"ENTP" Themes and Relationships
By Linda V. Berens Ph.D. and Dario Nardi Ph.D.
||ENTP - Explorer Inventor
|Likely Social Style:
- Theme is inventing, finding ingenious
solutions to people and technical
- Talents lie in developing
ideas into functional and innovative
applications that are the first of their
- Thrive on finding new ways to use
theories to make systems more efficient
and people better off.
- Hunger for new
- Have faith in their ability to
instantly come up with new approaches
that will work.
- Engineers of human
relationships and systems as well as in the
more scientific and technological domains.
Themes and Relationships
for each Personality Type
by Linda V. Berens, Ph.D.
Dario Nardi, Ph.D.**
For Explorer Inventors, life is a process of being
inventive, finding new ways to conceptualize problems.
They want to find ingenious solutions that really resolve
problems, not just fix them. They see the world through
many lenses, from multiple perspectives using multiple
models. They enjoy the creative process. New ideas
and really creative, unusual, and efficient solutions often
flood their awareness. Many of these ideas are way
ahead of the times, and Explorer Inventors trust their
instincts to strategically formulate success to get there.
They are talented at building prototypes and launching
projects. To not be able to share their insights about
life’s possibilities is a real energy drain. It is even
worse to not have the ability to achieve success with
In the interpersonal realm they have a way of
trying to be diplomatic, of understanding where people
are coming from. They like to be original in a way that
everybody can use or benefit from. Ever the inviting
host, they bring people together, wanting them to be at
ease and to stimulate interesting conversations. They
love the drama of the give and take, the lively debate, the
vicissitudes of life.
Their thought processes tend to be abstractly
random, often with very little concrete data seeking.
They quickly conceptualize and hypothesize
potentialities that are seemingly unrelated to the facts at
hand yet turn out to be extremely relevant. They seek to
understand the principles that underlie a process, seeing
patterns and connections to the principles so quickly that
others might think they’ve “made up” the answer, yet
more often than not, that answer is right. The drive for
understanding leads to a pattern of lifelong learning, both
formally and informally.
They readily apply their talent for using a metastrategy
(strategy about strategy) to solve problems
and to reach goals in their relationships—personal and
professional. They are often surprised when strategizing
relationships becomes problematic. Others haven’t
agreed to the problem-solving role and are just seeking to
relate and often don’t recognize and appreciate the good
intentions of the Explorer Inventor.
For Explorer Inventors, relationships are about
generating and sharing ideas, interest, and activities.
There is usually an easy first connection, and many love
to travel all over, meeting new people and new cultures.
They need to know the history and turning points of
a person’s life to really get to know someone. Stories
and memories of past experiences make them feel
connected. Since their relationships often revolve around
a sharing of ideas, at some point they may wind up
feeling inadequate or even stupid. If they are not feeling
confident at that time, they may jump to critiquing the
relationship. Sometimes mutual sharing can become
competitive and not as fun for the other person. On the
plus side, they are good at connecting with people and
aligning with them, getting to know them and being
a catalyst, seeing a lot of potentials in other people’s
activities, often more than those people can see.
In their close relationships, they often do a lot
of problem solving, centering around creativity and
imagination. They are very entrepreneurial, even in
relationships, and may feel underappreciated for their
brilliance. They judge the relationship by the way they
experience the other person. They may have intense
feelings inside but have a hard time expressing their
emotions. They often think they’ve conveyed their
emotions, but in reality, the partner remains in the
dark about how they really feel. They tend to be very
partner oriented, helpful, and supportive.
This concludes "Themes and Relationships for ENTP,"
A Personality Type Description.
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