Back-brain, Empirical, Inanimate, Left-brain

Methodically classifies observations impersonally

gatherer of data; compelled to identify reality and bring order; stable, conservative, dependable, reserved, logical, fastidious, systematic, painstaking, thorough, dutiful; fine 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: EI “hawk eyes,” generally thin & slight, neatly & conventionally dressed, ordinary to quiet colors in clothing, discreet, orderly, men often have straight hair (short), conservative smile, serious look, modest, deliberate and careful speech.

Personality: solitary, reserved, private, quiet, more stiffly dignified than loosely free-spirited, kind (not necessarily warm), aloof, helpful, cooperative, steady, reliable, dependable, sensitive to surroundings, very aware of minutiae, immovable, artless, straightforward, guarded & cautious, alert & attentive, respectful of successful persons.

Athletic Characteristics: superior fine motor dexterity, stiff, lower energy, fundamentally sound mechanics, injury-prone, defensive-minded, team player, plays well within the rules and appreciates them, good with logistics.


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 – BEIL

1/23/24 – Craig Counsell goes to the Cubs

1/23/24 – Craig Counsell goes to the Cubs

When an #8 BEIL makes the news, and no matter how mundane the news may be, we let our audience know about it.  As true BT enthusiasts know, #8s most often prefer staying out of the limelight.  When they do find the limelight, however, it most often is in the realm of...

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6/10/19 – Hank Haney’s controversial comments

We waited to report on this, and we're glad we did, as the media-circus has only become zanier by the day. This is a story about being careful (meaning “full of care”) in how we speak.Truth be told, do we not all have a tendency to put our foot in our mouths from time...

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The #8 BEIL is a serious individual, driven by duty, realistically encountering life as a project to be ordered and understood.  Calm and self controlled, the BEIL may seem almost aloof to the needs of others until they become obvious.  Then, he or she rushes to the rescue, determined to be of assistance even if the need is not completely identified with by the BEIL.  As children, BEILs are characteristically quiet, neat, obedient, and a source of pleasure to the adults in charge.  They are often good in elementary school, turning in their work on time and neatly done.  Being naturally cautious, particularly in new situations, they may not want to occupy center stage or have people looking directly at them.  BEILs prefer structure, wanting well defined goals and procedures, the security of a schedule.  This preference is then imposed by them upon others, especially their parents.  The BEIL wants the parent to be responsible, dependable and on-time.  The BEIL may appear bossy and controlling, which he or she sees merely as being orderly and responsible.  The BEIL can be described as hard working, dependable, persistent, analytical, traditional, pragmatic, conservative, honor bound, and more cautious than spontaneous.  The rules must be followed and the work done before leisure can be enjoyed.  Because he or she is organized and efficient, the BEIL may be given a position of authority, though remaining a reluctant leader.  Often at ease with logic and words, the BEIL appears to have an outgoing nature, but is one of the most private of all sixteen Brain Types.  The BEIL can mask vulnerability to criticism.  Demanding much of those around them, BEILs demand as much or more from themselves.  Though fiercely loyal, the BEIL can seem cold and uncaring, needing to voice feelings of love and appreciation more often.  Family affairs and holidays are usually important, as is being a provider or homemaker.  BEILs are happiest at home among family, rather than meeting new people and approaching new situations.

NOTE: In recent years, Jungian-based questionnaires have shown an increase in ISTJ (BEIL) respondents, meaning many men see themselves as BEILs.  Some of those who rely on the popular psychological types approach, and do not understand Brain Types, believe ISTJs (BEILs) are one of the most commonly found Types in America.  They are greatly mislead.  Men in particular score their quizzes as ISTJs (BEILs)—placing high value on the reserved, pragmatic, logical, and organized traits of the “Investigator.”  Utilizing Brain Types®, especially its body skill traits, quickly reveals the true BEIL.  In reality, the “Investigator” is one of the least found Types in the U.S.



BEILs learn best within a structured and ordered environment.  They need quietness to concentrate.  BEILs are easily distracted by surrounding noises, especially verbal sounds.  If music is considered necessary by a BEIL to study, music without words works best.  Otherwise, the BEIL’s Empirical and dominant Left brain becomes attentive to its external environment.  BEILs are gatherers of facts.  They learn by collecting reams of data.  An accumulation of pragmatic facts builds the BEIL’s beliefs and knowledge base.  Much of BEILs’ memory is short-term.  Therefore, they need to file their facts in an orderly way, in a filing cabinet or by computer.  When reading, BEILs like to underline important information.  Otherwise, out of sight, out of mind.  BEILs prefer multiple-choice answers on tests rather than having to answer by essay.  Essays are geared for Conceptual Types, where they can write more theoretically, amplifying the subject.  BEILs are very specific in their learning; recalling exact data is of value to them.  BEILs prefer college majors and vocations that are practical and stress logical solutions.  The business areas of finance and accounting hold their interest.  Being doers and hands-on people, BEILs normally find the working environment much more stimulating than the academic environment, though their respect for tradition and naturally analytical thinking often carry them into higher learning.



