Meet Thomas, an ENTJ

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ENTJ’s cognitive preference line-up is as follows:

hero-Te: this ensures that ENTJs are systematic, pragmatic and use established, objective protocol.

Parent-Ni: this means that ENTJs are determined, willful, automatically see what needs to be done in order to accomplish a goal or finish a task.

Child-Se: in this pure, innocent position, ENTJs do not hesitate to take action immediately, to strike while the iron is hot, do what needs doing and get things accomplished.

Apsiration-Fi: ENTJs know what they value and may mistakenly think that’s what others value as well or they may be completely unaware of the values and feelings of others, even though they want to believe they do. They need to hear that they are good people and doing good things.


Thomas is an entrepreneur. He is efficient, systematic and gets things done. He makes his decisions based on what works the best. He doesn’t waste time and likes to strike while the iron is hot, so to speak. He doesn’t believe in agonizing over a decision and sees the most effective solution right up front. He has a lot of things going on internally as he constantly scans the whole complexity of issues and brings into focus what needs to be attended to. However, the one area he often overlooks is how his decisions will affect the values and feelings of others. He is often surprised when someone close to him has a “melt-down” over a decision that he has made or a policy he has initiated.

For all of his business-like structure, Thomas has a playful side and enjoys a good adventure once in a while. He is a master at taking calculated business risks and coming out on top.

He is aware of his value system and mistakenly thinks others value the same things. Sometimes, his wife angrily accuses him of being a bull in a China shop when it comes to calculating how others will feel about or react to what he considers the most efficient business decision and sometimes she accuses him of treating his family like a corporation.

Thomas seems to flip between two modes of operation; on the one hand he is constantly aware of his environment, on the other he zeros in on one particular issue or problem. Thomas is a great problem-solver.

Thomas is driven and values doing things for himself. He started working for a Pizza Hut as soon as he could legally hold a job. He saved his money and at 22 purchased a building, got a business license and opened his own pizzeria. It was so successful that he bought a building in a nearby town, hired some people and opened a second pizza place. Thomas has made millions with his various business ventures. He currently owns two pizzerias, an RV park, a rental storage facility and serves on the local schoolboard.

It bothers Thomas that his family sometimes fails to see the importance of his work or appreciate all that he does and has done to provide them with comfortable living but the truth is that Thomas would excel, regardless of whether he had a family or not. He wrestles between holding true to his values and morals and doing what works to accomplish a goal. He often secretly backs humanitarian projects to help him deal with this dichotomy in his life.

Thomas’s cognitive preferences are those of an ENTJ and while not all ENTJs are exactly like Thomas they do all have certain characteristics.

  1. ENTJs are efficient.
  2. ENTJs look at the bigger picture but focus in on areas to strengthen or improve.
  3. ENTJs move up any hierarchy rapidly.
  4. ENTJs are systematic.
  5. ENTJs do what works.
  6. ENTJs see what needs to be done and move to do it.
  7. ENTJs may overlook how their choices impact the lives of others, but they want to do something that is beneficial.

Author: Darlene Franklin-Campbell

Poet, novelist, artist

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