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This combination can be more “fun” than many others, but neither typically wants to do the dishes, if both are true to their type.

At their best, both are creative, adaptable, open-minded and forward-thinking.  Intellectually, both love to share their insights and enjoy listening to the other’s views.

While INFPs are drawn to the ENTP's charm and confidence, ENTPs are drawn to the INFP's insight and passion. This is undoubtedly a cohesive pair, but every relationship has its pitfalls.

Problems arise when ENTP discounts INFP’s intense emotions or when INFP just wants their highly-social ENTP to stay home and cuddle.

It’s the mundane details of life that really poop on the party because neither wants to deal with long-term decisions or daily chores.

Two free spirits = messy house, no retirement, little focus on long-term responsibilities.

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Positives of an INFP-ENTP Relationship:

Exciting Exchange of Ideas: Both types are creative and enjoy exploring abstract concepts. They can have stimulating conversations, bouncing ideas off each other and engaging in deep thought.

Complementary Strengths: ENTPs' innovative, pragmatic approach can complement INFPs' empathetic, idealistic nature. ENTPs can help INFPs put their dreams into action, while INFPs can bring emotional depth to the relationship.

Growth Opportunities: In this relationship, both can learn and grow. ENTPs can learn to be more in touch with their feelings, and INFPs can develop their logical thinking and assertiveness.

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Challenges of an INFP-ENTP Relationship:

Different Attitudes towards Commitment: ENTPs are known for their love of novelty, which might conflict with the INFP's desire for deep, lasting commitments. This could lead to misunderstandings and tension.

Sensitive vs. Debating Nature: ENTPs enjoy a good debate, while INFPs are more sensitive and may take things personally. This difference could cause conflict if not managed effectively.

Planning and Routine: INFPs often prefer a structured routine, while ENTPs tend to be spontaneous. This contrast could lead to disagreements about how to spend their time together.

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To make a relationship between an INFP 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.


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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.