ENFP vs ENTJ (A Comparative Analysis)

In this article, we will compare ENFP vs ENTJ personalities from the MBTI types. It will do that by initially describing both personalities in-depth including their four cognitive functions.  This will follow up by comparing and seeing how these personalities are similar and different from each other. In the end, it will explain whether they are compatible or not.

ENFP vs ENTJ

 If we consider ENFP vs ENTJ, both personalities are extroverted and have strong intuition. This means that both of them are externally oriented and prefer to be social. Their manner of thinking is also conceptual. However, they differ when it comes to information processing and decision making. ENTJs processes things in a logical manner by following a systematic plan. In contrast, ENFPs are emotionally expressive and prefer to be spontaneous in daily life. 

MBTI: Four Cognitive Functions

 Myer Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) based on Carl Jung’s 16 personality types approaches personality to be composed of four cognitive functions that govern how people think, process, and make decisions. The top two cognitive functions play a dominant role in guiding a person’s personality. Whereas, the latter two play less of a role. However, they still have some impact or influence on how a person behaves in certain situations. ENFP and ENTJ are two personality types out of the 16 types. Their cognitive functions are discussed in detail as follows.

ENFP: The Champion (Extraverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving)

The ENFP personality type from the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a unique personality. It generally describes people who are enthusiastic, imaginative, flexible, innovative, creative, empathic and value their independence. Up to 5 to 7 percent of people are estimated to have the ENFP personality type.

Four Cognitive Functions of ENFP

Four cognitive functions that guide how ENFP personality type processes information includes:

  • Extraverted Intuition

ENFPs are open to new challenges and possibilities. Their focus is more on abstract ideas rather than concrete ones. So, they mostly try to imagine what the future may hold. Their tendency to understand things in terms of possible ideas rather than how they actually might exist enables them to detect patterns or relationships among people, ideas, and the world.

  • Introverted Feeling

ENFPs put a high value on their emotions and feelings whenever they make decisions. In other words, rationality/objectivity or logic is not their first go-to option when deciding any course of action. Consequently, they try to understand how they and other people feel. This makes them naturally empathic. Furthermore, they prioritize their values and try to make decisions that are in line with it.

  • Extraverted Thinking 

Apart from feelings, ENFPs do try to give due value to logic and thinking as part of their ‘self’. Their focus is on trying to organize, link, and spot connections among ideas. Thus, they may have a tendency to layout information, so that each of their thoughts is clearly linked to each other. 

  • Introverted Sensing

Whenever they are interacting with people or new things, ENFPs may try to relate, connect, and compare present experiences with past experiences. Their focus is to find any commonalities or patterns between the two. This is because doing so can help them predict or expect what the future may bring. Thus, memories, feelings and thoughts related to the past play an important role in their life.

ENTJ: The Commander (Extraverted, Intuitive, Thinking, Judging)

The ENTJ personality type from the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is based on Carl Jung’s 16 personality types. It describes people who are straightforward, confident, have strong opinions, and assertive. Only 2 per cent of people are estimated to have an ENTJ personality type.

Four Cognitive Functions of ENTJ

Four cognitive functions that guide how ENTJ personality type processes information includes:

  • Extraverted Thinking

ENTJs are quite rational, objective, and logical. They tend to think things but speak without listening. They are quick to make judgments and decisions before gathering all information. They have a tendency to focus on organized plans and have certain standards that they expect others to abide by. Setting and reaching goals is quite important to them.

  • Introverted Thinking

ENTJs tend to think about the future and consider multiple possibilities. They are open to change. Although they trust their thinking and judgment but sometimes they regret being impulsive when jumping to a decision too soon. 

  • Extraverted Sensing

ENTJs are open to new sensory experiences particularly adventure and thrill. They enjoy the beauty in life and like to keep themselves surrounded by interesting things that stimulate their senses.

  • Introverted Feeling

ENTJs particularly find emotions and feelings difficult to understand. They tend to keep this part separate when making any decision. Situations that call for emotional expression are pretty uncomfortable for them and they find it difficult to give the right emotional response. 

A Comparison of ENFP and ENTJ

Personality: ENFP vs ENTJ

ENFP is considered a very imaginative, innovative, energetic, and spontaneous personality. They are always in search of new ideas and are pretty accepting of multiple perspectives. They are considered risk-takers who make use of every opportunity life throws at them. Their approach is people-centred, caring, and empathetic. However, they dislike getting into detail and following through with commitments as they easily get distracted by the next exciting challenge.

ENTJ personalities like change in life. They perceive things in a conceptual manner and tend to look at the big picture. It is easy for them to devise long term plans that are systematic. You can count on an ENTJ to drive towards the final goal and make sure that things reach completion. They are confident, authoritative, and straightforward forward which makes them good leaders who don’t get fazed by obstacles in their way.

Workstyle: ENFP vs ENTJ

Both ENFP and ENTJ personalities have different working styles at their workplace.

Due to their good interpersonal skills, warm attitude towards others, and good people reading skills, ENFPs contribute a new perspective and creative problem-solving to the office team. If they are elected as leaders, they are caring and thoughtful but not good at devising work systems or dealing with bad news. They also don’t like rules and regulations or strict structures in work proceedings which explains why they dislike being controlled by management.  They prefer flexibility, innovation, and stimulation and avoid tasks that are repetitive or monotonous.

