INTPs and ESTPs are both Thinking and Perceiving personalities, meaning that they usually dislike strict schedules and tend to prefer expressing themselves logically. Their commonalities should be embraced, as they make communication and understanding a bit easier. There are, however, a couple of differences to take into account.
INTPs need more personal space; ESTPs should recognize when to take a step back when in a conversation and allow INTPs time to process and recharge.
ESTPs prefer to focus on the specific details of a situation; INTPs should learn to appreciate this attention to detail. Though it may be different from INTPs’ own need to see the bigger picture, understanding the benefit of attentiveness will prevent unnecessary frustration.
Communication should be logical and expressive; both INTPs and ESTPs should be open and honest about their own perspectives.
INTPs should consider the details of a situation of conflict; though it may be difficult for them, it exemplifies an effort to understand and compromise with ESTPs.
ESTPs should be aware of INTPs’ need for personal space; confronting them in public is not likely to go over well. Instead, ESTPs should address conflict in a more private setting.
INTPs need to feel accepted as creative thinkers; they are more likely to trust ESTPs who give them space to process and work alone.
ESTPs are likely to trust INTPs who can be straightforward and live in the present.
INTPs provide deep though and creativity, while ESTPs bring openness and energy to the workplace. INTPs can help ESTPs see multiple possibilities when making a decision by encouraging them to focus on the bigger picture, rather than the details. ESTPs can help INTPs share their creative ideas with others, which they might otherwise be too uncomfortable to do.
Because both INTP and ESTP personalities are Perceiving, they adapt more easily to change. Their “go-with-the-flow” attitude makes it easy for them to adjust to new situations. As long as any communication difficulties and conflicts are sorted out, they will easily manage.
INTP and ESTP types need to seek to understand what brings stress to the other type and should try to avoid causing it when possible.
INTPs should avoid focusing too much on the future, which can easily stress ESTPs; instead, they should be considerate of the present, as well.
ESTPs should avoid overcrowding INTPs; give them space and allow them to work on their own.
INTP and ESTP types can encourage and motivate each other in their personal and professional lives.
INTPs can encourage ESTPs by spending quality time with them.
ESTPs can motivate INTPs by appreciating their positive results and encouraging them to dream big.
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