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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.

5/31 – The groin kick heard ’round the world

It was the kick heard ’round the world, or rather seen around the world. We have the video posted below for your critiquing eye, and whether it was done on purpose or not you can decide. What we can tell you is that #1 FEARs are not only your biggest floppers in the NBA, but in all team sports they are the most emotionally volatile and rarely is this a good thing for the opponents immediately in their way. Think of the NFL’s Domican Suh, or the NBA’s Dennis Rodman, Ron Artest, and our #1 poster child today, Draymond Green. With their dominant gross motor muscles, explosive energy, and Animate ‘feeling’ emotion, they can fake the slightest bump to appear like they were hit by an oncoming train, or, take it out on an opponent and literally send him flying as if punched by another #1, Muhammad Ali!

To be a good flopper, you’ve also got to know how to flail your arms and legs, and that’s exactly what Draymond Green did last week against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Going up for a shot, he was fouled by Golden State’s Steven Adams (#13 FCIR), and immediately kicked his leg up between Adam’s legs, hitting you-know-where. Adams was down for the count for a good couple minutes, and the crowd went wild when the replay was shown.

No BT is known more for athletic cheap shots than #1s. We could chronicle pages of these occurrences that have transpired over the years. Yet Green insists he didn’t purposely kick Steven in the groin. If you believe him, you don’t know BTs and sports. What’s more, Draymond has a history of cheap shots in just his few NBA years. (Of course, some #1s have strong ethical values and always treat others with kindness and dignity.) Whatever you believe, he certainly flailed his body, and wasn’t overly concerned with Adam’s physical welfare. In game 5, in fact, Green AGAIN made headlines for flailing his leg, which you see here.

In other news relating to Green, he made a Brain Type related quote about sports analytics and people over-analyzing his game recently. “Professionally, I play completely off of feel. I hear people discussing my game in terms of all these advanced numbers. I have no part of it. Even paying attention to it, from a playing standpoint, would make me robotic and undermine my game. I’m supposed to step back behind the line in real time to avoid taking a bad two.That’s thinking way too much. I don’t get the fascination at all.

Yes, we all know how #1s avoid thinking too much! They are your ultimate “feel” players, which can be good in one sense and detrimental in another (when they lose their cool and have a meltdown). At any rate, the Warriors made an amazing comeback and are now headed to the NBA Finals to go against the supreme #1 FEAR, Lebron James, and his Cleveland Cavaliers.

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5/25 – Phil Jackson’s choice of Jeff Hornacek is a no-brainer

We all know the phrase, “It takes one to know one,” and that was certainly the case recently when GM of the New York Knicks, Phil Jackson, went against the grain by hiring Jeff Hornacek to be the team’s new head coach. Hornacek was fired by the Phoenix Suns back in February, and while some are saying it makes no sense at all, to Phil, it makes perfect sense.

“What Jackson values most in both players and coaches is an intellectual heft, an ability to think the game, and in Hornacek he saw an analytical mind whose basketball values are in line with his,” writes one journalist. ‘Intellectual capacity matters,’ said one person with insight into Jackson’s decision and now, more than ever, in an NBA shaped by advanced statistics, player tracking technology and sports science.”

Brain Typists don’t even have to blink, knowing Jackson is a #16 BCIL and Hornacek is a #8 BEIL. Both men are Q4s, being strongest in the Back Left region of the brain, which is the most analytic, scrutinizing, and what some describe as the “persnickety” region. Before making a decision, the Q4 says, “Is this all the information? Did I miss anything?”

The irony only gets better. Guess who was Phil’s second choice? Kurt Rambis, another #8 BEIL. Kurt has long been familiar with the triangle system, and shares Jackson’s low-key, analytic mind. Still, it wasn’t enough to get him the job, since Kurt has already coached the team part-time and some of the Animate Right brainers didn’t like his less-than-optimal feeling ways. So now they get Jeff, much the same as Kurt, but he is a non-triangle, up-tempo coach. That they’ll like!

Good luck, Jeff!

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5/23 – Draymond Green tries trash-talking Tim Duncan

In the NBA, or any sport for that matter, you have your trash-talkers, and you have your quieter types. More prone to verbalize their thoughts and feelings are Q1s, though Q3s (particularly the dominant Animate, sometimes-insecure #3 FEALs) can be talkers as well (as can insecure Q2s).

