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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.

9/14/16 – 50 most unsportsmanlike acts in sports history

Some of these are just too funny. We’re talking about “The 50 Most Unsportsmanlike Acts in Sports History,” and several of them are only too Brain Type-classic. Let’s go over just a few.

49. Roger Clemens fires a bat shard at Mike Piazza.

Roger Clemens is a #6 BEIR, arguably the most fiery of the 16 Brain Types. After Mike Piazza (#5 FEIR) shattered his bat while hitting, Clemens picked up a two foot shard of wood and threw it back at Mike. “I thought it was the ball” he can be seen mouthing afterwards. Uhh … yeah, right, Roger!

44. Ndamukong Suh stomps on Evan Dietrich-Smith

When Ndamukong Suh ended up on top of the Packers’ Evan Dietrich-Smith, he decided to slam his opponent’s head into the ground three times and then stomp on him for good measure. Which Brain Type is most apt to react physically and emotionally in-the-moment? Yep, the #1 FEAR, and that’s what Suh is.

43. Scottie Pippen refuses to go into game because the final play wasn’t designed for him

Dominant Animates are prone to pout, and that’s exactly what Scottie Pippen (#2 BEAR) did in 1994 when coach Phil Jackson (#16 BCIL) drew a plan to give the ball to Toni Kukoc (#15 FCIL) at the end of the game instead of him. As a result, Pippen refused to enter the game. Toni ended up winning the game for the Bulls, but Pippen had clearly made his statement while demonstrating a me-first (versus team-first) mindset. (Considering another #2… can you say Kobe?)

42. Michael Jordan punches Steve Kerr in the face during practice

Don’t get a #6 BEIR mad. During one heated practice, Steve Kerr (#8 BEIL) took exception to Michael Jordan’s trash talking and got in MJ’s face (leave it to the rules-abiding, civil-minded #8 trying to win through words in combat). It was the wrong move, as Jordan clocked Kerr big-time (though #6s can lash out with words Bobby Knight, Pat Summit, et al they rely more on street combat, unless they’re in public; then again, Mike Tyson didn’t care). When Steve got back home, however, there was already a message on Kerr’s answering machine with MJ apologizing.

41. Kevin Garnett calls Charlie Villanueva a “cancer patient”

The #9 FCAR talks a lot, and as a result can say some pretty stupid things (think of Kanye West). Kevin Garnett did just that when he said Charlie Villanueva (#13 FCIR) looked like a cancer patient due to a life-long skin disorder that left him bald. This did not go over well with the medical community, or any community for that matter. Kevin later clarified that he said Villanueva was “cancerous to your team and our league.”  Hmmm …

39. Charles Barkley unintentionally spits on a little girl sitting courtside

Yeah, the #1 FEAR is prone to spit sometimes. Charles Barkley got irked when a Nets fan heckled him with racial slurs, and lashed out by trying to spit on the fan. Instead of landing on the heckler, however, the spittle hit a little girl. Anyone also remember Roberto Alomar (#1 FEAR)? Remember when he spit in the face of an umpire, later claiming Hirschbeck had used a degrading ethnic slur against him? The moral of the story is … leave a #1‘s family heritage alone!

33. Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson put on a boxing display

Ding! Ding! Ding! It’s round 3 of Mike Tyson vs. Mike Tyson! Or shall we say, one #6 BEIR against another #6 BEIR! That’s what happened when Alonzo Mourning and Larry Johnson got into a boxing match in 1998, taking wild swings at each other that quickly cleared both benches. Who will ever forget the hilarious image of 5’9″ Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy (#15 FCIL) hanging onto Mourning’s leg?

For the full article, click here. There are many more Type-related stories!

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9/12/16 – Todd Marinovich has hit rock bottom

Our heart goes out to athletes who struggle with drugs during and after their careers. Often they’re used as a means to cope with pain, but then spiral out of control. Especially for those who are Right brain dominant (along with other genetic factors), addiction can only be one step away. One recent case of an athlete who has hit rock bottom is Todd Marinovich, former USC and Raiders quarterback who was arrested naked with marijuana, according to police. Marinovich is/was a talented #5 FEIR, and at only 47-years of age, looks closer to 60. He was cited and released for trespassing, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

Amazingly, the Raiders selected Marinovich in the first round of the 1991 NFL draft ahead of superstar and fellow #5 Brett Favre. Tood has struggled with his addictions for years, and was even arrested for cocaine possession a month after the 1990 Sun Bowl. Due to repeated drug use, he was was removed from the Raiders roster after only two seasons. In 1997, “he pleaded guilty to felony charges that he was cultivating marijuana in his Dana Point home and a misdemeanor charge of illegally possessing prescription medicine.”  He was again arrested in 2000 and 2005.

