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In this episode, Joel and Antonia dive deep into the needs and desires of the ENTP personality type.

In this podcast on the ENTP personality type you’ll find:

  • ENTP – Exploration/Accuracy in Genius System
  • Car Model
  • The driver process for ENTPs is Extraverted Intuition, which we have nicknamed “Exploration.”
  • Learning process. Perceiving process.
  • Finding connections between disparate things in the outside world. Pushing buttons and looking for patterns in the outside world.
  • This is the ENTPs flow state. Novelty becomes very important to them.
  • It is about exploring. Imagine there is six foot tall grass and you are there to blaze a trail with your machete. That is Exploration.
  • The mundane can get very boring quickly.
  • They are good at reinventing the wheel. Trying new things and creating new patterns to optimize things for the better.
  • Very optimistic process.
  • ENTPs complain of getting bored easily.
  • To get a return on investment ENTPs need to follow something through to the end. Many ENTPs stop when a project is 80% finished. This makes it possible for other people to finish their work and get the kudos.
  • They need to create systems that acknowledge this weakness.
  • ENTPs are excited about new situations and will often outperform those around them because they are so engrossed in what they are doing. Then they master it and get bored. Going from rising star to D player within six months.
  • How do ENTPs stick with something after they have stopped making love to it?
  • 2 styles of boredom:
  • Sitting around doing nothing boredom where you can make up a game in your mind; or
  • Repetitive, manual tasks that require enough mental real estate that prevents you from daydreaming. (This is the worst!)
  • Focus on autonomy, mastery and purpose.
  • Daniel Pink Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us: People aren’t motivated by carrots and sticks like in the past. Now they are motivated by autonomy, mastery, and purpose.
  • The co-pilot is an introverted decision making process called Introverted Thinking, which we have nicknamed “Accuracy” (Ti).
  • Accuracy asks, What makes sense?
  • Any situation where an ENTP feels disempowered to leave their mark or optimize something is going to be very frustrating.
  • Most ENTPs are entrepreneurs.
  • If an ENTP thinks they have run out of options they are probably depressed. They need to keep looking for opportunities.
  • Ti is high leverage for ENTPs.
  • Radical Honesty: How to Transform Your Life by Telling the Truth by Brad Blanton
  • Show up to the world being radically honest with the people in your life.
  • It is so easy to get in the habit of looking for approval from other people.
  • The 10-year-old process is Extraverted Feeling, which we have nicknamed “Harmony.”
  • Harmony is all about making connections with other people.
  • ENTP Survey mentioned that ENTPs struggle with connection.
  • ENTPs can become people pleasers if they don’t have enough connectivity in their lives.
  • They try to find the most acceptable way of going about things in order to maintain whatever connections they do have.
  • Radical honesty forces them out of thinking in terms of social acceptance and instead focus on what makes analytical sense to them.
  • When an ENTP starts working on radical honesty “it begins at home.” Their inner wisdom will blast them out of relationships or paradigms that aren’t resonating with them authentically.
  • They will have quality relationships rather than quantity because their authentic connections will be deeper.
  • Focus on quality connections over quantity!
  • ENTPs really do care about other people’s feelings. If they receive negative feedback from others when they have only been implementing true radical honesty they can make peace with the fact that others won’t always honor the profound truths the ENTP brings.
  • The difference between skill and talent. Discipline copilot. Work on making it a beneficial part of your life.
  • Formal logic is a great tool for Ti users. It develops the ability to focus. The better they get at focus, the better they get at understanding concepts on a surgical level.
  • ENTPs can see clean slice the difference between 2 disparate concepts another may have conflated. They understand how those two things are actually separated. They bring a surgical component to thoughts, ideas and concepts.
  • These can also be limiting beliefs that prevent us from getting to where we want to go.
  • This helps them get clearer on their purpose and goals and to stop gumming up thoughts with superfluous info.
  • So much undiscovered territory is in the copilot. Who you are and what we want to bring to the world can be found in disciplining that copilot.
  • We are serially monogamous with our passions. We don’t have to focus on the same things till death. We can move on when we are ready to move on.
  • In the survey, ENTPs complain of lack of focus. If you have a 100 choices and you can’t choose one you will choose zero. Choosing one thing is better than choosing nothing at all.
  • ENTPs fear getting trapped on a single rail. The real trap is not allowing yourself any focus and choosing nothing.
  • ENTPs don’t fear discomfort nearly as much as some of the other types. They do fear looking incompetent.
  • Modesty is understanding your limitations. Or recognizing when you don’t have a limitation. If you learn to accept compliments for things you do well, you will feel less compunction in trying new things and looking less capable. When we are falsely modest and don’t accept compliments we feel a greater need to ensure we never appear incompetent. But if we acknowledge our abilities when we do well, we can more easily acknowledge when we don’t do so well.
  • With ENTPs if they are really struggling with putting themselves in a student role it is probably because they haven’t allowed themselves to acknowledge their competence level in other things.
  • Female ENTPs see societal expectations and imprint on themselves things that are usually inaccurate. Ti questions self and asks what evidence they have that something is accurate.
  • Ti can be an ENTPs salvation
  • The 3-year-old process is Introverted Sensing, which we have nicknamed “Memory.”.
  • It can inspire you as an aspiration to want to change the infrastructural world. It is rare for an ENTP to not want to play a bigger game by disrupting the status quo.
  • Figure out what you want to be doing and bring your best self forward so you can be the most disruptive as possible.

