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

Although ENTPs and ESTPs have only one preference difference, they are very different personalities. According to David Keirsey’s Temperament Theory, the ENTP belongs to the Rational (NTs) type personality while the ESTP belongs to the Artisan (SPs) type personality.

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

  • ENTPs enjoy intellectual debates while ESTPs do not.

    ENTPs enjoy discussions and debates about macro issues like education systems, government, politics, and theology and so on. They enjoy giving their points of views and debating with others about theirs and often they come across as devil’s advocates.

    ESTPs have little interest in these intellectual discussions or debates; when they encounter such, they tend just to keep quiet and let others do the talking. Their conversation topics will center on daily happenings or events, and they enjoy talking and sharing with others about what’s going on with their lives.  

  • ENTPs enjoy abstract theory while ESTPs enjoy working with their hands.

    ENTPs enjoy the classroom, especially subjects that deal with investigative or theoretical subjects like physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy and economics. They find themselves engaged when they are learning these subjects and often they have an intellectual curiosity to study more about them.

    Most ESTPs do not enjoy the classroom, preferring to use their hands to do something or get to the outdoors for activity. However, in the classroom, they may still enjoy subjects that require them to do practical things like cooking, crafting objects and performing experiments.

  • ENTPs enjoy talking about possibilities while ESTPs just enjoy living in the moment.

    ENTPs are inspired and energized by new ideas; they may be talking about starting new projects and businesses often. When talking about them, ENTPs often become excited and can go on at length about those ideas; however, they seldom do follow through on them as they are usually more interested in the ideas than the actual execution.

    ESTPs enjoy living in the moment; they are little interest in the future possibilities or the past, they just want to live in the present. When talking about the future to them, one will find the ESTP simply just zones out. They prefer to use live it instead of talking about it. They are seekers of pleasure, whether in food, shopping or play; they want to maximize the enjoyment of the day.

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These differences should be sufficient for distinguishing ENTP and ESTP. While there are other more subtle differences, the abovementioned points are the most observable differences in behavior.

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