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The Brain Type Institute has made Brain Type® assessments on thousands of people–many well-known. Most of these “famous” persons were not evaluated in person but rather by video tape analysis using Brain Typing’s methodologies. These evaluations are based on BTI’s years of typological, scientific, and empirical studies. Though we believe the appraisals are correct, we do not want them held as absolute—lest people profiled be unfairly judged by those who do not fully understand Brain Types. BTI intends only for the positive application of this information and desires readers to grasp its essence—that each person possesses an inborn design, one of 16 individual Brain Types, which predisposes him or her to specific cognitive, physical, and spatial traits.

1/3/17 – The “outgoing” businessman, Shaquille O’Neal

Some continue to ask us, “How is Shaquille O’Neal a #6 BEIR? He’s so goofy and outgoing.”  While we’ve answered this question in detail many times before, let us remind our viewers, especially the new ones, of a few important points regarding the 7-foot superman. Jon Niednagel first spotted Shaquille during his transition from high school to college hoops at LSU, immediately noticing his uniqueness. O Neal was fierce, nasty, extremely coordinated, hawk-eyed, and perhaps most telling, fine-motor-skilled. After all, just look at his hook shot. Unlike your gross-motor Magic Johnson (#1 FEAR) and others, Shaq then and now has never had quite a true hook shot. His shot, in fact, has always relatively been a mere wrist-flick. Although at the time Niednagel had never met Shaquille, after careful observation, he met his motor-skills and other Type-identifiers, and soon realized that the young, big buck was a #6 BEIR. In turn, Niednagel predicted (telling 3 NBA teams) great things for the 7-foot center, a prediction that he never would have made for most of the other 15 BTs Of course, looking back, those predictions came truer than blue.

In terms of his “outgoing” nature, remember that BTI no longer uses the term introvert and extravert, largely due to this exact misleading misunderstanding (Back brain vs. Front brain dominant). O Neal was the oldest of three siblings, and their family moved often (even to Germany for a time), which is a recipe for any Type to have a more outgoing nature. (Also, both of Shaq’s parents are Front-brained another strong influence for offspring outgoingness/ extraversion.) In junior high in Germany I fought kids all the timesays Shaq. I had such a bad temper, I almost got thrown out of school. A few lickings from my dad got me out of that scene. He wore me out with a paddle. It’s commendable to see Shaq’s father kept the feisty #6 in line!

Lastly, if this isn’t enough to convince you, consider other “extraverted” #6s including Bill Walton, Gary Payton, Pete Rose, John McEnroe, and Bobby Knight.

Since Shaq’s draft in the early 90’s, Niednagel has had innumerable opportunities to validate his BT. He personally spent time with O Neal’s college coach, the venerable Dale Brown (#7 FEAL). This tell-it-like-it-is BT gave 1 example after another that, yes, Shaq was exactly as Niednagel had written. Also, Jon worked for an NBA team where Shaq played and reams of other #6 attributes were exposed. And finally, though much more could be said, please remember how nurturing can dramatically affect persona. The more a Back-brainer is forced to talk, the more he or she will activate the frontal lobe. This not only affects communication style but one’s actions.

This is a reason why we at BTI are disillusioned with all the non-scientific personality, psychological approaches permeating our world. Even the popular yet unreliable Myers-Briggs falls prey to a spurious questionnaire and self-evaluation approach, which is essentially intended to make one feel good Conversely, BT is intended to reveal who you really are, both in brain and body, not a day-to-day changing persona. BT’s goal is to make us all better people by revealing reality, even if it’s painful as we balance out are rough edges.

