Back-brain, Conceptual, Animate, Right-brain

Deeply compares and appraises personal imaginations

deep internal values; idealistic, romantic, appears calm; generally reticent; creative, avoids conflict, sensitive, away of others’ feelings; sacrificial, welcomes new ideas; flexible, interested in learning and writing; composer; language skilled.

The sections above are previews of Jon Niednagel’s latest book series on how each area of life relates to each particular Brain Type. For much further detail on a particular subject, be sure to check out Jon’s book on the respective topic, available upon release in the i-Store Learning Center.
The Stereotypical Particulars: Approximately 6 out of 10 sampled of each particular Brain Type will resemble the descriptions below, with approximately 4 out of 10 being atypical due to upbringing, environmental influences, etc.  These generalizations are not intended to be offensive to any particular Type; however, our aim is to equip you, the reader, with the appropriate distinctions necessary in assessing others.
Appearance: comfortably & casually dressed, soft deliberate (even poetic) speech, struggles with eye contact, warm smile, often have curly hair, good listener, may walk on toes.

Personality: unconventional, approachable, freedom-loving, romantic, melancholy, flexible, supreme idealist, child-like at times, timid, shy, giving, may be unmotivated, often unsure of self, creative & imaginative, poetic, literary, personable, friendly, considerate, unassuming, unimposing, sensitive, humble, may be impractical.

Athletic Characteristics: coordinates fine and gross motor movements with fluidity, a “natural,” graceful, may be quick, sleek, agile, limber, plays with finesse, offensive primarily, not argumentative, more of a follower than a leader, not one to seek physical contact, plays by the rules but may quit and/or shed a tear if doesn’t win.


These are two representative examples for this Brain Type. Please note that these interviews are only provided as a sample of what someone with this design might be like. They are not sufficient for training you how to accurately distinguish this Brain Type from others. The ‘Brain Type Trainer’ video training program has a much more in-depth visual perspective and commentary for each Brain Type. The ‘Brain Type Trainer’ is the optimal training tool for learning how to accurately evaluate each of the 16 inborn designs. Visit the i-Store Learning Center for more information on how to order the Brain Type Trainer and other learning aids available from BT Enterprises.


One major facet that separates Brain Types from any prior understanding of human behavior and performance is the motor skills connection.  While these videos are provided to aid BTInsiders in visually identifying each Brain Type’s motor skills, they are only provided as samples of how each design might/can move (variations will result due to previous athletic training, nurture, and genetic variables).  They are not sufficient for training you how to accurately distinguish each Brain Type from another.  Videos posted, however, will reflect particular motor skill traits conducive with the individual’s inborn design, more or less.

When a Brain Type is mentioned in an i-Blog article, it is filed under the respective category.

Articles – BCAR

5/16/23 – Not a good weekend for #10 BCARs

5/16/23 – Not a good weekend for #10 BCARs

In the world of sports, it was a rough weekend a couple weeks ago for #10 BCARs. Two of them, ironically, play on the same team, the Minnesota Timberwolves.  And yet again, ironically, both of them lost control of their emotions, paying the penalty for it ... during...

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6/21/22 – The time Grant Hill saved J.J. Reddick

6/21/22 – The time Grant Hill saved J.J. Reddick

In a bit of a comical story, former NBA  all-star Grant Hill (#10 BCAR) recently related an incident involving fellow teammate J.J. Reddick (#6 BEIR) back when Riddick was just a rookie.  On the latest episode of Redick’s podcast, The Old Man & the Three, Hill...

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#10 BCARs are a caring, devoted, and potentially scholarly Brain Type committed to special persons or causes.  Tending to appear reticent and shy, they have strong values.  These values are usually left unexpressed until they are violated by others.  BCARs appreciate abstract feelings such as love, loyalty, and faith, responding to the beautiful and good in life.  They like to live in harmony and tend to maintain an awareness of people and their feelings.  BCARs are usually interested in books and new ideas, and are adept at learning languages.

Excelling in vocations involving their personal values, they help others live up to their possibilities.  The four Back-brain dominant, Conceptual Brain Types (BCAR, BCAL, BCIR, BCIL) are considered among the least found Types in America, comprising an estimated two percent or less each.

