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Summary: Since ENTP’s are one of the most introverted of the extrovert types, it’s common for NTP’s to be confused about whether they’re an I or an E. It doesn’t help that the Internet is full of stereotypes and exaggerated memes about both of these types too. In my new blog post I break down the most prominent differences I’ve personally seen between those two types after having coached dozens of NTP’s.

This is for you if:

  • You know you’re an NTP but you’re having trouble settling on INTP or ENTP
  • You’ve been typed as an INTP but you’re curious if that might be wrong (yes, you appreciate alone time, but sometimes you also love being the center of attention)
  • You’re trying to better understand a friend, family member, or co-worker who’s an NTP

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Are you an ENTP or an INTP? What’s the difference?

I’m an ENTP. But for most of my 20’s, I was mis-typed as an INTP. I even took the full official test by the Myers & Briggs Foundation, but it kept getting me wrong because I had so many “introverted” traits.

When asked if I’d rather “go to a party” or “stay home and read a book,” the book won every time. The books I read are guaranteed to be interesting and thought-provoking, whereas—in my experience at the time—most parties were boring, full of dull people and excruciating small-talk.

Then I learned that ENTP’s are one of the most introverted extrovert types, and I learned that the E/I dichotomy is more about how you recharge and take in information than how loud or quiet you are.

I’m a coach who specializes in NTP’s, and many of the people I work with were confused or wrong about their type. There are a lot of type guides out there full of stereotypes and absolute proclamations, so I’m going to keep this post short and point out some of the differences I’ve personally seen between these two types.

Nothing is absolute though. Type simply refers to the tendencies you have. We’re all extroverted sometimes and introverted other times, so this is more about which is more of your natural go-to.

Tip: When reading the table below, think about how you were as a kid—before parents, teachers, friends, movies, or whatever else told you that you should be a certain way. Who are you deep down at your core?

One more caveat: Remember that this post is all about comparing INTP’s and ENTP’s against each other—not to other types. For example, even though I say that INTP’s tend to get bored sooner with abstract philosophy compared to ENTP’s, if you compared them to SJ’s instead they wouldn’t get bored soon at all.

Make sense? Here we go:

Thinking, speaking, convincing

  • Literally thinks out loud, sometimes not realizing how they feel about something until they “taste it” in their mouth
  • Voice tends to be more expressive and varied
  • Understands concepts by talking them out and debating different perspectives (whether with other people or just presenting all sides of the argument to themselves)
  • Focused on convincing others, making a case, and selling their point using logic (and, for more mature ENTP’s, also taking people’s needs and group dynamics into account). ENTP’s tend to enjoy debate and persuasion more than INTP’s
  • Speaks more slowly, and pauses longer before answering (but, they can still speak quickly when excited and with someone they trust)
  • Voice tends to be more monotone
  • Understands concepts by having time on their own to dive deep into a topic and explore all the nuances
  • Focused on building a logically-sound case based on solid evidence that feels indisputable, then expecting that others will be convinced by seeing everything laid out that way (but, less mature INTP’s often neglect the relationship and emotional aspects at play)

Depth and width of exploration

  • Loves exploring possibilities and what-if’s. ENTP’s can often discuss the pure abstract philosophy of something for longer even if has no practical application
  • Although ENTP’s can still delve obsessively deep, they tend to cast a wider net around a topic than do INTP’s, and they tend to lose interest on projects more quickly to move onto something else that catches their eye
  • It can be frustrating to INTP’s when an ENTP doesn’t seem to have a strong opinion since the ENTP can so easily present all the sides of the argument in a way that feels perfectly balanced with no clear winner
  • INTP’s can often get bored with pure abstract philosophizing a bit sooner if there’s no real action to be taken and it feels like the conversation is just looping or going down unnecessary rabbit holes
  • INTP’s are more likely to dive even deeper into a topic to find what’s verifiably true about it rather than just what’s interesting to discuss and debate
  • INTP’s tend to be more focused on communicating the nuances of a subject rather than on presenting it in a balanced way like ENTP’s

Recharging energy

  • Enjoys alone time too, but tends to get most energized by working in a group and throwing ideas back and forth
  • Often (but not always), after spending time with a group of interesting people, goes home feeling inspired to create, innovate, process what happened out loud, or otherwise do something with their boosted energy
  • Enjoys time in groups too, but tends to get most energized with alone time to go deep into researching and analyzing a topic
  • Often (but not always), after spending time with a group of interesting people, goes home feeling drained, like it was fun but now they need a lot of time to themselves to recharge

Social situations & judgment

  • Enjoys being the center of attention (which can include grandstanding), and would often love to give an impromptu lecture. But, this isn’t to say ENTP’s are always “on” and ready to be loud; they appreciate quiet time too to process all the ideas and perspectives they’ve been considering
  • Social struggles tend to be more about difficulty making deeper friendships because of their negative judgment of others (though much of that is likely rooted in self-judgment too, but that part might be less conscious)
  • Both types can be judgmental of Feelers, but less mature ENTP’s are more likely to mess with people, thinking others should just have thicker skins and not get so easily offended
  • Tends to feel more social anxiety, awkwardness, and trouble reading people
  • Social struggles tend to be more about low confidence and negative self-judgment (and, they also tend to be more intolerant of other viewpoints that they don’t consider accurate)
  • Less mature INTP’s might realize that their feelings are lurking nearby but then push them away so they don’t have to deal with them. They might prefer communicating via text so they have time to sit and think before answering and they don’t have to deal with either side’s emotions as they pop up in real-time

Under stress

  • Obsesses over having unlimited freedom to fully explore all possible perspectives and possibilities (“but what if there’s a better way of doing this? we can’t commit to something if we only have incomplete information!”)
  • Withdraws and feels unmotivated, painfully nostalgic, depressed, or like everything suddenly needs to be cleaned or organized
  • Obsesses over proving others wrong, nitpicking, and having indisputable logic (“but that’s just wrong! it’s not rational! can’t they see the obvious proof here?”)
  • Feels more emotional than usual—hypersensitive, unlovable, and consumed by proving they’re right

What paralyzes them

  • Logistics, bureaucracy, and having to follow step-by-step procedures in a certain way
  • Can also have some stickiness with relationships and social pressure, like feeling frozen if they’re embarrassed in a group or publicly called out (though they can cover up that discomfort with arrogance too)
  • Having to make difficult choices that don’t have clear, objective, logical answers
  • Can also feel some stickiness with authority and hierarchy by usually being against it but sometimes taking a while to realize they’ve made an exception for someone they respect a lot, and now they’re being overly rigid around that (“Elon Musk did this, so obviously that’s the ideal approach; if you disagree you must not be intelligent enough to see it”)

Common struggles (both types tend to do all of these, but the three on each side tend to be more correlated with that type)

  • Struggles more with fear of rejection or FOMO (fear of missing out)
  • More concerned with achieving freedom and independence (e.g., financial independence, not being micromanaged at work, avoiding bureaucracy, not having to deal with boring tasks, etc.)
  • More likely to struggle with depression and feel an existential void of meaning
  • Struggles more with feeling their feelings, understanding what emotion they’re experiencing, and knowing how to express it (or feeling safe doing so)
  • More concerned with living aligned with their values and dissatisfied with not making enough of a positive impact on the world in the area they care about
  • More likely to feel misunderstood by others and to not trust people

Still undecided? Here’s a bit more from my personal experience:

In my opinion, the “depth and width” of exploration is one of the key differences between the two types.

