Back-brain, Conceptual, Inanimate, Right-brain

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master of conceptual logic; problem-solver; scientific-desires understanding of universe; designs logical models; seeks precision; introspective; adaptable; tends to excel in theoretical, philosophical subjects; logical abstraction 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: often wearing spectacles, can dress both conservative or unconventional, abstract demeanor, head-in-the-clouds look, no fluff, normally a soft (more monotone) voice, often has curly hair, wide-eyed, absent-minded and brilliant professor.

Personality: quiet, approachable, intelligent, brilliant, patient practitioner, select words circumspectly, studious, bookish, academic, scholarly, knowledgeable, competent, principled, determined, may be difficult to understand, stubborn, uncompromising, seemingly unaware of surroundings, unconcerned with outward show or appearance.

Athletic Characteristics: more fine motor than gross motor control, develops fluidity with practice, gifted cerebrally, strategic, no dominant muscle control, often awkward, unrestricted movements with mechanization, deliberate, defensive, seldom interested in performing in athletics (mostly academic), good endurance and pain threshold, plays by the rules even if no one else will.


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.

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

Articles – BCIR

5/1/24 – When the Beatles met Muhammad Ali

5/1/24 – When the Beatles met Muhammad Ali

An interesting article came out a few weeks ago, titled, "Beatles' John Lennon resented Muhammad Ali after knockout shoot: 'It was a mistake'."  Of course, even the novice Brain Type enthusiasts should immediately recognize the correlation between Lennon and Ali.  Or...

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7/29/19 – Prince Harry dances with Jane Goodall

This was too good to pass up.  How often do you get to see two famous people dancing together, from two completely different walks of life, with two such different Brain Types?  That is exactly what happened when Prince Harry (#1 FEAR) of England recently joined hands...

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#14 BCIRs are usually precocious children, conceptually logical and often quite reserved.  They may be solemn and independent, with a passion for asking why—when they feel like talking—or better yet, seeking to find out why all by themselves.  Hands off parenting that allows constructive experimental behavior can be productive with BCIRs (not eliminating any needed discipline).  Until they find more commonality in a college setting, BCIRs often feel they are very different from others.  This tendency is lessened when the BCIR is raised by an Empirical parent and/or in a more Front-brained “extraverted” home.  BCIRs may appear to be somewhat socially slow, needing to work hard to develop interpersonal skills.  They are original thinkers, enjoying logical reasoning for its own sake.  Having a passion for questions that begin “What would happen if…?,” they are highly effective in organizing themselves to research and plan.  As premier problem-solvers, any project, big or small, presents itself as a stimulating challenge.  BCIRs are sought after for their creative ideas and theories.  BCIRs, as we can see, live in the creative world of concepts and ideas, placing greater value on the principles behind the facts than on the facts themselves.  Even existence can be an abstract to BCIRs.  They have been known to pursue the impossible theory, the grand idea, to the disregard of reality or those closest to them.  They make excellent scientists, philosophers, mathematicians, professors, writers, artists, and computer programmers.  Because of their extremely competent cerebral abilities, BCIRs are most often attracted to academic pursuits (BCIRs are generally valedictorians, especially at the college level), and less to athletic activities, unless motivated by parents, siblings, peers, and so forth.  BCIRs are rare and complicated individuals indeed.  Relating to them can be an intellectual challenge.  If you can persuade BCIRs to simplify their thought processes and slowly unweave their complicated conclusions so that you can follow their intricate logic, the trip will be a brain stimulator and worthwhile.  When genetic testing finally and accurately identifies the percentages of each Brain Type, it won’t be surprising if BCIRs make up one percent (or fewer) of the American population.



