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.
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!
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.
So, watch the interview above, and feel free to do a little homework yourself on the Internet.
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.
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.
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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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 EA ‘dove,’ 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.
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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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 FCAR. Though 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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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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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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She won a gold medal, but it is much more than just a medal. For Kosovo’s Majlinda Kelmendi, she is representing her country’s first ever Olympic games in which the small Balkan country took part, and in which they won. Twenty-five year-old Kelmendi won gold last week in the 52kg category of judo fighting, and on Sunday thousands of people lined the streets of Kosovo’s capital “to give a hero’s welcome.”
“It still looks as a dream,” Kelmendi told reporters after walking on the red carpet rolled out for her at Pristina’s airport, where she was welcomed by Prime Minister Isa Mustafa. “All the hard work and sacrifice I made, I did them for my country and my people.” Majlinda also has two world titles and three European crowns that she’s won since 2013, and is now ranked #1 in the world. She went on to say, “I just proved to them that even after the war, even after we survived a war, if they want something they can have it. If they want to be Olympic champions, they can be –even if we come from a small country, a poor country.”
So what is her Brain Type? Have you looked at pictures? Have you watched Kelmendi fight? Novice Brain Type enthusiasts should conclude rather quickly that Majlinda is an Inanimate, and likley a dominant Inanimate at that. She is serious, athletic, tough-minded, and a woman of few words. “People say,’ I just can’t imagine you doing judo or being so aggressive or winning something — you are so quiet.” How is that for a typical description of, yes, the rare #6 BEIR.
Says her coach and mentor, Driton Kuka, “She has a big fighting spirit — she is always ready to give more than 100% in training.”
And according to one CNN article, “Kelmendi says judo brings out a different side in her — a focused ferocity that overwhelms her opponents with assassin-like efficiency.” How ironic, considering Niednagel years ago described the #6 BEIR as “assassins” on the court, field, or rink!
It is a true rags to riches story for Majlinda, who turned down high-paying offers from several other countries to fight for them (instead she will be receiving roughly $100,000 from her country). We couldn’t be happier for this determined young woman of strength and conviction, and we hope to see her win many more victories for Kosovo in the future.
Be sure to check out the video below.
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She won her third gold on Sunday in the vault competition, and people are now beginning to ask themselves, “What can’t she do?” We’re talking about Simone Biles, the female Olympic gymnastics sensation.
“I feel very excited, because having gone to worlds and having two silvers and a bronze, it means a lot to me. It’s something I wanted so badly, so I just tried to keep a good mind going into vault,” says Biles.
So have you studied her, Brain Typists? Biles was named Team USA Female Olympic Athlete of the Year in 2015, and to be sure, she is a virtual human pogo stick. CNN says of her, “The science of Biles’s incredible success is fascinating experts and fans, who hail the 4ft 8in wunderkind as a perfect combination of small size, huge strength and mind-boggling agility.”
BTI is here to offer a little more insight into the ‘science’ of Simone Biles. What gives her such agility? What gives her such strength and athleticism? To be sure, her Creator, who gave her arguably the most athletic of the 16 Brain Types. Simone Biles is a #9 FCAR.
When we say “athletic,” we mean acrobatic. Niednagel wrote years ago of the #9 in gymnastics, “The most naturally acrobatic of the Brain Types are FCARs. Coordinating motor skills in poetic grace, they charm their audiences by their physical and personable skills.” Biles certainly is a charmer, with her big smiles and effusively warm demeanor. In fact, her favorite event is the floor exercise. She explained, “I feel like you get to show off your personality because a lot of the time they [the judges] just see us serious on the other events, but floor you can kind of show it off.” How’s that for the pied piper #9? Simone even has her own signature move, referred to as The Biles, which is a double layout with a half twist and a blind landing. She literally lands facing the same direction she was running!
Her coach, AimeeBoorman, recalls coaching Biles as a 5-year old, seeing her waiting for her turn on the bars, unable to stand still. Boing, boing, boing, boing, boing! Then she saw Biles bounce from her bottom to her feet on a mat with no spring. That was just kinetic energy from her body, Boorman says. I was like, Wow, this kid is something.
Simone never knew her father, and her drug-addicted mother was all but absent. Instead, Simone was raised by her grandfather and step-grandmother, who after noticing she had a gift for copying others’s gymnastic moves decided to let her pursue her love for the sport. “Her adoptive parents remember her as a happy child, always smiling but hyperactive, leaping off the furniture to Nellie’s horror,” writes one author. And again, “Her history, say those close to her, is equally crucial to understanding her brilliance.”
Simone Biles is a well-spoken young lady, a testament to those ‘Owls’ who have raised her. Her history certainly did aid her in giving her survivor-like instincts. She is tough (from nurture), though has feared failure her entire life. How does she deal with it? “Sometimes you’re a little bit scared, but most of the time . . . you’re really just excited about it. So you just kind of throw fear out of the way.”
Remember Mary Lou Retton, the talented and feisty #5 FEIR? She says Biles may be the most talented gymnast I’ve ever seen in my life. And I don’t think she’s tapped into what she can really do.
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He shares the same Brain Type with Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Junior, Tony Gwynn, and David Ortiz. He is as strong as an ox, and Gary Sheffield (#5 FEIR) says of him, “I spent time with him recently in the cages, and he’s a natural. I absolutely believe in his ability to play in the bigs.” So what famous baseball player are we talking about? Tim Tebow.