It’s tough, though, because an objective, non-NTP observer would likely say that both ENTP’s and INTP’s seem to get obsessed with topics and hobbies.

But in my experience, there’s often (though not always) a clear difference if you look hard enough. Here are two examples:

  • In a meeting at work, both the ENTP and INTP will enjoy a meandering conversation that covers a lot of different topics. But after a while, the INTP is more likely to want to hone in on what’s practically applicable to solve the problem at hand. On the other hand, the ENTP might still be debating or philosophizing about all the different paths that could be explored, or how this reminds them of five other (seemingly) unrelated things.
  • I’m an ENTP who’s very interested in cryptocurrency. To a non-NTP observer, I look pretty obsessed: I’ve spent hundreds of hours researching crypto, and I could easily name and (briefly) describe 20 different cryptocurrencies. But to me, my knowledge still feels more wide and shallow compared to many INTP’s I know in the crypto space. Sure, I can describe 20 different crypto coins in a few sentences each. But an INTP would probably dive into a few of them and actually read the technical whitepapers, try out programming an app in that coin’s ecosystem, and analyze the economics of that coin to see if the valuation makes sense.

If you’re struggling to decide which type you are, try asking yourself this:

Let’s say an objective, outside observer could watch you for a while and read your mind.

Would they be more likely to accuse you of not understanding a subject deeply enough or not going wide enough to gather more options and perspectives?

Yes, I know you probably feel like you go both wide and deep. But what would you say if you had to choose?

Think of a hobby like my cryptocurrency one.

Sure, someone might say that I should go wider by gathering more perspectives from outside the crypto community (e.g., the traditional financial world). But, for a side hobby, it seems objectively true that I’ve read enough articles here. In other words, I’ve already gone sufficiently wide.

However, I could see someone arguing that I haven’t gone deep enough because I can’t explain many of the technical details of how a specific cryptocurrency works (plus, I could also see myself completely losing interest in crypto within a few months and moving on to my next new hobby).

Thus, I’m an ENTP rather than an INTP.

One last thing: In my experience, some ENTP’s (like me in the past) incorrectly believe they’re INTP’s (because ENTP’s are one of the most introverted of the extroverted types). But, I haven’t seen many INTP’s incorrectly believe they’re ENTP’s.

In other words, if you think you’re probably an ENTP, that’s most likely right. But if you think you’re probably an INTP, it could go either way.

Hope that helps!

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What do you think of all that? If you identify as an INTP or ENTP, I’d love to hear how this post landed with you. Please leave a comment below.

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67 Comments on “ENTP or INTP?”

    1. Thanks for the question. I’ve found that INTP’s tend to experience social anxiety more commonly than do ENTP’s. But, it’s certainly not uncommon for ENTP’s to feel that way too.

      Both NTP types tend to overanalyze social situations and can easily get caught in mental loops of trying to figure out the optimal way to impress someone, the best question to ask to keep the conversation interesting, or the funniest joke to make.

      Both NTP’s also tend to get bored in a lot of social situations and might judge themselves or other people for things not being interesting enough to hold their attention. Then, that can certainly cause anxiety if the NTP feels lonely or wants to find people who get them but keeps being dispapointed.

      Here’s some advice:
      1. Before going to a social event, think about just 2-3 interesting questions you can ask people to try to skip the small talk and go deeper.
      2. Recognize that sometimes small talk is necessary to ease into a conversation. But, you can influence it by asking them something interesting as soon as possible.
      3. Once you’re at the event, keep taking deep breaths. If you start getting anxious, feel your body—focus on your feet on the ground or the rising and falling of your chest.
      4. Give yourself compassion. If you feel like other people are judging you, remind yourself that they’re probably judging themselves too. And if you find that you’re not having fun, see if there’s anything within your power that you can try changing (e.g., try starting a conversation with someone new, or step outside for a short break). If you’re still not having fun, allow yourself to walk away without beating yourself up. You can try again next time!

      Hope that helps.

        1. Sure, Phia. Here’s one way of thinking about this: In good times, each type is able to skillfully use their first two cognitive functions, but in stressful times they might fall back on focusing on the last two functions instead. (Remember that the ENTP cognitive functions are NeTiFeSi and the INTP ones are TiNeSiFe.)

          So, for ENTP’s, in times of stress, they’ll go to Fe and Si. The Fe might make them highly concerned with pleasing other people, looking good, or following social rules (and, to escape all that, they might want to be alone). The Si might make them strangely rigid or black and white in their thinking, like there’s only one right way of doing something—which is completely different than their usual openness. They can feel unlike their usual selves because they might want to keep doing the same boring or obsessive activity instead of trying new things. And, they can easily feel depressed or in a rut, like their life is frozen in place.

          For INTP’s, in times of stress, they’ll go to Si and Fe. The Si might make them highly concerned with proving that they’re right and that their logic is perfect. The Fe can make them isolate themselves, make them susceptible to being manipulated or taken advantage of, and they might find it very hard to say no to things. They can feel very sensitive and strangely emotional in a way that’s usually unlike them.

  1. By functions I am an entp but when I read this I think I am an intp. I hope I could explain. Please help me 🙂

    1. Thanks for the question. ENTP’s and INTP’s have the same functions, just in a different order. Remember that MBTI type is just about preferences. So, the real difference between the two types is how easily and regularly they go to each of those functions. For example, I’m an ENTP so I use Ti regularly (as my #2 function), but that function is even more familiar to INTP’s since it’s their #1 function and thus their main preference for processing their experience of life.

      If you identified more with the INTP explanations on this webpage, then there’s a good chance that’s what you are 🙂 Make sense, or do you have a more specific question?

  2. I analyzed each point and marked it in a notebook, in total there were 10 points for ENTP and 6 points for INTP. In the test I made, my most likely profile is INTP with 86 points and the second ENTP with 72 points.

    I am watching several videos on the subject and generally the description of ENTP fits me much more, I just cannot understand why I am so shy and I even have small crises in situations where I am exposed, such as at work meetings or dates, if I possibly am outgoing, and in a way I like to be in contact with other people. I will continue studying until I am 100% sure of my profile, it is a very interesting subject.

    Your articles are helping me a lot, they made me understand the subject in more depth, thanks! Greetings from Brazil.

    *Forgive my imperfect English, I am still learning this new language.

    1. Thanks for the comment, Antony, and your English is excellent!

      My test is a great *starting* point for narrowing down your type, but ultimately the most accurate way of figuring it out is exactly what you’re doing: learning more about the types and seeing which one feels more correct to you (plus, it can be helpful for some people to work with a coach like me if you feel like you’d benefit from that kind of support).

      Introversion/extroversion can be difficult to figure out because it depends on so many factors: how tired you are, how excited or bored you are by the people you’re interacting with, how happy and energized you are with your life, how self-aware you are, how extroverted or introverted the people around you are, etc. It’s quite possible to feel extroverted with some people and in some situations but introverted in others.

