ENTJ Learning Style

How ENTJs acquire, memorize and recollect information

An ENTJ’s interest in learning a subject lies in the answer to the question “Will this help me solve a problem?” If the answer is yes, the more thoroughly and extensively they can learn how, the greater the ENTJ’s interest in the given topic, and the greater their desire to apply what they learn. Their interest in studying something is driven both by the desire to learn about ideas of popular interest, as well as by the need to find practical solutions to pressing problems.

ENTJs are easily receptive to learning material when it is presented in a theoretical form, and new information flows logically from information given earlier. This type has a comprehensive understanding of new material and immediately grasps how it can be applied in various ways. ENTJs learn well in an organized educational system (e.g., an organized degree or certification program), but learn just as well from sources not unified by a single formal learning process (e.g., individual courses or readings).

They are capable of mechanical memorization, although the amount retained this way is less than when memorization is based on a generalized understanding of the material. ENTJs retain information best when it is presented from various perspectives and using various examples. Memorizing material presented as a collection of poorly interrelated items is mentally straining for an ENTJ.

ENTJs are capable of actively applying material they have learned well to their work. They are able to use it in clearly defined applications as well as by drawing creative conclusions on how it can be used for other purposes.

ENTJs are able to remain very stable when experiencing a high level of learning related stress. They prefer to evenly distribute their efforts in learning new material, although they are capable of learning through short periods of overexertion.


An ENTJ’s learning is improved when:

  • Learning is systematic and intensive
  • Material is presented on a conceptual basis
  • Material is presented as unexplored and of popular interest
  • Active learning methods such as debates, brainstorming and contests are used
  • Their learning-related successes and achievements are recognized by others
  • Material is delivered at a fast pace, as ENTJs quickly sort and process information

An ENTJ’s learning is hindered when:

  • Material is of no strong personal interest to the ENTJ
  • Material is trivial
  • The knowledge received does not significantly expand the boundaries of their understanding and opportunities for application in the given area
  • What they learn is insufficient to allow them to present themselves as knowledgeable on the topic
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