Recently I found the answers of what I have been thinking for weeks. About the extroversion, being mistaken as introvert and how MBTI actually works, especially ENTP. Extrovert, in this case, is not as simple as something classical that most people believe as an outgoing, super confident and friendly person. Basically, extroverts are people who gets more energized by hanging around other people. Well, if they get more energized by being around others, does it mean that they are confident and sociable enough to initiate conversation? The answer are YES and also NO. Getting energy from outer source does not make extroverts have no feeling of nervous. Sometimes they feel uneasy to start socializing, but once they are involved, they will be very friendly and can talk for hours.
Moreover, if we associate the term extroversion with the functions of MBTI, it is far away from what many people believes as classical definition of extroversion as sociable and confident trait that people have. More than that, MBTI functions are more complicated. Each type of MBTI is never pure extrovert nor introvert. It is always the combination of both.
There are 8 function attitudes in MBTI:
- Extroverted Sensing (Se)
- Introverted Sensing (Si)
- Extroverted Intuition (Ne)
- Introverted Intuition (Ni)
- Extroverted Thinking (Te)
- Introverted Thinking (Ti)
- Extroverted Feeling (Fe)
- Introverted Feeling (Fi)
Each MBTI combines both introvert and extrovert functions from the most dominant, secondary, inferior to the least functioned. Thus, even though I am an ENTP, it doesn’t mean that my functions will be all-extrovert. After all, extroversion is dominant in an ENTP like me. These are, the functions of ENTPs in the order of the most dominant to the least functioned: Ne, Ti, Fe, Si.
We use extroverted intuition (Ne) and this is the most dominant function. It makes ENTPs see lots of possibilities in the external world since we gain more ideas by observing what the surrounding has. In other word, we are adept at visualizing and understanding the external environment and always eager to take it a step further. They call us visionaries for some reasons, though.
The next is introverted thinking (Ti) as the secondary function. We trust our internal framework and our ideas are not easy to be explained to others. It explains why ENTP is the most introverted extrovert among all extrovert in MBTIs. We think as an introvert (which means we prefer to think when we are alone) and it is not easy to understand our way of thinking. More surprisingly, sometimes we don’t understand our own thoughts. However, we are serious thinker who always look for internal logic of ideas. In short, ENTPs are excellent brainstormers who find it hard to make people understand their tons of ideas.
Extroverted feeling (Fe) is not the dominant function in ENTP. However, this function still plays role in how ENTPs enjoy helping others. The Fe aspect that ENTPs lack of is sensitivity. Yeah, we are insensitive.
The least is introverted sensing (Si). This function allows ENTPs to compare the present facts to past experiences. We store the memories and experiences from the past for the future use. Learn the past to rule the future.
Well, seems like MBTI and its functions are more than just about personality. Moreover, extroversion and introversion have nothing to do with sociable or anti-social traits in this case. They are more likely about the functions. People with Introversion might be sociable but they will feel more energized when they are alone. Vice versa for the people with extroversion, they might be mistaken as cold blooded introvert at the beginning but in the end, they will be able to socialize well and energized while around the others. All in all, I will share more about ENTP and I am glad to meet other ENTPs.
P.S: The picture is not mine.It was taken from Pinterest.