The primary difference between an ENTP and an ENTJ is that ENTPs are party animal scientists and ENTJs are heavy-hitting motherfuckers that you don’t want to fuck with.
It is easy to spot the difference between the two types when you know what to look for.
Some famous ENTPs: George Carlin, Bill Hicks, Douglas Adams (Hitchhiker’s Guide to Galaxy), Stephen Colbert, Conan O’ Brien, Tom Green (Tom Green show), and Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore movie).
That’s right. ENTPs are funny stand-up comedian types, often with witty and biting social commentary. They are arguably the most hilarious types around. ENTPs like to lampoon and make fun of shit; social mores, customs, etiquette, political correctness, and in short, anything that people take way too seriously. And ENTPs often do this quite intelligently.
Speaking of intelligence, some ENTPs are the most intelligent creatures to land in the world of science.
I’ll give you two words: Albert Einstein.
I know a lot of people think he is an INTP, but what can I say, they are wrong. Way too irreverent a guy to be an INTP. Though, I think Einstein falls at type 9 on the enneagram rather than at the far more common place for ENTPs of type 7.
Ready for another name? Richard Feynman.
If you don’t know who he is, look him up. He won the Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking work in quantum electrodynamics. Also has a book out entitled, “Surely, You’re Joking Mr. Feynman!” That sums up ENTPs very well. Jokes mixed with some heady scientific shit. Like quantum electrodynamics.
OK, another that is a bit more recent. Remember the guy who wrote the book, Infinite Jest? He goes by the name of David Foster Wallace. Check him out. He was a brilliant math guy that could also write fictional novels extremely well.
Infinite Jest. That sums up ENTPs too well. Incidentally, that title is also based on a line from Hamlet. Ring any bells?
In a nutshell, ENTPs blend comedy and science in a rather awesome way.
Now for the cocksucking motherfuckers.
OK, first of all, ENTJs come in three different flavors and these flavors are based on a little thing called the enneagram. If you don’t know what the enneagram is, look it up. Basically, in addition to being one of the Myers-Briggs personality types, that personality type falls at one of the points of the enneagram. There are 9 points.
Don’t worry about it. Just know that I have observed that there are three different types of ENTJ, which I attribute and assign to one of these 9 points.
So, there is the type 8 ENTJ, which is the classical type, the type 7 ENTJ, which is a midlevel type, and the type 3 ENTJ, which many might not recognize as ENTJ at all because they are the least harsh kind of ENTJ. Also, the most attractive ENTJs. Everyone wants to be with them.
Some famous type 8 ENTJs: Aleister Crowley, Jack Nicholson, Mother Teresa (just seeing if you’re paying attention)
Some famous type 7 ENTJs: Johnny Rotten (Sex Pistol), Gordon Ramsay (of the Hell’s Kitchen show), Howard Stern, Ginger Baker (drummer of the band Cream)
Some famous type 3 ENTJs: Milla Jovovich, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Elizabeth Taylor
What is the most generally true thing for all the different ENTJs?
Authority, kingship, ego, strong personalities, command, harshness, and, well, I’ll give you some words from type 3 ENTJ, Axl Rose, to sum it up:
I’m a cold heartbreaker fit to burn
I’ll rip your heart in two
And I’ll leave you lying on the bed
Ah, the poetry of assholedom.
The J in the type code clues us in. ENTJs are Judgers, whereas, ENTPs are perceivers. ENTJs are some of the nastiest judgers around. ENTPs, by comparison, are extremely non-judgmental and tolerant of people, ideas, and concepts.
Not so with an ENTJ. Picture a military commander (if they are an 8), or a commando (if they are a 5), or a cold heartbreaker (if they are a three). There is something decidedly militaristic and organizing of people, ideas, and things into their proper ranks and files. ENTJs insist everyone be put in their proper place. And they will put you in your motherfucking place, believe me.
ENTPs are not like this at all. Things will sort themselves out. They have no interest in putting people into their place unless they are infringing upon other people’s liberties. That is the real key to ENTP, liberty and freedom. They insist on the maximum freedom for themselves and all people.
Because ENTPs are NT types (Rationals) they will be into hierarchy, order, discipline, and well, rationalism like their ENTJ brethren (and sistas!).
But, ENTPs are the type of that category that most flaunts their irreverence towards rules, categories, ethics, orders and all that stuff that ENTJs insist on.
ENTJs do the most to enforce the dictates of their Rational background because they are double-choleric types, which means they don’t have the time to fuck around. They don’t suffer fools gladly and they believe in getting shit done no matter who gets hurt in the process.