BCARs are congenial until their values are stepped on or threatened.  At this point, they become emotional and demanding.  This contradiction can be confusing to those close to them, who see it as strange and complex.  BCARs, however, are their own worst critics, judging their skills and accomplishments as less than perfect, leaving them vulnerable to depression.  They are happiest when doing meaningful tasks on their own, working behind the scenes for those people and causes they respect and value.  Though seemingly hard to get to know, BCARs are a joy to work with, and they’re often entertaining and humorous to those close to them.  When you earn their trust, they can be transparent and open, seemingly Front-brain dominant.  They want to communicate, to create, and to be appreciated for their uniqueness.

The foremost question #10 BCARs take through life is “Who am I?”  Life delivers far more questions for them than it does answers.  BCARs can be philosophical and poetic, and not particularly practical.  They are committed family members, devoted friends in their small group, and loving and romantic spouses.  You can expect them to start more projects than they finish as they idealistically search for life’s purpose and meaning.  They will use their inner prodding to make the world a better place.



As Right-brained dominant Animates, #10 BCARs attach emotion to virtually everything they encounter.  Whether reading, writing, or thinking about others, BCARs view the personal side of issues.  As Conceptuals, BCARs idealize the possibilities in people; they are interested in personal development.

BCARs can excel in languages and writing, especially if encouraged to do so in their younger years.  They can be creative wordsmiths, particularly when writing.  BCARs are often drawn to poetry and metaphorical communication.  Reading for them is a pleasure (when not in competition with the computer and social activities), and they often choose fiction and biographies.

This artistic Brain Type applies its Right-brained fluidity and creativity to everything it does.  BCARs can excel in written essays, expressing their thoughts creatively and winsomely.  They also have the potential to be exceptional artists.  BCARs often pursue majors related to literature and the humanities.  They enjoy psychology and counseling, as well as a number of the sciences.  As physicians, BCARs are frequently found in cardiology.  Not surprisingly, no Brain Type is more sensitive to “heart” issues.



As children, #10 BCARs are daydreamers, creating a fantasy world to live in.  This fantasy world is difficult for BCARs to leave behind, even as adults, especially when they are under pressure.  With the world in an ever-changing state of flux and turmoil, BCARs often wish they could return as did Peter Pan to Never Land—the place where children never grow up.

Trying new things is difficult for BCAR children, and they need others to believe in them to instill the courage to venture into the untried.  They need confidence to exercise their gifts, which they often underestimate or overlook.  Reticent and reflective, BCAR children need time to themselves to recharge their batteries and face the “extraverted” world again.  Spending time in the Front-brained world is made easier by the dominant Animate “feeling” function of the BCAR child.  This ‘A’ function, however, may leave them vulnerable to insensitive teachers or peers with whom they need to learn to be a bit “tougher.”  Taking criticism or rejection too personally can be a problem that the BCAR can overcome given inner strength and affirmation, or just an understanding of who they are, and how sensitive their inborn Brain Type can be.  Living in harmony may be their desire, but the real world is not always harmonious.

BCARs need to be free to forgive others, as well as themselves.  Idealism will need to give way to realism without becoming fatalistic and uninvolved.  BCAR children enjoy looking forward to rewards.  They enjoy Front-brained friends that provide social ease, Back-brained friends that listen and are comfortable to be with, and Conceptual friends who can share their humor and imaginative worlds.

Being an estimated one or two percent of the American populace can make the BCAR child feel alone and misunderstood.  Encourage, teach, listen to, and befriend a BCAR child, and he or she will make a dynamic contribution to your life and the lives of others.



The often low-key #10 BCAR desires intimacy with God when pursuing spirituality.  Drawn to the meaningful, and with a large capacity for self-sacrifice, BCARs fit naturally into a religious setting.  Not wanting life to be without purpose, many BCARs start early in seeking who they are, why they are, and who God says they are.  BCARs, as well as other CAs, have an extreme sense of love and caring for others, and can become incensed when they see injustice done.  Since they seek harmony and goodwill, they also expect other people to do the same.

Kindness and consideration are monumental to them.  In order to grow in their spiritual lives, BCARs need the discipline of a planned quiet time daily, just listening to and speaking with God.  This time refreshes the Back-brained Animate, and if Scripture is read and studied, this quiet time stabilizes an otherwise fluctuating faith.

BCARs need to learn the facts of their faith in order to resist persuasive arguments that might lead them away from a more logical belief system.  When beliefs are based primarily on Animate feelings and emotions, tough times may come along and destroy the stability of the Animate worshipper.

Naturally prone to fears and anxieties, the BCAR’s life is greatly enhanced by learning to properly fear God and not man, and learning the attributes of Almighty God, and learning to depend on them.



