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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.

4/26 – The reclusive man, formerly known as Prince

He was talented. He was eccentric. He was philosophical. The music artist known as Prince was found dead last week in his home elevator at the young age of 57. He was reportedly found “collapsed” with no visible signs of trauma, and first responders were unable to revive him. There is speculation that he died from a drug overdose, but autopsy results won’t be ready for another few weeks.

Though Prince displayed a somewhat reserved, “introverted” persona, he was very much a #13 FCIR. Watch any interviews of him at length and you will quickly detect his precocious, analytical mind. As such, he possessed good insights into life. He even possessed some of the amazing attributes of Israel’s great King Solomon, who experienced nearly any and everything (including many drugs) and came to realize that one should set boundaries for themselves. “Too much freedom can lead to the soul’s decay,” he once stated. Prince, also known as Rogers Nelson, was also a devoted Jehovah Witness, and once said, “Most people don’t want to talk about politics and religion. They say, ‘Let’s talk about something else.'”

Prince’s reserved nature likely came from his abusive childhood. He told Larry King years ago that his father was a very strict disciplinarian who physically abused him and kicked him out on the street when he was still young. Prince’s former tour manager went on to share about his family life, His mother basically walked away from him, and his father struggled to raise him and threw in the towel. It certainly doesn’t add up to a very secure, well-rounded individual.

Sadly, once again, the mighty narcotic has likely claimed another life. Prince was an avid reader of scripture, paralleling much of the Bible, wherein we all can well be reminded, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You.”

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4/18 – The legacy of the retired Kobe Bryant

Well, Kobe Bryant has retired, and he certainly went out with a bang, scoring 60 points against the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. The day has been dubbed “Mamba Day” in recognition of his nickname, and many stars have come out to give their respects. There’s Alex Rodriguez (#5 FEIR) who tweeted, “To my good friend. Thanks for all of the memories and inspiration.”  Then there’s #1 FEAR David Ortiz, who wrote, “congrats on ur amazing career!! hmu next year when we both hav 2 much free time LOL!” The NBA’s Tony Parker (#10 BCAR) chimed in, stating, “Heroes come and go, but legends are forever.”  Another #10 BCAR to pay his respects was Tiger Woods, who tweeted, “As a diehard Lakers fan, thank you @kobebryant for all the memories and of course the 5 titles!” In fact, just about every well-known athelete you can think of came out to say something positive about Bryant.

Did you catch Kobe’s farewell speech from center court after the game? It was fun to watch, particularly in light of Brain Type. He assured the crowd how much he loved them over and over again, and he had one refreshingly candid moment when he looked around and said, “You know, what’s funny, the thing that had me cracking up all night long was the fact that I go through 20 years of everybody screaming, ‘Pass the ball!’ and then last night they’re like, ‘Don’t pass it!'” Kobe’s laugh afterwards is hilarious, in a rare moment where he chuckles like a little kid. You can see the video below. Also, isn’t it interesting that even though he was forever reluctant to give the ball up (unless triple teamed!), he heard the cries of fans, and teammates, to share the leathered sphere?

In other news, guess who was one of Kobe’s biggest inspirations before entering the league? You’d be hard-pressed to guess correctly. It came as a random phone call as Kobe was balancing a barbell on his shoulders in the gym, and he almost didn’t pick up. “Hi, it’s Michael,” the voice on the line said. “Michael who?” Kobe asked. “Michael Jackson.” Bryant at first didn’t believe it, but then he recognized the voice, though it sounded lower and subdued. “He’s calling me out of the %$&% blue,” Bryant recalled. “I don’t think it’s a real phone call.”  The quiet King of Pop then went on to invite him out to his Neverland Ranch. Kobe accepted, and once there Jackson took him to his private theater and introduced the young athlete to Grace Kelly (#11 FCAL), Fred Astaire (#13 FCIR), and Ginger Rogers (#13), as Michael explained they were the inspiration behind his dancing and music. Jackson went on to “describe the lineage of his music, breaking down songs note by note, taking Bryant through the process of recording ‘Billie Jean.'”

I thought I was working hard until I met him, admitted Kobe.

