What kind of person blends out-of-the-box creativity, ruthless logic, and innovative thinking into one unforgettable personality type? If you’re guessing an ENTP, you’re absolutely right. These individuals are the ultimate idea-generators and some of the most cunning devil’s advocates you’ll ever meet. They have a restless energy to explore a multitude of possibilities and a desire to seek out potential in some of the most unexpected places. These types are indeed a fascinating breed, but there are certain facts about them that are less talked about in type communities. Let’s take a look at some fascinating fun facts about ENTPs:
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10 Surprising Truths About ENTPs
#1 – ENTPs use Trans-Contextual Thinking
According to Dario Nardi’s book, Neuroscience of Personality: Brain Savvy Insights for All Types of People, ENTPs show a brain pattern where the neocortex is active all over, and each region is high-amplitude and out of synch with all the other regions. When ENTPs use this process, they can channel observations from brain regions that other types wouldn’t consider using. As Nardi says in his book, “For most people, hearing the words “dog” and “cat” will evoke auditory regions like T3 and perhaps some visual or memory regions like O1 or C3…..However, the Ne types get busy using all regions to tap relationships across situations, perhaps suddenly imagining a story about two brothers, one of whom is faithful and sociable (like a dog) while the other is independent and quiet (like a cat). They might wonder about dog and cat writing styles too!” This creative mental process allows ENTPs to come up with surprise insights and innovative ideas that other types would struggle to generate.
#2 – ENTPs Use Parietal Brain Region P4 More Than Any Other Type
We’re going to check back in with Dario Nardi for this fun fact. According to Neuroscience of Personality, ENTPs use brain region P4 more than any other type. This brain region is the site where we distinguish ourselves in space, generate strategic solutions, and use non-verbal reasoning.
#3 – ENTPs Are Often Type A
According to the MBTI® Manual, ENTPs are overrepresented among those having Type A behavior. Surprisingly, this trait lines up with neuroscience as well! ENTPs have very energy-intensive thinking that utilizes all neocortex regions regularly. As a result, they can come across as hyperactive, always thinking, always mentally in motion. It’s harder for them to just “chill” than it can be for many other types.
#4 – ENTPs Are Usually Optimists
In a test group*, ENTPs (along with ENFPs) had the highest level of coping resources of any of the types. They reported the lowest stress levels in relationship to children, intimate relationships, and health. They also reported very low levels of stress related to caring for aging parents, balancing home and work, and “other”. Because ENTPs are always ready to brainstorm, innovate, and find creative solutions it makes sense that they would be optimistic. Even in trying situations, their brain is ready to strategize a new, innovative solution to the problem at hand!
#5 – ENTPs Are Creative
Okay, no surprises on this one! According to the MBTI® Manual, ENTPs rank highest on two out of three measures of creativity. This coincides with Dario Nardi’s study on type and brain activity. He found that Ne-dominant types rely heavily on brain regions that support imagination and creativity.
#6 – ENTPs Would Rather Binge-Study Than Binge-Netflix
In a national sample study about type and leisure activities, ENTPs were overrepresented in “taking classes, going to school”, “writing”, “appreciating art”, “playing sports,” or “playing with computers and video games.” They ranked very low in “Watching TV three hours or more per day.”
#7 – ENTPs Can Be Highly Artistic
A lot of people imagine that thinking types are more likely to be interested in technical, data-driven fields while artistic expression is more related to emotion and feeling. The truth is much less “black and white” than that. Many thinking types enjoy using art as a creative expression of their thoughts and ideas. According to the MBTI® Manual, ENTPs prefer the subject of art in school, and they also seek jobs that involve using artistic creativity.
#8 – They Don’t Need Constant Interaction With People
Contrary to popular belief, ENTPs are not consumed with being around people 24/7. These types value autonomy and independence greatly and are considered one of the more introverted extroverted types. That said, they definitely enjoy socializing when it involves discussing possibilities and ideas, or debating views about the universe and politics or any other fascinating (and perhaps contentious) subject.
#9 – They May Argue, But It’s Rarely Mean-Spirited
While unhealthy ENTPs may enjoy “trolling” just for the fun of it, most ENTPs are truly energized by the mental sparring involved in a debate. They see so many sides to an argument that they feel a compulsion to call out individuals who are tied to one single view. They usually don’t have an emotional investment in the argument, and they are rarely out to hurt anyone’s feelings. Their main goal is usually to show an alternate side to an argument, or to get to the core truth of an issue.
#10 – They Can Have Bouts of Hypochondria
ENTPs who experience extreme amounts of stress may fall into the grip of their inferior function, Introverted Sensing (Si). When this happens they can become abnormally focused on bodily sensations and worry that they are suffering from a life-threatening illness. They can also develop tunnel vision and become obsessed with doing things “by the book”. This is extremely confusing for them because it is so contrary to how they normally behave.
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*Shelton, 1996 (Health, stress, and coping. In A.L. Hammer (Ed.), MBTI® applications: A decade of research on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®
The MBTI® Manual
The Neuroscience of Personality – Brain Savvy Insights for All Types of People