Draymond Green recently had a funny story to share of Brain Types (and character types) in action. A spunky #1 FEAR himself, he recalled when he tried trash-talking with Tim Duncan when he was just a rookie in the league. “My rookie year I kind of talked junk to everybody. In the middle of the game I started talking to Tim, and I had already got into it with somebody on their team. I don’t remember who it was. But I started talking to Tim and he kind of just stared at me. I just kept talking junk to him and he kept staring at me. At that point I realized during the rest of my career that I might as well not talk to him. Either, one, he is not going to talk back because he has no respect for me. Or, two, he is not going to talk back because that is who he is. Or, three, both. I figured then that was the last time I would talk junk to Tim. And that was the last time.

Tim has been the quintessential #2 BEAR when it comes to Brain Type. Mellow, thoughtful, down-to-earth, and fun-loving, he’s poked fun at himself a number of times. He’s our chosen poster-boy loving most everything about him. Tim once said of his personality, “At this point, if I were to psychoanalyze myself, I’d have to say I am a clown, cleverly disguised as a regular person.”  And again, “I enjoy jokes, smiling, and making people smile. I may be a little different, but that’s OK, who wants to be normal anyway?”

In the end, while quite serious on the court, Mr. Duncan is just a kid at heart. As he nears the end of his career, Tim will go down as arguably the best #2 BEAR center to have ever played the game. When we really compare him with other past centers of his design (Robert Parish, Bill Cartwright, Kevin Willis, Benjamin Duckworth, and so on), it goes without saying that he definitely is the best at his position to have played the game.

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5/18 – The original Wonder Woman who broke down barriers

As the new Wonder Woman was recently revealed in the blockbuster film “Batman vs. Superman,” does anyone remember the original Wonder Woman who fought bad guys on our television screens back in 1975 to 1979? Her name is Lynda Carter, a #11 FCAL, and next week she will be presented with a lifetime achievement award at the 41st annual Gracie Awards.

Lynda is the definition of a trailblazer as she has paved the way for women in media, carrying a national television show as Wonder Woman, and producing and starring in five highly rated network television specials, Kristen Welch, the senior VP of global content operations at Discovery Communications, said in a statement. Her success on screen, on the music charts and on stage showcase her talent and drive to break down barriers.

Of course, when a #11 FCAL “breaks down barriers,” they typically do so with style and grace, not like a bull in a China shop. Of her film career, Lynda once said, “I just want my audiences to be entertained and feel like they’re part of the show. I want to show them a good time and create an experience they’re going to enjoy.” Yes, like Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, or Annette Funicello before her, or Faith Hill and Paula Abdul currently, #11s inherently want to love and be loved. They are idealists when it comes to love and relationships. Those idealistic desires, however, can sometimes lead them into depression when they are not met, as they take the world and its problems on their shoulders. When her first marriage ended in 1982 and Lynda remarried in 1984, she fell into alcoholism, admitting that alcohol was her way of avoiding emotional difficulties during her first marriage. Alcoholism is an abyss and you are terrified of the addiction. You just can’t stop. The disease has taken over and it is not a matter of having willpower. She has been sober now for 18 years.

Now I’m focused on health, not perfection. I don’t want to be a weak, sick 90-year-old, she said. I try to help others and I’d like to take the stigma out of alcoholism, but I don’t struggle with it.

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5/16 – Buddy Hield gives warm goodbye

We can’t tell you his Brain Type just yet, as he will be coming into the NBA this season and many teams would be all-too thrilled to stumble upon our web site and find some free, valuable information from us! Buddy Hield of the Oklahoma Sooners didn’t want to go out with a loss, but after his team fell to Villanova a month ago, he penned a heartfelt letter of thanks and farewell to the University of Oklahoma and its fans.

“Saturday wasn’t the way I wanted to end my college career but I have a lot to be thankful for and I will never forget the experience at the final 4 we shared. Many see this as the end of the road but I see it as the start of many great things. My college career has been more than I can imagine, through the ups and downs the Sooner family has always been by my side. I want to thank all of the fans that have watched our team for the past four years. Without you all, we would not have had the drive that we did.”