#14 BCIRs are abstract learners; grasping the big picture is paramount to proper understanding.  The Right-brained Conceptual Types are visualizers.  As dominant Inanimate “thinkers” of the Right brain, BCIRs are the ultimate hair-splitters of abstract logic.  If necessary, they can dissect an issue from fifty different angles.  Conceptual problem-solving is their forte.  As premier problem-solvers, any project, big or small, presents itself as a stimulating challenge to BCIRs.  They live in the creative world of concepts and ideas, placing greater value on the principles and reasoning behind the facts than on the facts themselves.  Even existence can be an abstract to BCIRs.  BCIRs make superior scientists, philosophers, mathematicians, professors, writers, artists, and computer programmers.  Due to their exceptional cerebral abilities, they are most often attracted to academic pursuits (BCIRs are generally valedictorians, especially at the college level), and less to athletic activities, unless motivated by parents, siblings, or peers.  BCIRs often feel they are very different from others until they find more commonality in a college setting.  BCIRs have the ability to excel in school without the ambitious study efforts of many other Brain Types.  When BCIRs do apply themselves, they usually set the standard for the high end of the grade curve.



The unique BCIR child approximates only about one percent of the U.S. populace.  Understanding and space to use an active imagination is needed to raise BCIRs.  They need opportunities to pose questions as they constantly ask “why?”  Early exposure to science, literature, music, and art will be beneficial in the years ahead.  BCIRs excel in intellectual pursuits, this being more obvious the higher in education they go.  Especially in the early years of school, BCIRs may often be found daydreaming or following their own interests, rather than focusing on the required subject.  They want to understand the world and enjoy the research process, even if no definite conclusion is reached.  BCIR children are precise in word and deed.  Not wanting to be hurried, they want to do a competent job of all they undertake.  They may be self-critical and afraid of failure.  Corporal punishment is often viewed as a personal violation of their being.  Other creative methods of discipline may be more affective at times.  BCIRs view rules as suspect, and feel they must be reasonable.  Being reserved, they fit into the classroom well, but may be overlooked.  Their natural mental giftedness may not be recognized in the early years.  Social interaction is recommended to balance BCIRs’ Back-brained “introversion.”  When raising a BCIR child, keep in mind that they are the most cerebral of all Brain Types.  Though they may not appear this way in their earliest years, just wait and you will soon observe them reasoning with hair-splitting logic.  BCIRs live in the creative world of concepts and ideas and are usually far more attracted to academic than athletic pursuits.  The older they get, the more consistently will they show you how they excel with their minds.



BCIRs value logical explanations and scientific proofs.  They seek to understand, and to find out why they believe.  BCIRs may find it difficult at times to accept the fact that God is even more intelligent than they are.  They have a need to be precise and are able to concentrate and organize rationale into logical, convicting statements.  Being Back-brain dominant, they prefer studying alone, going deeply into the ideas being examined.  Their prayer times are usually alone.  BCIRs read philosophical, conceptual books to further their research, and value discussions and sermons that are well thought out and erudite.  Justice is a valuable issue to BCIRs, being dominant Inanimates concerned with right and wrong.  BCIRs often exhibit the Biblical gifts of knowledge and teaching.  Not often found in the pulpit, they are gifted teachers, expositors, and writers.  Balancing the spiritual lives of BCIRs would include meeting with others of common faith, sharing deep convictions with seekers of logical explanations for spiritual truths, and learning to express the warm love of God to others.



The deep abstract character of BCIRs often seeks a Front-brained Empirical as a marriage partner.  This is their social ticket, bringing them into the world of reality, as is frequently needful.  To create a balanced life, BCIRs can enjoy being brought out of the inner world of contemplation and into the social company of their outgoing mates and friends.  BCIRs enjoy the spontaneous, the unplanned, even the adventurous.  Their serious natures rise to the challenge of the mysterious and unknown.  The inner world is the real world, and the possibilities are endless.  Applying these factors to an interpersonal relationship can be challenging.  Devoted and loyal can describe these free-spirited persons.  Remembering anniversaries and other special dates may be lacking, even in spite of the fact that BCIRs realize their importance.  Falling in love is a whole-hearted event for BCIRs, as they get carried away into an open-ended, deeply meaningful abandon that must wake up to reality in time.  After the initial infatuation wears off, preoccupation and absent-minded retreat may prevail, leading them back into the Conceptual world.  Almost Animate in their home life, BCIRs tend to avoid conflict, go with the flow, and bow to the wishes of a more dominant mate.  Valuing logic above emotion, BCIRs are usually a stabilizing force in interpersonal relationships.  They make few demands, are easy to live with, bottle up their emotions and deal with them privately, and can be very creative and interesting partners.



