Ideas, Dreams & Possibilities: Understanding the NP Types


NPs are imaginative, enthusiastic people who often take an interest in many different things, and have many hobbies over the course of their lifetime. They dislike routine and tedious tasks and let their creativity guide them through life. Others see them as spontaneous, imaginative, and enthusiastic about new ideas, for it is their yearning to learn and experience new thoughts that drives them onward.

These traits are the result of their extroverted intuition cognitive function (Ne). This function continually seeks new ideas, so that it can create a larger worldview, build connections between unrelated things, and come up with even more ideas. It is observant of its environment, and draws meaning from everything it sees, which gives NPs a unique ability to discern the true motives of the people around them. Ne craves greater knowledge and to experience many things; it is somewhat reluctant to make a firm decision on anything, out of the belief that it is important to stay open to new possibilities. Ne sees opportunities and likes to seize them.


Since they are so curious about everything, NPs are usually open-minded, tolerant, and have little interest in controlling situations or keeping others in line. They care much more about the big picture (the desired result, or the idea itself) than the details of execution, which means they dream big but sometimes don’t follow through on their projects. Their ability to stay open toward change allows them to adapt to new problems and situations with ease, and improvise on the spot. It makes them natural brainstormers, but also grow quickly bored with a topic once they have explored it. The NP needs a constant stream of “new” ideas, people, and experiences in their life to be happy.

NFPs use introverted feeling (Fi): a strong sense of individuality, a tendency to act on but not discuss their feelings, and the desire and ability to champion causes that are important to them. The NFP doesn’t need to be approved of by others to be happy, so long as they are doing what they believe is important and right. One good example of a fictional NFP is Maria in The Sound of Music, whose creativity and stubborn passionate ideals completely change the lives of Captain von Trapp and his children. NFPs excel in inspiring others to live to their full potential.

NTPs use introverted thinking (Ti): it is highly analytical and quick at discerning how things work. NTPs are curious about how everything works, so they take up many hobbies and build an incredible knowledge base. Most dabble in and are successful inventors. They are quick problem solvers, undaunted by limitations, and able to see solutions others may not have thought of. One of the best known NTPs in fiction is the Doctor in Doctor Who (Tenth and Eleventh Doctors).


NP children are happiest when:

  • They have variety in their life
  • They are encouraged to use their imagination
  • They aren’t forced to keep to a schedule
  • They get to explore new ideas
  • They are allowed to be themselves
  • They have an angst-free environment (NFP)
  • They can invent and create (NTP)

All NP children get very excited about something for awhile, and then lose interest in it. They will dream of being many different things when they grow up, as their interests shift and change. ENFP children are outgoing, comedic, and melodramatic; INFPs are quiet, creative, and private. ENTP children are playful, direct, and impulsive; INTP children are more intense and less emotional.

Self-Improvement for NPs: learn to make final decisions and stick with them, rather than being so indecisive. It’s okay to revisit the past, and preserve tradition once in awhile. Finish what you start before you begin another project. Learn the value of emotions and to share how you feel (NTP). Learn to stop and consider the logic, before you make a decision (NFP).

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  1. When it comes to my projects I have distinct NP leanings. I rarely finish something before starting something else. That’s not to say that I don’t finish projects, because I do, but I’ve usually started 3 things since then and something makes me remember that 1st project that’s collecting dust in a corner. My writing is the same way. Hmmmmmm. I wonder.

    1. We are indeed strange creatures. And here, I start every writing project I finish. It may have taken me 13 years to do one cross-stitch, but I damn well finish my books! 😉

      1. I think if I keep myself from getting distracted with new projects then I finish something in record time. Like Caitlin’s pumpkin bag. That thing was finished in a week because I refused to start anything else until I was finished. I swear, we all have moments when other functions just crop up and keep us from doing something we want. I’m the queen of the procrastinators if I let myself go!

  2. Hi Charity, have you seen the Jane Austen web series “Emma Approved” and “Lizzie Bennet Diaries?”

    Not sure if you have heard of it, I searched your blog but didn’t come across anything. Anyway there’s this company called Pemberly Digital that makes web series from the classics. Their site is

    Reactions are mixed among fans but I like “Emma Approved.” I haven’t seen LBD yet though. That’s next on my list. Although Mr. Knightley’s name was changed from George to Alex and they made John Knightley a little mean. 😦

    There’s also a lifestyle blog that acts as a companion.

  3. Haha, just yesterday I was watching an interview of Matt Smith, and one of the interviewers said he’d made the mistake of saying “Doctor Who will be here” and there was a big backlash. 😉 Fandom at it’s most ferocious.

    Fascinating article. I found it an interesting read, because I am rated as a ENTJ/ENTP. And what I read was true–certainly true. I can’t stand not having variety–but it has made my discipline with concentrating on single things increase.

    Keep up the good work, Charity! Love reading your posts.

    1. The Fandom… needs to lighten up. 😉

      Ne and Ni users all need variety, although the Ne-users need more of it; if the ENTJ isn’t working toward his or her ultimate goal, they are not happy. ENTPs have no ultimate goal. They just… exist in the moment.

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