And now, finally getting to our article, Dwayne Wade (#2 BEAR) of the Miami Heat had a hilarious story to share recently regarding Mr. O’Neal, this time touching upon his business-sense. Yes, as we have written several times about in the past, BEIRs can also be shrewed businessmen (ala Michael Jordan). Back when Wade and O’Neal were teammates for Miami, Shaq was all business, on and off the court. Shaq was always talking business,” says Wade. “He came up to me one time, I’m not going to say where, but it was during the playoffs in a very big game on the road and it was maybe five minutes before we were going to start our pregame meeting and then we were going out to warmup, so maybe it was a half hour before tip-off. I happened to be sitting next to him in the locker room because it was a real small locker room. He turns to me and he says, I never should have turned that deal down. I was like, What are you talking about? He said, It was the biggest mistake of my life. I’m not going to mention the company, but I asked him why. And I remember his answer was so off the wall, so incongruous. We’re getting ready to play a huge game and just out of the clear blue sky he started talking to me about a business deal that he rejected. He said it was the biggest mistake of his life.”

Too funny! The dominant Inanimate Shaq couldn’t stop thinking about the deal, even before playoff game time! Like the #14 BCIR, their brains never shut off ruminating on inanimate subjects thinking issues. The only time a #6 can shut it down athletically is to transition into the front of the right brain, the visual region. This is the zone which many #6 athletes have a tough time accessing. Their never-ending analysis of matters doesn’t allow them to tap into the non-thinking, vision alone neurons. The great #6s, like Bird, Jordan, Gretzky, et al, all learned to modulate their analysis, much of the time. And by the way, most #6s have a tough time sleeping. You now know why.

As a side note, this is one reason why #6s don’t make top-notch quarterbacks. Unlike their care-free, vision-first #5 FEIR cousins, BEIRs can tend to over-think before throwing the big pass, getting them into trouble (and hampering their spatial vision).

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12/30/16 – The deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

This week saw the heart-rending deaths of two notable women who were also mother and daughter to one another. On Monday the world mourned for actress Carrie Fisher, daughter of Debbie Reynolds, known for playing Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. The very next day, Debbie herself sadly passed away from a stroke, or what some might say a broken heart. Reynolds’ son, Todd Fisher, said the stress of his sister’s death “was too much” for Reynolds. “She said, ‘I want to be with Carrie.’ And then she was gone.”

Both Carrie and Debbie were #13 FCIRs with personalities that differed and possessed similarities. Both were outgoing, smart, spry leading ladies who could hold their own. Reynolds, however, portrayed more of a smiley, “feeling” demeanor than Carrie, whose humor was often dry, especially as she got older. It’s no secret, of course, that Fisher suffered from substance abuse for many years. In fact, she “smoked pot at the age of 13, used LSD by 21 and went through electroshock therapy to treat her mental health issues.”  She was diagnosed as bipolar at 24 (more common among #13s than any other design). She was brutally honest about her condition, however, writing several books and helping thousands of people deal with their mental health issues.

Carrie’s father, Eddie Fisher, was famously known for leaving Debbie and marrying actress Elizabeth Taylor (#11 FCAL).

Our thoughts and prayers go to the friends and families of these two memorable, talented women.

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12/23/16 – Goodbye to the lavish Zsa Zsa Gabor

She was famous for her glitz and glamor, and knowing her inborn design, it comes as no surprise whatsoever! On Sunday, actress Zsa Zsa Gabor (#1 FEARpassed away at the ripe age of 99 years old. The native Hungarian was married at least eight times, calling everyone Dahlink, and “flaunting a diamonds-and-furs lifestyle” she “played the coifed platinum femme fatale in plunging necklines in dozens of film and television roles.”  She once stated, A girl must marry for love, and keep on marrying until she finds it. And again, “I have learned that not diamonds but divorce lawyers are a girl’s best friend.”

To be sure, Gabor was no top-notch actor, but made herself famous by winning Miss Hungary in 1936. Yes, when it comes to non-#13 FCIRs in Hollywood, especially the Empirical #1s who are far-too grounded in reality and common language (and thus do not make Oscar-performing actors), we have pointed out time and again that these BTs often get their foots in the door via another venue, like singing (ala Jennifer Lopez) or simply being rich and/or attractive (ala Paris Hilton and Pamela Anderson).

