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The ENTP: Strengths

See how the ENTP's personality dimensions combine to yield several remarkable patterns

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ENTPs tend to have distinct patterns on the Big Five personality traits, and these patterns lead to a few common strengths among ENTPs.

Engaged and emotionally resilient

ENTPs are usually higher in extraversion and lower in neuroticism. Because these two dimensions are closely related to our emotional tendencies, this combination may explain ENTPs’ tendency to be highly active, alert, and engaged (high extraversion) while staying calm and collected (low neuroticism).

ENTPs are often higher on Big Five Extraversion but lowers on Big Five Neuroticism
ENTPs are often higher on Big Five Extraversion but lowers on Big Five Neuroticism

This combination can also be protective against several types of negative thinking, like rumination, doubt, self-consciousness, which can lead to more pronounced anxiety and depression. ENTPs’ blend of extraversion and neuroticism may shield them from the more debilitating effects of these negative emotions, and ENTPs will generally have an easier time shaking off negative moods and returning to baseline.

Opinionated and assertive

Most ENTPs are extraverted and somewhat disagreeable, a blend that creates a dominating, forceful, and often combative interpersonal style. ENTPs will generally have an easy time engaging in a social situation, and they will be fairly comfortable being the center of attention.

ENTPs are usually higher on Big Five Extraversion and lower on Big Five Agreeableness
ENTPs are usually higher on Big Five Extraversion and lower on Big Five Agreeableness

While ENTPs’ higher extraversion leads them to be highly expressive, talkative, and enthusiastic in social situations, their lower agreeableness can surface when they dominate a conversation or make comments that may seem insensitive or aggressive to some.

Thick skin and an open mind

While ENTPs can seem argumentative and highly disagreeable, these qualities can have a surprisingly positive effect on the ENTP’s approach to relationships. ENTPs are typically less concerned with how others see them, which also prevents them from being overly preoccupied with relationships. Whereas most people will be hesitant to break off relationships, even unhealthy and negative ones, ENTPs have an easier time disengaging and moving on.

ENTPs tend to have a healthy, positive view of themselves, stable self-esteem, and a calm and collected emotional style. They are much less likely to base their own self-worth based on others’ perceptions or on their relationships with other people. As a result, they can be courageous and fearless in their relationships, uninhibited and unafraid of being hurt. This self-confidence, combined with their openness to experience, enables ENTPs to happily take risks when seeking out and creating new relationships.

Individual strengths

Understanding an individual’s unique strengths requires more than just knowing a personality type or Big Five personality traits. Even among ENTPs, every person has their own set of strengths that they use when they are at their best.

One easy way to learn about your own strengths is with the Strengths profile in TraitLab Plus.

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