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ENTPs and relationships

ENTPs can have a reputation for being challenging (in a good way!) and engaging. Friends, family members and romantic partners often appreciate them for teaching new things and suggesting helpful solutions to their problems. It’s not surprising that ENTPs are the people their friends and loved ones turn to when they’re in a crisis, as ENTPs are great at problem solving and handling stress.



While ENTPs love a good debate, some other types of people think this style of conversation is overwhelming and stressful. If an ENTP challenges others to the point that they get upset, it may be time to reel in some opinions or find new ways to communicate.

If other people are in conflict, an ENTP might be just the person to put out the flames. ENTPs are pragmatic problem solvers who find it easy to stay objective and leave personal problems out of things. While they often suggest some innovative solutions, ENTPs sometimes need to remember to listen to both sides of the conflict before jumping to a quick fix solution.

If conflicts arise, ENTPs can minimize them by:

  • Listening more than they talk. Instead of continuing to debate when the other person gets upset, let them to share their views.
  • Instead of suggesting outside-the-box solutions to conflict that aren’t the most practical, pay attention to what’s best for the group.
  • Rather than searching for a quick fix that will allow everyone to move on from a conflict, sometimes it’s important to dig deeper and find the root of the problem.

ENTP and love

ENTPs truly enjoy partnerships and being in love, but they don’t always enjoy the emotional turmoil that sometimes accompanies relationships. ENTPs might want to find a partner who is independent and reserved, as this type of person typically handles their problems on their own without requiring too much emotional support.

ENTPs show their love by engaging in thoughtful conversation and spending quality time doing activities both parties enjoy. They would do best in a relationship where both people can enjoy their freedom and independence as well.

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ENTP and parenting

Knowing your MBTI® personality type gives you a distinct advantage when it comes to raising your children. Understanding your communication habits, stress triggers, values, and how your personality is similar or different from your children helps make the whole parenting process easier.

ENTP types are caring problem solvers who help their children but don’t hold their hand through life. They value independence and self-reliance, and likely teach the same values to their children.

An ENTP parent feels stressed when their children don’t listen to their advice, or when they don’t know how to help their children with their problems. Knowing stress triggers is important for parents because they need to be able to care for themselves in order to best care for their children.

If an ENTP thinks their child’s preferences are similar to theirs own (especially when it comes to the Intuition and Thinking preferences), they can better understand how their child takes in information and makes decisions – both very important in terms of parental communication.

If an ENTP thinks their child’s preferences are different (especially if they have a Sensing or Feeling preference), they’ll have the knowhow to change their communication and parenting style to better suit their preferences. Parents can “speak their child’s language”.

By integrating awareness of differences into family life, the whole family benefits from the insights, just as individuals benefit from turning personality knowledge into action.


ENTP and friendship

As friends, ENTPs are helpful and energetic. They love challenging debates and friends who can keep up with their exciting conversation style. ENTPs are the types who love to go out to a long dinner and talk for hours about shared interests or the meaning of life, though oversharing personal problems can make them uncomfortable.

But when a friend is going through a serious issue, ENTPs are there to offer help or do the research to help them out.