INTP and ENTP Relationship

Learn about Myers-Briggs types and relationships

INTP

What is an INTP Personality Type
(The Thinker)?
People with an INTP personality type tend to be extremely analytical, objective, and logical in their behavior. They love exploring new theories and ideas, which means they’re often responsible for amazing discoveries in their field of choice. They are likely to approach interactions with others in a logical way, rather than relying on emotion.

ENTP

What is an ENTP Personality Type
(The Debater)?
People with an ENTP personality type tend to be charismatic, direct, and logical in their behavior. They tend to avoid displays of emotion and may be perceived as cold in certain situations. They enjoy taking charge, working to achieve goals, and encouraging growth from those around them.

Communication

How can INTP and ENTP types communicate effectively with each other?

INTPs and ENTPs are Thinking, Intuitive, Perceptive personalities; they both like to focus on the future, tend to make well-thought-out decisions, and prefer to go with the flow. Their biggest differences deal with their energy levels; ENTPs tend to draw energy from other people, while INTPs tend to feel more energetic when they’re alone. To avoid communication issues, they must be aware of this difference. ENTPs should allow INTPs plenty of personal space; however, INTPs need to be openly communicative when issues arise.


Resolving Conflict

How can INTP and ENTP types resolve conflict?

Both personalities thrive with clear and direct communication; however, ENTPs should offer space and encourage INTPs to think through conflict privately before discussing. INTPs should also be patient when listening to ENTPs share their perspective.


Building Trust

How can INTP and ENTP types build trust?

INTPs are likely to trust ENTPs who give them space to reflect and reenergize, while ENTPs are likely to trust INTPs who share their thoughts openly and allow ENTPs to discuss freely.

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Working Together

How can INTP and ENTP types work together?

Because INTPs and ENTPs are so similar, they are more likely to understand the other’s perspective.  INTPs should continue to engage in discussion with ENTPs, while ENTPs should remain conscious and respectful of INTPs’ need to recharge alone


Dealing with Change

How can INTP and ENTP types deal with change?

INTPs and ENTPs are Perceiving personalities, meaning that they are generally flexible and adaptable. Perceiving personalities usually respond well to change, choosing to see it as an adventure, rather than a problem.  


Managing Stress

INTP and ENTP types need to seek to understand what brings stress to the other type and should try to avoid causing it when possible.

INTP types are easily stressed by...

  • Meeting new people
  • Unnecessary rules and regulations
  • Strict and demanding schedules
  • Communicating emotionally with others

ENTP types are easily stressed by...

  • Spending too much time alone
  • Focusing on others’ emotions
  • Feeling forced into a schedule
  • Being emotionally vulnerable

INTPs should avoid withdrawing into themselves too much; it’s still important for them to spend one-on-one time with ENTPs.

ENTPs should avoid forcing INTPs into attending large and crowded events that may be too overstimulating for them.


Encouraging and Motivating

INTP and ENTP types can encourage and motivate each other in their personal and professional lives.

INTP types are motivated by...

  • Working on their own
  • Discovering new possibilities and perspectives
  • Freedom to make last minute plans
  • Communicating thoughts through writing

ENTP types are motivated by...

  • Thinking about the future
  • Debating and discussing issues
  • Creatively solving complex problems
  • Parties and other large events

INTPs can help encourage ENTPs by allowing them to freely share their thoughts, while ENTPs can motivate INTPs by encouraging them to work independently.


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