If you’re looking for a judge with complete, 100% unbiased objectivity, good luck finding it. If you’re looking for a more objective, impersonal judge based on Brain Type, however, there are definite general principles one may wish to follow (though no BT is bias-free). Of the 16 inborn Brain Types, 8 of them make decisions as Inanimates, while the other 8 make decisions as Animates. ‘Owls’ and ‘Hawks’, the Inanimates (EIs and CIs), observe their world IMPERSONALLY, while ‘doves’ and ‘storks’ (EAs and CAs) observe their world PERSONALLY. As Jon Niednagel writes in ‘Brain Types and Parenting’, “One person may choose an impersonal, objective approach that seems to be clear and logical. Another person many be prone to “Feel a situation out” and then decide based on personal, subjective values. The latter usually places more emphasis on how the decision will affect the people involved.”
This simple BT guideline played itself out all-too clearly in the personage of the affable “British Baking Show” judge, Mary Berry. The popular reality bakeoff show, where contestants are judged for their edible creations, has been going strong for nearly a decade now, led by Ms. Berry alongside celebrity chief Paul Hollywood (#13 FCIR). To be sure, Paul has played the in-your-face Simon Cowell (#13 FCIR) role, while Mary the kind-hearted Paula Abdul (#11 FCAL) role. Mary, who shares the same #11 Brain Type, no longer judges on the show, but recently she admitted “telling white lies” during her stint there. As one author writes, “The 83-year-old baking star told Express that during her judging days she would tell these white lies to save the contestants from feeling bad.”
In her own words, “We did have a wonderful man and he made a beetroot cake. It really was awful but we didn’t say it was nasty because he would get so upset. There were quite a few things I didn’t like so much. People know when they’ve done something awful. It’s been so bad it made me feel quite ill.” And like Paula with Simon years ago, Berry remarked she approached contestants much differently than her co-judge, Paul Hollywood, stating he could be extremely “harsh.” Added Mary, “I could sometimes tick him off. He was a bit harsh and I was trying to encourage people.” Contestants who mess up “don’t need to be told off about it, they need to know to how to have success next time.”
No surprise that #11 FCALs can make such great teachers and preachers (Billy Graham). Their “soar above” stork approach focuses on betterment, not belittlement!
Written by: Staff
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