Todd is married (though now estranged) and the father of two children. According to his wife, He seems to self-sabotage. He feels he isn’t deserving of love and having good things happen to him. His biggest worry is that people will judge him. When he’s sober, she says, he’s a wonderful dad but seems haunted by his addiction.

Drug addiction has been the battle for many athletes of all Types, including Darryl Strawberry (#6 BEIR), Michael Phelps (#13 FCIR), Rasheed Wallace (#3 FEAL), Dwight Gooden (#9 FCAR), etc. Fortunately for people like Michael Phelps, however, he was able to overcome it, and it is our hope and prayer that Todd is able to do the same, and quickly.

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9/7 – Who knew Tom Selleck was such a softy?

“Who knew that Tom Selleck was such a softy?”

Uhh … we did!

How ironic for an article about actor Tom Selleck to start off like this? Anyone with the knowledge of Brain Type knows Tom Selleck is a #11 FCAL, which means he is a dominant Animate ‘feeler’. It really is like the author asking, “Who knew Tom Selleck had brown hair?”  Yes, Selleck’s Brain Type is just as as genetically driven, or determined, as his hair color. Isn’t that amazing? We can tell you a great deal about Tom Selleck, and we haven’t even met him. You, too, can know a great deal about Selleck, or anyone in and outside of Hollywood, when you know their inborn Brain Type.

For instance, we can tell you that Tom is Left brain dominant, which makes him more conclusive and decisive in his day-to-day life. Tom wants decisions to be made. The Left brain enjoys planning ahead, maintaining a semblance of order, setting down rules, and putting work before play. On the male side, there have only been a handful in Hollywood who are Left brain dominant, such as Jim Caveziel (#15 FCIL), Tom Cruise (#11), Robert Redford (#11), John Tesh (#11), Alex Trebek (#15), and the late Charlton Heston (#15).

At any rate, Selleck was recently featured in the news for crying while watching one of his own newest movies, as well as “wiping away tears from his eyes” at the Emmy award screening “as he took the stage for the Q&A portion of the evening.” Like we said, no big deal, and no big surprise here.

Did you also know Tom is one of a few conservatives in Hollywood (as is/was Caveziel, Trebek, Tesh, and Heston)? He once said, “I’ve learned by hanging out in Hollywood, where I disagree politically with most people, that most people’s hearts are in the right place, and the only thing we have to argue about is the way to solve the problems.”

How’s that for the harmonious #11 seeing the good in others?

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9/6/16 – Catching up with Tyrus Thomas and Eddy Curry

It is fun to follow-up on former athletes every so often to see what they are up to now. Of course, we always hope they’re not in jail, or have become drug addicts, which sadly is not all too uncommon these days.

Does anyone remember Tyrus Thomas? He spent 8 seasons in the NBA with several teams, and then dropped out after the 2015 season. Now, Thomas is a co-owner of the Everything Philly sandwich shop near Louisiana State University, and he is spending his time helping out the needy in his hometown of Baton Rouge after the devastating rains that hit only a few weeks ago. Tyrus wants to return to the NBA, but thus far hasn’t had a team approach him. If something changes, it changes. But right now I don’t have any expectations, Thomas said. Realistically, I can’t say I am ready to hoop and I am going to have teams knocking at my door. I ain’t no fool. I am living life. I got a lot of purpose helping people. Apparently, I am doing what a lot of people work their lives to do, and that’s find their purpose.

A #9 FCAR, Thomas is using his design to do what it was designed for off the court. The #9 in particular enjoys connecting with people at an emotional level while meeting their needs, not only to make others feel good, but to feel good about themselves. Racial tensions have long endured in the city of Baton Rouge, but according to Thomas, “This is the most peace my city has seen in my 30 years. Without thinking, a man from Glen Oaks in Baton Rouge with 10 tattoos on his face with gold teeth, dreadlocks and he never wears his pants on his waist not saying that means anything about his character but watch this, when he goes off his boat and is jumping in the water, saving old white people without thinking twice When you got rednecks with Confederate flags on their boats, but they are diving in the water saving black folks without thinking about it You have a Confederate flag on your boat and you’re saving black folks? It took all of this to show that you are human. As $#&% as things are, it could go good if we keep it up.

