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    filling some space UnitOfPopulation's Avatar
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    Default I really don't like the type profiles of my own type

    I disliked them to the extent I went on a 8-year long denial of being of that type. ENTP. Crazy inventors, incoherent. Unable to plan. Flickering at every time. Overexuberant. Huh, what the fuck? It goes on. Unable to behave like a person, instead arguing all the time. Unable to see the big plan as they're just joking so much they're unable to plan for anything.

    To add injury to the insult, I had a friend just like that, an ENTP, who was an incarnation of a Bad Example to me.

    So seeing where I'm coming from, you can see why an ENTx doesn't want to take the ENTP label. Or, can you? Can you not?

    Ideas, please.
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    I always kind of envied and admired the ENTPs I've known, to tell the truth. And I think I've met a few.


    I also think the ENTP profiles generally sound awesome.
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    Envy is one-sided, like love sometimes, there might be some point to it but it doesn't come to conclusion if both parties don't feel they will live up to the role of their part. If I accepted being envied, I'd take the good part, which I don't feel like taking. I've been to jobs where I've pointed out my excellent oratory skills only to find out they've wanted someone with more substancial knowledge of the topic area. So in other words I'm a blabbermouth who thinks highly of his stories - and who's storytelling abilities have been verified high - and who's kicked out of jobs because no job in existence is a storytelling job, and every job in existence is about showing persistent and profound ability in a narrow field, which is something I don't do well.

    The markets have spoken. I'm worthless. I'm merely able to fool myself and others to think I'm worth recruiting for few months until I'm not. Yeah the ENTP dream isn't a nice one.
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    ENTPs tend to be Enneagram type 7s. Enneagram and MBTI tend to have a lot of correlations, but those correlations can create a lot of confusion if the Enneagram type doesn't really match the MBTI type.

    Enneagram is a typology based on coping mechanisms, on how you REACT. MBTI (and Jungian functions in particular) is based on cognitive mechanisms, or how you THINK. It's entirely possible to be a careful, thoughtful person, insofar as you react, but also have the cognitive approach of a hyperimaginative ENTP. Based on your self description, I suspect you don't tend to react like a typical Enneagram 7, always looking for the next adventure to distract yourself from the realities you don't want to face. Figure out what Enneagram type you are, and then see how being ENTP might modify that.

    As an example, I'm an INTJ, Enneagram type 9. As such, I'm about as "laid back" as an INTJ can get, but if you get me in an intellectual discussion I care about, I will instead appear very aggressive and passionate and will not back down as type 9s usually tend to do. INTJ 9s are fairly rare. INTJs usually tend to be type 5 (focusing on intellectual mastery), type 6 (extremely self conscious) or type 1 (focused on being "right"). All the other Enneagram types are possible, though type 7 is going to be very very rare for INTJs (because it correlates very closely with ExxP types).

    So just figure out how you react, vs how you think. The first is very "gut-level": you do it without having to process anything. The latter is entirely about how you process things.
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    Dude. Have you seen ISFJ profiles? They're fucking terrible too. Online profiles suck. Don't try and determine your type through profiles. They're so stereotype-ridden. I know MBTI is all about boxes, but like, some of these descriptions are just so terrible oh my god.

    I know where your frustration is coming from. I don't like being part of a type where all of the profiles say that we "live to serve others" and paint us out to be 1950s conservative housewives. ENTP profiles are going to have very different problems, but still problems. Don't let the profiles get to you and definitely don't let them define you. Your type is just a label, it's not you. With 16 types and 7 billion people, a profile isn't going to be accurate enough to actually describe anyone.
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    I'm an ENTP and a 3, so the internet would have you believe I'm no better than the scum you find at the bottom of a fish tank.

    Do your weaknesses and mistakes define you? Or do you see opportunity to grow when an unpleasant reflection is presented to you?

    Have I been objective to the point of damaging relationships? Absolutely. Have I been so disorganized that I lost incredible opportunities? Absolutely. That self awareness motivates me to work really really really hard at being a better version of myself.

    I knew that my disorganization caused others to not take my seriously. I knew my manner of dealing with people wasn't effective, especially since my objectivity is powered by my deep passion for the wellbeing of others.

    At the end of the day, I want to know that i've done the best I could.
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    @Gamine, I get you. I have too much of a truth-seeker and truth-teller in me to disregard that part of the type description. If I had none of that, I could shrug off the ENTP descriptions that easy.

    @Yamato, I get you. I just met an INFJ I didn't understand for a long time. The guy was actually presented to me as a "father". I'm not sure if there's some symmetry with the idea of ISFJ mother.
    @uumlau, I like your analysis of the MBTI-enneagram interactions. I've never thought of them as important until now. I will definitely look towards those explanations to see what understanding they may offer.

    [Edit] I did an enneagram test and it got me the result 3, someone who seeks validation. I smell the influence of me getting kicked out of job. Perhaps another time would be better for this kind of testing.
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    Then, who are you?

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    For whatever reason, I'm surrounded by ENTP's and they really are very different. It's just a matter of finding the right place to best be themselves. Some of them switch jobs (or get fired!) a lot and some of them make major career changes (computer salesman to minister is my all time favorite!). They always seem to land on their feet, though, which is something I really admire about ENTP's. It's probably just a matter of maturing and figuring things out for yourself, which isn't a bad thing -- after all, how can anybody be a role model for an ENTP when they always want to think they know it all? ENTP's are brilliant, inventive, charismatic, fun, high energy, and, when they apply that cold, hard logic that is their auxilliary function ruthlessly to themselves, they can really be pretty impressive. But I also see people put them down all the time and they can be their own worst enemies, so it's really important to find a place where you fit in. Because you're so adaptable and charismatic, you think everything's going great, even when the foundations are pretty shaky. All kinds of people latch onto you because they see an advantage -- if you don't coldly assess whether there's any real advantage for you, then you're not doing yourself any favors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UnitOfPopulation View Post

    So seeing where I'm coming from, you can see why an ENTx doesn't want to take the ENTP label.
    I can see why someone who wants to be an ENTJ so bad they can taste it, not wanting to admit they're an ENTP and blaming it on another ENTP, sure.
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