      I can very much empathize with being confused about feeling shy or anxious at work or on dates. In my case, back when I worked for companies and had a manager to report to, I would often feel anxious or shy when I felt micromanaged, pressured to work a certain way, or forced to work on a certain schedule or under certain parameters that didn’t feel good to me. We NTP’s highly value freedom and the ability to solve problems our own way, so if you’re in a situation without freedom it can be easy to shut down.

      Hope that helps!

      1. Actually i don’t know for sure abt my type. So far i’m sure that i’m a true introvert until some people around me point out that my introvert should be questioned. When i learn abt mbti (and obsessed with it but didn’t follow it too deep cause not interested in it :’) ) i think there’s some point of ENTP very suited me and not, so is INTP. Every MBTI test i take always point out me as INTP until i learn i have potential to become ENTP, that makes my mbti result change 😂

        So this is what confused me coach:
        – I didn’t have problem by being alone (i can watch tv, heard some music, etc) but i can’t stand being alone without talking to anyone in 1 full day.
        – I didn’t have any hobbies, but when i interest in something i will learn it but not too deep (while i know intp will learn something interesting very deep).
        – Party very boring if i didn’t have anyone to talk to, but if there’s feels like didn’t want go home.
        – I like question anything to people (everyone hate me for that).
        – When someone asking for solution i gladly help them by offering some solution but can help them choose the best of it.
        – I dislike fake people cause i can easily read their intention (i like observe people who’s interesting).
        – Most people says i’m an introvert cause i didn’t talk much (i mean casual topics are very boring at some point)
        – It’s okay to speech in public (actually i like it) but its often blank me out and became afraid to speech (thanks to my improve skills but it’s really chaos if i didn’t prepare it in advance)
        – I can easily talk to people who’s i think suits me (even i’ve known them only for short time) but their first impression abt me is i’m cold person (and when they know that im talkative, they said i’m at extrovert level)
        – My social problems are difficult to follow conversation with some topics i didn’t have any interest in it and some type of people who i think didn’t suit me.
        – I rarely do something just because I like it, I often think in imagination without realizing it.
        – I think i’m not argumentative person, but some people says it (only who i have comfortable with)

        So, what do you think about my case ?

    2. I’m really torn. Both descriptions fit pretty equally, I’m inclined to say I’m an INTP as I’ve always been more introverted. although I can be very talkative with people I’m familiar with, I tend to be pretty quiet but relatively friendly towards those I don’t. Being around people for too long exhausts me, and if I’m upset or tired, then the only person I will allow to be around me is my best friend. When it comes to diving deep into subjects or going more broad, it really depends on the subject and how engaged I am, along with how much energy I have.

      When I’m stressed I typically tend to withdraw, and I get pretty emotional, though I typically don’t show it.

      When it comes to social interactions I love talking to people with opinions/ideas that completely oppose mine, so long as no one gets offended and everyone treats one another with respect and understanding.

      1. I get it, Sprout—all of what you said could apply to both types.

        Here’s what I replied to someone else that might help:

        I wouldn’t worry *too* much about nailing down if you’re an INTP or ENTP. But if you’re really curious, I suggest asking yourself:
        1) Which is worse: (a) having to follow step-by-step instructions (i.e., no freedom to design your own solution) and deal with logistics/bureaucracy, or (b) having to make subjective choices that don’t use logic, and not being able to convince someone with your logic?
        2) After spending time with interesting people—including a lot of exchanging ideas out loud, brainstorming, or whiteboarding—are you more likely to feel energized to keep going and create something yourself, or like you need to take a lot of time to recharge?
        3) Yes, you probably do both, but is someone more likely to accuse you of not going deep enough into a subject or not gathering enough perspectives or possibilities on it?

        The first option for each of those is more ENTP and the second is more INTP.

  3. This comparison is very hard for me to go through because i feel like i genuinely identify with many aspects of both types but im afraid that i might be causing this on myself by unconsciously affecting my opinion on which one is more like me (because i prefer to be one rather than the other).

    i have tried many different descriptions and comparisons but im always facing the same problem during each and every one of them and can never say for sure if im truly one type because i am the type or its because im trying to be that type.

    i could really use some help with this.
    are there any particular questions that i could ask myself (or have you ask me) that would help me get over this fear of dishonesty and lack of accuracy or tell me what im doing wrong and how to fix it?
    thanks in advance

    also im sorry about the english

    1. Hi, Whyes. The first thing I’ll offer is that there are no “bad” Myers-Briggs types. I’ve even been learning that lesson again myself lately since I realized that a good friend of mine is actually a type that I’ve judged negatively in the past.

      Especially when it comes to two types that are so similar like INTP’s and ENTP’s, neither one is “better,” so I encourage you to examine what makes you want to be one over the other.

      Next, take another look at the “under stress” section on this page since I think that’s especially illuminating.

      Finally, here are a couple of questions to try on:
      1) When would you be more at your best: (a) having a fast-paced back-and-forth debate with someone, or talking out and whiteboarding ideas in front of a group of people, or (b) really taking the time alone to dive deep into research and developing the perfect argument or most logical idea?
      2) I don’t know your situation, so imagine you have a group of friends you find intellectually interesting and who are good at communication and helping everyone have a good time. Now imagine you’re feeling depressed and low-energy one day. You might not feel like you want to go hang out with those friends, but let’s say you force yourself. After a couple of hours of being with them, do you imagine that (a) you’d feel a lot more energized than before and might now be excited to work on one of your personal projects, or (b) you’d feel even more drained and need to go be alone for a while to recharge?

      In both cases, (a) was more ENTP and (b) was more INTP.

      Ultimately, try not to worry too much about figuring it out. Both types are similar, so in both cases some of the most useful things you can do are work on EQ (better understanding and expressing your feelings) and figuring out how to motivate yourself (notice which types of things give you energy and which things take away energy).

      If you need more help, I offer one-on-one coaching as well: https://www.michaelcaloz.com/how-to-work-with-me/.

  4. I feel confused because I think I’m an INTP, but for the last few days I’m unsure if I’m just a very shy and a bit insecure ENTP or if I’m an INTP who can easily act extroverted as I’m talking to someone. I’ve seen all the features and I have a little bit of each. I still feel confused.

    1. Hi Ana, I can understand still feeling confused by that.

      Here’s a question to ask yourself: You might be shy and insecure when you *start* talking with people; but, by the time you leave them, do you feel more or less energized (assuming the people were interesting)? And, while you’re in conversation with them, do you tend to speak quickly and think out loud or pause a lot to think about what you’re going to say?

      Also, check out my replies above to Whyes, Antony, and Phia.

  5. At certain moments, I exhibit serious introversion. But I also enjoy spending time with people, although not often? This keeps me in the middle.

    1. Hi Myran, I can resonate with that. Both ENTP’s and INTP’s will sometimes enjoy spending time with people and sometimes enjoy being alone.

      For you, I’d be curious about what that introversion feels like (really ask yourself why you say “not often”):
      Is it judgmental (“this situation is stupid, these people are boring”)?
      Is it being pulled in different directions (“this is ok, but I’m excited to get back to my project or to write about this experience”)?
      Is it more like social anxiety (“what if they don’t like me, maybe I’m not good enough to be here, what should I say”)?
      Is it energetically draining (“this is fun, but I’m getting pretty tired or feeling like I need some alone time”)?

