ENTJ is the Alpha Thinker. With extroverted thinking (Te) as their primary function, otherwise known as “objective logic,” and introverted intuition (Ni) as their auxillary function, otherwise known as subjective intuition, ENTJs live in a world of predictions, visions, facts, and exploration of ideas, or putting things that work into practice. Above all other personalities, the ENTJ is the most dominant of thinkers. With their knowledge of what works, they are self confident. With their large scale perception of the world, they are also very patient. In most situations it is nearly impossible to make an ENTJ angry. ENTJs are upbeat, positive, adventurous, and the most practical of the NT temperament.
The world of objective logic is one in which indisputable facts are king. Theories and conjecture are ignored outright. “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.” Like their neighbors the ESTJ, ENTJs are aware of what works, and usually stick to those methods unless the situation pushes the boundaries of their experiences. Inside the ENTJs mind is a tempest of thought. On the outside, they may appear stable, calm or serene, yet on the inside they may feel hectic, manic, excited or confused. Many ENTJs, like other extroverted thinkers, are able to talk very quickly. Others may have a very slow or controlled speech. An ENTJ with a disciplined mind will often have a very commanding and calming presence. Some ENTJs are not even aware of their turbulent thought process. Their knowledge of what works makes them very confident in situations that demand attention to facts. As a result, many people look up to the ENTJ’s ability to remain confident and upbeat in difficult or uncertain times. It is not uncommon to see an ENTJ with a following of friends that look up to them for guidance and advice, something the ENTJ has plenty of. Its as if they are cerebral powerhouses built to think for hundreds of people at once. This strength often puts ENTJs in positions of leadership. Though if unchecked by Ni, the ENTJ can become so obsessed with their own Te process, that they can become narcissistic or self aggrandizing. As Te is an objective function, ENTJs may speak to you in a very straight forward manner that is not supposed to be overanalyzed, but taken at exactly face value. As a result of this, they can be insulting to others who do not completely understand this method of speech.
With subjective intuition as their auxiliary function, they are future thinkers. As with all other Ni users, “they have time.” They percieve the beginning of time, and the end of it, and all other aspects of time on a level playing field. On one hand, this makes for a very low sense of urgency in ENTJs. On the other hand, this makes them extremely patient and difficult to uproot in times of chaos. They may have premonitions, and often have visions of where an event or person is headed. This insight for the future can make them very inspiring to other people. “This guy is going to be the president some day!” These visions may often come true as a result of a self fulfilling prophecy. But its also important to note that this is subjective intuition at work, and it is subject to the confines of your own mind, it is not objective. Its important for ENTJs to use their introverted intuition and reflect more often, in order to separate themselves from their overactive or impulsive minds, and view all options on the table instead of becomming fixated on what what has only worked for them, and believing that’s the only viable option.
With objective sensation as the third function (Se), ENTJs are often not paying attention to sensory stimulation or the environments around them. They can become very skilled athletes when they do, however this is not their primary focus. They can be clumsy and forgetful with details. As a result of this lack of attention to detail, they may suffer from minor OCD and try to keep their houses as clean and organized as possible. With a weak extroverted sensation function, ENTJs will often appear slow moving, easy going, or even lazy. They often like to challenge themselves with harsh physical endeavors. They are susceptible to physical pain, but their mental fortitude can surpass this weakness.
With Subjective ethics (Fi) as their weakest function, ENTJs will often make personal value judgements of others, and debate these judgements in their heads, but not completely trust them due to their full attention to objectivity. When asked to describe another person, an ENTJ will often only speak about the objective actions and accomplishments someone has taken, so that the other person can derive their own judgements. ENTJs can become very frustrated when forced to decide whose team they are on, as they would prefer to remain neutral in all situations. ENTJs are also, often times, completely oblivious to the emotional motivations of others, or the moral implications of their actions. As they are not in tune with the emotions of others, and not naturally empathetic, they can often times come off as very cold or insensitive to others. They are also not confident in this area of their lives and may be timid in front of others, and even think of themselves as introverts. While appearing unemotional, they can feel great bouts of emotion that they often don’t reveal.
Deep down inside every ENTJ is a pleasure seeking ISFP. They can sometimes go on binges of heavy stimulation seeking behavior, which can get them into trouble. Sometimes they don’t know when to quit. Many ENTJs, due to the nature of their inferior functions, may express hidden feelings of weakness to those they trust. On the outside, an ENTJ will often look impenetrable and indestructible. Many times this is a facade masking feelings of weakness in this area. It is not uncommon to find ENTJs at the gym, going to excess, showering three times a day so they remain clean and presentable, or working out to become stronger and bulkier. ENTJs can often be insecure in their appearance, and go overboard. They tend to stick to what they know logically works. Wearing suits is one such stereotype, as this always looks good and presentable. Their own fashion sense can be extravagant or flashy, even flamboyant.
ENTJs eternal optimism makes them extremely mentally strong people. They will often serve as the guiding lighthouse for others on their journey through rough waters in life. They need a partner who is strong willed and detail oriented, who brings emotional intensity and ethical intelligence into their lives. The ENTJs best match is the ISFP.
Common Identities: The Executive, The Enterpriser, The General, The Professor, the Know-it-all Windbag, The Loudmouth Braggart, The Cheerleader.
Recommended Careers: Military, Management, Consultant, Counsellor, Professor, Teacher, Expedition Guide, Special Forces, Policeman, Entrepreneur, Sales, Programmer.
Commonly Mistype as: INFJ, INTJ, INTP, ISTP, ESTP.
Common Enneagram Typings: 3 6 7 8
Famous ENTJs include: Peter Thiel, David Della Rocco, Alex Vedov, Charlie Day, Olivia Wilde, Bill Gates, David Letterman, Mark Zuckerberg, Paul Krugman, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Vin Diesel, Mark Valley, Jane Kidder, Tea Leoni, Janelle Monae, Tucker Max.
Fictional ENTJs: Dr Robotnic (Sonic the Hedgehog)