BEIL children seem prepared by their inborn nature to be responsible members of society.  Dutiful and structured, they are generally easy to raise.  They feel secure with order and control, adjusting to family rules and routine.  Encouragement is needed for them to try new social situations and initiate conversations.  They need plenty of time alone for reflection.  In parenting a BEIL child, be sure you are fair, keep your promises, and build their confidence in order for them to tackle the extraverted world.  Being private persons, they need time to express their deepest thoughts, and they have plenty of them.  One must be a good listener to know the inner thoughts of a BEIL.  They want to understand the world around them, and they want to have hope, things to look forward to.  Naturally cautious,  BEILs enjoy planning ahead and need to learn to be flexible and spontaneous at times.  BEILs appreciate traditions and can be found decorating early for Christmas.  Seeing right and wrong clearly, BEILs have a healthy dose of self-control and will often be the one to say “no” to irresponsible activity.  Heading toward teen years, however, BEILs need to be cautious in not leaving their discipline behind and joining the rebellion.  Frank discussions and taking time to listen and impart values will impact the serious-minded BEIL.  As with all young people, they will notice what you do and are, more than what you say.



Spirituality is often a serious issue to BEILs.  Being avid truth seekers and craving sound doctrine, BEILs aren’t easily drawn to mysticism and New Age thinking.  They tend to conform their views with the conservative and traditional approaches to God.  Typically, the BEIL won’t be the pastor or religious leader, but rather part of the backbone of the spiritual congregation.  They are dependable, stable and committed once they have found what they hold to be truth.  Though not usually outspoken, BEILs unremittingly defend their beliefs and convictions when they observe the truth being violated.  This is usually done to protect sound doctrine and bring others to see “the light.”  As truth seekers BEILs are open-minded, however; they aren’t often led astray by charlatans and hypocrites, since they follow what is sensible and practical.  BEILs often have the gifts of service, discernment, exhortation, and organization.  They can be highly motivated towards sacrificial service to their God.  BEILs aren’t normally your demonstrative, Pentecostal worshippers, but desire more subtle, orderly worship services.  Although BEILs can be superstitious, they tend to be more down-to-earth and factual.  Since BEILs like to reflect on matters before acting, an early morning prayer life can greatly assist them in their daily decision making.  This especially helps the BEIL to be more spontaneous rather than overly rigid, which is sometimes the case.



#8 BEILs are givers and enjoy serving those they love.  Their efforts can be sacrificial when seeking to please or help.  BEILs need space and time alone, although they often are attracted to persons who are open-ended and fun-loving.  This can become a problem when the gregarious partner wants to socialize and the BEIL wants to introvert.  Compromises need to be made on both sides.  Not as “in touch” with their Animate “feelings” as some other Brain Types, BEILs may seem less than warm as they analyze the situation.  Their feelings are there, but are not easily expressed or understood.  Being Empiricals, touch may be their love language.  Taking time to please and listen to these critiquing persons will go a long way.  BEILs will not generally turn to poetry and song-writing, though they may be persistent and goal-oriented when they find an object for affection.  Having “landed” their catch, they can easily turn to more practical pursuits, needing to remember to keep the flame kindled.  In short, the BEIL is a wise choice when looking for a romantic partner if you want the dependable, the stable, the logical, combined with a sense of humor, clear thinking, and few surprises.  Their “I love you’s” can be trusted, even if they are not often repeated.



The words “trustworthy” and “perfectionistic” typify the #8 BEIL.  Organized and structured, BEILs are an asset to almost any area of business.  As dominant Empiricals, they excel in hands-on, practical occupations.  Proficient with assignments placed before them, BEILs enjoy problem-solving, especially when they must utilize their logical and analytical minds.  They  may go to great lengths ensuring that a project or assignment is completed down to the very last detail.  They are collectors and articulators of facts to support views and projects.  Overseeing and managing work that requires thoroughness comes readily to BEILs.  They appreciate guidelines and specifications and will stay within the boundaries of their position.  Because BEILs tend to look closely at matters, they are often conservative in their business dealings.  The antithesis of the BEIL style might be your “mover and shaker,” big spender, and car salesman.  As Left-brained Empiricals, BEILs will work long and hard to achieve success, and can build up investments of considerable value.  They enjoy organizing all the available data prior to cutting a deal or making an investment.  Seldom will you find a BEIL whose business involves quick decision making and/or high-risk dealings.  BEILs prefer having both feet on the ground since they are caught up in the “here-and-now,” and usually seek financial security as a higher priority than instantaneous wealth.  BEILs calculate the risk factor into every business decision.  With Conceptual “intuition” being their least-adept function, BEILs need to practice using their C function by grasping the “big picture,” being creative, and by setting goals that produce long-term results.



