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ENTP vs ENFP – Two Distinct Breeds of Extraverted Intuition

Similarities and Differences

The ENTP and ENFP are similar in many ways. They both share the same dominant trait of Extraverted Intuition (Ne). The difference lies in their second cognitive function, The Supporting Role, which creates two unique types, as similar as they may seem to be on the surface.

Similarities – Extraverted Intuition as the Dominant Function

  • Relaxed, nonjudgmental, non-aggressive look and demeanor.
  • Person is easily intrigued, starts new things very easily, and always has energy for new beginnings.

  • Relaxed posture and open and easy-going look most of the time.

  • Very often enthusiastic, but rarely physically robust or vigorous.

  • Like to have spontaneous moments rather than traditional / planned situations or “proper” behavior.

  • Spontaneous behavior and the absence of social masks serves to convey one’s “true” self to others. A concern with “proper” behavior only serves to mask the true self.

Extraverted Intuition (Ne) implies a rejection of the Intraverted Sensing (Si) in one’s behavior. Therefore, Ne types try to interest others with thoughts, insights, and a particular vision of things and not through material means or by exerting a direct physical or visual impact on others.

Extraverted Intuition (Ne) types “drop out” of situations (and their eyes glaze over and stop “seeing”) because they generally are abstracted from physical stimuli and are thinking about intangible characteristics of the situations they are in. The eyes remain open, but the visual stimuli is not reaching the conscious mind.

Extraverted Intuition (Ne) implies an ability to recognize and develop high-potential situations, people, and ideas – hence the innate enthusiasm, openness, and the ability to become intrigued and intrigue others. Ne implies attentiveness to the unseen essence of things, and Ne types want to have their essence come through to others.

Differences – Intraverted Thinking vs Intraverted Feeling as the Supporting (Auxiliary) Function

ENTP – The Visionary

  • Explorer Inventor
  • Enthusiastic Innovator
  • Inventor
  • One exciting challenge after another
  • Progress is the product
  • Relationships are just another challenge
  • Answer the questions and question the answers
  • Precocious Planner

Explorative; lighthearted and detached curiosity; focused on interests and ideas; usually upbeat and good-natured.

The theme for ENTPs is inventing, finding ingenious solutions to people and technical problems.Their talents lie in developing ideas into functional and innovative applications that are the first of their kind. They thrive on finding new ways to use theories to make systems more efficient and people better off. They have a hunger for new projects.

ENTPs 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.

ENTPs tend to smile the same way most of the time, and don’t use all the muscles of their face. This shows that they are little concerned with being agreeable or emotionally involving others. ENTPs have a more distant and detached look than ENFPs.

  • Ti seeks precision, such as the exact word to express an idea. It notices the minute distinctions that define the essence of things, then analyzes and classifies them.
  • Ti examines all sides of an issue, looking to solve problems while minimizing effort and risk. It uses models to root out logical inconsistency.

  • ENFP - The Inspirer

    • Discoverer Advocate
    • Journalist
    • Champion
    • Giving life an extra squeeze
    • People are the product
    • You can never be too close
    • Pied Piper

    Playfulness; tinge of irony; acceptance; frivolous; warm curiosity about people and relationships.

    The theme for ENFPs is inspiration, both of themselves and others. Their talents lie in grasping profound significance, revealing truths, and motivating others. They are very perceptive of others’ hidden motives and purposes. ENFPs are Interested in everything about people and their stories, as long as they are genuine.

    ENFPs have a contagious enthusiasm for “causes” that further good and develop latent potential and the same zeal for disclosing dishonesty and inauthenticity. They are often moved to enthusiastically communicate their “message.”

    ENFPs tend to have a wide, “sincere,” likable smile and to show a wide range of facial expressions. ENFPs have softer expressions than ENTPs, often tilt their head a bit to the side to show their interest in people.

    ENFPs reflect their mood on their face more than ENTPs. At the same time, they are usually somewhat emotionally subdued and do not show powerful passions in their face or movements.

    • With a supporting tole of Intraverted Feeling (Fi), ENFPs are attuned to other people’s feelings and sentiments and are generally aware of people’s emotional response to them.
  • They feel responsibility for the emotional climate of situations they are in and soften these situations by being emotionally open and showing their inner feelings on their face.

  • Fi filters information based on interpretations of worth, forming judgments according to criteria that are often intangible.

  • Fi constantly balances an internal set of values such as harmony and authenticity.

  • Attuned to subtle distinctions, Fi innately senses what is true and what is false in a situation.

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    12 thoughts on “ENTP vs ENFP – Two Distinct Breeds of Extraverted Intuition”

    1. Thanks so much for this breakdown. I’m an INFJ analyzing my husband. I was stuck between ENFP and ENTP for him. (happy either way). This helped me decide! Now, I’m confidant he’s an ENFP.

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    2. There are huge differences between the two. The “Ne” and usually non-existent “Si” are similar but the second letter is what changes everything. Huge different between Ti and Fi. You can say almost anything to an ENTP and it will rarely offend him. ENFPs on the other hand are extremely sensitive and have a hard time handling a heated debate.

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        1. True the “Ne” makes them seem similar on the surface. Its not until the conversation gets going and you blurt out “that idea sucks” that you see the difference lol

          I like ENFPs but in the moment they seem just like me and I think I can say or do anything I want and then I find out they took what I said personally. In many cases, I don’t even remember what I just said and was just talking out of my a** for the heck of it.

          With other people you’d be more “on guard” but with ENFPs you forget that you need to put things a little more delicately than you otherwise would.

          Super cool people for the most part…luv em’ to death. Never met one I didn’t like. We both need massive amounts of Ritalin in life!!!!

          Wesley Barras

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        2. Yeah. Biggest misconception of the ENTP I’ve seen is that people only see the N and T, not realizing how strong our Fe becomes in our late 20′s, and how much more effective we become as leaders and also how perceptive we become. Our Fi is always weak, making us feel lonely without the right partner.

          I mean, everything is statistics, meaning there are always exceptions to the rules, but the “ideal” long term partner for an ENTP is an ISFP. By no means the end all be all, just statistically to complete our psychologically. ISFJ isn’t far off ;-)

          Most people go for another N or another E, at minimum, which doesn’t even make rational sense. We are attracted to those types quickly, we click right away, but once we both stop pretending to be perfect, two types that are similar will fight for control of the same things. Worse than that, we will always lack certain abilities.

          ENTPs have enough Ne for 2 people but lack Si. ENTPs don’t mind being intuitive for both people, and since they are so comfortable with Ne, don’t judge the partner for lacking it. We admire their Si since we lack it. We love going on and on about possibilities.

          ISFPs have enough Si for 2 people but lack Ne. They do not judge our lack of Si, and admire our Ne, something they can’t do.

          We don’t stand out quickly to each other, because at first ENTPs seem too intense and abstract. ISTPs seem too boring. But over time, we grow into completing each other as a single unit. We don’t fight for control, because we don’t want control of the same things.

          ISFJs probably happen in a similar manner with ENTPs, maybe requiring a little extra work to get to the ideal “Yin-Yang stage.”

          But humanity’s tendency to go for same or similar types is probably why most relationships start falling apart after 2-3 years. We truly become ourselves, and fight for dominance vs becoming each’s “better half.”

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