Interestingly, both MJ’s and KB’s Brain Types are not naturally driven in the outer world. The #10 and the #2 designs prefer to conserve their energy, being much more apt to put play before work (Right vs. Left brain). So, what happened? Some of you may have already guessed it. Both Jackson and Bryant shared disciplinarian fathers, and the power of nurture didn’t alter their inborn natures, but it did their stereotypical BT behaviors. Think also of #10 Tiger Woods, whose #13 FCIR dad (Earl) drove him like a drill sergeant. (And why not since he was a former Green Beret!) As dominant Q2 (internal) decision-makers, Michael and Kobe became (external) perfectionists in their respective trades. “You’ve got to study all the greats,” Jackson told Kobe. “You’ve got to learn what made them successful and what made them unsuccessful.”  The #2 and #10 can be some of the best mimics (and are also often driven by lingering insecurities). You couldn’t teach a person what I’ve learned just standing and watching, Michael once said. As for Kobe? He spent nearly his entire life mimicking another great MJ … Michael Jordan (#6 BEIR). This MJ also resided in ever-ruminating Q2, and he too was overseen by a tough-minded father (a #6 like Michael!)

Now that all has been said and done, few compare Bryant to the greatness of Jordan, which we predicted from day one. Nonetheless, Kobe will be remembered as a great player, although, like he said, maybe he could have passed the ball just a little bit more.

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4/13 – Comparing coach Kurt Rambis to coach Derek Fisher

When you compare the #13 FCIR to the #8 BEIL, you see quite the contrast. One Brain Type views the bigger picture, while the other the fine details. One is keen on flexibility, adaptability, and taking in new ideas, while the other appreciates structure, organization, and sticking with what is tried and true. Derek Fisher, a #13 FCIR, who is now ex-coach of the New York Knicks, recently suggested that the that the triangle offense was difficult to teach and implement for his team.

Of course, the man who made the offense famous was Phil Jackson, a #16 BCILanother design quite different than the #13. Now currently acting as interim coach for the Knicks is former Laker Kurt Rambis. Does anyone know Kurt’s Brain Type? It is a rare one not commonly found in the NBA, past or present. Yes, he is a #8 BEIL, and he strongly disagrees with Fisher’s assessment of the triangle offense, suggesting that Derek just didn’t dedicate enough time to teaching it. In his own words, If you want to learn something, and truly learn something, you have to immerse yourself in it. That probably goes for about anything. We didn’t fully immerse ourselves into practicing [the triangle], developing it, learning how to work with it, going through the breakdown drills to execute it properly so we kind of skirted over things.”

Ouch! Although the statement itself was not vindictive, it cast quite the shadow on Mr. Fisher. One journalist accurately pointed out, “The response highlights what seems to be a fundamental difference between Rambis and Fisher: their commitment to running the triangle offense. Rambis is fully committed to running it. Fisher vacillated between running sets with a one-guard front and running an offense with a two-guard front, which is the traditional triangle alignment.”

A #13 FCIR vacillating? You don’t say!

Rambis went on to state, “We’re constantly wavering, going back and forth. So to an extent, our players almost treat it like plays now rather than a real sequence of actions and a real system that you work under.”

Wow. If one article could accurately display the difference between the Empiracal, Left brain (Rambis), verses the Conceptual, Right brain (Fisher), this is it, folks!

As for difficulty? Rambis again says, “First off it’s not difficult. It’s like learning anything new.”  Rambis thinks the team just needs more time. “Phil Jackson and Tex Winter have always felt it takes players, regardless of who they are, a good year when you’re staying in it, when you’re executing it the way it’s supposed to be executed.”

Yes, once again, the world just makes more sense when you posses the knowledge of Brain Types.

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4/11 – Historic loss for Jordan Spieth at the Masters

The Masters was tough to watch yesterday for leader Jordan Spieth (#13 FCIR). He was set to win his second consecutive green jacket and join the likes of Jack Nicklaus (#8 BEIL), Nick Faldo (#7 FEIL), and Tiger Woods (#10 BCAR) to do so. Instead, the wheels came off on the 12th hole, and he lost his lead after a quadruple-bogey 7 on the par-3. Spieth’s first shot landed in the water, and taking a drop from 70 yards out (instead of choosing to chip from below the green), his next shot landed in the water again. Taking another drop, Jordan’s shot landed in the bunker behind the green, where after he was able to get out and in for his 7. It was surreal, and paved the way for Englishman Danny Willett (#13 FCIR) to win the tournament instead.