Then there is former Miami Heat center Eddy Curry, a rare #4 BEAL who now spends his time sharing with kids the lessons he learned in the basketball school of hard knocks. A funny comment one author of an article writes … “At the onset, the 7-foot basketball star looked much more comfortable proving himself on the court than in front of an audience an inspirational speaker.” To be sure, the Back-brain, typically-sheepish #4 is one of the least naturally gifted speakers of the 16 Brain Types. They would much rather converse with you one-on-one for real, down-to-earth conversation. At any rate, Curry said his only regret was “not attending college and participating in the rites of passage, like living in a dorm, or experiencing the growth and maturity so many NBA players received as college athletes.”  Not surprising, knowing his Left brain, responsibility-driven design! Still, Curry got into a bit of trouble during his career (strange sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him). “When I was at my wildest, that is what suffered the most,” he said. The #4 in particular can be easily manipulated by their peers (wanting acceptance), and Curry’s behavior went south after being traded from Chicago to New York.

“When I was in Chicago, they babied me in Chicago. They really kind of sheltered and kept us kind of concealed and didn’t let us get into a lot of stuff. Then I went to New York and it was total opposite. It was like boom,” he said.

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8/31/16 – What Brain Type is the NHL’s Corey Perry?

UPDATE:

Well, Corey Perry is another Wayne Gretzky, folks! Yes, he’s a #6 BEIR who “wouldn’t want to go against himself.”
Thanks to everyone who sent in their guesses!

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Hey hockey fans! We know your sport gets very little attention here at the BTInsider, so we thought we would highlight one of the best players in the NHL for your enjoyment. His name is Corey Perry, but we won’t tell you his Brain Type just yet. Rather, we’ll give you roughly 24 hours to guess, and then we’ll tell you the answer.

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So, watch the interview above, and feel free to do a little homework yourself on the Internet.

Good luck!

Sincerely,
The BTInsider

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8/29/16 – The FCIRs who won gold at the Olympics

Before leaving the Olympic games, we wanted to briefly congratulate a few #13 FCIRs who won gold in their respective sports. Found in every professional sport, #13s can be top-notch athletes. As dominant Right brained persons, they have more naturally fluid movements, and also have the potential for remarkable body flexibility fast-twitch muscles including quick feet. They are high-energy performers, and gifted in CI ‘owl’ logical abstraction skills. Remember, their nickname is the “Strategizer,” and they enjoy master-planning attacks and outfoxing their opponents. As such, what they lack in athleticism they often make up for in smarts.

Did you see who won gold in the womens shot put event? Her name is Michelle Carter, an American, and the first American woman to win gold. Although some might confuse her personality with the #1 FEAR, she is a definite #13 FCIR. Her father. Michael, made a name for himself by winning a silver medal in the shotput in 1984. He also later went on to win three Super Bowls while playing for the San Francisco 49ers. Check out the huge throw that won Michelle the gold medal a few weeks ago.

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A great role model for #13 FCIRs is the fellow who won gold in the 400 meter, Wayde van Niekerk. Not only did he win gold, but he also beat Michael Johnson’s (#2 BEAR) 17-year old world record with a 43.03 second run, 0.15 of a second faster than Johnson’s time in 1999. And get this … he’s coached by his 73-year old great-grandmother! I was running blind all the way, van Niekerk said. I thought someone was going to catch me what’s going on, what’s going on, and it gave me motivation to keep on pushing. Check out the interview below.

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Next there is Helen Maroulis of the United States, who defeated Japan’s Saori Yoshida 4-1 in the 53-kilogram freestyle final to win the first-ever gold medal for an American women’s wrestler. Helen is a tough-cookie, for sure, though not to the same degree in terms of tenacity as #6 BEIR Majlinda Kelmendi of Kosovo, who we highlighted last week.

Last but not least is Michael Phelps, who won an astounding 5 gold medals in Rio. Phelps is a machine geared for swimming, a powerhouse of energy. He now has 23 gold medals in all. Among other factors, #13s are gifted in the diaphragm region, which is crucial for optimal breathing, and is ideal for the swimming circuit. Phelps may well be the most accomplished and decorated #13 FCIR of all time.

Though there are more, these are just a few notable #13s who brought home gold in Rio. Congratulations!

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8/24/16 – Monica Puig wins gold in womens tennis

Wow, did you see who won gold in the women’s singles tennis final? She hadn’t even been past the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament before, but she went on to defeat Angelique Kerber of Germany, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, to become the first woman from Puerto Rico to win a medal, let alone a gold one. Her name is Monica Puig, and to be accurate, she isn’t the first Puerto Rican women’s tennis player to win a gold medal at the Olympics. Rather, she’s the first to win one a medal for Puerto Rico.