We will tell you this that he’s an Animate, which, after reading this “heartfelt” letter, shouldn’t come as a total surprise. Now it’s your turn to YouTube Buddy Hield and attempt to determine his inborn design yourself! After he enters the league, check back to our web site and we’ll reveal his Brain Type.

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5/12 – NFL Draft Insight: Carson Wenzt vs. Jared Goff

We would like to inform our BTInsiders regarding some “inside” events that have recently taken place here at BTI. Many of you know that the NFL draft was last week, and two particular young men were all the buzz of the media. Their names are Carson Wenzt and Jared Goff. Although we can’t tell you the NFL team(s) we did work for, yes, we did in fact evaluate both quarterbacks, and even had contact with them.

We will reveal this much for now. We do not have a night versus day situation here as we did with Peyton Manning (#5 FEIR) and Ryan Leaf (#7 FEIL), when Jon Niednagel famously predicted Manning’s superstar future and Leaf’s struggle in the league at the QB position. However, Wentz and Goff do possess two separate Brain Types, thus being wired via their DNA quite differently. And so, the question now on our readers’ minds likely is, “Will one be better than the other?” Our simple answer is … Yes. One of these two quarterbacks has more upside than the other, provided all remains equal and there are no injuries. Again, we are not necessarily predicting one will be a dud and the other a superstar, but rather, that either Wentz or Goff should excel above the other. To be sure, when we are dealing with young hopefuls who possess different Brain Types, the potential prospects are quite exciting indeed!

In time, we will reveal their Brain Types. Stay tuned, folks!

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5/10 – Trump vs. Clinton: And it begins

We told you their Brain Types long before this day ever came. Out of the plethora of potential candidates for President of the United States, only two possessed the ultimate take-charge #15 FCIL Brain Type. Those two are now the nominees of their parties, and they will be going head to head for the showdown of the century in just a few short months from now.

Ok, to be accurate, Hillary Clinton (#15 FCIL) hasn’t secured the nomination just yet, but it is practically a done deal (provided her email scandal doesn’t disqualify her, etc.). Bernie Sanders (#13 FCIR) fought long and hard against her, as did Ted Cruz against The Donald (#15 FCIL), but they were no match for the CEO powerhouses. As many have noted, Ted’s lack of personality, or “personableness,” certainly didn’t help him. While many #13 FCIRs possess the innate ability to act cool, relaxed, and down-to-earth (ala Obama), Cruz was often too stilted, too scripted, and too … some may say, arrogant. Also, he was too smart and thoughtful for most. Trump can get away with arrogance, simply because he does not try to hide it. To be sure, Donald’s no-nonsense, competent nature has won a wide variety of Americans sick and tired of political rhetoric.

You will recall we made some spot-on predictions during the Mitt Romney (#15), Barack Obama (#13) debates back in 2012, when Romney and running-mate Paul Ryan (#15) came out the decided victors. For the upcoming debates, we have two quintessential debaters going head-to-head, so victory is a little more difficult to predict. The question is: How far will Trump go? Will he take his gloves completely off, and go after Hillary where it really hurts? In turn, will Hillary focus on Trump’s sketchy past, and leave no shady stone unturned? Both certainly have dirt on their hands. Donald, however, has the upper-hand due to his lack of political history.

Stay tuned, folks!

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5/6 – Fears, phobias, Bubba Watson, and Mark Zuckerberg

We’ve all experienced fearful situations; it’s at the core of being human, but most importantly, it is necessary for one’s survival. Yes, fear is not only beneficial, it is essential to make it from one year to the next. But many wonder, “Wow far do I let fear impact or rule over me?” Good question; it all depends on the circumstance(s).

The deep limbic system of the brain, especially the brain’s right amygdale, not only processes good and bad emotion, but fear. Overstimulate this region and life becomes traumatic; under-activate it and dangerous risk-taking is much more apt to occur. Additionally, if overactive amygdala are engaged, along with a hot and active anterior cingulate (the brain’s gear shifter), one can become obsessively and irrationally fearful. Some might label that phobic.

Fears and phobias can run through all the 16 Brain Types to one degree or another. There are many contributing factors, and far too many to list them one by one here. Still, among the 16 inborn designs, we have witnessed more consistent phobic tendencies among a few of them, most notably the #13 FCIR. As dominant Conceptuals, their imaginations can run wild, and as CI owls, they can literally over-think so many aspects of everyday life. This is even true among female #13s, who hesitate to pull the trigger as a result of keeping their options open (and not wanting to make the wrong decision). Remember, the #13 nickname is the “Strategizer,” and boy do they strategize.

