Back-brain, Empirical, Animate, Left-brain

Methodically classifies observations personally

concerned with others’ welfare; responsible, reserved, patient, practical, friendly, orderly, inquisitive regarding people, harm-avoiding; conscientious, thorough, loyal; service-oriented; gross motor 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: impeccable in dress (conservative), modest, humble looking, careful & neat, conservatively warm smile, deliberate & uncomplicated speech, few “bells or whistles,” traditional, found in the background.

Personality: reserved but approachable, generally humble, shy & takes time to open up, traditional, observant, kind, agreeable, amiable, cooperative, supportive, very helpful, loyal, consistent, dependable, good listener, keeps to self, self-effacing, gentle, hospitable, feelings hurt easily, keenly aware of others.

Athletic Characteristics: superior gross motor control, excellent body balance, deliberate and mechanical movements, defensive, restrained, timid, very teachable, agreeable with fellow athletes, plays well within the rules of the game and acknowledges upon breaking one.


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 – BEAL



Behind many successful, high powered people and organizations, one often finds the dependable, responsible, hard working #4 BEAL.  BEALs have a strong desire to be of service, to minister to individual needs, and to complete all work begun.  To make things happen, they carefully follow handbooks and rules, trying to do everything themselves, with a propensity to become overworked.  As a child, the BEAL is quiet, obedient, loving, loyal, and hard-working, regularly trying to please the teacher.  BEALs do chores, are on time, and rarely behave improperly.  They need routine, appreciation, gentle encouragement to venture out of their comfort zones, and recognition for consistency and diligence.  The BEAL is a devoted mate and family member, bringing up children to conform to society’s expectations.  A diligent homemaker, the BEAL is neat, orderly, thrifty, and practical, with a high sense of duty.  Though not famous, high energy, or even notorious, the BEAL is far from being a boring person, as one might suppose.  They have deep values, lasting loyalties, and interest in others that communicates an almost a Front-brained “extraverted” persona at times, if they weren’t so naturally modest.  They also can have a subtle comedic nature.  BEALs boring?  Far from it.



BEALs, like other ELs, learn best within a structured and ordered environment.  A disorganized setting is distracting to BEALs.  They like teachers who are prepared and have the classroom under control.  BEALs must have quietness to concentrate.  They are easily distracted by surrounding sounds, especially verbal sounds.  BEALs are gatherers of facts.  They learn by collecting reams of data.  An accumulation of pragmatic facts builds the BEAL’s beliefs and knowledge base.  BEALs are not highly interested in Inanimate facts (like EILs), but rather Animate, people-related facts.  They want to attach a living being to their fact collectibles.  BEALs do not do well with teachers who speak abstractly.  They want the information shared in simple to understand language.  A professor who speaks ethereally frustrates the BEAL quickly.  He or she wants the subject broken down to its lowest common denominator, and discussed in the common vernacular.  BEALs normally choose college majors and vocations that are geared to serving people in practical ways.  Health care, teaching, and social work have special interest to BEALs.



BEAL children may be the most compliant of all Brain Types to raise.  Wanting to please and undemanding, they are born with happy, gentle demeanors.  They play alone easily.  With a ready smile, they are content to watch the activities of others.  Orderly and obedient, they efficiently do their chores, finish their homework, fulfill their duties, maybe not in the most energetic way.  Often desiring harmony at any cost, BEALs can be taken advantage of and need a certain amount of protection.  They are hardworking in school, enjoying practical subjects and organized teachers.  They want to know what is expected of them and need time to complete a job thoroughly.  Though BEALs desire to finish their work, as energy conservers (especially in their younger years), procrastination has been known to be a BEAL tendency.  Help may be needed to begin and see a job through in an orderly, timely fashion.  BEAL children need enough time alone to recharge their batteries, yet plenty of time with people they care for.  They epitomize loyalty to friends and family, keeping in touch with close friends “forever.”  With a Front-brained family environment, some BEALs can develop an almost F-type “extraverted” persona.  They love, however, to spend time at home, alone or with family.