The BCIR is an originator, architect, and formulator of theories or ideas.  Yet unlike his closely related and Front-brained relative, the #13 FCIR, the BCIR seeks to understand, to know “why?” more than any.  FCIRs are more apt to conceive ideas from seemingly nowhere, whereas BCIRs create fresh ideas after thoroughly researching what already is.  The abstract and introspective BCIR is vital to the progress of the business world.  Also called the “logician,” the BCIR seeks to find the logic behind a matter more than anything.  Once this is achieved, optimal strategies can be formulated for its use.  BCIRs are responsible for many of the inventions and technological advancements in our world today.  Their ingenuity should be welcomed by any employer as they have much to offer in the form of precocity and aptitude.  Welcoming intellectual challenges, they enjoy theorizing and philosophizing about the unknown.  They carefully sift through all the information given to them.  Even as adults, BCIRs are usually reserved, avoiding occupations where they must sell themselves and communicate often with others.  They detest sales and (less so) communications, preferring to work behind the scenes and often by themselves.  Few distractions and the liberty to conduct their work constitute their ideal working environment.  BCIRs often become scientists, inventors, and researchers, due to their quest for knowledge and understanding.  They have the ability to make sense of complex problems and can be impatient with those less gifted intellectually.  In business, BCIRs demand flexibility and view boundaries and rules as inhibitors.

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Mathematics, philosophy, psychiatry, medicine, advanced sciences, university teaching, physics, scientific research, strategic planning, creative writing, literature, music, art.



As a whole, BCIRs are not overweight.  As reflective Back-brainers, they give extra concern to what goes into their bodies.  As dominant Inanimates, they desire to hold fast to their often rigorous standards.  As Conceptuals, however, they don’t sense their body signals as much as Empiricals (e.g., fullness, tiredness, etc.).  Like all CIs, BCIRs may sacrifice sleep in the pursuit of their dreams, something they should be careful to avoid.  The BCIR’s secondary cognitive function, Conceptual “intuition,” can present hurdles in weight management.  It isn’t as concerned with the texture and taste of food or masticating it slowly.  Fullness is not quickly registered as it is with the Empirical function.  BCIRs are well served when they slow down, noticing and enjoying what they’re eating.  In addition, Conceptuals are generally not as concerned about their appearance as Empiricals.  BCIRs can find benefit in writing down what is eaten and being held accountable.  Writing down foods eaten brings BCIRs into reality; they are forced to realize what their health habits truly are.  Otherwise, they can easily tune out their poor practices, imagining they are far better off than they really are.  No Brain Type is more competent in intellectual pursuits than the BCIR.  Yet this special aptitude can be a double-edged sword.  BCIRs must accept less than perfection and allow themselves to fail on occasion.  If they don’t, they can be too self critical, not only ruining a diet but hampering their life’s course.