Does anyone remember Gigi Fernandez? She was another Puerto Rican who won Olympic gold in doubles in 1992 and 1996, but did so while representing the USA. Fernandez was a rare #3 FEAL in professional tennis who, though Left brain dominant, was able to harmonize her ‘dove’ EA gross motor skills to hit the ball for power and overcome her opponents. Also, #3s do not excel at singles, whereas doubles are much more accommodating for them where responsibility is shared and they’re not the center of attention. Monica, too, is an EAdove,’ but she is Right brain dominant. Yes, Monica Puig is a #1 FEAR. And as BT students know full well, no inborn design craves the limelight more than the #1. Their Right brain revels in the process, not the results as do Left-brained #3s.

While raised in the States, Puig was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and moved to Miami as an infant. Watch this interview.

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Of course, the most famous #1 on the womens tennis circuit is Serena Williams. Others include Caroline Wozniacki and Anna Kournikova, as well as former players Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport. While physically gifted, FEARs need to develop more logical awareness on the court. Their power games alone can be insufficient to be consistent winners match after match (unless they possess Serena’s body prowess and have had a #6 coach till adulthood). They’re most comfortable when they feel good in both their brains and bodies, which is true for any player, but especially them. The #1 particularly thrives when the crowd is behind them. Says Puig in the interview, “Even at 2 in the morning, when I was in my room, quiet and all alone, I could still hear them screaming in my head … it definitely helped boost me in the third set. when I needed it the most.”

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8/22/16 – Silver medalist Genzebe Dibaba and her Brain Type

She won silver in the womens 1500 meter at the Rio Olympics, and determining her Brain Type was admittedly a bit of a challenge. Her persona is calm, quiet, and self-effacing, giving the aura of a #10 BCAR. At the same time, she handles herself with charm, dresses with elegant femininity, and rarely appears overexcited, keeping her emotions in check (at least visibly), which gives the aura of a #11 FCAL. Of course, she is from Ethopia, so the power of nurture comes heavily into play. We are talking about Genzebe Dibaba.

Her resume is impressive. Says Wikipedia, “Dibaba was the 2012 World Indoor Champion for the 1500 m, and is the reigning 2014 World Indoor Champion and World Indoor Record Holder in the 3000 meters. At the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, she became World Champion in 1500 meter as well as claiming the bronze medal in the 5000 m event. She was named Laureus Sportswoman of the Year for the 2014 year alongside male winner counterpart Novak Djokovic and was 2015 IAAF World Athlete of the Year. She is the current world record holder for the 1500 m (both indoor and outdoor), the indoor 3000 m, the indoor 5000 m, the indoor mile, and the indoor two mile.”

Unfortunately, Dibaba’s coach, Jama Aden, was recently arrested but since released and is under investigation on suspicion of supplying banned substances. Says Genzebe, The rumors roaming around the world are deeply affecting me. I have communication with Jama. It’s solely, purely and solely, training and execution and competition. And this (the rumors) adversely affected my performance, my psychology. I’m completely and crystal clean from doping.

Knowing her inborn design, the accusations really could have affected her performance, and her psychology. Dibaba, like Usain Bolt, is a #9 FCARThough somewhat soft-spoken, she is bursting with energy, and while the #10 BCAR or #11 FCAL have the ability to be successful runners, it would make an incredible feat for them to become world champions (particularly for the Left brain dominant #11). As dominant Conceptuals, #9s are better able to block out pain than their dominant Animate cousins, which is ideal for long distance running. They have more energy than the #10, and more flexibility, adaptability, and overall athletic ability than the #11. When properly trained (particularly mentally), they are your quintessential ‘shorter distance’ running machines. Long distance races are dominated by the #13 FCIRs who inherit even looser motor movements and greater mastery of the all-important diaphragm which is most necessary for optimal breathing.)

The moral of the story? Keep at it. When someone is difficult to Brain Type, do more research, watch more videos, and make more comparisons to those who may share their same Brain Type. Back in the early years, Jon Niednagel was forced to evaluate people from short interviews he was able to catch on television, or books and magazines he was able to read at the library. Now, it simply takes the click of a button by visiting YouTube or Wikipedia or countless other web sites that can aid your studies. We are “fearfully and wonderfully made,” which means we often don’t fit into the nice little boxes into which the world of psychology wants us to fit. Rather, within the 16 designs, we see incredible and beautiful diversity, as well as stark and undeniable similarities (in mind and body skills), which should cause us all to seek to appreciate and understand one another all the more!