      As a very rough generalization, those first two are more ENTP and the second two are more INTP. Again, that’s a generalization though, since ENTP’s certainly also feel energetically drained sometimes.

      Also, if the social aspect is hard to figure out, consider some of the other differences between ENTP’s and INTP’s I listed in my table, like to what degree you “think out loud.”

      Hope that helps, and happy to talk about it one-on-one if you’d like more specific support: https://www.michaelcaloz.com/how-to-work-with-me/.

  6. You know what seasonal depression is right. I feel way more introverted when summer comes around. It’s crazy, I can hang out with people for hours and never lose energy, but when summer roles around, my sleep schedule tanks and suddenly I need a day break from every 2 hour meetup for rehearsal I have every day. It’s just the way I’m wired I think? Or is it just the change of scenery due to being a student? I have no idea right now, at this moment what I am, but if I were to type myself during school, I’d say ENTP or ENFP. Thoughts?

    1. Hi Jesse, I resonate with some of what you’re experiencing but in the opposite direction—during winter, I feel my social energy plummet, but I’ve found it helpful to meditate in front of a SAD lamp every morning.

      This could indeed just be the way you’re wired, but I’d start by brainstorming a list of everything else that changes around that time of year. Is it really just the weather, or do other things change in your life too? Maybe there’s another correlation there you’re not yet seeing (e.g., look at things like what kinds of activities you do during each season, how much exercise you get, your nutrition, the types of people you’re around, how connected you feel to family and friends, where you spend your time, how much time you spend indoors versus outdoors, to what degree you’re able to spend time on hobbies and learning you’re excited about, etc.).

      Just based on the small amount you wrote, it sure seems like your sleep schedule tanking might be the most likely culprit here (so, what might be behind that?).

      You might just be an ENTP who needs more sleep and who feels socially-introverted when you’re not sufficiently recharged 🙂

  7. Hi Michael. My name is Elizabeth. I’ve taken a lot of tests on internet, and almost all of them typed me as an INTP, even yours 😅

    I felt identified as one, until I took the Sakinorva test, and the keys2cognition… Both said my dominant function is Ne.

    I can recognize that I feel comfortable talking about topics I love, and spending time with interesting people (even when that doesn’t happen too often) It even helps me to make a better development of my ideas.

    But at the same time, through all my life, people has told me that I’m very shy. I keep silence very often out of fear to be mistaken or not having enough knowledge to be competent. So I think a lot before actually saying something because I have to elaborate very well what I will say.

    However, once I start talking to someone I really trust, nothing can stop me!

    How do you see the situation?
    (Sorry for the bad english)

    1. Hi Elizabeth, your English is just fine 🙂

      The cognitive functions are certainly an important piece of the puzzle here. In my test, I also try to combine several different methods for figuring out type rather than just asking about your #1 function. So, if you got INTP, that might be the right answer. But, it’s also possible for ENTP’s to feel shy as well. You might consider reading through some of my other answers on this page help you decide.

      What strikes me most about your message is your self-doubt and concern about being misunderstood or judged by others. I feel empathy for you—I know how hard it can be to worry about how others see you.

      I don’t know you very well, but I imagine that that might be a very important thing for you to work on, regardless of whether you’re an INTP or an ENTP.

      If you’d like help with developing confidence, that’s a common topic I coach people on: https://www.michaelcaloz.com/how-to-work-with-me.

      Ultimately, I encourage you to recognize that you don’t need to be defined by how other people perceive you. They might have called you shy, but that’s just their opinion—it doesn’t have to be true. And, competence is about more than just knowledge. The most competent people are willing to confidently say when they don’t know something 🙂

      Thanks for visiting!

  8. For quite some time, I was mostly sure that I’m an INTP. I tried your test, only once though, and got INTP. But I’m still wondering if that’s really my type. I’m totally not saying that your test is inaccurate or anything. I actually like your test tbh.

    But after reading this page, I’m now unsure which type I am. I think I’m an NTP, for sure, but the I or E is the thing that I question. I feel like I’ve never dove deep into a topic even if I’m genuinely interested in it. When I talk about something, I tend to just discuss the gist of that topic (also my understanding of it), like I just scanned through an article or something. In social situations, if something interesting or exciting is happening, I tend to feel more energized than I’ll ever be. If it’s with the people I’m close with, I don’t mind it because it’s fun too most of the time. In all cases, I get drained fairly quick. But if it is just plain boring, I think that’s what drains me faster, maybe.

    The question that you asked near the last part, “Would they be more likely to accuse you of not understanding a subject deeply enough or not going wide enough to gather more options and perspectives?”, I honestly think that people would accuse me of not understanding a subject deeply enough. Being accused of that is one of my worries in social interactions, and it is possible that that is something that holds me back. Especially if it’s about a social issue.

    Also, I think tertiary Si and inferior Fe in INTP makes sense with me but I could be wrong. What if tertiary Fe and inferior Si in ENTP was just influenced by my upbringing or something?

    TLDR: I’m an INTP but what if I’m just an insecure or socially anxious or underdeveloped ENTP? How would I even know that?

    1. Thanks for the question. It can certainly be hard to figure that out—like I said, in my case, it took me years of studying myself to understand that I was actually an ENTP even though I seemed introverted a lot of the time.

      If you’ve never found yourself diving deeply into a topic, it could be a few things:
      – Maybe you haven’t found something that you’re truly excited about yet.
      – Maybe you have trouble sitting still and focusing on something for too long and you get easily distracted.
      – Maybe there was something about the way you were raised, etc. that influenced all this.
      – Or, maybe it’s just a question of perspectives, and what to you feels like “not diving deeply” would actually be quite deep by someone else’s standards.

      When you say you talk about the gist of a topic, maybe that’s simply you synthesizing and summarizing the information for someone, so it might not be an indication that you’re not diving deep enough.

      It sounds like you get energized by people, but the real question is what happens afterward: In most cases, if you just had an interesting conversation with a friend or group of friends, do you feel excited to do something with that (e.g., journal about it, brainstorm ideas it inspired in you, think more about how it’s all connected, etc.) or do you feel the opposite, like that took so much out of you that you just need to relax?

      In my case as an ENTP, for example, some of my most productive and creative times are right after I spent two hours with a friend talking about psychology or philosophy. I’ll leave that conversation and feel inspired to create something. (Of course, that doesn’t happen every single time—sometimes I need a nap too! It depends on all sorts of factors, so we’re just looking for patterns here.)

      Ultimately, INTP’s and ENTP’s are pretty similar, so what it comes down to is what recharges you and what drains you. Figuring that out is a very important but challenging process. It can take a while, but if you’d really like to figure it out, try being systematic about it: Journal regularly about how you react to different situations, or even create a spreadsheet to track various variables. Try to figure out which are the specific things that are helping you or hurting you.

      Hope that helps!