What can be said of the exemplary BEAL can fill a volume in itself.  Here we have godly characteristics combined with socially acceptable ones, and the result is striking, if it wasn’t for the fact that we usually pay more attention to the more flashy or vocal persons, or even the dark side of society.  The modest BEAL works behind the scenes to aid the progress and success of others, not wanting, and usually not receiving, the limelight.  BEALs are reflective, helpful, and concerned for others.  They often have the Biblical gifts of mercy, service, and giving.  They prefer the practical parts of Scripture as opposed to the aesthetic and poetic.  They are drawn to solitary forms of worship and often prefer to pray alone.  Because of their concern for others, BEALs may seem Front-brained at times, caring for people in a verbal and outgoing manner.  They are the good Samaritans in our lives.  They need to take care of themselves, however, not becoming “burned out” by not being able to say “no” to everything asked or expected of them.  Sermons that include logic and thinking as well as feeling will help ensure that their beliefs are based on solid truth and not their mercurial Animate “feelings.”  They appreciate the love of God deeply, and need to forgive themselves for being less than perfect, not trying to work themselves into God’s approval instead of working because of His approval and love.  (Of course the Bible implores us all to seek spiritual perfection, but we must also keep this in Biblical perspective.



Most often we find #4 BEALs married or attracted to “extraverting” Front-brainers, whether the BEAL is male or female.  Being one of the most energy-conserving, yet people-oriented Brain Types, the BEAL innately knows he or she needs a “social ticket” in the form of a Front-brained partner.  With this attraction and necessity, however, BEALs still treasure their time alone in their own space, some of which they will have to forego in order to please their “F” spouse.  BEALs highly value loving relationships and family, enjoying the many opportunities for giving these afford.  Their serving natures may leave them vulnerable to being taken advantage of or taken for granted.  Loving and loyal, BEALs can make excellent mates, normally putting the welfare of their spouses foremost.  They may need to learn to be more flexible and spontaneous and less duty-oriented if their partners are more opposite in Type.  Having a BEAL partner who works towards harmonious relationships can make life easier for many people who need a safe retreat from the world.



“Service” is the word that best characterizes the #4 BEAL.  Other people are the recipients of their continual helpfulness.  The BEAL’s interest in assisting others remains high as long as others are in need of their services.  The dedicated and painstaking BEAL can be a great asset to any business or corporation.  Working behind the scenes, BEALs tend to go unnoticed, perhaps due to their quiet dispositions.  BEALs are unlikely to grumble and complain while going about their work.  They are usually dedicated and committed people as long as they believe in the business they are working in.  As Animates, BEALs like working with people and are best suited for positions where there is the opportunity to be of benefit to the lives of others.  They give of themselves and make loyal and friendly coworkers.  Since helping seems to be their knack in the business world, they contribute by making others successful.  As a rule, you won’t find a BEAL on any list of rich, self-made men, but they are usually found serving others in one capacity or another.  Though BEALs aren’t born leaders, they should often be considered role models since they are valuable employees.  They may set the standard for the “employee of the month” award.

Popular Career Choices:
Nursing, social service work, ministry, secretarial service, teaching (especially elementary level), counseling, child care, probation officer, veterinarian, physical therapy.



BEALs have one of the better weight management Brain Types.  Their BE_L mental processes are ideal for keeping the excess pounds off.  BEALs are usually cautious about what and how much goes into their bodies.  Animate “feeling” is their greatest stumbling block.  As an Animate Type, BEALs may look to food for comfort and can become emotionally attached to food.  Not having the logical objectivity of Inanimates, BEALs may seek quick consolation for their emotional hurts.  Another stumbling block for BEALs can be their dominant E, which wants the senses to be satisfied.  Sweet tooths are common with their Type.  They can benefit by planning ahead how best to handle pressure situations.  BEALs are often hampered in dieting by trying to please others.  If invited to eat out, the Animate EL may not pass up the opportunity for fear of rejecting the inviter, missing an opportunity to converse, and passing up a tasty meal.  On the other hand, BEALs often benefit by dieting with a friend or group of friends.  As Animates, spending time with loved ones is motivating.  During a meal, BEALs can be among the first of the Brain Types to sense when they are full.  Their Back, Left-brained Empirical function is responsible for this appestat sensitivity.  When BEALs have control over their sensitive “feelings,” they will be deeply in touch with their dominant Empirical “sensing” function.