Check out the video below to better acquaint yourself with a low-key #9 FCAR.

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8/19/16 – Shaunae Miller dives across finish line for gold

She won gold in the 400 meter womens final, but it is HOW she won that has everyone talking. The young 22-year old woman dove. Yes, she literally dove across the finish line to win.

Before we continue, it’s time for a BT pop quiz. What Brain Type, of the 16 designs, would be the most prone to throw their bodies forward like this? We grant that anybody has the potential to do something like this in the moment, but in terms of ‘most prone’, which Brain Type would you guess? Yes, likely a ‘dove’, with their big-body gross-motor skills. Yes, and likely one who is Right brain dominant and willing to spontaneously take the risk. So, that leaves us with the #1 FEAR and #2 BEAR.

When it comes to wild spontaneity, however, the #1 more commonly trumps the #2. We have written article after article over the years detailing well-known #1s and their unpredictable antics, which can often get them into a bit trouble. This time, however, Shaunae Miller’s“unpredictable antic” won her a gold medal.

And Miller is taking some flack for it, with people joking around all over the Internet. “Greatest gold medal divers in history,” reads one Tweet. “1 Greg Louganis, 2 Shaunae Miller.”  And another, “Shaunae Miller was a little short of vertical, had good height off the board & had little splash.”  Coming to her defense, however, has been Olympic golden-shoe-wearing Michael Johnson (#2 BEAR), who Tweeted, “Shaunae Miller’s dive was to recover from falling. Sprinters know the quickest way across the line is a well timed lean. Trust me on that.”

Shaunae’s dive allowed her to beat the talented Alexus Felix, a #13 FCIR who won the 200-meter title in London four years ago. Felix still claimed her seventh Olympic medal in total with silver to become the most decorated female track and field athlete in history. Still, “I wanted to win,” Felix told reporters. “It’s been a tough year. I didn’t quite do enough.”  And as for Miller? “This is the moment I have been waiting for, I just gave it my all. I am just so happy, so grateful, such emotions I just can’t say. I’ve been going through so much this year. Everyone at home will all be celebrating right now.”  Writes one reporter, “Felix, classically trained by Bobby Kersee, made a textbook lean into the finish line. Miller tried something else. The dive is something no coach would ever teach.”

Shortly after Miller hit the ground, “Felix and Jackson walked back to Miller still on the ground, crying! If you watched along you maybe cried too and helped her up.”

Check out the interview of Miller below to better hone your BT skills. She may remind you of a another well-known female #1 athlete. Does Serena Williams ring a bell?

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8/18/16 – Usain Bolt becomes ‘living legend’

They say he has reached “immortal” status, “a lightning strike in yellow and black.”. few days ago, he won his 3rd gold medal with a winning time of 9.81, and he was actually slowing down in his victory strides. Usain Bolt is a one-man theatre show expressing not just athletic supremacy but an elemental quality which draws us in. Like a beautiful face, we have no choice but to look, to stare, to bow, to accept that this creature before us is all that we are not nor ever could be.”

On Sunday Usain Bolt became the first man to win the 100-meter dash in three consecutive Olympics, and has officially earned the nickname ‘living legend’. It was brilliant,” he said. “I didn’t go so fast but I’m so happy I won. I told you guys I was going to do it.

We have written on Bolt before, and if readers recall, he is a different animal altogether when it comes to your typical sprinters. Unlike the hardened, scowling men who dominated this sport for decades, Bolt keeps things light, writes one news source. He’s spoken in the past about a penchant for partying, his less-than-stellar work ethic, his love of fast food. Years ago, he set three world records 100, 200 and 4 100 relay on a steady diet of chicken nuggets. In his own words: It was chicken with vegetables, so it was healthy. Don’t judge me.

Yes, to say the least, as a #9 FCAR, Usain is a natural talent. As Niednagel wrote many a year ago, As super high-energy, fine and gross motor coordinated, right-brained people, they possess optimal body qualities for sprinters. To watch Bolt win with such ease, stopping to look at his opponents behind him, is truly amazing to watch.

The two biggest names at the Rio 2016 Olympics have been, besides Michael Phelps (#13 FCIR), both #9s … Simone Biles and Usain Bolt. Quite amazing, considering how far outnumbered they are by #13 FCIRs. When truly dedicated to both gymnastics and running in particular (and with proper training), they can certainly be among the best, if not the best, in the world.

Stay tuned, folks! We have another #9 FCAR champion to tell you about!

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