#10 BCARs are questors, and in the area of romance, they quest for deeply meaningful relationships.  They seek security and faithfulness and are loyal themselves.  Idealizing relationships, BCARs often read their own values and qualities into the object of their love, and may be in for a letdown if they don’t choose to be more realistic.  They respond to the romantic and poetic, seeking harmonious communication with all—until their value systems are threatened, that is.

BCARs want to be loved for who they are, not for what they can do or for their appearance.  As Conceptual Animates, BCARs live lives of transparency and values; they want to be measured in terms of internal character.  Seeing the big picture, they sense that’s where the enduring security in a relationship lies.  BCARs may need to accept and appreciate what is, not yearn for what could be.

Highly adept in the brain’s deep limbic system, mood swings are not uncommon for BCARs, especially when they allow their subjective Animate feelings and emotions to override a more realistic and objective perspective.  A BCAR spouse is most often a loyal supporter, a fun-loving and creative companion, a romantic counterpart.



#10 BCARs excel in vocations involving their personal values where they may be applied toward helping people live up to their possibilities.  BCARs hesitate to lead, but are usually aware of the needs and feelings of others, making a sensitive contribution to group situations.  They adapt well to the leadership of others, and have creative ideas of their own.

Working well alone, BCARs dislike distractions, preferring to concentrate on one item at a time.  They also need periodic interaction, being Animate “feelers,” and a little appreciation for the BCAR employee goes a long way.

Having a natural giftedness for language, BCARs are able to edit, rewrite, and create written material for companies.  With a natural aversion to routine jobs, writing provides variety as well as a creative outlet.  BCARs may need to learn to finish the many projects they start.  They are flexible and adaptable and may become distracted by activity around them.

BCARs can become too idealistic in relationships and disorganized in their work.  Whatever career choices are made by the BCAR, the most personally rewarding will be those that involve service to others, whether it be in counseling, teaching, religious or missionary work, medicine, research, or music.  Tending to be less than self-confident, the BCAR will do best when encouraged regularly, and shown approval not only for the work well done, but primarily for the BCAR’s own self.

Loving to learn, they are ready to take the training or learn the information necessary to do their job well.  Their idealism can work for or against them in the workplace, though a well-balanced BCAR will be an asset to any workplace.

Popular Career Choices:
Psychology, psychiatry, medicine, science, teaching (prefer higher levels of education), counseling, religious education, ministry and missionary work, literature, art, music, composing and writing, poetry.



#10 BCARs normally must first accept themselves as they are before they begin a healthful weight management program or diet.  Taking the emotional negativism away before adding the deprivation of desired food will lighten the psychological load and better ensure a good start.  BCARs should plan the weight management program or diet and shop in advance.

Proper exercise is important for any smart health regimen, and it is significant for BCARs and ideal weight maintenance.  Exercising keeps BCARs mentally alert and optimistic, as well as keeping the need to diet at a minimum.  Making a list of the benefits of a diet will help, as well as listing short-term and long-term rewards.  They should make the effort as fun and positive as possible.  A creative diet game or an inspirational diet book might help, but even better might be dieting with a friend.  BCARs have a competitive streak and will also benefit from being held accountable in a non-threatening way.  They will not want to let the co-dieter down, and will value the growing friendship along with the weight loss.

Filling BCARs’ lives with people and activities of interest will distract them from the rigors of dieting.  And don’t forget their needed affection and verbal rewards.  Believe in BCARs, and they are capable of great sacrifice.  They may need to get tough with themselves and not be emotional eaters.  Help them through the hard emotional times where unresolved tensions can lead to headaches.  Be there for BCARs, cheer them on, and they will most often diet successfully.



#10 BCAR children are gifted from the very beginning with natural coordination, blending the gross and fine-motor skills.  They are as smooth and silky as any Brain Type when they take up a sport for the first time.  Their coordination gets even better with exercise and practice, culminating in graceful athletes.

BCARs are generally quick, and few are overweight.  Running down a pop fly, leading a fast break, or running a race, the BCAR should be a contender in whatever sport he or she chooses.

BCARs, like other Right brainers, have heightened spatial abilities.  BCARs replicate others’ movements and then spice them with their own creativity.  They are adept at imaginatively illustrating what they view whether it be on canvas, stage, or on the athletic field.  BCARs are not always aggressive, especially when they start the competition.

