HSP ENTP: The Highly Sensitive ENTP
Someone who is an HSP or highly sensitive person, experiences life in a much different way. They are naturally sensitive to the world around them, whether this be through emotions or even physical stimulus. They find themselves rather sensitive to things in ways that make them feel different from the majority of the people around them. Some HSPs will hide these traits, wanting to fit int and avoid standing out too much. Experiencing ridicule for being “too sensitive” is something which can only make those feelings harder to process. Being an HSP does not make someone an emotional mess, it does not make them weak, in a lot of ways it can be used as a strength or tool to connect with people and the world on a much deeper level. Being an HSP is not something which is naturally correlated with personality type, although some might be more commonly seen with these types of behaviors.
ENTPs aren’t often known for being sensitive, quite the opposite most of the time. ENTPs like to push buttons and challenge people, and are much more focused on facts and information. Being an HSP however, doesn’t suddenly make the ENTP emotional and sensitive in ways that everyone can outwardly recognize. It is important to understand that it so often just makes someone more in tune with their surroundings, and sometimes sensitive to the physical world in ways which can be overwhelmed and cause them to need time to themselves. It isn’t always something people will recognize, especially in someone who does not speak about it and tries to keep these sensitivities to themselves.
Being an HSP doesn’t suddenly make the ENTP more aware of their emotions at all times, but it can make them more conscious when someone else is upset. This comes from noticing a change in behavior or hearing that person’s tone of voice changed a bit. Being so sensitive to small changes helps the ENTP to recognize when something is not right. Someone they have been around frequently is going to be easier for the ENTP to read, especially in an environment where they don’t have other things clouding their senses. This can help them understand people better and connect better with their loved ones. The ENTP might not suddenly know how to respond to these changes, but they will be more conscious of it. When someone they care for is upset or something is really wrong, the HSP ENTP can often see a change which helps them recognize this.
The HSP ENTP is likely to be very sensitive to certain stimulus, but they might not show signs of this to others. They find themselves wanting to retreat after they have been exposed to large crowds, noises or even smells. The ENTP will simply need time to themselves and need to process everything from the day. They go inside of their rich inner minds and analyze information and this help them to relax and recharge after being exposed to so much at once. Naturally ENTPs really enjoy jumping into new things and being able to keep their active brains busy. This doesn’t mean they don’t still enjoy being in environments which stimulate their mind and keep them bouncing around a bit, it just means they are much more sensitive to these things and might feel drained afterwards. This can sometimes cause the ENTP to be mistyped as an introvert, since they sometimes distance themselves from crowds or other people after a while. They want to be around others but some more chaotic environments just make the ENTP feel more overwhelmed and sensitive to what is going on. This can be the most frustrating part of being an HSP for the ENTP, since they actually enjoy being thrown into sometimes messy situations in order to learn and experience something exciting. Being so in touch with their surroundings has its perks, but it can also be exhausting for the ENTP. They want to be able to bounce from one thing to the next and absorb as much information as they can, but being HSP can make this feel like a chore at times. When their surroundings are too loud, or something around them is accosting those sensitivities, the ENTP might want to escape.
The HSP ENTP notices the smallest of details and changes in their environments, making it easier for them to predict certain outcomes with this information. ENTPs enjoy absorbing facts and details so that they can analyze and problem solve with what they find. This can actually be something they use being an HSP, since they are so much more alert to their surroundings. A lot of people can get stuck inside of their own thoughts or struggle to notice small changes around them, where an HSP is acutely aware of these things. They can collect this information and filter it through their own inner minds, using it to problem solve and uncover things that most people would be utterly blind to. The HSP ENTP is definitely skilled at analysis and problem solving, which can make it a strength if they learn to use it the right way.
How to Cope
The ENTP can certainly utilize their sensitivities as a skill, especially when it comes to picking up on information. They are very focused on growth and being able to experience new things, and while being an HSP can feel like a restriction there are many ways in which it is not. It helps them see things that most people wouldn’t notice, being so sensitive to the slightest changes and stimuli. ENTPs benefit from doing research and learning more about the facts of something, and so reading about scientific studies can help them gain a better understanding of what being an HSP means for them. They are often capable of looking at things from many different angles, instead of just seeing what the rest of the world sees. When it comes to being an HSP the ENTP can certainly adapt to this and even use is as a means of understanding certain things better.