  9. Hi Michael,
    Greetings from Hong Kong. I came across your website from an MBTI instagram page. The xNTP differences are really mindblowing. As an INTP (who thought I might be mistyped ENTP), I found your comparison is mind-blowingly accurate and subtle (and I am a crypto trader at work so your crypto example really blows my mind). Together with other experiences and re-thinking about my daily conversations with my good friend (an ENTP), I can finally tell the differences of xNTPs (it feels like reading differences between me and my good friend). No question here, I just want to say thanks and this is the best MBTI blogpost I have ever read. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Ky—that means a lot, and I’m very happy to have helped you 🙂

      Best of luck with crypto (and please feel free to pass along my intro series to anyone you know who’s struggled to understand why crypto is important and interesting: https://www.michaelcaloz.com/crypto)!

  10. I’ve Read a few of the comments here and can see that like me, there are many who identify with both types and are trying to figure out which one they are at their core. I’m wondering why it would be beneficial to think or of yourself as one or the other. Is there any gain in identity to be made by labelling your self as either an INTP or and ENTP if I feel like a mix of both or somewhat on the cusp between them. Keen to hear your thoughts on it.

    1. Thanks for asking, Darcy. That’s a great question.

      Here’s what I would say: If you find yourself deeply struggling with this, feeling anxious, and experiencing a lot of pressure around it, I suggest taking a break from this investigation and recognizing that it doesn’t hugely matter which of the two types you are. Ultimately, INTP’s and ENTP’s are very similar, so it already tells you a lot about yourself to know that much.

      At the same time, I do think there’s value in nailing down your type. Here are a few reasons:

      • I thought I was an INTP for years, and I eventually realized that I had been allowing that label to give me permission to not have to attend social events. After all, if I was an introvert, I imagined that meant I didn’t need other people to be happy (which is of course false). Once I realized I’m an extrovert, it helped me see just how much I’d been neglecting my needs around connection and community—that even when I thought I was fine with doing my own thing, I was fooling myself. The opposite might be true for an INTP—that they’ve been beating themselves up for staying home from social events or they haven’t been making enough room in their schedule for quality alone time.
      • Each type has a different thing that paralyzes them (for ENTP’s, it’s more like being micromanaged & dealing with logistics/bureaucracy, and for INTP’s, it’s more like identifying/sharing feelings & making subjective decisions that can’t rely on logic). So, it’s useful to know what that is for you so you can try to avoid it (or ask for help around it).
      • INTP’s and ENTP’s have different levers available for growth. Certainly, both will benefit from many of the same things. But, ENTP’s will get more out of practicing honing their Ti function (logical accuracy, truth) and INTP’s will get more out of practicing honing their Ne function (exploring possibilities, connections).

      Hope that helps!

  11. I almost always typed as INTP all my life. But most of my friends didn’t believe that I’m an introvert considering how a jokester and how good I am at persuading people. I also really enjoy meeting someone new, but actually feeling really nervous too! But one thing for sure, I’m not good at public speaking though.

    After reading your thorough explanation about INTP vs ENTP, I still can’t decide which one. I scroed 89 points INTP and 86 points on ENTP. Pretty close, huh? So, is it permissable if I just settle for both and call myself xNTP? Or is there a better name than xNTP? :))
    Anyway, thank you very much for the great article and great personality test! Probably the best of free online MBTI test available out there.

    1. Thanks for sharing, Firly, and thanks for the kind words about my test.

      I suggest reading my reply to Darcy’s comment above yours, but I do think that “xNTP” is a perfectly fine way to think of yourself.

      By the way, public speaking is very much a skill that can be learned, and it’s definitely not true that all ENTP’s are innately good at it without practice 🙂 As an ENTP myself, I’ve done a fair bit of public speaking and I still get nervous every time!

  12. Hello! Hope you’re having a nice day.

    Up until recently I was so sure that I am an INTP due to my cognitive functions. But well, this had me thinking that I was a mistype. The thing is, for an INTP, I have actively practiced Fe and somewhat tend to neglect my Si. So now I’m not so sure if the arrangement of my functions is correct. I could be an INTP under a Ti-Si loop but I could also be a mistyped ENTP under a Si grip.

    And well, I’m not the most mentally stable person out there and my social skills are somewhat stunted due to my nurture rather than nature. But I’m definitely introverted (not in the MBTI definition), though cognitive functions has little to do with that (even if there is a correlation). So yeah I’m quite unsure.

    And as a side note, I enjoy debates though only if it’s for the sake of gaining new knowledge and to think about possibilities that I haven’t considered. Though yeah, it is tiring otherwise. I consider myself a non-confrontative and easygoing person. So I only somewhat do organized debates? But even then I’d point out my own logical fallacies and correct my logic in the middle of a debate to strengthen my argument. And also I’d very much enjoy a debate if the other side is willing to listen and to be enlightened like me. People think I’m stubborn with my beliefs, but actually, I’m not, it’s just that I haven’t found anything else logically sound to convince me. But other than that, I’m rarely ever completely opinionated.

    And I quite consider myself very ambitious albeit being slow and a bit lazy. Also I’m quite in touch with my emotions compared to the usual INTP, I just don’t express it as a Feeling dom would. Nor do I like it all the time. My emotions and rationality are two separate things for me. So yeah, as mentioned earlier I’m more so questioning the arrangement of my function stack. I’m not expecting a typing since there’s a time set for that in your zoom meetings but can you perhaps give some advice to figure myself out? And also just to share my experiences, I guess.

    Each aspect in the comparisons, I mostly resonated with the ENTP ones, rather than INTP. Especially the one when in struggle.

    Your test is probably the best one there is I found. Questions are not vague, and the examples are good too. Also the Ne and Ni options are clearer than most. Kudos. And if it weren’t for your test, I wouldn’t even consider myself a mistype. Which is a good thing, since I’d like to know and explore myself.

    1. Thanks very much for sharing, Forrey—I appreciate the open-mindedness and desire for introspection that I feel from your comment. And thanks for the kind words about my test.

      As an ENTP, I resonate with a lot of what you wrote, and I believe a lot of this relates to age (or maturity level) as well. In my 20’s, I was much more excited about debating people and proving them wrong. I very much identified with the part of myself that’s focused on Truth and Accuracy and wanting everything to be fully backed up by objective, logical proof, and ideally double-blind studies 🙂

      But as I moved into my early and mid 30’s, I became much less eager to share my opinion or to try to prove people wrong. I imagine it’s a combination of a few things: learning more about how people and the world work, realizing how much more I have to learn, better understanding that my perspective is just one of many, and feeling more passionate about supporting people in a way that feels nourishing and loving rather than combative. At the same time, I’ve also gotten far more in touch with my feelings.

      Like I’ve said to other people, I wouldn’t worry *too* much about nailing down if you’re an INTP or ENTP. But if you’re really curious, I suggest asking yourself:
      1) Which is worse: (a) having to follow step-by-step instructions (i.e., no freedom to design your own solution) and deal with logistics/bureaucracy, or (b) having to make subjective choices that don’t use logic, and not being able to convince someone with your logic?
      2) After spending time with interesting people—including a lot of exchanging ideas out loud, brainstorming, or whiteboarding—are you more likely to feel energized to keep going and create something yourself, or like you need to take a lot of time to recharge?
      3) Yes, you probably do both, but is someone more likely to accuse you of not going deep enough into a subject or not gathering enough perspectives or possibilities on it?

