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                     Extraverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiving

                             by Marina Margaret Heiss

        Profile: ENTP
        Revision: 1.3
        Date of Revision: 15 Oct 97
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        "Clever" is the word that perhaps describes ENTPs best. The
        professor who juggles half a dozen ideas for research papers and
        grant proposals in his mind while giving a highly entertaining
        lecture on an abstruse subject is a classic example of the type. So
        is the stand-up comedian whose lampoons are not only funny, but
        incisively accurate.

        ENTPs are usually verbally as well as cerebrally quick, and
        generally love to argue--both for its own sake, and to show off
        their often-impressive skills. They tend to have a perverse sense
        of humor as well, and enjoy playing devil's advocate. They
        sometimes confuse, even inadvertently hurt, those who don't
        understand or accept the concept of argument as a sport.

        ENTPs are as innovative and ingenious at problem-solving as they
        are at verbal gymnastics; on occasion, however, they manage to
        outsmart themselves. This can take the form of getting found out at
        "sharp practice"--ENTPs have been known to cut corners without
        regard to the rules if it's expedient -- or simply in the collapse
        of an over-ambitious juggling act. Both at work and at home, ENTPs
        are very fond of "toys"--physical or intellectual, the more
        sophisticated the better. They tend to tire of these quickly,
        however, and move on to new ones.

        ENTPs are basically optimists, but in spite of this (perhaps
        because of it?), they tend to become extremely petulant about small
        setbacks and inconveniences. (Major setbacks they tend to regard as
        challenges, and tackle with determin- ation.) ENTPs have little
        patience with those they consider wrongheaded or unintelligent, and
        show little restraint in demonstrating this. However, they do tend
        to be extremely genial, if not charming, when not being harassed by
        life in general.

        In terms of their relationships with others, ENTPs are capable of
        bonding very closely and, initially, suddenly, with their loved
        ones. Some appear to be deceptively offhand with their nearest and
        dearest; others are so demonstrative that they succeed in shocking
        co-workers who've only seen their professional side. ENTPs are also
        good at acquiring friends who are as clever and entertaining as
        they are. Aside from those two areas, ENTPs tend to be oblivious of
        the rest of humanity, except as an audience -- good, bad, or
        potential.

        Some Famous ENTPs:

        Alexander the Great
        Confederate General J. E. B. Stuart
        Sir Walter Raleigh

        Fictional:

        Mercutio, from Romeo and Juliet
        Horace Rumpole, from John Mortimer's Rumpole of the Bailey series
        Dorothy L. Sayers's detective Lord Peter Wimsey

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                               A Functional Analysis
                                    by Joe Butt

        Extraverted iNtuition

        ENTPS are nothing if not unique. Brave new associations flow freely
        from the unconscious into the world of the living. Making,
        discovering and developing connections between and among two or
        more of anything is virtually automatic. The product of intuition
        is merely an icon of process; ENTPs are in the business of change,
        improvement, experimentation.

        The attraction Extraverted iNtuition has toward the real and
        physical amounts to a cosmic non sequitur: theory is drawn to
        practice. Such encounters are clearly puzzling. Both parties--the
        intuitor and the realist--are aware of a xenic quality in their
        meeting, with reactions ranging from recoil to reverie.

        Introverted Thinking

        Thinking is iNtuition's ready assistant, an embodiment of the sort
        of logic found in laws, boards and circuits. Thinking's job is to
        lend focus and direction to iNtuition's critical mass. The
        temporary habitations of changeling iNtuition are constructed of
        Boolean materials from Thinking's storehouse. Ultimately, Thinking
        is no match for iNtuition's prodigiousness. Systems lie in various
        states of disarray, fragmentary traces of Thinking's feverish
        attempts to shadow and undergird the leaps of the dominant
        function. One can only suppose that Thinking must continue to work
        during REM sleep pulling together iNtuition's brainchildren into
        integral wholes.

        Extraverted Feeling

        To the extent that Feeling is developed, ENTPs extravert Feeling
        judgment. As a result, it is not uncommon to find affability and
        bonhomie in members of this species. Tertiary functions are
        potentially utilitarian. Their limitations appear in their relative
        underdevelopment, diminished endurance, and vulnerability. ENTPS
        may harness Feeling's good will in areas such as sales, service,
        drama, humor and art. ENTP loyalty often runs high and can be
        hooked by those the ENTP counts as friends.

        Introverted Sensing

        Like a tail on the kite of iNtuition, Introverted Sensing
        counterweighs these beings drawn to nonconformity and anarchy.
        These shadowy sensory forms, so familiar to SJ types, serve as
        lodestones which many ENTPs employ Herculean measures to escape.
        "Question authority! (then do exactly what it tells you)" sums up
        the dilemma in which ENTPs may find themselves by attempting to
        best the tarbaby Sensing. Occasionally acknowledging awareness of
        norms and abnormality could, in theory, be potentially freeing.

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        Additionally, I've noticed that ENTPs...

          1. have the need to have areas of expertise/excellence/uniqueness
             in which one is second to none. I've never beaten an ENTP at
             his/her own game--not in the final analysis. (e.g., just
             tonight, my neighbor who is recuperating from an illness
             received a call from an ENTP friend offering his special
             recipe for tea. The instructions required only the finest
             ingredients, a particular brand of orange juice, tea made with
             a ball--none of those horrid teabags--..., which will of
             course make the best tea of which he himself drinks 50 gallons
             each winter!)
          2. are of the species intelligensius anarchus.

        A Few More Famous ENTPs

        U.S. Presidents:

           * John Adams, 2nd US president.
                  Adams appears to have been competing with
                  Thomas Jefferson to see who would live the
                  longest. ("Jefferson surv...")

           * James A. Garfield
           * Rutherford B. Hayes
           * Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt

        Thomas Edison
        Lewis Carrol (Alice in Wonderland)
        Sir Winston Churchill
        Julia Child
        Suzanne Pleshette
        Bill Cosby
        Valerie Harper
        Tom Hanks
        John Candy
        John Sununu
        Weird Al Yankovick
        Marilyn Vos Savant
        Alfred Hitchcock

        Fictional Characters:

        "Q" (Star Trek--The Next Generation)
        Bugs Bunny
        Wile E. Coyote
        Jon Davis's Garfield

              Copyright  1996 by Joe Butt and Marina Margaret Heiss