Function wise I’m very clearly an ENTJ, and I definitely identify as one, but I find that a lot of times I share a ton of characteristics of an ESTP. How are ENTJs and ESTPs similar and different?
Both have a low tolerance for stupidity, both have a preference for logic, both are somewhat out of touch with their emotions, and both tend to ‘act out’ through Se, but ESTPs have much more natural control over it, and ENTJs tend to ‘over-indulge’ it in semi-reckless ways and/or not know how to stop (such as chronic over-spending, always having to have the newest, most expensive toys, over-taxing their bodies, and miscalculating opportunities).
The blind spot for ESTPs is inferior Ni, which gives them vague abstract promises for the future when they have no tangible details on how to accomplish it and/or often reach the wrong conclusions or continually thwart themselves by making impulse choices in the moment; the ENTJ has a much stronger grasp on Ni, which is their ‘guiding force’ in life, a continual pattern-seeking and forging function that points them toward larger life goals.
ESTPs also seek external affirmation and attempt to make people like them out of a general sense of goodwill and a desire for inclusion (Fe) whereas ENTJs have issues with inferior Fi not knowing how to handle their feelings, sometimes not knowing where their true priorities and emotional needs lie, and often being awkward when it comes to handling the feelings of their loved ones.
Ti also seeks total understanding of logical principles and internal consistency; Te is prone to the quickest action that produces the fastest tangible result.
- ENFP Mod