Mark Twain, one of the wittiest writers in history wrote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” 

His works include the celebrated coming of age novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, published in 1876. One of the many striking sentences in the novel reads, “The elastic heart of youth cannot be compressed into one constrained shape long at a time.” 

The author is one most readers are familiar with. His carefully-crafted sarcasm is lost on many who can’t understand it. Mark Twain exhibits qualities that are typical of an ENTP type or the Debater personality type on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or the MBTI.

Learn more about the MBTI and the 16 personalities including the ENTP personality type and ENTP traits


  1. What Is The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator?

  2. ENTP Personality Traits—An Overview

  3. Navigating Personalities In The Workplace

What Is The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator?


The MBTI is a self-report personality assessment test developed in the early 20th-century by Katharine Briggs and Isabel Briggs-Myers, her daughter. Built on Carl Jung’s theories of extraversion and introversion as personalities, the MBTI is an indicative report of your strengths, weaknesses, qualities, relationships and workplace habits. 

There are 16 personalities that are four-letter abbreviations indicating the primary traits of a personality type. Each personality type includes an extraverted or introverted trait along with three others. Here are the elements that comprise a personality type:

  • Extroversion (E)
  • Sensing or Observant (S)
  • Thinking (T)
  • Intuitive (N)
  • Judgment (J)
  • Feeling (F)
  • Perception or Prospecting (P)
  • Introversion (I)

The ENTP type has ENTP personality traits such as extroverted (E), intuitive (N), thinking (T) and perceptive (P). ENTP traits make the Debater someone who’s outgoing, bold and creative. They’re always building and rebuilding ideas from scratch or from a repository of ideas they always have with them. In the workplace, ENTP personality traits often come in handy for brainstorming sessions or to come up with novel ideas. The ENTP personality type truly enjoys debating with others just for fun, even if it means riling up the other person. 

ENTP Personality Traits—An Overview


Famous ENTP characters in fiction are the notorious Captain Jack Sparrow, Tyrion Lannister, Jim Halpert and The Joker. All of these ENTP characters are playful and true jokesters—some more serious than others. But they do enjoy playing pranks on those around them!

The ENTP Type is an independent thinker, carving their own path. Some of their ideas may be dangerous, but as long as they’re fun, an ENTP type will go through with it. They like to come up with big ideas, but don’t necessarily follow through. 

Here are some ENTP traits:

  • Debaters who exhibit ENTP personality traits struggle with achieving their full potential as they’re not as adept at following through
  • Their ability to debate, and debate well, is one of the ENTP traits most appreciated in a professional context
  • They only make up 3% of the population, making it easier for those with ENTP traits to come up with new and unique ideas compared to their peers
  • What Debaters struggle with is understanding they need support to fulfil their goals and aspirations
  • They use logic to argue and debate but often forget about compromise as a means to get along well with others
  • Debaters are strong employees who aren’t afraid to speak their minds, even to a senior, as long as it means they can get the work done
  • People with ENTP personality traits adapt well and are good with changing systems and processes

Employees who take criticism well as long as it’s meant to be constructive are assets for any organization. ENTP traits make Debaters coveted additions to a workplace. If you know someone who exhibits ENTP traits, you can navigate your way around them and even become great friends. They bring a lot of fresh ideas and wit to the table. This makes them exciting to have on the team as they keep things light and joyful. 

Navigating Personalities In The Workplace


Understanding who you work with and even yourself can help you be better at navigating your workplace. Harappa’s Navigating Workplaces course will teach you how to understand the structure, culture and environment of your organization. Often, we come across different types of people at work. Some are straightforward, others are shy. What type of organizational culture you prefer may be completely different from what you’re in right now. Assess for yourself and explore what you like and your culture fit with our curated learning journey.

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