Unlike the four dominant Inanimate Brain Types, BCARs normally do not feel the urge to “destroy” their opponent from the very start.  Thus, it helps to provide BCARs with inspirational reasons for giving their best each time they play.  Sharing the same song and dance every day will not cut it; BCARs respond best to creative variety.  Those who assist this rare Brain Type need to broaden their motivational techniques.  Anger, threats, and intimidation are not options for the oft-sensitive BCARs.


Body Skill Bird

The stork is a representation of the Personal Imaginers.  The stork’s esteemed reputation is backed by reliable, documented evidence from at least 3,000 years of recorded history.  A number of civilizations and societies took special notice of storks and sought to protect them from harm.  Laws were passed protecting life and limb of these beloved birds.  Even Aristotle, as early as 300 B.C., wrote that the stork was revered in his day for its unique characteristics.  The Romans, too, were enamored with the stork’s attributes.  The Lex Ciconaria, or “Stork’s Law,” was established mandating that children provide for their parents when the latter became elderly and in need.  The Romans, observing how the stork had cared for members of its family, both young and old, legislated their approval for the compassion, sensitivity, and love demonstrated by the bird for its own.

The stork occupies a special place in the Bible, as well.  In the sacred text of the Hebrews, the stork is described as the “pious one.”  The Hebrew word, hasidhah, is the word for stork.  The root word is the noun hesed, which means “lovingkindness, loyal love.”  Hesed is used some 250 times in the Old Testament, particularly in the Psalms, to illustrate the many ways God demonstrates His infinite love for mankind and to depict mans’ kindness to his fellow man.  The comparison of the stork’s love for its family with God’s love for mankind speaks supremely well for the stork.  During biblical times, the stork was considered the most loving of all birds, a fact the Bible plainly recognizes.

Our word, “stork” is actually taken from the ancient Greek storgé, which literally means, “an innate, natural affection.”  This could be best understood by contemplating a mother’s unconditional love for her child.  The definition, however, is broader in meaning.  It connotes an affection capable of being directed to anyone.  C.S. Lewis in The Four Loves states, “It is indeed the least discriminating of loves.”  It isn’t predicated upon looks, intelligence, blood relationship, or age.  The illiterate, grotesque, and the homely can all be recipients of storgé (affection) love.

Thus, whether we base our meaning of the word “stork” from the Hebrew or Greek, or accept the legendary accounts concerning its character, we find that the stork is truly a caring, loving creature.  The Personal Imaginers share this characteristic.  In the wild, storks will shelter their young (and old) from the hot sun or imposing elements with their massive wings.  Storks will travel nearly 50 miles to find and bring back food to the nest—whatever it takes.  They’ll gulp up water from the swamps below their high nests, flying back to shower their babies or parents with cool water.  They’ve even been seen to stay and die in the nest with babies or elderly during a forest fire!

Now Storks don’t act so uprightly all the time, there can be the wayward ones, but most value integrity and encourage others to seek it likewise.  They believe the best about others and value relationships.  They’re devoted to friends, family, and their vocations.  They tend to be romantic, and visionary, and they’re often optimistic about future possibilities.

Storks can also be acrobats and actors with their flying antics; these huge birds can be amazingly agile in the air—so, too, can the Brain Types of this group be acrobatic and actors.  Needless to say, there are many parallels with the amazing stork.

Vocationally, Personal Imaginers often pursue journalism, ministry, motivational speaking, education, health care, and other jobs accentuating their speech and language interests, and their affection for people.  Similar to Doves, Storks are service oriented, but liking to pursue long-term goals as conceptual people, they tend to last longer in academic pursuits than the live-for-today Doves.

• Exercise your “servant’s heart” in practical ways.
• Organize and follow through on projects to completion. Be a finisher.
• Tackle some unpleasant reality in which you’ve procrastinated.
• Explore areas that require rational analysis and logical thinking.
• Learn to live with less than ideal conditions.
• Spend more time in the “here and now,” enjoying the moment.
• Welcome reproof without being overly sensitive.
• Initiate friendships, conversations, and phone calls.
• Be aggressively courageous in new and unfamiliar situations.
• Get (E)mpirical and (I)nanimate input to improve your perspective.
• Overcome your timidity and share your imagination with others.
• Practice a joyful spirit, not giving in to melancholy.

“Therefore having such a hope, we use great boldness in our speech.” II Corinthians 3:12

Choose some tasks that require perseverance.

Establish realistic goals.

Prepare a schedule with time frames, and then choose an encouraging friend to help you follow your schedule.

Give extra effort when logical analysis and reasoning are required.


Balance Your Type