The Four ENTP Subtypes


You don’t belong to a box. Being an ENTP shows you what your passion is and who you are at your best. But you can be whoever you want to be. Just be warned. Acting against your values and preferences can be positive in a temporary situation, but if you do it too much, it can have a toll on your health and your well being.

We want to show you the many different variations of ENTP subtypes that exist out there. What are the different ENTP subtypes, when are you at your best, and at your worst?

The four ENTP subtypes

ENTP Bill Gates

ENTP Bill Gates

ENTPs in flow

The DJ – ENTP

High energy, high passion, low stress, and low neuroticism

When an ENTP can be interpretative and analytical, they can briefly enter a state of flow. In this state, ENTPs are at their absolute best. Energetic, passionate, and motivated, they are detectives and codecrackers. They quickly learn and intercept changes in the room. They are pragmatic explorers, aware of all the new patterns around them, and able to study and draw information immediately from their environment.

The ENTPs are quick to master the various rules and systems at play in any given situation. ENTPs can offer quick feedback and solutions to problems and issues that occur. And they are constantly working hard to improve themselves and to constantly fine-tune their ideas and thoughts. As quick thinkers, they are witty, and always have a retort to everything you say.

But when you end up having to use your IS or FJ functions too much, this state can evaporate, and your flow can slip away from you. Instead of a flow mode, you can fall into a stress or an anxiety mode.

Nobel prize winner, ENTP Sir Martin Evans

Nobel prize winner, ENTP Sir Martin Evans

ENTP subtypes under stress

The Nerd – ISTP

High neuroticism, low energy, high motivation, and low stress.

Because ENTPs have very high intellectual standards on themselves, when they use their introverted thinking, they do so with a sense of duty. ENTPs pride themselves on being able to be completely accurate and correct in every statement they make. These ENTPs are often nerds, but still outgoing, they love to talk about their specific interests. But they are usually a lot more serious than the goofballs.

These are the ENTPs with a strong cause or mission, something they work hard to achieve. However, these ENTPs strongly need more novelty, more fun, and more stimulation. Perhaps the job has become a trap, a boring desk job? If so, try to find a way to make it more fun. The ISTP is the ENTPs mentor or higher awareness. Even when you’re not in this mode, this subtype is like a voice in your head, telling you what the right thing to do is.

They try hard to be perfect and flawless. In this state, the risk is that their inner instructor function, introverted sensing, becomes a too big influencer on their behavior. In this state, ENTPs are nerdy, factual, and on the point. Because they are sometimes too critical in this state, they can be at risk of being slightly offensive.

It can be important to balance this state with humor and a positive attitude. Don’t become too hypercritical. Don’t get too obsessed with timing and routine. Sometimes consider messing up intentionally or making a joke – it can help reduce your own and others stress.

Jim Carrey knows how to express his goofball in a healthy way.

Jim Carrey knows how to express his inner goofball in a healthy way.

Anxious ENTPs

The Goofball – ENFJ

High energy, low neuroticism, low motivation, and low stress.

These ENTPs often make a point of being funny. Relying on parody, clumsiness, and silly humor, they come off as goofballs. They become slightly clumsy, very adaptable, and highly talkative. Their energy is constantly “on” and they make a point of spreading a good group atmosphere and an optimistic attitude. Usually, these are the ENTPs that lack a passion or a cause. If they don’t, they’re all about fun, all about talking. The ENFJ can act like your inner child, what you find fun and stimulating, even if it’s bad or potentially hurtful to others. Even when you’re not in this subtype, you can sometimes channel the child, telling you to “fuck it all” and just do something, even if it could hurt someone or if it meant breaking a few rules.

Their thinking perceiving (TP) is briefly shut off or used in a more silly and relaxed manner. Because of their humor, they can fend off anxiety, but they are at risk of forgetting to take the situation seriously and forgetting to deal with important problems in their life. They may use humor to joke away something important to them, or they may intentionally mess up at something they should be taking seriously.

This can happen because ENTPs get scared of messing up. Thinking perceiving often acts more self-assured than it is – and to hide being seen as uncertain, feeling judging can shield them from rising to the challenge.

Could Cordelia Chase from Buffy Slayer be casting an ENTP in the fourth subtype?

Could Cordelia Chase from Buffy Slayer be casting an ENTP in the fourth subtype?

The Popularity Seeker – ISFJ

Anxious and stressed

In times of extreme stress and anxiety, ENTPs may become more shallow, image-conscious and popularity seeking. With the full goal of being the most popular and being seen in a high regard, they outmaneuver and sabotage others image to get ahead. They rely on social charisma and negative extroverted feeling to get ahead.

As popularity seekers, ENTPs are quick to tell others when others act outside of social etiquette or when people dress in an ugly fashion. They become too obsessed with being socially appreciated and compromise their intellectual and progressive spirit. Why do ENTPs become like this?

First, their sensory introversion / instructor function makes them obsessed with acting in line with how others see them. Their extroverted feeling / performer function takes a too high priority. ENTPs go into this state when they don’t feel heard or listened to. ENTPs are at risk of becoming possessed by how others see them. Lashing out saying “If you want me to be the bad guy, I’ll be the bad guy.” or becoming controlled by needs for approval. ENTPs who act in self-defence are all about maintaining popularity and status with the group.

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I am an INFJ and I want to combat the stereotypes and help promote personality psychology that doesn't limit or mistype you.