#enfp #oh my lord i am one step closer to being leslie knope
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Okay, let me break this down a little bit. The biggest difference that I have found to be immediately obvious in ENFPs and ENTPs is that ENTPs find debate impersonal and fun, and ENFPs find it personal. Both will be able to hold up well in a debate, but after a while, you might see an ENFP starting to fade or break (not in their convictions, but in their emotional state). An ENFP will not give up, but is much more likely to say “Let’s agree to disagree” than an ENTP. This is because questioning an ENFP’s convictions is questioning beliefs that are deeply held and connected to their emotions, whereas questioning an ENTP’s convictions is more of an opportunity for an ENTP to either prove you wrong or learn something new.
ENTPs and ENFPs are both fascinated with the inner workings of things. For ENTPs, it’s a fascination with how things work. For ENFPs, it’s a fascination with how people work. Both types are insatiably curious and can be fairly ambiverted (because they need alone time to process all of their ideas!) but when all is said and done they are people-people and idea-people. Both types enjoy being around people who want to bounce ideas back and forth with them. This has to do with being an Ne-dom. Both ENFPs and ENTPs get their energy from seeing things and talking about what they could be. They enjoy discussing best-case and worst-case scenarios. My ENTP friend and I love talking about what our next performance art project is going to be. “What if you walk into the room and it’s completely black except for a spotlight on me, and I’m completely naked and I’m wearing an Obama mask.” “Oh my god. And what if the Space Jam theme is playing in the background?” “Yeah. It signifies the commercialization of government that has been pervading our society since childhood.” “It’s a reference to big business capitalism as well as the corruption of Hollywood.” Just back and forth things like that, and we can keep going for a long time.
Ne aside, the real difference that separates ENFP from ENTP is their auxiliary function. ENFP’s auxiliary function is Fi, which means that, like I said, their feelings are personal and deeply held and a little bit private. ENFPs are expressive, but tend to be reserved about talking about their emotions because they fear it will all spill over and not be theirs anymore. ENFP emotions are very vulnerable, and many ENFPs fear that vulnerability. Which is why, as I also mentioned, debates with an ENFP can quickly turn emotional for them.
ENTP’s auxiliary function is Ti, which means that they are more interested in the way things work. The logic of the world. I once met an ENTP on a 10-hour bus ride who sat down next to me and said “I hope you don’t mind, but I need someone to talk to.” He then proceeded to ask me, “If something was happening that you didn’t like, would you accept it or would you change it?” This prompted a four-hour long conversation about the existence of a subjective reality (he directed me toward the conclusion that subjectivity isn’t real), whether or not there was a god, and how the universe could have possibly come into being (he began listing why every theory so far was impossible, both delighted and frustrated by his findings). He told me he was an IT guy, and that he worked with hardware, and then he told me, “I like it because I know how it all works, and I know that even if I don’t, I will. When there is something wrong, there is always a solution. It can always be fixed. You just have to work hard enough to find it.” I felt like this was some of the best insight I would ever get into how Ti really works: Ti wants things to make sense, and when they don’t, it wants to either fix them or think about/discuss them for hours on end until it comes up with some kind of conlusion.
Ti and Fi both like exactitude, but for Ti it comes out in the inner workings of things. Think gears, biology, the universe. For Fi exactitude is an emotional judgement. Think right vs. wrong, people, situations. Both Ti and Fi can accept the “shades of gray” (for example, an Fi user might decide that they don’t know if euthanasia is right or wrong, and that maybe it depends on the person, or a Ti user might be able to accept that they will never know how the universe truly started), but ultimately they both prefer to know things and be sure of their judgements.
I don’t know if this helps at all. Here we go:
ENTPs: Captain Jack Sparrow, Mal from Firefly, Miss Frizzle, some regenerations of the Doctor (this is hotly debated, but Ten is commonly interpreted as ENTP), Doc Brown from Back to the Future, Fred and George Weasley, the Cheshire Cat
ENFPs: Ariel from The Little Mermaid, Simba from The Lion King, Rapunzel from Tangled, Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon (there really are a lot of animated ENFPs!!), Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation, Sailor Moon
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