BEILs probably have the ideal weight management Brain Type.  They, of all the inborn designs, have the greatest chance for keeping the excess pounds off.  It is a rare event to find an excessively overweight BEIL.  In fact, if you believe you have found one, there is a high probability that he or she has been incorrectly evaluated and is actually a different Brain Type.  BEILs are cautious about what and how much goes into their bodies.  During a meal, they are the first of the Brain Types to sense when they are full.  Their Back, Left-brained Empirical function is responsible for this appestat sensitivity.  As Empirical “sensing” Types, BEILs like to feel satisfied throughout the day.  A healthy diet will ensure this since it lowers and stabilizes low blood sugar levels.  As energy-conserving Back-brainers, they usually require less food than energy-expending Front-brainers when dieting.  When BEILs introvert, they access their primary Empirical “sensing” function.  This is pleasurable for them when they engage in pleasing body experiences.  When events are unwelcomed, such as in illness, they’re often magnified to BEILs, since they are deeply in touch with their senses.  Another important health item for BEILs is that their uncontrolled anxieties can create illnesses and despondency.  Therefore, it is wise for BEILs to minimize their worries and concerns.



BEILs are Back brain-dominant (energy conserving), Left brained EIs.  Though found in many professional sports, their numbers are few.  BEILs tend to take a more defensive approach to their sport; this is where they excel most naturally.  With hard work, they can master the offensive end, as well.  Relying heavily on their Left brain, BEILs prefer processing matters sequentially.  They want to ensure things are done properly and with control.  This generally gives them a more conservative, defensive approach to sports.  BEILs generally handle sports pressure best of all the EL Types.  Their dominant Back-brained Empirical function, supported by their auxiliary Inanimate “thinking,” enables them to maintain their composure and objectivity.  FEILs, generally second-best of the ELs at handling pressure, show more effects of anxiety in the slower moving sports that require finesse.  It often takes an important event for BEILs to give full effort, particularly in an offensive mode.  When the big event involves a team sport, BEILs want to make sure they contribute their share.  They give extra effort for the team’s sake.  For many sports, no Brain Type has a better coaching mind than the BEIL.  When considering all the facets of coaching, the deep thinking, analytic, logical, realistic and perfectionistic BEILs are naturals.  Regardless of the sport, they have an inherent ability to know how to teach and coach.  BEILs may not have been the best at performing the sport, but it is hard to find a Brain Type that is better at coaching it.


Body Skill Bird

The hawk is a fair representation of the Impersonal Observers.  Starting with the hawk eyes, often a piercing look, Impersonal Observers are commonly identified by this aspect much of the time.  What leads to this consistent correlation is that these Impersonal “realists” are innately strongest in the hand-eye region of the brain and body.  When they get serious or under pressure, their eyes get intense and scrutinizing; of all the Brain Types, they are the most innately hawk-eyed, by far.

Impersonal Observers not only can develop superior hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity, but they can have vice grips for hands if necessary.  So too, the hawk can sink is talons into its prey or interests like no other.

Hawks see their prey long before their competitors.  As they soar in the sky, their vision is phenomenal.  In real life, this Brain Type group is made up of the majority of top pro quarterbacks, as well as many great point guards in basketball.  The hawk’s vision and spatial logic is extraordinary, and in real life, as athletes or inspectors, their vision is keen.  Little escapes their notice!

By nature, hawks are not very friendly, though they can be, through good nurturing and strong ethical or spiritual values.  Good parenting of these Brain Types requires teaching them to value others while extending kindness—something you wouldn’t need to emphasize as much with a dove.  Hawks are on the assertive side and will definitely defend their nests.  They also love to use their Impersonal reasoning to navigate challenging situations.

Impersonal Observers are logical pragmatists in their vocations: they’re accountants, financial consultants, securities brokers, lawyers, athletes, surgeons, salespeople, law enforcers, and so on.  They are rarely involved in highly conceptual or theoretical jobs.

• Plan recreation times with your family, corporately and individually.
• Try to view the bright side of issues.
• Look for ways to express praise, appreciation, and affirmation to others.
• Try to add new, innovative techniques to what you’re presently doing.
• Practice patience with others.
• Seek counsel from (C)onceptuals on the broad perspective of matters.
• Combine tact with truth in your speech.
• Be open-minded to the input of others.
• Practice spontaneity in everyday activities.
• Build friendships outside of your business.
• Smile, pet animals, hold babies, hug someone daily, and even sing once in a while.
• Learn to endure even when your senses are uncomfortable.

“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.” II Timothy 1:7

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