ENTP + ENTJ compatibility, relationships

It could be said that ENTJs and ENTPs live in different worlds. Although they may appear similar on the surface (witty, strong willed, independent), deep down they're quite different personalities, interested in different things. For starters, one obvious difference is that ENTPs have much less desire to lead people, as leading can become too big of a burden on their creativity and freedom. ENTPs are different from ENTJs because they want to be valued primarily for their uniqueness.

Reasons for conflict between the two personalities

The primary desire of a person with the ENTJ personality type is to be valued as someone who made useful contributions to the world by making it more efficient, resilient, honest, rich or just by getting big things done. Because extroverted thinking governs almost all their actions they may be accused of not being creative enough, or being too focused on the end results. Those accusations usually come from an ENTP whose life revolves around extroverted intuition, or just being unique. A typical ENTJ - ENTP conflict will revolve around statements like "you're just too stubborn" (to the ENTJ), or "you don't know how the real world works" (to the ENTP). An argument between an ENTP and an ENTJ is often a spectacular thing to watch and their flaws can only be obvious to an outsider.

Most conflict between these two personalities happens because ENTJs and ENTPs represent two different spheres of thinking which serve as a sort of critique towards each other. Examples of this can range from an ENTP artist criticizing an ENTJ government to a narrower example of an average ENTJ telling an ENTP that he doesn't have ADD, he's just bored and lazy.

Before the end it should be noted that like all relationships this one is also dictated by many other factors besides personality type. Life circumstances can bring each of these types into a superior position and that obviously changes people's behavior.


ENTPs and ENTJs can be friends and they can be enemies, but one thing is for sure, they can provide each other with a very different way of looking at things, and that may prove valuable in life for both of them.

ISTP + ENTJ compatibility, relationships

Even though ENTJ and ISTP personalities tend to get along great, it is important to note before we start that there are many other factors besides personality that influence human relationships.

Some of those factors may be: social status, sex, financial power, self-confidence, skill in a profession, popularity and any of the other real or imaginary metrics people rate themselves on.

Age is also a frequently overlooked factor (just imagine an old ISTP mechanic annoyed by a teenage ENTJ knowitall, and then imagine a young ISTP admiring his ENTJ professor's programming skills). Needless to say it's a very different relationship.

Yeah, but are they compatible?

Ok, for the purpose of explaining a sort of general compatibility of ISTPs with ENTJs we'll have to ignore a couple of factors and get on with it.

A couple of things that are in common for most ENTJs and ISTPs are:

- An admiration for and a focus on skill (technical, physical, artistic too)
- Seeing life as just a game
- Respect for logic and rationality
- Very open to new experiences (which may include dangerous physical activities in search of thrill)
- Both are able to stay calm in crisis situations
- Can handle conflict and criticism


As you may have concluded there is more than enough ground for ISTP and ENTJ peers to have fun and profit from each other. As for the downsides; in a general sense there really aren't many of them. The ego of an ENTJ is rarely bruised by an ISTP and vice versa. Assuming they are both psychologically healthy, it usually ends up being a buddy relationship without any unhealthy competition or envy.

However, any of the above mentioned factors (age, sex, status...) can have a big positive or negative impact on compatibility.