Golfer Bubba Watson has admitted to many fears. “I have a lot of mental issues … I’m just so fearful of things, which I shouldn’t be. Scared of heights … buildings falling on me … the dark. Scared of crowds. In between holes is really scary to me, because there’s so many people that close to you. I’m just scared of people … in general.”

Bubba’s caddie shared that he notices everything, pointing out people in the crowd who act at all strangely. “He’ll be looking at me and say look over your right shoulder. There’s a guy with a red shirt and a blue cap and he’s got his phone underneath that thing.”

Another well-known #13 FCIR who is fearful is Mark Zuckerberg, who spent more than $6.5 million last year on bodyguards and other measures to protect himself and his growing family. Granted, he has reason to be afraid, as ISIS itself threatened his life. His security is considerably higher, however, above other well-knowns. “His expenditure on personal protection massively dwarfs that of Apple CEO Tim Cook with the iconic company spending just $275,000 on security for its leader.” Zuckerberg is reportedly so concerned about his own security that he has no less than 16 people protecting him at his Californian home. Facebook has footed the bill for Zuckerberg’s personal travel on private jets to ensure his safety, and have also installed alarms, cameras and other equipment at his homes.

Humorously, one of the most phobic celebrities of all time is said to be #13 Woody Allen. He’s afraid of insects, sunshine, dogs, deer, bright colors, children, heights, small rooms, crowds, cancer and anywhere except Manhattan.

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5/3 – Goodbye to baseball’s Joe Garagiola

Although it happened back in March, we wanted to pay our respects to Joe Garagiola (#1 FEAR), a Major League Baseball legend who went from playing on the field to broadcasting in the booth. Joe died at the age of 90, and he was certainly the “Entertainer” in all respects, known for his “sharp sense of humor” and “a seemingly endless trove of stories.”  Audiences simply loved him, as “his personality transcended games” and even landed him a guest host on Johnny Carson’s “The Tonight Show.”

Although he never made it to the Hall of Fame, Garagiola was a talented player who spent nine seasons in the majors as a catcher, and batted .257 in his career. Afterwards he broadcasted alongside Harry Caray (#13 FCIR), and again later with Curt Gowdy and Vin Scully (#11 FCAL) on NBC. He once said, “Baseball, it hasn’t changed that much. You still have to hit the ball and you still have to catch it. Good players will win and bad players will lose. Winners win and losers make excuses. It’s as simple as that.”

Below is a good interview from years back with Garagiola and David Letterman (#13 FCIR). His lively nature is definitely fun to watch!

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4/27 – Jon Lester has Steve Sax Syndrome

He appears to be a reincarnation of Steve Sax (#6 BEIR). Not only does pitcher Jon Lester (#6) share the same inborn Brain Type, but he also can’t throw the baseball to first base.

It has been famously dubbed “Steve Sax Syndrome,” and the disease first emerged back in 1983 when Steve Sax “inexplicably became incapable of making routine throws to first base, committing 30 errors that season.” Fans sitting behind the first base dugout began wearing batting helmets as mock protection By 1989, however, Sax was cured, and the syndrome never returned again.

Jon Lester of the Chicago Cubs, however, has not been cured, and has been experiencing the same symptoms for years now. As one author writes, “The lefty can make pinpoint pitches but ask him to hold a runner at first, and it becomes an adventure.” It has gotten so bad for Lester, in fact, that on Sunday he was forced to play it safe by purposely throwing the ball directly into the ground, as a stunned crowd watched it bounce toward first base and get Brandon Barnes out. You have to see the video, which is posted below. Major League Baseball humorously Tweeted, “Half off for ground shipping.”

Yes, both Sax and Lester have struggled with controlling specific cerebral neurons, especially related to their BT. Few circumstances would tax their brains as have these 2 similar sports scenarios. Without breaking down all the angles, just note that the highly emotional and deeply pondering Q2 brain area can create some trying circumstances including impairing motor movement (especially fine motors). The key for Lester (and Sax in the past), and all athletes in sports, is to essentially stay in the brain’s anterior (front) region seeing and rhythmically reacting, not excessively ruminating or fearing consequences.

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