Although #14 BEIRs are arguably the dominant Brain Type in most sports—both physically and mentally, the BCIR shares the same Back-brained, Inanimate, Right-brained dominance, with only Conceptual “intuition” differing from the BEIR’s Empirical “sensing” function.  Of course, this one letter is a monumental differentiation, as it puts them in the CI muscle/motor group rather than the EI.  BCIRs will not possess the BEIR’s superb motor skills, but will share similar mental intensity and toughness.  BCIRs normally attack and dominate the books (using Conceptual “intuition”) the way #6 BEIRs dominate sports (using Empirical “sensing”).  Nonetheless, when BCIRs devote as much time to athletics as they routinely do their studies, they can excel in certain sports.  Finding the cerebral BCIRs in professional sports is rare.  Normally, their mental acumen takes them into vocations such as science, medicine, or research.  They are capable of developing athletic motor skills but usually rely upon developing their more innately proficient intellectual skills.  As CIs, BCIRs will be at a disadvantage going up against Empiricals.  CIs need to give extra time and effort to developing their motor movements.  The younger they begin this, the better.  Right brained CIs (FCIR, BCIR), however, will have a greater advantage in smoothness and suppleness than their Left brained, CI counterparts (FCIL, BCIL).


Body Skill Bird

The Impersonal Imaginers are well represented by the owl.  This majestic, poised bird seems to sit in reflective silence, pondering the mysteries of the deep woods late into the night.  Similarly, members of this Brain Type group often sit in quiet repose, contemplating deep issues.

Not all Impersonal Imaginers are wise, but they have a high desire to be so—especially to gain book knowledge.  They love, in particular, to sink their sharp claws into any abstract or conceptual form of knowledge.  They not only ask whooo?, but Where? When? Why? and how much?  They are very inquisitive, always gathering more knowledge.  They can actually gain too much of it and lose all sense of pragmatism if they’re not careful.

The owl has been popular for thousands of years—probably due to its unusual, almost human appearance.  With its large head and staring, deep-set eyes, feathered tufts protruding like ears, and a beak that resembles a nose, the owl seems to possess a unique and ominous aura, setting it apart from other birds.  But not all owls look alike.  Over one hundred different species of owls are found the world over, including 18 in North America.  Their size varies greatly, with the largest having wingspans measuring over 5 feet in length compared to the smallest, which are tinier than a robin.

Similarly, the members of this Brain Type group come in the widest variety of personas, and we can’t emphasize this enough. Impersonal Imaginers often become actors, scientists, lawyers, politicians, doctors, college professors, computer whizzes, and so on, but you may also find them driving an 18-wheeler, a school bus, or a bulldozer.  Regardless of profession, however, they are usually highly industrious and will do whatever it takes to get by.  Most enjoy being entrepreneurs in some form.  Like their owl counterparts, who can see things in the night like few other animals, Impersonal Imaginers often burn the midnight oil.  Usually, they get their inspirations and revelations in the quiet hours, when daily distractions are gone.

Owls have amazing hunting accuracy, even in the dark.  Their hearing is off the charts as they hone in on their prey.  So too, Impersonal Imaginers strive for scientific accuracy in their academic or vocational pursuits.  They prize strategizing—calculating how to hit their targets.

Finally, young owls anxiously anticipate leaving the nest.  It seems as though they cannot wait to develop their wings and practice hunting.  They usually escape the nest even before they can fly (unlike most other birds) as they attempt to “conquer the world” as soon as possible.

Young Impersonal Imaginers develop a passion for knowledge very early in life, as well.  Typically very precocious as children, they are anxious to get out of the family “nest” and into the world where they can explore to their hearts’ (and minds’!) content.  Once a person becomes familiar with the differences in these four Brain Type groups, it becomes rather easy to identify the Owl children, whose exceptionally inquisitive minds set them apart from other children.

• Show appreciation; compliment and affirm daily those with whom you associate.
• Be friendly, tactful and empathetic with others, including those you dislike.
• Be tolerant of the intellectual failures and limitations of others.
• Remember, they’re probably strong where you’re weak in the practical, daily world.
• Put into practice what you have intellectualized.
• Let down your guard.
• It’s okay to admit you don’t know something.
• Initiate conversation and take time to get to know others.
• Be willing to share your genius in a humble way.
• Be alert and aware of your environment.
• Keep in mind the importance of forgiveness and forbearance.

“. . . put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12b

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.


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