ENTP Personality Type – The Inventor Archetype

ENTP Personality Type – The Inventor

Nickname: Detective, Hacker, Director, Catalyst
Mindset: The Strategist
Core values: Freedom, Pragmatism, Skill, Variation
Temperament: Inquisitive, Strong, Tactical, Diverse
Cognitive functions: Extroverted iNtuition, Extroverted Thinking, Thinking Perceiving, iNtuitive Perceiving
Key Intelligences: Patterns Intelligence, Results Intelligence, Game Intelligence, Change Intelligence

The Inventor Description

The inventor is an archetype of ideas and change and innovation. They act as the adaptors of ideas and of objectivity and seek to put good ideas to practice and to test out new ways to do things better. Typically, they are grand experimenters and analysts of how the world work, able to see how to do things better. They like to measure and see the world objectively, looking at statistics, tracking performance, and seeing what they are doing right and wrong at any given time. The ENTP personality type are always looking at ways to customise and adjust to the situation. They have an adaptable nature and believe the best option depends on the situation. So ENTPs love to barter and argue and trade with other people. You will find that they like to have a chance to debate what to do and to come up with different ways to do something.

We see the ENTP personality type core values reflected well in their general behaviour. They will be free-spirited and outspoken and love the chance to play devils advocate on various matters. They will act tough and strong and want to prove their ability to others. You will find that the ENTP personality type will like to butt heads with others. To argue and to see who can come out on top. They enjoy games and spend a lot of time developing their diverse skills and abilities. They are extremely varied people and tend to always change and adjust to the situation.

The ENTP Mindset

The ENTP personality type and its inventiveness comes from their existential belief that there is a secret or hidden way to do something. They believe everything has a hidden mechanism to it. There is a secret way or plan for things and the ENTP is set to figure out what it is. Acting as Detectives, ENTPs ask questions and play the game, trying out different ways to do something. The idea is that if you can figure out the strategy you can think of ways to excel.

ENTPs have a high game intelligence. This allows them to see things tactically. To use tactics means to see a smart way to counter someone else’s strategy. If someone is doing or trying to do something, the ENTP can think of ways to stop them, or to help them. The ENTPs introverted thinking alerts them to secret hidden mechanics, but rather than try to just think up how it works, the ENTP tries to test out various methods hoping they will find something that clicks. Similarly, the ENTP does not speculate, but they still enjoy a good chance to guess and try things out. Its not about figuring out the secret behind the lottery, but finding the winning lottery ticket. The ENTP is all about opportunities and the chance to test out a new opportunity.

ENTP Cognitive Functions

Extroverted processes

Extroverted iNtuition is an observer process in ENTPs that gives them the ability to see patterns and clues in the world around them. You see yourself as the one that connects the dots. You make sure things stay connected and that things always have a direction. Extroverted iNtuition makes you interpret the world and build relationships between events and experiences. So your first question is “How does A tie into B?”. This is the ability of a Detective. It makes you read the room. This is great for figuring out secrets and telling when something is different. Another use of extroverted iNtuition is in transformation. Extroverted iNtuition can help you see what things can become and how things can be different. Lastly, extroverted iNtuition is a great tracker function. It helps you get from one place to another and to help you keep track of logistics.

Extroverted Thinking is a reviewer process. It is how ENTPs make moral judgements about something. Extroverted thinking gives an ENTP the ability to think pragmatically about a situation, and to judge it based on facts and data. With extroverted thinking objectivity is the guiding principle. The principle use for extroverted thinking is in work, art and play and in helping other people. We use it when deciding on the best design or how to do better at our job. So it gives the ENTP the ability to count and measure their environment. It is a typically utilitarian process and ENTPs have a habit of counting what is ethical and to looking at it primarily logically. If something has a good result, it is a good decision.

Perceiving processes

Thinking Perceiving is a decider process. With that, we weigh and hold up two options to each others and look at what is better and what is worse. It is also involved in trade and barter. ENTPs love a good argument and the chance to test two ideas against each other, seeing what arguments, implementations, and practical abilities they can offer. ENTPs believe in testing and diagnostics. Instead of just believing something will work or is a good decision, the ENTP loves to try and experiment with it. This involves offering up a stress test, seeing how it holds up to criticism.

iNtuitive Perceiving is an organiser process. With that, you can get new ideas and fresh perspectives about things. iNtuition and perceiving gives you the ability to have and consider options and to twist and turn something. With it, you can look around the edges of something and see what is on the other side. It gives you the ability to think what other people think and to hear what other people are doing. Typically, intuitive perceiving needs to bounce off something. It allows you to keep many balls in the head at many time and to consider that many options could be true at the same time.