Why Jeremy Clarkson is ENTP

While ideally one should not approach typing with a given type in mind, we confess that we were nevertheless coming to Jeremy Clarkson with the expectation that he would be ESTP. After all, that is the obvious type for a person who does what he does, right?

It may well be said that on the ‘Top Gear’ show Clarkson tends to act as an ESTP. But watching the interviews that he has done outside of ‘Top Gear’, Clarkson instead seems to be very self-deprecating and self-ironic. In particular, there is one interview where he says that nobody really likes him and that he is growing so old that he is now a few years from the stage where he will be wetting himself on screen if they keep him on the show. If we go by the Jungian functions, what Clarkson is doing here goes against the grain of Se (which is the dominant function of an ESTP).

Where Se frequently drives its users to competitively jockey for position with the immediate situation as the pivot of their cognition, Ne (which is the dominant function of an ENTP) works differently. For while ENTPs can also jockey for position, their jockeying will often be indirect, whereas the ESTP is direct.

As a general rule, then, Ne is stimulated by the abstract properties of an object and by surprising connections between objects and concepts that are seemingly unrelated. Thus, ENTPs tend to revel more in facetious remarks and the use of smoke and mirrors than the ESTPs who are indeed known for their directness.

So in conclusion, ENTPs tend to employ misdirection, self-deprecation and self-irony, in just the way Clarkson does, trusting that people – or at least the right people – will be able to recognize the ‘smartness’ of the ENTP through the misdirection.

7 Comments

  1. Just out of curiosity, what type do you think James May and Richard Hammond are? May’s persona on the show certainly seems to be ISTJ but off Top Gear he seems to be a much more complex person.

  2. Jeremy is depressed when he is not expressing himself.
    ENTP struggles with Se and Fe. Jeremy clearly not, ever.

  3. Richard would be estp and james I would say is intp.

    Richard is a smooth talker on the show and he’s good at presenting (fe) and you can see evidence of se from the show also.

    James has evidence of si but this may or may not be dominant. He doesn’t seem to have the natural dutifulness but has more of the quirks of auxiliary ne. His fe seems fairly well developed though, although he can’t seem to tell when he’s boring people.

  4. Hi admin,
    I recently read a book called “Mindset” by Carol S Dweck, another psychologist, in which the author says that personality traits like iq, introversion etc. can be changed over time through conscious effort. But many psychologists tend to disagree and believe that traits are fixed throughout our life. My Big 5 profile initially showed me to be above the 90th percentile in neuroticism (about 6 months ago) but now after adopting the “growth mindset” my neuroticism percentile has dropped to around the 50th percentile – a monumental improvement which i think has been crucial and has helped me to perform far better in all areas in my life. I would love to hear your opinion on this and also is it possible for one’s Jungian type to change through our life by adopting a “growth mindset” ? Thank you for your time.

  5. “Where Se frequently drives its users to competitively jockey for position with the immediate situation as the pivot of their cognition, Ne (which is the dominant function of an ENTP) works differently. For while ENTPs can also jockey for position, their jockeying will often be indirect, whereas the ESTP is direct.”

    This sounds more like a cultural difference between Britain and America.

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