I am generally not very self-conscious. Sometimes I feel a little awkward in groups because I don't know what to do with my hands and feet and stuff. In my classes I squirm and fidget quite a bit. I don't wish to draw attention to myself with this, but I just can't sit still.Self-consciousness Persons of the Inventive type look to others for approval. They are very conscious of how others treat them and highly sensitive to criticism and negative evaluation.
Other than that, I am more confident of myself than many and I really do not care what people think of me most of the time. Sure, I'd like them to see me as an unusual and interesting person with high intellience who has great business sense, compassion, good intentions, and charisma... but if people cannot get past my eccentricities or have a problem with my being a strong women, that's their problem. I do the things I do based on their overall benefit, not what others will think.
Furthermore, I highly value objective criticism and welcome opportunities to use my excellent conflict resolution skills. I am also the type of person who tells people what they need to hear rather than what they want to. Even criticism from someone with an agenda is valuable because I can still learn another perspective. I strive to see situations from as many perspectives as I can. That is far more important than just looking good.
I've also heard of ENTp's (especially female) appearing forced and insincere when trying to be friendly. I think that sincerity is one of my best qualities. I'd rather not say anything than say something that I don't mean (most of the time).
Also, if some one says something bad about or to me or does something to make me look bad, I am generally not upset by this. I see their insecurity for what it is and pity them.
I also am not as eager to take credit for things as what it sounds like an ENTp would be. I don't mind allowing others the spotlight or allowing random acts of kindness to go unnoticed. Sometimes I even take the blame for others mistakes, depending on whether doing so would have an overall beneficial outcome or not. I don't lie, but if some one thinks I made a mistake and it was really some one else's mistake, I'm not quick to point out the oversight.
It sounds to me like these differences in myself from the general descritption of an ENTp are mostly due to my ability to view situations from a detached perspective. I care more about the long term plan than I do the minor things, like the guy at the hardware store laughing at me because I have no idea what I'm doing. It's okay because I'm learning... He can laugh all he wants.
I also depend solely on myself for my sense of pride and self-worth. There are very few people who are clever enough to make me feel bad about myself. Sure, there are times when I get depressed and feel totally worthless, but it's not something that is affected by or effects my dealings with others (except when I seek solitude when I'm down).
Interestingly though... for some reason I've been having this day dream about having a TV show about Home Inspection... I value my privacy too much to actually want to be a public figure... I think...