Of all the 16 Brain Types, one of them most consistently wears their emotions on, not their sleeves, but their faces. As CAs, their greatest area of proficiency is the speech (mouth region), and as high-energy Q1s, those “emotions” are seldom withheld. Yes, the “Motivator”, or #9 FCAR, wouldn’t naturally be the greatest poker player teammate, giving away your hand by their expressions every time you were dealt good or bad cards!

They also don’t take criticism very well. In fact, Jon Niednagel writes in Brain Types and Parenting, “They are delightful and entertaining, but very sensitive to criticism.”  So, when the judges spoke harshly to Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles (#9) last week regarding her ‘Dancing With The Stars’ performance, her countenance, literally, dropped. In fact, her disgusted look has gone viral on the Internet, with people posting it along with their personal captions, “This is me when…”

Interestingly, judge Julianne Hough chimed in about Simone’s smile, stating, “I don’t know if the smile is authentic. I want to see rawness come out.”  Of course, catch Biles in any interview offstage, and her huge signature smile from cheek to cheek is impossible to miss.  Yet, when she hits the dance floor, her rehearsed ‘routine’ begins, and the competitive, seasoned Olympian within comes back. Still, after Biles’ second dance, another judge commented, “You let out your signature smile after you did your trick, which was great that was very authentic I felt you uncertain a little bit be careful sometimes you dance like a metronome, you’re so on the beat. I want to see if you can play a little bit, holding and extending.”

Despite the “signature smile” compliment, Biles’ face immediately dropped due to the “metronome” comparison. Co-host Tom Bergeron then commented to Biles, “I was waiting for you to smile at some of the compliments but you didn’t.” Simone’s response to him? “Smiling doesn’t win you gold medals.”

Ouch! Remember, #9s also tend to work harder than most of the other Brain Types when they really want something. Thus, failure can be very hard to take. Niednagel also writes of them, “They may overextend themselves to please others and personalize negative comments to an exaggerated extent.”

It’s ok, Simone! Don’t take it too hard! And you other #9s out there be sure to do the same!

Written by: Staff
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