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

Although ENFPs and ENTPs have only one preference difference, they are very different personalities. According to David Keirsey’s Temperament Theory, the ENFP belongs to the Idealist (NFs) type personality while the ENTP 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.

  • ENFPs are more passionate in their language compared to the ENTPs

    Both ENFPs and ENTPs appear very comfortable in social settings. However, ENFPs tend to appear more passionate, especially when they’re describing something they believe in deeply. They tend to be emotionally charged, enthusiastic and full of passion when they talk about it.

    ENTPs can appear enthusiastic a good idea or a new project, but they will still be emotionally detached from the idea. Although they still discuss it with a certain level of enthusiasm, they seem to be more measured with showing their emotions about it.  

  • ENFPs are often found fighting for causes while ENTPs often enjoy objective debate about issues.

    ENFPs are often found fighting for human or animal rights of some kind. Because they strongly believe in certain values, they do not hesitate to make a stand for it and fight for it if the situation so requires. The ENFPs are often leaders of causes as a result of their natural orientation.

    ENTPs have little or no such interest. They can look at the same issue that the ENFP is passionate about and have an objective debate about it. Even if they do take a side, they often will discuss the pros and cons of each side as objectively as possible.

  • ENFPs are more interested in developing people than ENTPs who are more interested in improving systems.

    Both ENFPs and ENTPs are attracted to big ideas, but ENFPs are interested in ideas that develop and empower people or make the world a better place according to their values. These ideas could involve initiatives that get people involved in saving the environment or an underprivileged group.

    ENTPs are interested in improving systems. They can look at a societal or organizational circumstances, spotting flaws and suggesting possible improvements to the current systems. Often, they are vocal about these observations too, telling those around them about these flaws and what could be done.

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

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