographer
  • Sales Agent
  • Comedian
  • Actor/Actress
  • Musician

Famous ENTPs

Here is a sampling of Famous People and Fictional Characters that may share the ENTP personality type.

  • Alexander the Great
    King, Military Commander
  • Sir Walter Raleigh
    Writer, Poet, Explorer
  • Walt Disney
    Filmmaker, Entrepreneur
  • Richard Feynman
  • Nikola Tesla
    Inventor, Physicist, Engineer
  • John Adams
    American President
  • James A. Garfield
    American President
  • Rutherford B. Hayes
    American President
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    American President
  • Thomas Edison
  • Julia Child
    Chef, Author, TV Personality
  • George Carlin
    Comedian, Actor, Author
  • John Candy
    Comedian, Actor
  • Weird Al Yankovic
    Musician (Satire/Parody)
  • Marilyn Vos Savant
    Author, Lecturer, Playwright
  • Alfred Hitchcock
    Filmmaker (The Birds)
  • Tom Hanks
  • David Spade
    Actor, Comedian
  • Celine Dion
  • Matthew Perry
    Actor (Friends)
  • Rodney Dangerfield
    Comedian, Actor
  • Lewis Carroll
    Author (Alice in Wonderland)
  • Mercutio
    Romeo and Juliet
  • Emmett "Doc" Brown
    Back to the Future
  • Q
    James Bond
  • Cosmo Kramer
  • Bugs Bunny
    Looney Tunes
  • Shirley Feeney
    Laverne & Shirley
  • Polly Prince
    Along Came Polly
  • Gilbert Blythe
    Anne of Green Gables
  • Ed
    Cowboy Bebop
  • Wile E. Coyote
    Road Runner (Looney Tunes)
  • Tom Sawyer
    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Q
    Star Trek: The Next Generation


ENTPs see life as a puzzle or a chess board where they need to make all the pieces fit together. They are deeply curious, inventive and enthusiastic. Their greatest contribution is their ability to pursue and succeed at any risk-taking venture.