Jungian Compatibility  » ENTP Compatibility


This is a great match!  Both have (NT) – NT’s are the intellectuals of the spectrum.  Here are excellent problem-solvers.  Both love to debate and can look at most matters objectively and at a high level. 

Both are exceptionally independent and tend to be focused on their careers.  Couples with these traits tend to live somewhat separate lives – sometimes having separate banking accounts.  (That may sound good to you.)

INTJ’s are attracted to ENTP’s charm and wit and their ability to get the INTJ to lighten up, relax and play.

ENTP’s admire INTJ’s brilliant mind, strength, depth, and follow-through for achieving goals.

Together you can move mountains.

Problems arise when your emotions aren’t dealt with promptly – often, both of you push your own emotions aside, or you stand numb in listening to your partner express their emotional issue.  Both of you are used to seeing this theme of unemotionality in these interpersonal descriptions on MatchMachine (sincerely, you tend to choose to be overly objective in matters of the heart.)  It’s a touchy subject for both of you.  Know it’s an issue, but one you can make an effort towards solving.  We’ll just leave it at that. 

Annoyances: (these have to be said because we can’t leave you thinking everything is rainbows and sausages here)...

Most of the annoyances come from the differences between (J)udging and (P)erceiving…

ENTP’s (especially those with strong P’s) find it difficult to make appointments or deadlines on time.  P’s like things kept open and flexible.  Keeping things open and flexible sometimes proves to be a good strategy but having things undecided GRINDS on J’s of any type.  J’s feel like their lives are in limbo when there isn’t a clear plan moving forward.  J’s like tackling issues one at a time and if there are too many unsettled issues floating about, INTJ’s tend to experience “analysis paralysis” and either shut down or end up exploding in frustration. INTJ’s are often perfectionists and can seem rigid or demanding to their partners.

ENTP’s on the other hand, are bored to death with all of the details that INTJ’s deal with.  ENTP’s tend to leave many projects unfinished when their interest is drawn to the next exciting endeavor.

Positives of an INTJ-ENTP Relationship:

Intellectual Stimulation: Both types enjoy intellectual discussions and exploring ideas, which can lead to stimulating and lively interactions.

Innovative Approach: Both INTJs and ENTPs love to question the status quo and explore innovative solutions. This shared curiosity can foster mutual respect and admiration.

Mutual Independence: Both personality types value their independence and respect that need in others. This mutual understanding can create a foundation of respect for personal space and autonomy.

Challenges of an INTJ-ENTP Relationship:

Differing Energy Levels: ENTPs are extroverted and may enjoy more social activities than introverted INTJs. This difference in energy levels can sometimes cause tension.

Emotion vs. Logic: While both types are thinking-oriented, ENTPs tend to be more in touch with their emotions than INTJs. This can lead to potential misunderstandings or communication challenges.

Focus and Follow-Through: INTJs are generally better at focusing on and completing tasks than ENTPs, who can get excited about new ideas and projects before finishing the ones they’ve started. This can create frustration over unmet expectations.

To make a relationship between an INTJ and an ENTP work, both parties will need to communicate openly, understand each other's needs and preferences, and be willing to compromise when necessary. Remember, all individuals and relationships are unique, and personality type is just one factor among many that influence a relationship.


Betty Baker M.A. Psych, M.Ed

About the Author

Betty Baker is an awarded marriage and family therapist and contributor to the internationally renowned PeaceBuilders® Program - a science-based, research-validated violence prevention curriculum and professional development program for children, grades pre-K to 12.