This section Distinguishing ENFJ and ENTJ is to help you verify your type if you're still unsure after doing the test and reading the type descriptions.

ENFJs and ENTJs are relatively different personalities. According to David Keirsey’s Temperament Theory, the ENFJ belongs to the Idealist (NFs) type personality while the ENTJ belongs to the Rational (NTs) type personality.

As such there are several distinguishing characteristics of both personalities that will easily help you clarify your type.

  • ENFJs lean toward compassion while ENTJs lean toward competence.

    Both ENFJs and ENTJs are strong headed personalities, but ENFJs lean toward compassion. ENFJs will stand up for the down-and-out, the weak, the defenseless, sometimes even imposing their values unto others as well.

    ENTJs value competence much more highly. They value and respect competence and excellence in themselves and others; they will challenge and impose their views on others and expect others to stand up for their views too. Standing up for the weak and defenseless does not come naturally to them.

  • In conflict situations, ENFJ may tend to be more avoidant than ENTJs.

    ENFJs tend to avoid conflict or brush it under the carpet in the hope of escaping any discomfort. Also, they strongly dislike people who play the devil’s advocate and challenge their thoughts and beliefs.

    ENTJs may be quite impatient with conflict; they see conflict as a waste of time and may rush to closure without allowing all parties to say their piece. As such, they may tend just to push conflict aside in order to move forward with the project.

  • ENTJs enjoy intellectual challenge while ENFJs want to preserve harmony.

    ENTJs enjoy frank, open communication and an honest challenge to their ideas. They can be very challenging and critical about the ideas of others as well, and they can overpower others with the strength of their personality.

    ENFJs have a high need for harmony; they have respect for each person and their beliefs and will not challenge others unless their values are challenged first. Even in situations where a debate or challenge inevitable, ENFJs might still try to find a way to avoid it in order to preserve harmony.

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These differences should be sufficient for distinguishing ENFJ and ENTJ. While there are other more subtle differences, the above-mentioned points are the more observable differences in behavior.

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