We waited to report on this, and we’re glad we did, as the media-circus has only become zanier by the day. This is a story about being careful (meaning “full of care”) in how we speak.Truth be told, do we not all have a tendency to put our foot in our mouths from time to time? Indeed, we’re all imperfect, and all 16 types have at one time or another uttered words later to be regretted, like a dule (flock) of doves (as comedian Brian Regan famously taught us).
That said, it’s fair to say that some of us engage in impulsive outbursts more often than others, and run our mouths more than others. As we have written in the past, Front and Right-brain Animates—FEARs & FCARs—are arguably most inclined—typologically speaking—to speak before thinking (out of the 16). How so? Consider the combination of traits that generally stem from said demographic—“energetic, spontaneous, and emotive”—and that ought to help us to understand and explain their propensity; which tendency, we should note, is not inherently negative. It can be constructive (e.g. quick to praise or compliment) as well as destructive (e.g. unfiltered criticism).
Now, if we were to ask which of the 16 inborn Brain Types is most apt to think first, speak later, and choose their words carefully, which BTs come to mind? Whatever your list, brain science indicates that the four Back-brained Inanimates (#6, #8, #14, and #16) are most inclined in that way. And, if we narrow it further, the two Conceptuals—the #14 and #16—would have the advantage via their proclivity to think more circumspectly and bigger picture than their Empirical “in-the-now” counterparts. That said, when an #8 made the news (negatively) a few weeks ago over something he haphazardly said, it was not the typological norm.
Hank Haney, the former swing coach for Tiger Woods, opened up his radio show on SiriusXM with some controversial remarks that have earned him the titles of both “racist” and “sexist.” Regarding who would win the U.S. Women’s Open, Hank went on to say, “I’m gonna predict a Korean. I couldn’t name you six players on the LPGA Tour. Maybe I could. Well … I’d go with Lee. If I didn’t have to name a first name, I’d get a bunch of them right.”
The remarks lit a firestorm, and Haney later apologized that day. “In an effort to make a point about the overwhelming success of Korean players on the tour I offended people and I am sorry. I have the biggest respect for the women who have worked so hard to reach the pinnacle of their sport, and I never meant to take away from their abilities and accomplishments.” Still, he was suspended from his radio show.
“He deserved it,” said Tiger Woods days later. “Just can’t look at life like that. And he obviously said what he meant, and he got what he deserved.” Michelle Wie then responded on Twitter: “As a Korean American female golfer, these comments that Hank Haney made disappoint and anger me on so many levels. Racism and sexism are no laughing matter Hank … shame on you.”
Haney recently responded to Woods in a Tweet. @HankHaney “Amazing how [Tiger Woods] now has become the moral authority on issues pertaining to women. I spent six great years coaching Tiger and not one time did he ever hear me utter one sexist or racist word. Now, in addition to being a 15-time major champion, I guess he thinks he’s also a mind reader? #glasshouses.”
Ouch! Some pretty ugly stuff going on, with bitter words and unforgiveness clouding the air like poisonous smoke grenades. Hank Haney, an ‘Impersonal Observer’ (Empirical Inanimate), was factually correct in his assessment that Koreans dominate today’s LPGA circuit. In the first 12 LPGA events of the season, half of them have been won by ladies from South Korea. Let that statistic sink in for a moment. Half. On top of that, two out of the four top golfers currently hail from South Korea (Lydia Ko and Inbee Park). So was Haney accurate? Yes. Was Hank Haney tactful? Absolutely not. Is Hank Haney racist? Based on his past, no. Does Haney think women’s golf is boring? It sounds likely, as do millions of other Americans. As we’ve written before, #7 FEILs and #8 BEILs are Inanimate Empiricals who have a knack for impersonally calling things as they see them (a.k.a. realists). Personality typists refer to them as “sensing thinkers.” As such, they live in the moment and logically critique the world around them. Haney was critical in the moment (ironically, while praising Koreans), and he really goofed on public radio. That’s uncharacteristic for a Back brain Inanimate. However, when #8s speak speak off the cuff, such as on a lengthy on-air broadcast, it can happen, even to them.
Haney apologized, and should be forgiven. We live in a brave new world of political correctness, and it’s one thing to call someone out, but quite another to label someone for life. We do well to remember that when forgiveness is given by us, forgiveness someday will be granted to us.
Written by: Staff
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