Do you remember another funny fact about #1 FEARs? They tend to get into trouble for being physical when provoked, and Zsa Zsa was no exception! But before we consider Zsa Zsa’s episode, did you see where number-1 2015 NFL draft pick and QB Jameis Winston (a #1 BT, too) head-butted an opponent in Sunday’s game!? Not only is this action bizarre and unheard off for an NFL QB (or any QB even pee-wee ball), Jameis did it at a crucial time of the gam, hurting his team. Yet when emotions overcome logic, the gross motor #1′s often revert to body actions. They can easily retaliate physically more than words. Catch this Youtube for further context:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SdgRleuTD8

Getting back to Zsa Zsa, in 1989 she was arrested for slapping a police officer who had pulled her over for a traffic violation (she also had an open vodka bottle in her Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible). In court, she reportedly took the stand and, “by turns haughty, coquettish, weepy and coarse, spoke of Gestapo tactics in Beverly Hills. The judge gave her 72 hours in jail.”

And of course another well-known tendency of the #1 is their penchant for buying, buying, buying! And yes, giving, giving, giving! Gabor reported possessed a multi-tiered clothes closet that was 30 feet long, 12 feet deep and 14 feet high, containing roughly 5,000 garments. Except for her favored gowns, all her clothes were “given to charities and replaced with a new wardrobe from time to time.”

And lastly for Zsa Zsa, “I always liked parties. You meet people; you can have fun.”

Yes, with their big hearts and big egos, rich #1s become quite the quandary! Fortunately for Gabor, most of those who knew her will remember her for her carefree, loving, and giving side.

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12/20/16 – So why did Horace Grant wear those ugly goggles?

Michael Jordan (#6 BEIR) is as familiar a face as almost anyone on the planet. Still, there was another Chicago Bulls player whose face most of us probably remember as equally well. It was frequently covered in goggles, in fact, and that should quickly bring one name to your mind … Horace Grant.

They were big. They were ugly. But for Horace, his goggles were worn for a purpose. No, it wasn’t just to see more clearly. In fact, after laser surgery, the once legally blind Grant says he didn’t need them at all. So why did he wear them? “I had grandparents and parents come up to me and thank me for wearing them,” he says. “Their kids and grandkids would get made fun of by wearing protective eyewear playing sports, so I kept wearing them to help make it cool to wear goggles for the kids.

Grant played 17 seasons in the NBA before retiring in 2004, winning four titles three with the Bulls and one with the Lakers. He was the quintessential #2 BEAR power forward who possessed a quality jump shot and played the game with gross-motor finesse. Remember, #2s typically love children, so it’s no surprise to learn that Mr. Grant would go to such lengths to encourage them!

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12/19/16 – Ray Lewis meets with Donald Trump

So, what’s it like when a #5 FEIR former superstar athlete meets a future #15 FCIL President of the United States? Well, let Ray Lewis tell you.

Last week, the former footballer met with Donald Trump in the famous Trump Tower to talk inner city restoration, and he went on ESPN’s “The Herd” to talk about it. You can watch the video below. Lewis tells it like it is, and said he would meet with anybody, anytime, if it meant a better future for his 4 boys. Be sure to catch the candid interview.

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12/16/16 – Getting to know Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed

It’s Christmastime, and one film that is watched over and over and over again every year is the lovable classic, “It’s A Wonderful Life.”  Starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, this movie reminds us to appreciate our imperfect lives and the people who love us.

Stewart was a calm and collected #13 FCIR whose warm personality at times resembled a #11 FCAL. Few people know that on March 22, 1941, and before taking his role as George Bailey, Stewart was drafted in the U.S. Army. At the time he only weighed 130 pounds, but asked that they change his weight in order to serve. “I’m proud to be here,” he said, “and to do my very best for the U.S. Army.”  He was already an experienced pilot by then, and in 1943, Jimmy led a raid on Germany’s big naval base at Kiel. He flew several combat missions, in fact, and led multiple groups at times with hundreds of men. “He was calm under pressure,” said a fellow soldier, “and inspired confidence in the men. And he could be a disciplinarian.”  As an actor, Stewart was unprecedented.  He could act as though he was not acting, and possessed a warm and reassuring demeanor that won peoples’ hearts.