BEALs are Back, Left brained (Q4) EAs.  They enjoy participating in sports, though they are rarely found in professional circles.  In athletics, they exercise superior and methodical control over their gross-motor movements.  Their legs, torso, and upper arms are their mainstay, their greatest sources of strength.  Once they work out the rhythmical aspects of body movement (which can take a while as Left-brain dominant persons), BEALs can be highly accurate and consistent when directing an object.  For example, whether it’s throwing a football, shooting a basketball, or rolling a bowling ball, BEALs can often hit the target.  BEALs normally show timidity and caution in athletics, just as they do in life.  As they progress athletically, these factors become less of a problem, though something always to be faced.  Sports that cause high levels of fear are unwelcomed by BEALs.  Young BEALs do not like to face the hard throwing pitcher on the mound.  They may step into the batter’s box, but they are not likely to crowd the plate.  Yet, if they are unafraid of the pitcher, they are capable of hitting the ball hard, using their body to generate power.  Defensively in baseball, they are reluctant to charge the ball or stick their nose down to snag a hard grounder.  When coaching a BEAL, you will find berating them will only stiffen their muscles and lessen their performance.  As with all Animates, you need to satisfy their need for approval before you correct them.  If BEALs can begin athletic activities at an early age, they are more likely to succeed, not only by developing their motor skills, but their confidence and assertiveness, as well.  Parents and coaches need to remember that BEALs respond and learn best when they are treated with sensitivity, commended for their efforts, and encouraged to keep trying.


Body Skill Bird

The Dove is representative of the Personal Observers.  Most of us have seen a dove in the yard or elsewhere.  It doesn’t take long to notice that they are basically gentle birds—communal, kind and loving to one another, and peaceable to other feathered friends.  The dove is known for staying with its partner for a lifetime.  It has been commended for thousands of years for these very traits

In Genesis chapter eight of the Bible, the dove was the bird that Noah sent out from the ark to see if land had appeared again following a devastating world-wide flood and, sure enough, the dove returned with good news in the form of a freshly picked olive leaf.  It was a harbinger of good tidings.  What most of us forget from this dramatic event, however, is that the first bird Noah sent out was a raven.  It was a scavenger and “unclean” bird, according to the Bible.  The raven never returned.

Another event we often forget is that Noah sent the dove out once before it ever brought back the olive leaf.  The first time it found nothing “clean” and so it returned to the massive ark empty beaked.  The dove took more time before it found a living and clean plant.

Personable Observers prefer the right way, the honorable way, to treat others as they would like to be treated.  Of course, their individual standards of ethics and morality will be the final basis for their behavior, but they generally have good intentions.

Doves are also known for being peacemakers; they’d rather get along than fight unnecessarily.  The Scriptures depict the Spirit of God taking the form of a dove, a divine comforter.  And lastly for the sake of our comparison, the dove represented the love of God for mankind.

Personal Observers, like the dove, are friendly, down-to-earth, and very much in the here-and-now.  The abstract world is not to their liking.  The Personal Observers are ALL gross-motor dominant, relying primarily on the big muscles of the body.  Looking at the dove, we observe this as it walks on the ground.

Personal Observers are service oriented in their vocations: they’re nurses, salespeople, counselors, teachers, real estate agents, social workers, athletes and religious workers, to name some.

• Try new things and look for ways to be innovative.
• Allow things to be less than perfect in appropriate situations . . . color outside the lines. 
• Look for and institute ways to initiate new relationships.
• Are there any sensing habits or addictions you need to seek help in overcoming?
• What are your goals for the next one to five years and what are you doing about them?
• Have forgiveness for yourself when not finding the energy to keep up with extraverts around you.
• Be confident in your ability and spend more time engaging in social activities.
• Learn to endure even when your senses are uncomfortable. 
• Enjoy the support role that you usually play behind more high-powered persons. 
• Know that what you lack in speed, you make up in quality and depth. 
• Recognize your gift of responsibility . . . you’re the glue which holds society together!

“A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his words, and the deeds of a man’s hands will return to him.” Proverbs 12:1

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