      The first option for each of those is more ENTP and the second is more INTP.

      Hope that helps!

  13. Thanks for this. Determining which I was was quite easy for me as I already knew I was mainly a gatherer of information(Ne) and secondarily a decision maker(Ti).

  14. Hi Micheal,
    My name is Selene. I just want to say that I’m so thankful for your test and how you actually give some useful information with no stereotypes. I was struggling to find my true self. Some tests out there said that I was an INTJ but reading the description I knew that’s not me. I also mistook myself as an INFJ and INFP and I was so confused because all seemed right for me. This is the only time that I really relax and listen to my instinct. Luckily I found my type and reading your words makes me feel understood. No exaggeration when I say this is probably the best one that I found.
    Hope you are doing well.

  15. I get ENTP in every single test, the stack makes sense to me, I relate to a lot of the tendencies, but the one thing that makes me uncertain is that I sometimes “feel bad” when people insult me or make judgments/counter-arguments I see as overly biased, simplistic, or outright foolish. Though I usually re-counter with logic, my delivery is often angry and I often have trouble controlling my emotions. I identify with Ti over Te strongly, but this makes me think that maybe I am an Fi user, though also I understand that EVERYBODY has emotions and maybe I am just worse at controlling them than most ENTPs.

    I also seem to care more about other’s opinions than most ENTPs. I don’t follow trends but I do like to be the center of attention.
    Any thoughts?

    1. Hi Logan, in my opinion, “feeling bad” or “having trouble controlling your emotions” when you’re insulted says very little about personality type—it simply means that you’re human 🙂

      The stereotypes on the Internet would have you believe that ENTP’s are perfectly-logical, emotion-free debaters, but that’s not true at all. With Fe (“external feeling”) as our third function, we’re very much affected by how we affect others. If an ENTP claims to feel nothing, it’s because they haven’t yet developed that function and they’re numbing themselves in some way (whether consciously or unconsciously).

      I personally have had a complex relationship with anger that I’m still working to unpack. I’ve spent so much of my life wanting to be a kind, respectable, loveable person that I’ve had a tendency to repress any anger I feel and instead appear calm and approachable all the time. I only began realizing in my early-mid thirties how that was harming me and how that was preventing me from feeling as fully alive as I’d like to be in a number of ways.

      Bottom line: Based only on what you wrote, I can’t tell you whether or not you’re an ENTP; but, what I can tell you is that ENTP’s (like me) can absolutely feel feelings while arguing, that they can have trouble “controlling” their emotions, and that they can care a lot about how other people see them.

      Hope that helps!

  16. Well hot dang, now I’m not sure! I’ve identified as an INTP for years, mostly based off of a few tests. But I really found myself relating to the descriptions for both INTP and ENTP.

    1. I’m glad this helped you consider a new perspective, Patrick. I spent years identifying as an INTP based on the official Myers-Briggs test, but after doing a lot of my own research to truly understand the cognitive functions, I finally began to realize that I’m an ENTP and that even extroverts need alone time!

      I encourage you to read some of the responses I’ve written to others in the comments here to help you make up your mind either way 🙂

  17. The test gave me INTP with 97 points and ENTP with 83 points top results which i’ve been confusing about (I identify myself as ENTP with my known knowledge but not entirely sure about it since I’m new to mbti) but your ENTP article and INTP vs ENTP comparison helped me with my ENTP self, all my weaknesses and unconscious things I’ve been struggling a lot The test was really great too The best test i’ve taken (The examples were cool and easy to answer) but will be greater to beginners since I’m familiar with the function questions Overall, the best and most helpful test and articles to me fr Thanks you a lot:))

  18. Um,like many people in the comments here I’m very torn between ENTP and INTP because both sides fit me extremely well.I mean for example I feel extremely emotional and that Si comes and shames me for it but I also feel extremely unmotivated and as though everything has to be re-organized but not that there is only one way but that there are too many ways and I cant decide which.I’m always lazy and unmotivated anyway which is apparently an INTP stereotype, but based the limited knowledge I’ve aquired about MBTI, they’re not very reliable.

    1. Hi Adam,

      Feeling emotional, unmotivated, and beating yourself up sometimes are common for every type. Those are just parts of being human. The world is a very challenging place nowadays, and so many things ask for our attention. If you feel lazy, it’s definitely not just an INTP thing. It’s because the world around you has become so complex and hard to manage.

      In my opinion, the single best thing you can do is practice daily meditation. Try the apps Waking Up or Headspace.

      In terms of choosing between the two types, here’s something I wrote someone else that might help:
      1) Which is worse: (a) having to follow step-by-step instructions (i.e., no freedom to design your own solution) and deal with logistics/bureaucracy, or (b) having to make subjective choices that don’t use logic, and not being able to convince someone with your logic?
      2) After spending time with interesting people—including a lot of exchanging ideas out loud, brainstorming, or whiteboarding—are you more likely to feel energized to keep going and create something yourself, or like you need to take a lot of time to recharge?
      3) Yes, you probably do both, but is someone more likely to accuse you of not going deep enough into a subject or not gathering enough perspectives or possibilities on it?

      The first option for each of those is more ENTP and the second is more INTP.

      1. I do not mean it is frequent, I am merely saying that this is what I feel when under stress, so dont worry.In any case, your test is from what I’ve seen very acuraty in typing me as either INTP or ENTP as I relate to b oth. Thank you very much for your good test.

  19. It was quite difficult at first because both types are quite similar, also I have developed lots of social anxiety and hyper-self awareness tendencies, as well as being unmotivated a lot of the time which ‘go against’ being an ENTP. Also a lot of my ideas/anything creative or different perspectives has been shut down or called out as being wrong/stupid throughout my life so I started doubting myself more and therefore not sharing all the ideas I’d come up with.
    But the analogy you said about approaching the comparisons as if you were your ‘child’ self really helped me, because it helped me think purely as who I am at the core (an ENTP) and not how I behave sometimes due to external expectations/pressures. Additionally, through reading other similar comments and seeing your answers explaining how being and ENTP yet still showing INTP characteristics and being anxious/unmotivated as well as your comparison scenarios (such as not diving deep enough into a subject/not having enough broad knowledge) really cleared things up for me. I wrote down each of the comparison points I related to for both ENTP and INTP and found out that I am actually more of an ENTP, despite not fitting into a lot of stereotypes.

    Anyways, this entire comment is basically me saying that this ENTP-INTP comparison page and your comments was the most useful thing i’ve ever come across in terms of mbti and I feel more clear and informed on being an ENTP. Its very interesting actually how so many characteristics literally describe how i think and feel. Thank you!

    1. Awesome, Jojo—I’m so glad to hear all that!

      It’s really unfortunate how many negative stereotypes there are on the Internet about ENTP’s. In my experience, most adult ENTP’s I meet are not arrogant jerks obsessed with debating people all the time. We feel feelings too, and we want to make positive impacts on the world.