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  • Steven
    • Steven
    • July 3, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    I always look at myself as a ‘nice & friendly’ ENTP (some stereotypes overstereotype the ‘harsh debator’), Ti & Fe struggle when interacting with people is very real for me, when i’m working with myself i love it because i can’t hurt no one, but in group works that consciousness can kill me.. or i follow the group (not being super happy), or i’m honest and i’m not super happy cause no one likes me (or at least it can seem that way) , it really hurts me when i’m being super nice and open, talking in an honest manner and people think i’m critizing them in a negative way. (so much that i actually ended up being esoteric in my own interesting starting to hate ‘people’ while i actually want to like them and i ended up wanting to see myself as an INTJ dead stare, one-person-vision-person, who doesn’t need anyone stereotype) I really want to be honest with anyone but (almost) no one seems to be able to do it as honestly as i really want to.

  • Antonia Dodge
    • Antonia Dodge
    • December 12, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    That would be catering to visual learners (in the auditory/visual/kinesthetic learning styles), which isn’t specific to ENTPs. For example, I’m an ENTP and an auditory digital learner which makes podcasts one of my preferred mediums.

    There are a lot of things that make us show up the way we do beyond our Myers-Briggs type. It’s easy to conflate all these models together (since we all overvalue our own experience), but fillet them out is how we get to the heart of our individuality.


  • Blass Ingame
    • Blass Ingame
    • December 12, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Pro-tip: If you have a podcast for ENTPs… Give us some pictures to look at while we listen, at least.

  • Ilke
    • Ilke
    • July 7, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    I too had an incredible moment of self-acceptance when Antonia covered the difficulties ENTP’S face trying to forge new relationships. I, as a female ENTP, have long deliberated over why it is that I struggle forging friendships with other women. Popular culture would have us believe all women run in packs, gaggles of girlfriends who manage to sustain multiple friendships, in an interconnected web of brunches and IM’s. I have always been the outsider and it has become cause for embarrassment. I ,generally, make a good first impression. I make them laugh, ask questions. I ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ in the right places, but I simply cannot maintain the facade. When observing said groups of girlfriends, I’ve often been struck by the pleasantry.

    Thank you for making me understand that what I yearn for is a deeper connection. I have a handful of people that I truly consider friends. And having only a handful is okay.

  • julie
    • julie
    • February 15, 2016 at 12:27 am

    I love reading about ENTPs. As a INFJ, I want to read more about the interplay between these two personalities. I am interacting with possibly my first real life ENTP and it is the most intense interaction I have EVER had with another human being. Period. I have had it explained to me that our functions somehow complement each other in some weird way and that leads to some pretty freaky stuff from my “perspective” (ha! ha! pun intended). Would really appreciate some more insight into this, particularly from the ENTP point of view. BTW your website is the BOMB! The INFJ podcast made me cry and rejoice simultaneously that people do “get” me. Thank you!

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