Personality Type

ENTP

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ENTP – Debator

Overview of The Debater Style

  • E – Extravert (outward) Focus
  • N – Intuitive Framing
  • T – Thinking Response
  • P – Perceiving Approach
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Debaters enjoy debate. They love nothing more than to verbally analyze an issue from multiple perspectives. With their intuitive framing, they are terrific at asking, “What if?” and challenging the status quo. Mentally quick and adept at connecting disparate ideas, they enjoy puzzling out problems.

Debaters can truly frustrate others with their endless capacity for debate, but when their talents are harnessed they often strengthen ideas, find flaws in approaches and can be very verbally persuasive. They are deft communicators.

Preferring debate over action, Debaters love to brainstorm but sometimes find it challenging to implement and execute their ideas. They enjoy visioning and ideation over routine work.

Communicating with The Debater

Debaters connect quickly and communicate quite well with all personality types as they can easily view problems and ideas from others’ perspectives. They are easygoing and love to talk. They can be very persuasive and convincing. They are skeptical of unproven ideas. When trying to persuade a Debater, it is important to have facts ready

Debaters resent nothing more than being ‘muffled;’ be prepared to hear their side. They are highly abstract yet logical thinkers. They prefer to first understand the big picture, and then to review the facts that support that big picture.

Conflict

Debaters approach conflict by looking at the facts. They are willing to face conflict head-on but will only agree to resolution if all aspects have been thoroughly discussed and proven. Emotional outbursts are difficult for them to process; they’ll work to get the conversation to safer, non-emotional logical ground. The best way to approach conflict with a Debater is as a problem to be solved. Stand your ground and have facts ready. If you find a Debater is brushing aside emotions, present the feelings in a way that discuss the impact the emotions will have on the situation. For example, “I feel _________ and the impact of that is _________.”

Relationships

Debaters make connections easily. Their closest friends will be those that enjoy deep discussion and analysis as much as they do. Debaters tend to have a lot of knowledge about a lot of subjects and enjoy chatting about them. They typically have a wide range of friends and are charismatic and witty. They dislike being ‘shut down’ and not heard. Micromanaging a Debater will produce anxiety and resentment.

Strengths

  • Critical thinking – Debaters are truly terrific at viewing a problem from multiple angles and strengthening ideas by poking holes in them. They are good at systematically reviewing and debating the benefits and drawbacks of solutions.

  • Communication – Debaters are charismatic communicators. They have a way with words and enjoy verbally “processing out loud.” They can get their ideas across and are excellent verbal and written communicators.

  • Knowledgeable and unbiased – Debaters will quickly become experts in a topic that intrigues them. If research needs to be conducted, the Debater will overturn every stone in understanding the topic completely. Debaters never let bias get in the way; they’ll look at issues from all angles to understand every facet of the topic.

Challenges

  • Execution – Debaters do not enjoy mundane, routine, and task-based work. They love ideating and brainstorming, but implementing the ideas discussed can be taxing for them.

  • Argumentative – Debaters can over-debate and want to continue discussions after others are done talking about it, especially when they feel their opinion has not been heard or proven. They’ll want to argue ideas that others find no reason to argue about, which can come off as combative when it is actually an intellectual exercise and fun for the debater.

  • Following rules – Debaters loathe rules and guidelines, seeing them as obstacles to objective and higher-order thinking.

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