      I’m sorry to hear about your ideas being shut down in the past. It sounds like you’re coming to really understand who you are deep down, and I encourage you to continue to fight against jadedness and to hang on to the curiosity, wonder, and willingness to share your ideas that you had as a child 🙂

      Thanks again for sharing.

  20. I score intp cause my aux si score always turns out higher than my fe, but I feel like I utilize ne over ti (entp)

    1. In my experience, ENTP’s rarely score high on Si. Here are a few possible explanations that come to mind:
      – You’re an INTP who loves exploring and learning, but an area of growth for you might be practicing slowing down to focus more on what you’re currently doing before moving to something new.
      – You’re an ENTP with an underdeveloped Fe, which is common in a lot of ENTP’s who haven’t specifically worked to improve their social skills and connection to their emotions. (I used to be that way, and I spent years going to workshops and retreats for building self-awareness, connecting with my feelings, practicing vulnerability in relationship, and other non-analytical skills. It made a huge difference.)
      – You’re an INTP or ENTP who’s still working to get to know yourself, so you might not yet be fully aware of the extent to which you truly use Ne, Ti, Fe, or Si. There’s no shame in that—it took me years to realize I was an ENTP and not an INTP.

      Hope that helps!

  21. Here’s the thing. After going through this table, only when it comes to depth and width of exploration and common struggles I’m more of an ENTP (and that example made it quite clear, since I’ve plenty of knowledge about my hobbies, but can’t tell is all that deep). For the rest of the points, I’m totally INTP.
    So, would that make me an ENTP?

    1. Hi Marina,

      Well, if you match better with INTP’s in every single other category, it seems likely that you’re an INTP who simply hasn’t yet gone as deep as there is to go yet on your hobbies. You might ask yourself why that is. Is it because you haven’t yet found one that you’re passionate enough about? Is it that you don’t have time? Or maybe that the rest of your life isn’t fully in order (e.g., you don’t get enough sleep, etc.)?

      I’d also suggest reading through some of my other responses to questions people have asked on this page to see if that helps push you in either direction.

      For example, here are a couple of questions I asked another reader:
      1) Which is worse: (a) having to follow step-by-step instructions (i.e., no freedom to design your own solution) and deal with logistics/bureaucracy, or (b) having to make subjective choices that don’t use logic, and not being able to convince someone with your logic?
      2) After spending time with interesting people—including a lot of exchanging ideas out loud, brainstorming, or whiteboarding—are you more likely to feel energized to keep going and create something yourself, or like you need to take a lot of time to recharge?

      Hope that helps,

  22. Hello there!

    Finding my type has been quite a trouble for me sometime
    I have been mostly getting ENTP from test results (sometimes INTJ which I also relate to a bit, just as much to an INTP)
    Here is the thing, most of life I have been a very socially anxious and paranoid person
    Always thinking how other people judge, even on the streets when someone laughs I automatically think that they are laughing at me. I have been always talking in a monotone voice although I do not like it.
    All my life I have felt that I locked myself up in a cage and I have been trying to break out be my authentic self with the help of self discovery. Hence, why I startes to pin point down what my personality type so I can learn about myself.
    But this has been a long and hard journey and to this I cant decide if I am an ENTP or INTP, hell I sometimes think I am and INTJ but that could be because I might be an unhealthy ENTP stuck in his shadow.

    But anyway, how would you try to distinguish between an Ne and Ti dom, if the person has been socially anxious and paranoid all his life, but loves the attention and praise people give him?

    The only thing I managed to pick up on is that I make really a lot of puns and jokes about connecting unrelates things and also whenever I am conversint with someone and there other people near me having a conversation as well, I usually tend shift my attention so that I can listen to my own conversation and to everyone else’s conversation as well.
    Another thing that might be related to Ne is that whenever I work (i am a software dev) I usually have a general idea of what I am going to do or fix and then I jump into it looking for ways to do it and trying it out if they work until I found one that is near perfect ( maybe i am exagerating my aimless approach a bit but it is somewhat accurate )
    Also I switch very often to watch youtube videos to replenish my burst of mental energy

    Sorry about this rumbling and the possible typos, its 3 am here and I am tired but I wanted to type this because who needs sleep when you can look for answers

    1. Hi Thomas,

      Thanks for the question, and sorry about the belated reply—busy summer!

      Most of what you described in your comment could apply to almost any type. Feeling like people are laughing at you, feeling locked in a cage, and being distracted by YouTube say more about how you grew up and your other life experiences rather than your Myers-Briggs type.

      However, I do get at least a slight N vibe from your comment since N’s are more likely to feel misunderstood (since most people are S’s). And the way you describe your software development work does sound more like Ti than Te (meaning ENTP or INTP rather than INTJ).

      Otherwise, there isn’t anything in what you shared that would push me toward a clear INTP or ENTP choice for you. One thing I’ll say is that INTP’s are more likely to mis-type as ENTP’s rather than the other way around (in other words, not many INTP’s incorrectly believe they’re ENTP’s).

      Beyond that, I’d suggest carefully reading through the tables on this page again and checking out some of my answers to other comments (for example, the one right above yours has two of the best questions for honing in on ENTP or INTP).

      Good luck!

  23. Hello and thank you for this!

    So is there a thing like 40% E and 60% I NTP? Because I think I am. I find myself relating to every single INTP characteristic, but I also have the following ENTP tendencies:

    • My voice tends to be more expressive and varied when speaking and explaining,
    • I understand concepts by talking them out and debating different perspectives (whether with other people or just presenting all sides of the argument to themselves)
    • I love being the center of attention in Social situations. I want to people acknowledge my achievements. And as far as I know, I experience low social anxiety.

    It’s only these 3 points, other than that I relate to the most of the INTP tendencies listed under ‘Depth and width of exploration’, ‘Recharging energy’, ‘Under stress’, and ‘What paralyzes me’

    Thank you, it really helped my understand myself, and reading through the whole thing was a “holy shit this is me” haha. It’s very similar to how my friends and parents describe me. I’ve just recently got into understanding MBTI and its very interesting.

    1. Hi Shreya,

      Glad to hear this was so useful for you!

      There isn’t really such a thing as part one type, part another. But it’s worth remembering that ENTP’s are known as one of the most introverted of the extrovert types, so in that sense it’s almost like ENTP’s are part INTP.

      Also, like I said at the end of my post, some ENTP’s incorrectly believe they’re INTP’s. But, I haven’t seen many INTP’s incorrectly believe they’re ENTP’s. In other words, if you think you’re probably an ENTP, that’s most likely right. But if you think you’re probably an INTP, it could go either way.

      Regarding those three bullets you mentioned, the first two could easily apply to both types. The third could certainly apply to INTP’s in the right mood and environment as well, though that one might push me to think you’re more of an ENTP. You might ask yourself though why, deep down, you like when people acknowledge your achievements. Is it because you love that they recognize how intelligent and logically correct you are (i.e., more INTP)? Is it because you love the approval of others so that you feel able to keep hanging out with them (i.e., more ENTP)? That question certainly isn’t the dealbreaker between the two, but it’s another data point at least (and, this stuff is hard too because there are so many factors from our individual life experience, family of origin, trauma, etc. that would also impact why you like acknowledgment).

