Your Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI® test) personality type can help you understand why you feel or react in certain ways in emotional settings, seeing as it is directly related to your emotional intelligence. Learning about your MBTI type can greatly influence how emotionally intelligent you are, and help you grow your emotional capabilities both inwardly and in the presence of others. This week, we’ll discuss the emotional intelligence of Extraverted Intuition with Introverted Thinking (ENTP) types, and how they can work to enhance their emotional intelligence.
We consider emotional intelligence to be “a complex ability to regulate your impulses, empathize with others, and persist and be resilient in the face of obstacles.” (Pearman, 2002, CPP) ENTP personality types are both outward and inward individuals, choosing to do most of their logical thinking independently (such as problem solving, idea innovation, brainstorming, etc.), but are still competitive with others and enjoy actively engaging with them and whatever they are doing. They enjoy receiving feedback from their peers and hearing their points of view, but they also are steadfast in their beliefs and may create uncomfortable situations around logically analyzing others’ views. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)
In regards to their own emotional makeup, Myers-Briggs ENTP types are very competent, confident individuals, always looking for opportunities and believing in their abilities to succeed at them. They are spontaneous and impulse-driven, occasionally losing control over their emotions in situations where others are being irrational or unresponsive to their enthusiasm. They enjoy constantly evolving ideas and challenges, and often are quick to respond to situations as they come up. Oftentimes, they prefer to tackle these challenges on their own, enjoying the satisfaction that comes with completing something independently or mastering a new skill. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)
When emotional strive becomes an issue, MBTI ENTP types are often quick to recover and tackle stress head-on. They are hopeful for the future, and usually don’t let things get them down. When they do have moments of sadness or low self-esteem, they look back to their accomplishments, their analytical abilities, and their network of friends to help them get back on track. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)
In relationships with their friends and peers, ENTP personality types are often aware of what is happening on an emotional level with others, but may interpret the situation differently than others or view it purely from a logical standpoint. They don’t mind disclosing their thoughts or interests, and are often very talkative and outgoing. Their problem-solving nature can help them aid their friends, but occasionally they may rely too much on logic with their interpretations of others’ emotions. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)
The best way for ENTP types to augment their emotional intelligence is to slow down their overactive minds when they’re working and discussing emotions, not asking so many questions and allowing their peers to speak. Furthermore, it would also help ENTP types to not be so competitive, as they may come off as rash or rude. Allowing for more collaboration with others will also open ENTP types up to emotional growth, as long as they also tone down their critical comments in favor of support and positive feedback. All of these things, and just recognizing patterns associated with their MBTI type, will help ENTP personality types grow emotionally.
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