ENTJ Primary Function: Understanding the ENTJs Extraverted Thinking (Te)

Understanding the primary function of each personality type certainly helps give a better idea of how they respond to and take in information. Their dominant function is definitely going to be what stands out the most and is represented to the world around them. While the dominant function works in combination with your other functions, it is still the one which helps people signify your personality and is often what is presented outwardly. It is definitely the lead function in making decisions and in helping to form a strong sense of self. While understanding all of the functions and how they work together is truly important, knowing someone’s primary function is certainly the first step to knowing them a bit better.

ENTJs are often outgoing and charismatic people, who can sometimes be seen as aggressive when it comes to accomplishing their goals. They don’t allow anything to stand in their way once they have a goal in mind, which can in large part be attributed to their dominant function. Being so focused on facts and taking action helps the ENTJ when it comes to the workplace and in ensuring that they finish everything with a sense of efficiency. While their other functions are just as important, their primary function is what helps the ENTJ express themselves to the outside world and is a big part in how they make choices. This is the function which is often most outwardly expressed and recognizable about the ENTJ personality type.

How Te Works

Extraverted thinking or Te is very focused on getting things done and being as efficient as possible in the process. It is a function which is easily recognizable since it isn’t focused on emotions or people, instead it is focused on processes and systems. Te is very to the point, wanting to get to the core of the situation and not waste time with pointless analysis. Once the user finds the best solution they want to focus on taking action, rather than spending too much time trying to overanalyze and consider other options. They don’t need to constantly explore possibilities, instead they want to look at what is clear and accurate. The Te dominant user wants to find the most efficient way to better a situation and path, wanting everything to be done in the best way possible. They care about understanding information and facts, but won’t waste time once they know they are right about something. This is what can cause Te users to seem a bit harsh in how direct they are, but it isn’t about hurting feelings or being cruel. The intention is simply to focus on the facts and to strategize, rather than focusing on emotions or sensitivities. They become very clear and concise, not wanting to leave any room for error or misunderstanding in a situation. They are not afraid of taking charge, their Te helping them dictate and get things done in a leadership position. Te can become a very action-oriented function, not wanting to sit around and wait for things to happen. It allows the user to figure out the most strategic way to solve a problem, optimizing their abilities and finding ways to make the process superior. Once they figure out the best way to get the job done, they are not afraid of taking charge and moving forward rather than stagnating and becoming doubtful. 

Te in ENTJs

Te causes the ENTJ to become very focused and driven people, wanting to get things done efficiently at all times. They can appear a bit aggressive at times, especially when they are working on a project or some sort of important goal. They don’t want to allow emotions to cloud their judgement or prevent them from getting things done to the best of their abilities. This does not make the ENTJ emotionless, it just causes them to suppress that part of themselves when they are focused on work or getting something done. ENTJs recognize that their feelings can sometimes get in their way or prevent them from seeing things clearly in certain situations. When it comes to work or problem solving the ENTJ leans on their Te a lot, allowing this to guide them in the right direction. They do care deeply about their loved ones, and a lot of this is actually expressed in their desire to care for them in a practical sense. Their Te makes them driven people, drawn towards facts and efficiency. They simply don’t like wasting time or energy on things which do not propel them forward and help them accomplish their goals. They believe in being direct and honest, which can be misunderstood at times. They might appear somewhat intense or aggressive because of this dominant Te, but it is part of what makes them such capable people who strive to care for their loved ones in a practical sense.

ENTJ Functions

While the ENTJs dominant function is the one most outwardly expressed, it makes it easy for others to forget that they are also intuitive people. Their secondary or auxiliary function is their introverted intuition, which is driven by a subconscious collection of information and a rich inner world. Their Ni helps their Te when it comes to making decisions and predicting the best path for them to take. While ENTJs deal with outward facts, they also filter this through their introverted intuition which has collected plenty of data subconsciously over time. They can compare this with their Ni and it gives them a more accurate idea of which direction they need to take. This also causes the ENTJ to be even more future oriented, wanting to build a life and see beyond the present. They care about planning ahead and ensuring that they are moving in the right direction for themselves and their family. Their combination of functions might not make the ENTJ the most emotional or expressive people when it comes to feelings, but it does make them practical and driven.


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