So Naomi Osaka bowed out of the French open last week.  We have written about Naomi a few times before, and BT enthusiasts know that she is a #2 BEAR.  This Brain Type is extremely rare in modern day pro tennis, and in a statement recently released, Osaka stated the following, “I think now the best thing for the tournament, the other players and my well-being is that I withdraw so that everyone can get back to focusing on the tennis going on in Paris.  I never wanted to be a distraction and I accept that my timing was not ideal and message could have been clearer.”  

But even more revealing is what Osaka has been sharing about her mental health.  Ever since her win over Serena Williams in the 2018 US Open, wherein Serena through a temper tantrum, Osaka says she has experienced depression and anxiety.  She also went on to say, “I am not a natural public speaker and get huge waves of anxiety before I speak to the world’s media.  I get really nervous and find it stressful to always try and engage and give [the media] the best answers I can.

Wow!  How’s that for a Back brain statement?  Granted, other mental issues apparently are at play, as plenty of #2s, past and present, haven’t shied away from the camera.  In and of themselves, however, #2s are naturally reticent, preferring to keep to themselves and lead relatively quiet lives.  Naomi’s Brain Type no doubt contributes to her anxiety around cameras, coupled with the trauma she experienced during the 2018 U.S. Open.  Notice her anxiety over giving “the best answers I can.”  The #2 BEAR is not a proficient speaker, nor do they think quickly on their feet.  They are most given in their gross-motor region, not in the face/mouth region, as are CA “storks”, nor in the head region, as are CI “owls”.  Thus, speaking/communicating is their least preferred skill.

As for Serena, who is partly to blame for Osaka’s depression, she says she just feels like giving Naomi a big FEAR hug.  “I feel for Naomi. I feel like I wish I could give her a hug, because I know what it’s like.  Everyone is different, and everyone handles things differently.”  Ain’t that the truth!

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