ENTPs are one of the most creative personality types when it comes to innovation or ideas. People often refer to ENTPs as the “inventors” or “debaters,” and for good reason: they love to debate and innovate. Being NT types, they have a thirst for knowledge, and they can become excited over ideas and possibilities.
Interestingly, ENTPs are one of the most introverted of the extroverted types. They are the fraternal twins of INTJs because both types share the same functional stack order, but with different functional attitudes. INTJs have Ni-Te-Fi-Se, whereas ENTPs have Ne-Ti-Fe-Si.
What I admire most about ENTPs is their innate genius in seeing ideas and possibilities. I’ve always admired people who can invent things or come up with unique solutions, and this trait seems to be in the ENTP’s blood. Some of the most renowned inventors or innovators of all time were ENTPs, such as Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, or Walt Disney.
ENTP Dark Side (Negative Traits and Weaknesses)
We all have a dark side, and I’ve been making videos on the dark side traits of various personality types. So, what are the dark side traits of the ENTP? I’m glad you asked…
ENTP Struggles with Extroverted Intuition (Ne)
The upside of having Extroverted Intuition (Ne) as a dominant function is that ENTPs are great at seeing the possibilities of things in their outer world. The downside, however, is that they can become distracted by all of those possibilities.
One of the problems that ENTPs face is that they can become bored with projects very quickly. They can become so infatuated with a new idea or project that they’ll lose interest in the current one—before actually completing it. This can hamper their career success, and they can struggle with feelings of inadequacy.
They also struggle in many “traditional” jobs due to their intense dislike of being “boxed in.” ENTPs are not worker bee types—they are creative types who must explore their ideas.
Their Ne also causes them to have a somewhat scattered approach to things. They can lose focus in conversations, bounce from idea to idea, and often give people the impression of having ADHD.
Although ENTPs enjoy debating or discussing ideas, they can come off as annoying to people who merely want to state their opinion, not debate it endlessly. Like all NT types, ENTPs can become abrasive or offensive while debating ideas. Bill Maher, a talk show host believed by many to be an ENTP, is an example of an annoying ENTP who debates people in a rude way.
Furthermore, ENTPs in the dark side can fall for crazy conspiracy theories, accepting them as the gospel truth while shutting out their inner voice of reason.
ENTP School Struggles
ENTPs often struggle in school. Teachers can label them as having ADHD, and ENTPs often dislike the “structured” and “boring” nature of school, which often prevents them from exploring ideas that they find exciting.
According to one study, ENTPs had the second lowest GPA of all sixteen personality types (Dirienzo, Das, Synn, Kitts, & McGrath, 2010). ESTPs had the lowest GPA of all.
I know of one ENTP boy who really struggled in school. His teacher told him that he had “addled brains” and would never be able to learn. Crushed, that ENTP boy ran home crying to his mother.
Upon hearing of the incident, his mother was furious, and she decided to homeschool her son from then on. The ENTP boy thrived in this new environment. His mother taught him basic lessons, but she also allowed him to pursue his own interests.
Eventually, that ENTP boy became a successful man, holding over 2,000 patents by the time of his death. His name was Thomas Edison.
If you’re an ENTP struggling in school, hang in there. Your type of genius isn’t always recognized or encouraged in a structured academic setting. Nevertheless, you have huge potential to offer the world.
More ENTPs Weird or Dark Traits
- ENTPs in the dark side can operate as skilled manipulators. They can read people well, and they know exactly how to con people into doing things.
- ENTPs in the dark side are the worst internet trolls. In fact, I looked up trolling in the dictionary, and it had no definition—just the four little letters: ENTP. No one trolls better than an ENTP in the dark side! They even brag about how good they are at trolling online.
- ENTPs can be very stubborn. They despise it when people tell them what to do, and they dislike “preachy” people. One ENTP female YouTuber (AnnaMolly) was talking about this in one of her videos.
- ENTPs can struggle with making commitments and can become bored with friendships or dating partners. They can bounce from relationship to relationship or job to job before settling down.
- ENTPs can become a bit narcissistic or self-absorbed in their pursuit of projects or ideas, becoming so focused on juggling different tasks that they forget about loved ones or friends.
ENTP Under Stress
Under extreme stress, ENTPs can revert to using their inferior function, Introverted Sensing (Si). While “in the grip” of Si, ENTPs will act more like their shadow type, the ISFJ.
Under stress, ENTPs will become fixated on some trivial matter, and it will consume them. They will have trouble doing anything else. If they come under stress while operating a business, for example, they’ll worry about some tax issue, or one minor issue with a new product launch. In school, they can get stuck on some assignment. They will live “in the moment” and shut down.
They will begin to relate everything to prior experiences, relive past memories, and attempt to solve problems by implementing things that worked in the past, rather than generating new ideas with their Ne.
Conclusion of the ENTP Dark Side
ENTPs have many great traits, but like any type, can have their own struggles and weaknesses. What dark side struggles have you faced as an ENTP? Have any non-ENTPs observed dark traits in your ENTP loved ones? Please leave a comment with the details.