One of the striking things about ENTPs is that they never seem to stop. Whether it is trying to find an answer to an issue or having fun, there is always something going on in their life!

The ingenious visionary

ENTPs are extremely creative problem solvers, often finding the angle that had escaped everyone else. This ability to think outside the box seems to result from their insatiable curiosity, which pushes them to study a wide variety of topics. They have a drive to learn more and more, becoming in the process more and more creative. Steve Jobs is often recognised to be an iconic ENTP. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that David Keirsey calls them Inventors.

The social butterfly

When they are not busy solving problems, Inventors can be found socialising, either with friends or newly met acquaintances. Inventors are usually confident individuals, at least on the outside. This means that they are at ease in large crowds and are often of the popular kind. They communicate well with others and are good at picking up cues about people's mood. Inventors are tremendous fun!

The determined pragmatist

Another noticeable trait of Inventors is their ability, and willingness, to manage several projects simultaneously. Flexibility seems to come standard with these people. They have the courage to take risks and try alternative solutions. If the results they expected didn't happen, they will try another approach and won't really be bothered by nay-sayers.

The flip side of the coin

Inventors need to be aware that some of their strong points can sometimes dis-serve them:

- When people are very creative, they tend to focus a lot on what is possible rather than what is practical. Inventors are no different. As they are so confident in their abilities, they tend to promise more than they can actually deliver. A reality-check every now and then can help these inventors achieve more.

- Even though Inventors genuinely like people, they can sometimes lack a bit of diplomacy in the way they express their opinion. Especially when it comes to a topic that they enjoy, they tend to be impatient with people who do not keep up easily with the conversation. Learning to be patient with others would not only greatly enhance their likeability, it would also make them realise that they have a lot to learn from others.

- Flexibility is an great asset to possess. It can however rapidly turn into disorganisation if not kept in check. Whilst Inventors can be very organised at work, they sometimes seem to live their private life in a happy and care-free fashion. Inventors could make the rewarding effort to become a bit more organised or could partner up with somebody who is.


It is almost impossible to predict which personalities will get on best. However, type psychologists have tried, and you can have a look at what they have to say. There are, after all, a few good ideas, but you should still be very cautious here, especially about romantic relationships. Be careful about who you entrust your heart to.

David Keirsey says for example in Please Understand Me II that ENTP Inventors would be “most compatible” with INFJ Counsellors. This is probably because they both enjoy stimulating conversations about abstract ideas. Another possibility could be that the Counsellor will admire the creativity of the Inventor who, in return, will be thankful for the Counsellor's organising talents.

However, bear in mind that the success of a relationship cannot be predicted on type alone.

Studies and career

Choosing a career is a very important decision. For young people interested in making an informed career choice or anyone willing to change theirs, I strongly recommend that you acquire this fantastic book by Paul Tieger and Barbara Baron: Do What You Are . This book explores, for each of the 16 types, the kind of profession that should allow you to make the best use of your strengths and suit your personality better.You will find here a very short list of professions that the authors would advise for Inventors:

- Actor
- Technical trainer
- Marketing researcher/planner
- Desktop publishing specialist
- Real estate agent / developer
- Personal financial adviser
- Politician
- Social scientist
- Chiropractor
- Athletic coach

Again, be careful because type alone cannot predict if you will be successful in a career. You also need to take into account your own abilities, dedication to your goal, personal interests, state of the economy, professional environment...

There is no guarantee in life. However, this book is a great place to start your search.


Type also helps you to understand how to like yourself. In Portraits of Self-Esteem , Bonnie J. Golden explains that self esteem is a combination of self-worth and competence in the life areas of relationships, intelligence, emotional self, physical self and work.The more competent you are in all these areas, the more likely you are to feel good about yourself. It is like not having all your eggs in the same basket: if something bad happens in one of these areas of your life, you will still be able to rely on the others to support yourself.

About ENTP Inventors, she mentions the fact that they feel particularly good about themselves when:

- they author an article
- they get promoted and get a raise
- they understand things quickly
- they jump out of a plane

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