Say what? Yes, we’re talking about the famed Christian football player who has since taken to broadcasting for ESPN after being cut from the New York Jets. For the past year now, Tebow has been training in Arizona and Los Angeles “to hone his hitting and fielding skills in a sport he has not played on a full-time basis since 2005.” That was when he was in high school as an all-state baseball player in Florida, hitting .494 as a junior.
So the question is, can Tim be successful in MLB? One thing we will tell you off-the-bat (no pun intended) is that, from a Brain Type’s perspective, Tim will be much more in his element swinging a bat then throwing a football. The #1 FEAR has proven to be among the top MLB players ever, as we can rattle off several other names like Victor Martinez, Robinson Cano, Manny Ramirez, Larry Walker, Bo Jackson, Roberto Alomar, Bobby Bonilla, Miguel Cabrera Adam Jones, and Yasiel Puig. These represent just a small cross-section of the potentially fabulous #1s. Utilizing their big body, gross-motor EA ‘dove’ skills, they generally hit for power, their swings being entirely fluid, generating terrific bat speed. Check out Tebow’s hitting the ball in the video included below. Notice his wide stance and compact swing. It is true to his Type, to be sure. Now, whether he can master the breaking ball is another question, or be a good infielder or outfielder ala fellow #1s Willie Mays or Barry Larkin.
Also, BTI Director Jon Niednagel, a long-time consultant in MLB, has additional concerns for Tebow making it to the Bigs. If he learns the proper swing, especially for his BT and size, his chances will much improve. Among many comments offered by Niednagel, he did caution comparing Tim to MJ Michael Jordan (#6 BEIR) and his MLB attempt. Among many dissimilarities, their differing Brain Types have very different body movements, as well as BT visual skills. Tebow shouldn’t have nearly the visual problems of MJ in baseball. Tim’s #1 design is one of 2 best spatially of all the 16 Types. (That’s a major reason why they excel at point guard in hoops.) Of course Tebow needs to make sure he has 20/20 vision, but his innate depth perception and quick read of balls should serve him well provided he can catch the ball on the run. FEARs need to work hard at securing the ball in the glove, since their hands are soft.
Had we met Tim back in high school, we would have pointed him in baseball’s direction, not the quarterback position in the NFL. (FEARs rank around 5 or 6 in BT for NFL QB.) Yet as BT students know, #1s excel at other football positions much more than QB. Now that he’s 29 years old, people are wondering if it is too late for Tim. Age shouldn’t be an issue, barring unforeseen injuries. Rather, the issue will largely be with his mind, as well as having a good batting coach who knows how to utilize Tim’s natural abilities. One helpful tip for Tim would be to often hit to the opposite field, thereby forcing him him to wait for the ball and hit with optimal power. (No design can hit better opposite field than the #1). Also, FEARs need to trust their right-hemisphere dominant instincts at the plate. Reasoning should be kept to a minimum and emphasis placed on seeing the ball all the way to the bat. When they over think too much, their game can go south.
Good luck, Tim!
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Eight notable men of the game of football were inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame last week, and the class of 2016 consisted of owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr. (#13 FCIR), coach Tony Dungy (#10 BCAR), quarterback Brett Favre (#5 FEIR), linebacker/defensive end Kevin Greene (#13 FCIR), wide receiver Marvin Harrison (#2 BEAR), tackle Orlando Pace, quarterback Ken Stabler (#13 FCIR), and guard Dick Stanfel, who passed away in 2015.
Did you catch the Fox Sports article on Jon Niednagel, Brett Favre, and Brain Typing? Titled, “A former Atlanta Falcons coach explains how Brett Favre got away,” the article details how June Jones was the offensive coordinator for the Falcons when the team drafted Favre in the second round in 1991. Jones had never heard of Jon Niednagel at the time, and Favre only lasted one season in Atlanta before he was traded to Green Bay for a first-round pick. I thought Favre was inaccurate and drunk for eighteen straight months.” Yet, If you go back in college, he won so many games on the last drive. In two years, I think he had thirteen wins, like, ten of them came on the last drive.
The article goes on to read, “Jones said if he knew then what he knows now about brain-typing, the Falcons never would have traded Favre to Green Bay. ‘It would’ve been different if I knew (about Brain Types) and I knew how to coach him. In two-minute situations, let him call his own plays. In those heated situations, Kelly went no-huddle; Favre, Elway, Marino they all called their own plays. Let them lead.’
Do you believe that it’s mere coincidence that Kelly, Favre, Elway, and Marino were all #5 FEIRs?! And the rest is history.
Did you hear Favre’s acceptance speech? It was rather classic #5, and he didn’t use any notes. “What makes me most proud is how I played the game,” he said. “Being real, authentic and spontaneous and having fun is what it was all about.”
Also classic #2 BEAR was Marvin Harrison. “The historically mute Harrison turned his calm and heartfelt leadoff speech into a wide-ranging thank-you to teachers, coaches, teammates, his grandmother and two sons,” says one author. Anticipating others were predicting a short acceptance speech from him, Harrison went on to say, “Records are made to be broken, but I want to tell you one thing. I’m not going to break any records for the shortest speech in Hall of Fame history. That’s not going to happen.”
As for coach Tony Dungy, what would have happened had he been without prodigy quarterback Peyton Manning (#5 FEIR)? Likely, he would not be a Hall of Famer today, that’s for sure, though to his credit he did allow Manning to run the show (but only after the coaching staff was far less effective), something the Falcons only wish they had done with Favre. While they say only hindsight is 20-20, foresight can come awfully close to that with the knowledge of Brain Type and determining future success in sports.
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