In the case of relationships, NTPs are ultimately “dead-hard realists,” according to Nardi. “They like to share ideas and talk about new ideas and want a partner with whom they can share the life of the mind,” he said. But when they can quickly say hello or go on a date, they often hesitate to get out of it, he adds.
According to both him and Blake-Solar, ENTP’s tendency to be argumentative should be noted in the context of the relationship. “They tend to argue rather than consider their partner’s feelings, so this is definitely an area for growth,” says Blakelak-Solar. “But since they are willing to push the boundaries of tradition and be open-minded and spontaneous, it can be a really good asset in a relationship.”
Given that both personal growth and intellectual stimulation are important for this type, Blake-Solar further states that these things will also be a priority in the relationship. “These are people who are looking for innovation and adventure, so if you partner with someone, you want to think about how you can keep that innovation alive in the long run,” he says.
That said, Nardi notes that some ENTP may actually feel the need to “one-up” their partners intellectually. “They can be an unorganized, exciting, incredible mess,” he said. “They tend to have problems around their emotional security and if they don’t take responsibility for their emotions, they will see their partner and other people as the cause of their emotions.”
And as far as compatibility with other MBTI types is concerned, Nardi says that ENTPs are first and foremost, as well as ENFJ and most compatible with other NT and NP types such as INTJs, INTPs and ENFPs. “However, relationships with other NTs can be competitive and do not leave much room for growth. The experience of ESFJ and ESTJ is worth expanding to this day,” he noted, adding a minimally consistent type of “probably ISFP.”