ENTP: The Debater | Personality Description


Every personality test created provides insight into human behavior—however, not all categorize personality in the same manner. For example, while The Enneagram test classifies personality into 9 categories, the Myer’s Briggs test uses 16 groupings. If you’ve been following along, you may have already seen some of our Myer’s Briggs personality descriptions. If not, make sure to check them out because today, we will be going over the ENTP personality type –also known as the debater.

Overview of the ENTP Personality Type

ENTP is the acronym used to describe the debater personality type. It refers to extroversion, i(N)tuition, thinking, and perceiving. Therefore, these individuals are described as curious, spontaneous, and expressive. As the debater, they enjoy having intellectual conversations with others and thinking about complex ideas. Thus, they are logical and often use their logic to make well-informed decisions. In addition, as inherent extroverts, they like being around others and have a great sense of intuition. Furthermore, the ENTP personality enjoys challenging new problems, finding the motivation to find solutions, and influencing people. Moreover, the ENTP is one of the rarer personality types within the global population at only 3%.


Furthermore, like all personality types, the ENTP has many natural strengths. So, let’s take a look at some of these strengths down below:

Creative: Regardless of the issue at hand, these individuals confront problems through a creative lens to succeed. They have a natural ability to think outside the box and aren’t afraid to use past mistakes to formulate ground-breaking solutions. They are also unafraid to express themselves creatively through any artistic medium.

Adaptability: ENTP’s allow themselves to go with the flow. They have no trouble remaining flexible to changing circumstances in their work or personal life. Because they are logical and creative, they use challenges to their advantage to innovate.

Confident: Unlike other personalities, the ENTP is open to constructive feedback and criticism as they have a high self-assurance. They understand that opposition is a part of life. However, they ensure that the opposition does not throw them off their path to success.

Friendly: As these individuals are extroverts, they do not have difficulties connecting with people and maintaining friendships. They enjoy being around large groups and would prefer to be with others rather than alone.


Having faults is a part of being human. So, let’s take a look at some of the weaknesses of this personality type:

Procrastination: As the ENTP enjoys engaging in the world around them to acquire new information, sometimes they can steer off the course of their responsibilities. While their natural curiosity aids them in many respects, it can also hinder their performance when they have too many tasks to complete at once.

Argumentative: Although these individuals enjoy debating their thoughts and ideas with others, they tend to push too far. This can cause others to feel hurt and insignificant at times.

Impractical: The ENTP tend to get caught up in too many thoughts and ideas, making them lose track of what is essential. This chaotic energy often makes them prone to being unable to stay true to their commitments.

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Healthy vs. Unhealthy ENTP

Moreover, while many ENTP’s live healthy, balanced lifestyles, others have difficulties navigating the world around them. Let’s take a look at the difference between a healthy ENTP vs. an unhealthy ENTP looks like:


  • Intelligent and creative
  • Enjoy bringing joy to others
  • Do not feel like they need to prove their uniqueness to other people
  • Are able to see the value in other people and their perspectives
  • They can regulate their emotions and express them in a healthy manner



Furthermore, let’s compare what the ENTP-A vs. the ENTP-T is. The ENTP-A is also known as the Assertive Debater, while the ENTP-T is the Turbulent Debater. Moreover, the Assertive personality type does not seek approval from others, while the turbulent individual requires attention and approval. Furthermore, the Assertive Debater uses stress as a way to motivate them. Contrastingly the Turbulent Debater cannot regulate stress.

ENTP’s. in Relationships

Moreover, when it comes to relationships, they are proactive and caring towards their partner. They can communicate with honesty and are willing to keep an open mind. The ENTP enjoys standing up for their partner and is an advocate when challenged by other people. Furthermore, they address problems within their relationship with a rational attitude, yet they can become aggressive at the time. Additionally, the ENTP may also have difficulties understanding their partner’s emotions and being emotionally vulnerable around them.

 Best Careers for ENTP Personality Type

Furthermore, as ENTP’s are flexible, they thrive in fast-paced work environments. Additionally, because the ENTP enjoys logic and problem-solving, careers that allow them to find solutions and be creative work best. Take a look at some of the best-suited jobs for these individuals down below.

  • Psychology
  • Film Producer
  • Sales Representative
  • Journalist
  • Engineer
  • Psychologist
  • Lawyer
  • Scientist
  • Financial Analyst
  • Web or Software Developer
  • Physician
  • Private Detective

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Famous ENTP’s  

Lastly, although the ENTP Is one of the rarer personality types on the Myer’s Briggs, there have been many individuals of influence and fame throughout history. Thus, let’s take a look at some of these people down below.

  • Walt Disney
  • Celine Dion
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Megan Mullally
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Conan O’Brien
  • Salma Hayek
  • Peter Dinklage
  • Sacha Baron Cohen
  • Elizabeth Olsen
  • Chris Rock
  • Joan Rivers
  • Ryan Reynolds
  • Anna Kendrick
  • Hugh Grant
  • Alexa Chung
  • Tom Hanks
  • Sarah Silverman
  • Amy Poehler


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