ENTPs think all that shit is corny. They treat the things of their Rational domain like playthings. Logic is fun and they use it like a toy. They are extremely facile with out-quipping other people and taking them down a peg or two, but it is all in the spirit of fun. See people like George Carlin and Stephen Colbert for this expert quality of deflating people with their fast and furious logic arrows. They can make people look like fools while themselves acting like fools. Nice gift they have.
Ironically, ENTPs can be more effective through this silly and irreverent mode of theirs than 10 ENTJs put together. ENTJs tend to put the average person off with their bluster and lack of sensitivity. ENTPs get away with being insensitive because they are so funny. But, ENTP insensitivity is not anything deep or sociopathic. They are simply completely oblivious to people’s deep emotions.
ENTJs are not funny. You will get an air of some kind of seriousness and intensity from them. They do not fuck around.
The ENTJ types that are most hard to discern from an ENTP are the type 7 ENTJs. That is because they both share the same point on the enneagram. But, even here it isn’t hard to separate the two from each other. The ENTJs are way too harsh for an ENTP to be confused with them. People like Johnny Rotten, Simon Cowell (American Idol), Howard Stern, and Evel Knievel are type 7 ENTJs. Many of them are daredevils of one sort or another. They take risks that shock other people, often these risks involve some kind of extraverted sensation component, which is another great way to separate an ENTJ from an ENTP.
ENTPs have next to no extraverted sensation, which means they are a bunch of pansies compared to an ENTJ. No ENTP is going to get in someone’s face and scream that they are a bleeding cunt because they aren’t up to snuff in their kitchen duties such as a personality like Chef Gordon Ramsay would do.
No, an ENTP wouldn’t even care if someone was making an ass of themselves in the kitchen. Hell, ENTPs are the ones that ENTJs are bound to be yelling at for dereliction of duty, except they wouldn’t dare, because ENTPs are generally too clever and facile to get chewed out by anyone, except their parents. See Tom Green of the Tom Green show. He got away with murder.
No, there is something about ENTPs that keeps them off the firing lines. They seem to be exempt in some way. An ENTJ would probably consider them too inconsequential and too competent in some way to dress them down. Even if you try to dress down an ENTP, well, good luck is all I can say. They are slippery sons of bitches, like natural-born lawyer-jesters, they will weave a web of words and logic around you and completely throw you off them. They are really good at this. No one has ever got the best of an ENTP. They will make you wonder what the hell you were talking about in the first place.
ENTPs know how to diffuse emotional and physical violence by being completely other to it, like in some alternate cartoon dimension to it that makes you look so completely ridiculous when you address them in this way, which you probably wouldn’t even have the desire to in the first place. They just don’t attract that sort of thing to themselves.
No, if an ENTJ is yelling at someone in a rage it will be some hapless sensor type. The type 7 ENTJs are some of the nastiest fucks on the face of the earth and extremely tough. They have a ton of energy (just like ENTPs) but this energy is primed to get in your fucking face if you fuck up on their watch or turf.
To be fair, if you don’t do either of those last two things than they will leave you alone. It is more if you willingly entered into some kind of interaction, relationship, or gasp, contractual agreement (such as wanting to participate on the Howard Stern show or be on Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen show) then you gonna be in for a time and a trial. If for some reason you are in one of these guy’s crosshairs, forget about it, you fucked. They pull no punches and will kick you down to the floor and then kick you in the face when you are there.
Probaly the most explosively violent of all types, these 7 ENTJs. They get off on the tension, the risk, the violence, like the scent of blood drives a shark into a feeding frenzy. Once you are bleeding a little bit, they want you to bleed even more. Suffice to say, they are some nasty bastards if they perceive you to be in some way fucking with them or just fucking up in their territory.
ENTPs couldn’t be farther removed from this sort of violence. The only kind of violence ENTPs have is cartoon violence. They are violent on some level to be sure but they would never ever dream of hitting someone in a fit of rage. ENTPs don’t really have fits of rage. They don’t get caught up in all that low-level physical and emotional violence. Concepts such as vengeance and physical retaliation are like alien concepts to these aliens.
Type 8 ENTJs? They’ll just get someone else to come and break your legs. Of what use has a king for dirtying his hands with your peasant blood.
Type 3 ENTJs will probably just confine themselves to breaking your heart or something mild like that. Unless they are Axl Rose, in which case, they will smack you upside your fucking head. But, only if you fuck with them.
Takeaways: Don’t fuck with ENTJs. They will make you bleed or break.
You could fuck with an ENTP but you probably wouldn’t have the least desire to do so.
Unless they were Socrates. But, they only made him drink hemlock after years and years of him “corrupting the youths of Athens.” Since Socrates pretty much gave birth to the Western mode of thinking and ironic detachment and all that, I would say he won.
You just can’t get the best of an ENTP. By the time you get around to killing them, they have already revolutionized whole worlds of thought.
Well, hope that helps you cut through all the hoopla.