Donna Reed, on the other hand, was a classic #11 FCAL, and she certainly brought that same personality into her role as Mary Hatch Bailey. Kind, motherly, and seeking a simple life of marriage and family (ala Audrey Hepburn), Reed’s portrayal of Mary Bailey was “as moving as it was believable.” Years later, she starred in “The Donna Reed Show”, which received criticism from feminists for its rosy portrayal of a contented house-wife taking care of her family. “Reed’s character, Donna Stone, is a loving mother and wife, but also a strong woman, an active participant in her community, a woman with feelings and a sense of humor. According to many of Reed’s friends and family, Reed shared many similarities to the character that she portrayed on screen, implying that the fictional Donna Stone was a near-identical copy of Reed herself.”

In an age of so much suffering around the world, even as it was back in 1946 when the film was released, “It’s A Wonderful Life” stands as a beautiful reminder of how much we have to be thankful for. With God’s gifts of clothes on our backs, a roof over our heads, and food on the table, it truly is a wonderful life.

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12/13/16 – So, what is Dak Prescott’s Brain Type?

He is having a stellar year, and his Dallas Cowboys team couldn’t be happier. We are talking about rookie sensation Dak Prescott, and his passing performance through 10 games outshines other rookies before him, including Dan Marino (#5 FEIR), Russell Wilson (#13 FCIR), Matt Ryan (#13 FCIR), and Ben Roethlisberger (#13 FCIR). Heck, he even beats “non-rookie” rookies, like Jim Kelley (#5 FEIR) and Warren Moon (#2 BEAR), who both had experience playing in the USFL and CFL.

A strong arm, able body, and physical toughness all combine together to make Dak Prescott a fundamentally sound quarterback. “But what about between the ears?” you ask? That is, what is Dak’s inborn Brain Type, which is the greatest determinant for sports success?

First and foremost, Dak Prescott is no Peyton Manning, John Elway, or Joe Montana. His motor movements are quite different; for those who recall all the #5 QBs and their fine motor prowess, regardless the player, Mr. Prescott does not resemble any of them (not only through the eye test but also biomechanical analysis). Knowing that all 16 inborn BTs are confirmed by motor movements, Prescott can only be of but one BT grouping (EA, EI, CA, CI). Have you seen Dak throw, and run? Does he resemble an athlete relying more on big or small muscle actions? Does he appear more cerebral or Empirical? On and on it goes, considering the many scientifically established facets of BT. Finally, have you heard him in an interview? Though he is engaging and well spoken, have you discerned whether his conversation is E or C?

The Cowboys have only lost two games this season, but they have both been to the Giants, and Sunday was the second loss. So how is the public processing all this? With no clue of BT, some are already calling for the return of Tony Romo (#13 FCIR). They are concerned not only with losses but how the rookie is playing. One journalist writes, “This time, Prescott’s indecisiveness was striking. He seemed to hold onto the ball longer than usual.”  And again, “In the past two games, which includes a close victory at Minnesota, Prescott has looked less like the Rookie of the Year and more like an ordinary rookie quarterback.”  In Prescott’s own words, “I hate to lose, Prescott said. “It’s a bad feeling, but I mean it kind of gets you resettled, gets you back right. I mean after we lost to these guys the first time, we went on that run, so maybe we can do something similar.”

As we have written so many times before, playoff time is where the men are separated from the mice, and that is where the Inanimate #5 has a distinct advantage over the other BTs, even the often successful #13s with all things being equal. FEIRs love pressure, to be the hero, the focal point even if they lose (which they disdain)! They hunt for rabbits to pull from hats. Afraid to throw the ball in big moments, tentative, not wanting to be the goat no way, Jose.

So what BT is Dak? We offer you this challenge. BTI had a chance to study Dak and other top QBs in the 2016 NFL draft. Though Niednagel won’t tell us the inside info passed along to the NFL team seeking his draft services, we can tell you Dak’s BT but only after we hear your guesses and reasons.

