Back-brain, Empirical, Animate, Right-brain

Deeply compares and appraises personal observations

Appreciate beauty and texture; artistic, athletic and graceful; reticent, not verbally expressive; realistic; sensitive, modest, kind; sympathetic; impulsive, enjoys freedom; 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: dresses colorfully & expressively, unashamed to be different, bright and warm appearance, may walk on toes, smooth gait, may have curly hair, masculine characteristics sometimes less pronounced in males, often wide-eyed, loose, uninhibited smile with a bright countenance.

Personality: friendly, enthusiastic, zesty, flexible in one’s schedule, highly verbal, speaks quickly with wide range of voice inflection, cheerful, bubbly, vivacious, animated, supportive, full of life, theatrical, dramatic, over-the-top, having fun in every day tasks, charismatic, exaggerated, scatterbrained.

Athletic Characteristics: coordinate fine and gross motor muscle movements with fluidity, graceful, acrobatic, leaping, extremely high energy, often explosive, nimble, agile, very supple, spur-of-the-moment, natural, offensive minded, have good endurance & very high pain threshold in competition, play by the rules but may test the boundaries.


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 – BEAR

3/6/24 – Bethany Hamilton takes a stand

3/6/24 – Bethany Hamilton takes a stand

The name Bethany Hamilton (#2 BEAR) made the news this last week, but it wasn't for her talented surfing ability.  Rather, it was for stirring up controversy regarding men and women in sports.  Or rather, men playing women in sports, which wasn't even a controversy a...

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5/1/23 – Friendship of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol

5/1/23 – Friendship of Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol

"At first glance, (he) could even easily pass as a medical professional ... He's genial. Poised. Well-spoken in multiple languages. Confident, yet calming."  These are the recent words of an ESPN author regarding a certain former professional basketball player.  When...

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The #2 BEAR is genetically designed as an artist with athletic grace and an artist with interpersonal relationships.  They have the potential to be among the top athletes in the world, in most sports.  The BEAR is typically humble, kind, harmonious, skilled, artsy, serene, curious, impulsive, fun loving, visual and sensing.  This free flowing Brain Type dislikes routine and schedule.  As children, BEARs are often non-competitive, non-verbal, warm and reserved.  They do well in an atmosphere of freedom where they are nurtured and appreciated.  They are sensitive to color, texture, and touch, learning best by hands on experiences.  Under stress, BEARs are prone to mood swings, being people of sensitive and somewhat fragile emotions.  BEARs are subject to depression and need gentle, loving encouragement along with some helpful guidelines.  Being a “now” person, the BEAR lives to enjoy the moment, thriving on excitement.  The BEAR plans for and plans on having a lot of leisure and free time to enjoy simple pleasures.  We often find the BEAR beautifying the environment, focusing on the needs of others, and coming to the aid of the less fortunate.  If you find someone who enjoys life, is reflective, compassionate, down-to-earth, pleasant and kind, you may have found a good friend—a BEAR who will rarely judge you, but help you in your personal pursuits.  Though they are often this way, they can also be competitive and driven—especially if they were raised this way.  Don’t be fooled by their calm and easy-going demeanor.



BEARs learn best in a harmonious, friendly environment.  An impersonal teacher dampens the learning spirit of this sensitive Brain Type.  To be effective with BEARs, teachers must be patient, kind, and repetitive.  BEARs often don’t “get it” the first time through.  They learn best by experience and repetition.  Formal education and the ER temperament group are often incompatible.  The four ER Brain Types are more caught up in the moment than any other Types and BEARs are no exception.  BEARs seek immediate relevancy to learning; direct application of knowledge is greatly valued.  BEARs are not known for being good test-takers.  This doesn’t mean they can’t get A’s on exams.  Rather, it means only that they tend not to think as well under pressure.  As dominant Animates, and Right-brained Empiricals, BEARs have difficulty accessing their Conceptual “intuition” and logic when tension is felt.  They can blank on a test or when questioned before classmates.  Conversely, when they know their subject well and are relaxed, they can excel on exams—especially when a great deal of Inanimate reasoning isn’t required.  BEARs usually choose college majors and vocations that emphasize relating to people in practical and helpful ways.



The often quiet, modest BEAR child will take careful observation and sensitive understanding on the part of parents to be raised to full potential.  Naturally self-deprecating, BEARs need lots of affirmation and confidence-building experiences.  Even when complimented, they shrug off praise and only half-believe it.  They are Empirical Right-brainers, into the here-and-now and the fun experiences, but they are usually warm and harmonious at the same time.  Responding well to criticism does not come easily to BEAR children.  Already insecure even about their strengths, they take reproof personally.  They want harmony within themselves and about themselves.  This makes them tend to shun constructive criticism and be vulnerable to flattery.  Their self-images can be fragile and need to be based on who they are, not what they can do or what they look like.  They need deep, meaningful relationships with a few close friends.  This gives them the security they need to be content and also to reach out to others.  Take time to listen to, appreciate, comfort and instill strong values into these malleable persons.  They will be your lifelong friends, your faithful supporters, your caring comforters in old age.