In contrast, you may usually find an ENTJ  as a team leader whether or not he/she is formally elected. An ENTJ is motivated, driven, and strategic. They lead their team members in reaching the final goal at a good pace along with tackling any hurdles in the way with ease. They are passionate about structure, goals, rules, and clarity at their workspace and expect others to follow a similar standard in their work behavior. 

Conflict: ENFP vs ENTJ  

Attitude towards conflict and its management by both personalities can vary.

ENFPs usually avoid conflict and try to resolve the matter peacefully and warmly. They dislike injustice/ unfairness and strive for harmony. Their language during conflicts is emotionally loaded. Furthermore, they can easily open up about themselves in such situations.

ENTJs on the other hand perceive conflict as an opportunity for discussion and getting work done. They like a good argument and usually stick by their views. However, they don’t hold onto the conflict for long and forget it soon after. Their general attitude is of dislike for any factors preventing them from reaching their goal. Hence, their focus is to make their opinions clear and direct so that change can happen immediately. Their language during conflicts is usually direct and factual which makes them seem insensitive and inconsiderate to other people.

Interpersonal Skills: ENFP vs ENTJ

The interpersonal skills of both ENFP and ENTJ are similar in some respects and different in others. Particularly, the manner of relating to others, perceiving other people, and how others perceive them is distinct for both personalities.

ENFPs are usually outgoing, happy, positive, and hopeful in the presence of others. At times, they can be sensitive and take criticism seriously. They may have a need to be liked and approved by others. People perceive them as likable, genuine, and fun to be around. They are usually emotionally expressive and can be found at the center of dramatic situations. However, they try to keep the environment light for other people to feel comfortable. They can be future-oriented, open to possibilities, and driven to care about other people in many situations. 

On the other hand, ENTJs are usually energetic, assertive, confident, and straight forward. Their conversation with other people is centred on good arguments, debates and discussion backed up by logic. Due to this, they can be insensitive or fail to take into account the feelings of other people. So, people get upset and perceive them to be critical in their manner. Their emotional side is pretty weak and they perceive problems in the form of concepts. Although they can share their thoughts easily and be clear in their communication but it lacks the emotional component. They are mostly concerned with getting the work done and find it hard to wait for others to reach their understanding. Nor do they accurately perceive the actual meaning of silence in a situation.

ENFP and ENTJ Compatibility 

Both personalities can enjoy a healthy relationship. They have commonalities when they start getting to know one another. They may bond on the following areas:

  • Seeking deep meaningful conversations 
  • Intellectual connection
  • Openness to possibilities
  • Same values centering on making a difference in the world
  • Love for stimulation, adventure, novelty

They may disagree on the following areas:  

  • Emotional approach (ENFP) vs Logical approach (ENTJ) in reasoning and decision making
  • Focus on general ideas (ENFP) vs focus on details or practicality (ENTJ)
  • Flexible/Relaxed approach towards life (ENFP) vs Structured/Serious approach towards life(ENTJ)
  • Prefers less organization in daily life (ENFP) vs Prefers more organization in daily life (ENTJ)

Although, they are areas of a clash. However, both ENFP and ENTJ could learn to work out things through better communication and helping each other grow by balancing out elements that the other personality lacks

FAQs

Are Entj and Enfp compatible?

ENTJ and ENFP are not each other’s ideal partners but they can enjoy a good relationship with each other.

Do ENTJs like ENFPs?

ENTJ and ENFP are compatible. They can make good friends and romantic partners. Though they share certain opposing traits, they also have areas of commonality. 

Who Should an ENTJ marry?

ENTJ’s ideal partner is INTP or ISTP as the dominant extraverted thinking can be matched well by dominant introverted thinking.

Is ENTJ the most powerful?

ENTJs can be powerful when their plans are being carried out smoothly. However, failure can hinder them.

Who should an ENFP marry?

ENFP’s natural partner is the INTJ, or the INFJ since the dominant function of Extraverted Intuition can be matched well by dominant introverted Intuition.

Conclusion

In this article, we compared ENFP vs ENTJ. Both personalities are extroverted, have strong intuition but differ in information processing with ENTJs preferring logic and structure vs ENFP preferring emotions and spontaneity. We also discussed that both personalities are compatible and can share a healthy relationship even though their ideal partner may be some other personality type.

I hope you found this article interesting. If you have any queries or comments, please state them in the comment section 😊

Citations

https://www.verywellmind.com/enfp-an-overview-of-the-champion-personality-type-2795980#:~:text=The%20ENFP%20personality%20type%20is,charming%2C%20energetic%2C%20and%20independent.

https://www.verywellmind.com/entj-personality-type-2795981

https://personalityatwork.co/types/enfp/vs/entj

https://www.truity.com/type-relationship-advisor/E/N/F/P/E/N/T/J

 

Divya is currently a Clinical Psychology Trainee in a Master of Philosophy program and holds a Master’s in clinical psychology. She has a special interest in Personality studies and disorders, having researched the subject before, and Neuropsychology; with an additional interest being Mood disorders. She likes to write about Psychiatric issues, having worked in multiple specialty setups during her time as a clinical psychology student, and in her free time she likes to cook and read.