      In any case, INTP’s and ENTP’s aren’t terribly different. Compared to all the other types, we’re quite similar. So simply knowing that you use Ne and Ti a lot (in either order) and are weaker in Fe and Si (in either order) is useful information 🙂

  24. I think I am more of an ENTP in terms of thinking, speaking, convincing, depth and width of exploration, social situations & judgement.

    However, in terms of recharging energy, under stress, and what paralyzes them.

    I’m still unsure of my MBTI type, are other any other ways to know if I’m really an ENTP or INTP? If there is, please help me, thank you!

    1. Hi Michelle,

      One thing I’ve told other people is that INTP’s are more likely to mis-type as ENTP’s rather than the other way around (in other words, not many INTP’s incorrectly believe they’re ENTP’s).

      In terms of recharging energy, even we ENTP’s need a lot of alone time too. But I invite you to consider how it feels to you to hang out not with average, boring people, but with awesome people who you find very interesting. After that kind of social time, do you feel more inspired and energized or like you need to be alone for a long time to recharge?

      Beyond that, I encourage you to read some of the responses I’ve given to other commenters—hopefully you’ll find some tips you resonate with.

      And no matter which of the two types you end up being, some of your most valuable personal growth work will still be developing mindfulness (e.g., through meditation) and learning to shift your state when you get too caught in your head overthinking things.

      Here’s a place to start: https://www.michaelcaloz.com/2022/06/12/meditation-part-1-why-this-is-the-1-skill-you-should-learn-as-an-xntx-type-to-make-the-most-of-your-life-its-like-getting-root-level-access-to-your-operating-system/

      Good luck!

  25. This definitely changed everything. I went through and started to highlight aspects I found myself relating to the most and ENTP was the winner. I usually test both INTP or ENTP on a bunch of different types of assessments and while I always accepted INTP because I am an introvert and there’s no way in the world I could be an extrovert, I could not get rid of the nagging feeling in the back of my mind that there’s more to it and that I truly do relate to ENTP and that I’m just simply not “cool” enough to truly be it. Once I started reflecting on my personality when I was younger, things started to fall into place. I was never the honed-in logistical fact finder, I was the kid bouncing crazy ideas off of others, creating brand new games based on whatever my obsession was at that month (or more appropriately, week), and I was energized by interacting with other kids I found to be equally as interesting as myself and never needed the recovery that I do now (probably more due to burnout). More recently I’ve been able to recover these traits I found myself losing in my older teenage years (probably due to societal standards of what an extrovert is and how ENTPs were deemed to be crazy party animals who play devil’s advocate in every conversation they get themselves in). I see how at my core I am eager to learn a million different things and express this with others, to bounce ideas back and forth, and to debate points as a way to help better understand things for myself. Additionally, when I saw nostalgia was the ENTP’s Achilles heel I knew that this type was drawn to me for a reason, not to say I don’t heavily relate to most of the INTP traits. For now, I have to let myself be in limbo of my type for a while longer because it feels wrong to shift into the ENTP after accepting the INTP only recently after my weird INFP era (thanks for nothing 16-personalities). Maybe the act of keeping my options open and waiting for that one test that will be 100% proven accurate to pop up is a sign I truly am an ENTP… I guess we’ll have to find out!

    1. Thanks for sharing, Mia. That all makes perfect sense. As an ENTP, I spend a lot of time alone as well, so some people might call me an introvert. And I’m certainly not a crazy party animal who plays devil’s advocate all the time 🙂 Those kinds of stereotypes have done us a disservice, because ENTP’s are more complex and nuanced than that.

      It can be helpful to think of “debater” in a broader sense. It doesn’t always have to be about proving someone else wrong. It can be about bouncing ideas back and forth, as you said. And less about beating someone else and more about furthering our own learning about how the world works.

      I’m glad you found this insightful, and it makes sense that a slower transition would feel good to you rather than needing to completely switch your identity overnight 🙂

  26. you said that if you first believed you’re an entp, you’re most definitely one and not an intp.
    i thought for the longest time i was an entp, but recently i started questioning that, because i noticed that i’ve been masking/pretending to be sth else or acting a certain way to fit into the stereotypes of an entp or to seem more extroverted (for example interacting more with people because i want them to think i’m outgoing and not an introvert).
    the problem is, i’m not sure if i was actually masking or not. and i also don’t know if it could be the other way around, because i act different around different people.

    when i look back into my childhood, i was more introverted and i think i showed more tendencies towards being an intp. but again, i could just perceive it wrong. maybe i’m trying to be an intp now although being an entp.

    this is such a struggle and i don’t know what to do.
    i don’t even know why i’m so obsessed with knowing my mbti.

    1. Hi Nood,

      It sounds like you’ve been wanting to be an ENTP for some reason. Here’s where my curiosity goes: What about being an ENTP is appealing to you? Why have you been wanting to act more extroverted? Do you see being an introvert as bad in some way? (Because it’s not!)

      My suggestion is to approach this like an objective detective who’s been hired to examine you and your life. If this person were watching how you act and how your brain works from the outside, would they be more likely to call you an ENTP or INTP?

      I especially encourage you to drop any sense of wanting to fit into the stereotypes of being an ENTP, since many of them are simply wrong. People online have a lot of ideas about ENTP’s that don’t match me or my clients. Each type can look many different ways, and there’s a lot of nuance here.

      Instead of trying to fit into the ENTP or INTP mold, I urge you to just be yourself and then find which type best matches that 🙂 (And yes, “being yourself” is easier said than done. I encourage you to practice meditation to figure out who you really are deep down.)

  27. Hi! This article was such a great read (and I’m really late on commenting), but I’m still confused.
    I got INTP twice in a row on your test, and I’ve read so many articles on MBTI cognitive functions, but I’m still curious to know whether I really am an INTP since this article and some common INTP traits have made me skeptical (though I know stereotypes aren’t to be trusted). I’ve realized I’m not the most self-aware.

    My thoughts aren’t really organized or categorized, but I also tend to think and reach conclusions in my head before saying them out loud.
    My method of understanding topics vary from topic to topic, but usually I enjoy diving into them alone first, understanding them, and then talking/potentially debating about them with friends (still unsure of what method I really prefer; I’m still figuring that out 😅, but this seems to be the norm for me).

    I don’t know… Overall, I still feel like I relate more to INTP from reading this article, but I don’t know if I really tend to be a Ti dom. I don’t know how to figure out how I perceive and approach situations.

    1. Thanks, I’m glad you liked it!

      As you said, self-awareness is the critical skill necessary to self-type, and it can be hard to develop. So, it might simply be that your type will feel more and more clear to you as you mature and understand yourself better. It took me years after first taking the official MBTI test to figure out my real type (partly because I didn’t know myself well enough yet).

      Based on everything you said in your comment thought, INTP feels like a good bet to me! 🙂

  28. how could I figure out which NTP I am when I feel like I utilize Ne more than Ti but Si more than Fe?

    1. It’s hard for me to advise based only on that information, but my gut guess would be ENTP—simply because ENTP’s are largely defined by their Ne, and INTP’s by their Ti. So if you feel solidly more Ne than Ti, ENTP seems more likely. Also, what you think of as Si and Fe might be strongly influenced by the culture and family structure you grew up in.

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