BEARs are quiet and deep in their spiritual feelings and ideas.  They operate behind the scenes in service to others.  Often having the Biblical gifts of mercy and service, they also can ably teach young children or peers, especially in areas of high interest to themselves.  They have no desire to lord it over others, but come alongside the needy ones, and encourage them to help themselves.  BEARs have a love for beauty and God’s creation.  They come to God for relationship and security.  They need a Shepherd, a Father-Protector, and a Wise Guide.  They have a keen interest in God’s love and forgiveness.  Being naturally humble, they appreciate hearing God loves them and that He has the desire to relate with them one-on-one.  They need to count on the fact that God has gifted them, enabling them to play an important role in life.  Prayer and worship can easily become a daily part of the lives of BEARs.  With a rich inner-life, BEARs experience a keen sense of relationship with God.  Expressing their thoughts in writing will enhance their worship and bring meaning to their spiritual walk.  Music will also affect their sense of worship.



BEARs are romantic themselves and attracted and susceptible to romantic overtures.  As ERs, they want to have fun and, as Animates, they desire to relate.  They love to be loved and set a high priority on finding an object of affection.  Vulnerable to flattery and lavished attention, the BEAR is attracted to the ingenious, the logical, the born leader.  Wanting security, #2 BEARs must be cautious not to let their compassionate, caring personages be lured into a relationship that has not been adequately investigated for truth and stability.  As kindhearted caretakers, they may see someone in need of stability and undertake a rescue.  Trusting and understanding are adjectives that epitomize BEARs who have become self-confident givers.  They also love gifts, poems of beauty and the aesthetic, tokens of affection.  They attach deep meaning to relationships and will work hard to maintain a growing mutual affection.  Expressing their deepest feelings in writing may be more preferred than the spoken word.



Simplistic and fun-loving, #2 BEARs look for practicality in their search for a profession.  Artistic and reflective, BEARs are sensitive to their surroundings, where they like to make harmonious matches and coordinations.  They are best with people, not concepts, and do not feel a need to control or lead, except in their own personal lives.  In touch with the world around them, BEARs sense color, texture, harmony of style, and use this to develop practical disciplines where they can serve others or beautify the environment.  Their evident kindness will attract people to their product or company.  Speaking in front of groups is usually not of interest to BEARs, but they relate well one-on-one, or to small groups.  Humble and self-effacing, BEARs will need encouragement and appreciation shown, even in areas where they are most gifted.  Dependable and potentially hardworking, BEARs may need a Front-brained coworker with a higher energy level  to work alongside, bringing the creative but reticent BEAR along at a faster, stronger pace.  They prefer practical trades and skills, and work visually with their environments, pursuing many occupational endeavors.  They are devoted, cheerful, generous, optimistic lovers of freedom and excitement.

Popular Career Choices:
Artist, dancer, athlete, musician, photographer, fashion designer, child care worker, nurse, animal care specialist, ministry, transportation operative, construction worker, farmer, teacher, small business owner.



BEARs, like other ERs, care about body and self-image.  Obtaining and maintaining well conditioned bodies are highly desired goals, though not easily attained.  Even without high energy, they’re still ERs, and love to explore and have fun.  When dieting, BEARs need freedoms; they do poorly with the rigid structure that often works well with Brian Types more proficient in the Left hemisphere.  As long as healthful steps are being implemented and adhered to, BEARs may take some liberties when dieting.  If  they are not allowed to enjoy their food cravings some of the time, they will usually end the diet and go back to their freedom seeking ways—even if those ways are health damaging.  They must be aware of their tendency to change diet plans and escape exercise.  This is one of the tremendous benefits of understanding Brain Type.  Simply to be aware of one’s innate inborn tendencies can help one to take appropriate proactive measures.  BEARs, like many Types, come in many sizes, from thin to heavy-set—though few are obese.  However, the ones who maintain a healthy body and body weight are generally those whose values are strong, who have developed people skills, who think more of others than themselves to a proper degree, and who have not let emotional traumas effect their eating habits.



BEARs are Back-brained, normally energy-conserving Right brained EAs.  They are gifted in the use of their gross-motor skills, specializing in body rhythm that produces an artistic, graceful flow.  BEARs are prolific athletes and are prevalent in most of the popular American sports.  They perform with elegance, smoothness, and strength.  BEARs’ Back-brained “introversion” enables them to concentrate deeply, to ponder their favorite sport thoroughly.  They save their energy until performance time, and then they can become as competitive as any.  Being Animates, they do not possess the logical, hair splitting abilities of their Inanimate counterparts.  At the same time, they are able to execute superbly in most sports.  They tend to make their decisions from experience, gut-level instincts, or the synthetic reasoning of the Right brain.  The less analysis involved in competition, the better they will usually perform under pressure.  As strong Empiricals, BEARs also possess superior peripheral and stereoscopic, Right-brained vision.  This provides them an athletic advantage over most of the other Brain Types.  In most sports, coaches are normally looking for the energetic and aggressive mentality, which makes BEAR athletes something of an enigma.  By their innate natures, BEARs do not consistently operate this way.  This need not be a liability, however.  With regular, encouraging oversight and help in tapping into their individual motivations, BEARs’ energies can be extended.  Prone to lose confidence easily, BEARs are known to struggle as much as any Brain Type in the area of proper self image.  When they become highly proficient at their sport, they will not have the struggles of other BEARs who have yet to make their mark.  Nevertheless, BEARs can easily lose their confidence even at the professional level.  It is wise for them to get objective, constructive input from those they trust.


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.

• 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.
• Seek opportunities to speak before others.
• Believe others when they speak of your virtues and the potential they see in you.
• Be patient and courageous when dealing with abrasive personalities.
• For increased success in the areas in which you struggle, make yourself accountable to a friend.
• Be more vulnerable in expressing your feelings.
• Visualize the consequences of your actions in the long term.
• Seek (I)nanimate counsel when making decisions, yet be affirmed in your own opinions, too.

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