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.

8/17/16 – Gold medalist Majlinda Kelmendi and her Brain Type

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 hera 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.

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8/16/16 – The incredible Simone Biles

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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8/15/16 – Can Tim Tebow really succeed in baseball?

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 BEIRand 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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8/11/16 – The NFL Hall of Fame Class of 2016

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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8/9/16 – Michael Jordan loses his cool

Brain Type enthusiasts know the #6 BEIR can be a feisty, fiery design. Even under an outwardly cool personality lies a competitive hidden tiger within, ready to strike at a moment’s notice. So, when Abe Pollin saw the often calm and collected Michael Jordan all-of-a-sudden hit the fan in a tirade of angry emotion, he was shocked. Had he known MJ’s Brain Type, however, he wouldn’t and shouldn’t have been.

In a new-published memoir, Pollin’s wife, Irene, shares a story that happened back when Jordan was with the Washington Wizards, first managing them and then playing alongside them. Michael committed to playing on the court with the team for a year or two, but after the end of the second season, Michael began admitting he’d made mistakes. Jordan felt, however, “that he had grown as a manager and was now committed to coming back the following year and improving the team.” So, he met with Abe to renegotiate his contract, desiring to return as president of basketball operations. However, after “failing to make the playoffs, friction between him and some of the players and the coach he hired there was a lot of skepticism among the owners. His new hires had raised questions about his abilities as a talent evaluator, and there were the questions of how much time he was spending on the job.”

Abe scheduled the meeting with MJ, knowing it would be a difficult one. “They all liked and admired Michael; it was purely business.”  What transpired, however, was something Pollin will never forget. Repeating the phrase that they needed to go in a different direction, Michael lost it. “He became very angry and began shouting. At that point, Abe walked out of the room as Michael called him several unflattering names. Michael stormed out of the room, went down to the parking garage, jumped into his Mercedes convertible with Illinois license plates, took the top down, and drove directly back to Chicago.”

Irene goes on to say, “He (Abe) never expected such a reaction. He’d always been a good negotiator. People always responded to him positively in those situations because he was cool and fair. This had never happened to him. It probably was a first for Michael as well. Nobody had probably said no to him in a long time.”

MJ, as the dominant Inanimate “Tactician”, wanted things his way or the highway, and blew up when he didn’t get it (#6s also highly value their freedom). Niednagel writes in Brain Types and Parenting, “As a parent of a BEIR, be sure you are in charge. They can especially be prone to self-centeredness and willfulness.” Jordan was raised rather well by parents (#6 BEIR father), but those days are long gone. He has been his own man for a very long time now, and certainly answers to no one. Pollin simply released Jordan’s inner tiger.

“During the following week, while we were taking a few days in Rehoboth, Abe was still visibly upset.” We all can get angry, but Abe Pollin, had he known MJ’s design, could have been much better prepared for it!

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7/25/16 – Allen Iverson owes his career to Tom Brokaw

We like good stories, particularly when they involve different Brain Types, and this is a good story.

In short, former NBA star Allen Iverson (#6 BEIR) never would have made it to the big leagues had it not been for a well-known fellow of his exact opposite Brain Type, the #11 FCAL. Back in 1993, the 17-year-old Iverson was sentenced to 15 years in prison for allegedly hitting a white woman at a bowling alley during a brawl. That’s right. 15 years! One particular news reporter heard about his sentencing, and thought it was absurd given that Iverson was a teenager with no prior criminal record. So, this man featured the story on national news. His name was Tom Brokaw.

The conviction was eventually overturned, and the rest is history. When asked if the story was true, Brokaw replied, “Yes, but he deserved it.” Iverson has publicly praised Brokaw for his good deed, along with coach John Thompson (#7 FEIL), who never gave up on him. “He saved my life, and he gave me another opportunity. All I needed was one chance, and God sent him to me.”

Lebron James (#1 FEARrecently said of Iverson, “Pound for pound, probably the greatest player who ever played.” Indeed, pound for pound, he was definitely as talented as any #6, or any Brain Type, to have played the game.

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7/21/16 – Jeff Teague makes $8 million and lives with his parents

Lots of young adults still live with their parents at home these days, particularly if Ma and Pa don’t resent it. Not many of them, however, make $8 million a year.

From your general knowledge of Brain Type, which of the 16 would be most prone to do this? Which Brain Type(s) seeks to reserve its energy, loves family, doesn’t want to be held responsible for too much, and likes to just live and let live? Yes, they would be Right brained dominant. Yes, they would be Back brained dominant, especially valuing their privacy and comfortable environment. And yes, they would likely live in-the-moment, taking it one day at a time, and most probable be Animate. Your answer is the #2 BEAR.

Ever heard of the NBA’s Jeff Teague? He’s a 28-year-old, and after buying a house in his hometown of Indianapolis several years ago, he decided to give it to his parents when he was signed to the Atlanta Hawks in 2013. Recently, he was traded to the Pacers, and decided to move back in with his parents, living in the basement (while they keep the master). Teague says he plans to stay there for the “the whole year” rather than find another place. One reason, he says, is because his dad will mow the lawn!

Meanwhile. we’ll try to find a #15 FCIL who makes 8 million dollars and lives in his parent’s basement, but don’t wait up for us. We’re pretty sure Big Foot will be found first.

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7/19/16 – Henrik Stenson wins the British Open

The champion played an incredible round, and had he not, Phil Mickelson (#15 FCIL) would have easily won another tournament. Yes, the British Open was fun to watch over the weekend, and in one author’s words, “Henrik Stenson kept hitting the best shots of his life, one after another, because there was no other way to beat Phil Mickelson in an Open showdown that ranked among the best in golf.”

Stenson (#13 FCIR) shot an 8-under 63 on Sunday to finish the tournament at 20-under and win his first major championship by 3 strokes. This is the 11th time that Mickelson has come up 2nd place at a Major’s tournament, second only to #8 BEIL Jack Nicklaus (don’t forget, however, you have to be great to have so many opportunities to win.) “Thank you very much for a great fight,” Stenson told Mickelson after accepting the Claret Jug. Indeed it was a battle, and could have easily gone the other way had not Stenson made a 50-foot birdie putt from off the green at No. 15 that gave him the 2-shot lead. Stenson, like other #13s who have ended up winning major championships, possesses a great swing and solid fundamentals. At 40 years old, it’s taken him a long time to win a Major, but this was one he certainly deserved as he posted a championship record of 264.

Phil, the Left brain dominant lefty, still has a lot to be thankful for, as for years he has possessed more Right-hemisphere influence than typical right-handed #15s. As a true right-hander, hitting from the left side can make it difficult to develop and maintain the typical #15 solid body mechanics, regardless of the sport. Mickelson has certainly made it work, however. with typical strict FCIL discipline (not to mention master-coach Butch Harmon and his caddie to continually mentor Phil along the way), and has an impressive career to show for it!

Congratulations to both golfers for a round very well played.

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