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

ENTPs and ENTJs are very similar personalities. According to David Keirsey’s Temperament Theory, both the ENTP and the ENTJ belong to the Rationals (NTs) type personality.

However, there are still subtle differences that can help you distinguish the two personalities.

  • ENTPs tend to play devil’s advocate more than the ENTJs.

    Although ENTPs and ENTJs are like to challenge others intellectually, ENTPs often use a subjective, internal criteria to make a judgment call or show opposition. They come across as devil’s advocates , seemingly trying to oppose the norm many of the time.

    ENTJs may challenge others intellectually on their ideas, but the reasons for opposition are often clear cut; they are based on objective, external parameters that helped them come to their conclusion, and they are disagreeing because of these parameters.

  • ENTJs are often highly driven while ENTPs appear more casual and relaxed.

    ENTJs are task-focused, purposeful visionaries who are ready to take charge and marshal the resources given to them to achieve their goals. They can be extremely intense when it comes to working, sometimes scaring others with their work-rate or intensity. They may be impulsive and brash, not willing to listen to others’ point of view.

    ENTPs are usually the more casual and relaxed ones, they dress more casually and seem to take a lighter approach to work; they are flexible with changes and new ideas and are willing to listen to these new ideas.  While most ENTPs may attest to having an intense side at work too, their preferred mode of operation is slightly more casual.

  • ENTPs are excited by possibilities they see in the environment while ENTJs have what they call intuition or a sixth sense.

    ENTPs love new ideas and possibilities. They may talk about new business ideas or initiatives when they see something that needs improvement or a system that needs changing. However, the likelihood of them following through on these ideas are quite low, mainly because of the multitude of these ideas.

    ENTJs, while interested in possibilities, are not as energized by them. When they have a project, they are far more likely to stick through it all the way to the end. However, they possess an intuition that is less known by most around them; they often know something is right or wrong long before they make logical sense of it. In a way, their conscious mind takes a while to catch up with their unconscious mind, which makes connections and associations very quickly.

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

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