It’s good to remember that he is only a rookie. He needs time, instruction, experience, and he also needs confidence from coaches and fellow players. If Dak thinks he’s only a step away from Romo taking his position, the pressure will mount. Coach Jason Garrett (#13 FCIR) has stated to the media that DP is their guy going forward. Yet only this week, owner Jerry Jones responded under questioning when Romo might regain his starting position. As only JJ can respond, he said you’ll know it when you see it.

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12/8/16 – Jayson Williams calls himself a coward

It was a freak incident, and one which former NBA player Jayson Williams (#13 FCIR) will never forget. Some readers may recall when the former Nets player shot and killed his limo driver, Gus Christofi, while showing him his shotgun years back. Williams was giving Christofi a tour of his mansion when he took out the firearm, thinking it was unloaded, and accidentally shot Christofi. Williams was convicted on four counts of covering up the shooting but was acquitted of aggravated manslaughter.

In candid honesty, Williams recently told a reporter that he was “a coward,” and “there is nothing I can do or say to bring Mr. Christofi back. If there was, I would do it. The cover-up was selfishness … me trying to protect myself.”  In the years following the 2002 tragedy, Jayson drank heavily. He spent a month at a rehabilitation center in Florida, deciding to stay and help as a volunteer. “I’ve quit trying to protect myself. I just try to live right and let the pieces fall where they may.”  He went on to say, “That’s my only job — to be sober. That’s my only job, just to be sober.”

These penitent and seemingly-sincere words are not typical for any BT, and for the Houdini-like #13s who can easily extricate themselves from nearly any troubles, they are even more impressive. We sure hope and pray that Jayson continues his pursuit of sobriety and honesty.

Williams was an NBA All-Star in 1998 and played 15 years in the league. You can check out a preview of the 60 Minutes episode below in which he is featured.

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12/7/16 – Loretta Lynn smoking marijuana?

“They tell me to rest all the time, but I’m not tired!”

That’s #3 FEAL Loretta Lynn speaking, who is now 84 years old. The country singing legend is just one of a very select few #3s to make it on “the map” in the entertainment industry, and she’s still going strong. Lynn made headlines recently for defending Willie Nelson (#13 FCIR) for his pot smoking, “Willie is one of the greatest people in the whole world. I know he smokes pot, by my goodness, there’s a lot of people doing a lot worse than smoking pot,” she told People magazine.

What has surprised many readers is Loretta’s confession that she herself has tried marijuana. “I got glaucoma and they gave me one of these cigarettes. I took one smoke off of it and it hit me right here in the chest. I like to have died! Glaucoma is just going to have to take over.” It is quite humorous, knowing #3s are often quite in tune with their bodies, especially females.

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12/5/16 – J.R. Smith and Jason Terry share some off-court love

You have to see the video below to really appreciate it, but we’ll do our best to describe it anyway. In a match-up between the Bucks and Cavs a few days ago, with only 2:57 remaining in the second quarter and play about to resume after a timeout, two Animate ‘feelers’ decided to share a little love off the court in what Bucks’ coach Tyronn Lue (#13 FCIR) simply described as “an embarrassing moment.”  So what exactly happened? J.R. Smith (#9 FCARwalked off the court for a quick hug from Jason Terry (#2 BEARon the bench, completely leaving his man unguarded. The ball was in play, unbeknown to them, and Matthew Dellavedova simply threw the ball to Smith’s man, Tony Snell, who took it in for a dunk. Whoops!

“Me and J.R. talked about it,” Lue said after practice Wednesday. “We’re just going to move forward. We had a discussion about it, he felt embarrassed about it, it was an embarrassing play. We talked about it. We’re moving on.”

If Lue understood Brain Type, he would better understand why his emotionally-minded player (the “Motivator”) might get a little distracted when there’s a hug to be had. In the end, maybe it’s some sweet justice for the wily Smith who has racked more than $1 million in league fines. In 2014 he was fined for tying together opponents’ shoelaces while waiting for free throws!

Be sure to catch the video below.

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