It was really a very tough 30 minutes for me that hopefully I never experience again, said Spieth. “I didn’t take that extra deep breath and really focus on my line on 12. Instead, I went up and I just put a quick swing on it. The dominant Conceptual Spieth then added, Big picture, this one will hurt. It will take a while.

Every Brain Type chokes, for sure, yet some more than others. For the #13 FCIR, under the biggest pressure, their pliable motor-skills have the potential to break down. Also, with more typical neural activity, they can too often over-synthesize and over-strategize the game of golf. There’s no doubt Spieth’s brain was firing on all cylinders as he considered his 5 shot lead, and after his first shot went into the water on the 12th, his brain caught fire. It is at this crucial time that #13s need to be reminded to relax and keep a smooth tempo, as they tend to swing too fast. As Jordan himself said, he didn’t pause to take that “extra breath”, but put a “quick swing on it”. (Don’t forget, when each BT succumbs to pressure, it essentially localizes in its dominant region and cerebral function. For the #13 BT, this is Q1 and spatial abstraction not conducive to an in-the-moment, focused, and easy golf swing.)

And round and round the #13 FCIR winning-wheel goes, as a #13 loses at the last moment and another #13 takes the championship. Willet the Brit, however, was able to stay calm and collected with little pressure. He began the day 4 shots behind Jordan and had nothing but warm vibes as he cherished his final round amongst the azaleas and warm southern breezes.

Yes, we were hopeful to see some consistency develop in the likes of Mr. Spieth, but like so many other FCIRs who have come and gone before him, it wasn’t meant to be this time.

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4/4 – Kemba Walker makes good adjustment to his shot

The NBA’s Kemba Walker has made a slight adjustment to his jump shot, and it’s doing wonders for his game. The point guard for the Charlotte Hornets moved the ball just a few inches to his right, away from his face, thereby allowing him to see the basket with both eyes. He also is tucking the elbow in before the release, forming a ‘V’ that shooting coaches often stress. It was tough especially early on when I wasn’t making shots during the summer, Walker said. I said, I can’t do it. I’m going back to my old shot. I was having doubts.

His shooting coach, however, told him to stick with it, and he did. Now, Walker is shooting career-highs from the field (42.9%) and three-pointers (37.1%, up from 30.4% last season) and averaging career-highs in points (21). Now that Kemba can shoot, it makes him a better pick-and-roll player, as his defenders can no longer sag under the pick. Speaking about Walker, assistant coach Steve Hetzel said, He has a natural flow to the way he plays and puts a lot of pressure on his defender. They’re always on edge not knowing what moves he’s going to make. He has the ability to make them pay for what they decide.”

Kemba is a quick, explosive, talented #5 FEIR, a Brain Type not commonly found in the NBA these days. Former #5 greats have been Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Karl Malone, A.C. Green, Steve Nash, and Danny Ainge. They play with high-energy, and if not careful can have the tendency to play a bit out of control. Remember John Starks? He was another explosive #5 FEIR who put “a lot of pressure on his defender.”

Walker is a major reason why the Hornets are 41-30 this year, and although he didn’t make the All-Star roster this season, folks are speculating we may very well see him there next time.

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4/1 – Lebron James wants his fellow ‘Doves’

Lebron James had an ironic choice of favorite players to play with one day. As BTInsiders know, James is a #1 FEAR, and guess who he would like on his team? I really hope that, before our career is over, we can all play together. At least one, maybe one or two seasons me, Melo, D-Wade, CP we can get a year in. I would actually take a pay cut to do that.

Lebron is speaking of Carmelo Anthony, a #1 FEAR, Dwayne Wade, a #2 BEAR, and Chris Paul, another #1 FEAR. The phrase “birds of a feather stick together” certainly rings true in this case, or more like “Doves of a feather stick together.”  Those still learning BTs may be asking, Doves?” Yes, remember, the EA designs are classified as ‘Doves’, whereas EIs are classified as ‘Hawks’, CIs as ‘Owls’, and CAs as ‘Storks’.

Doves are known as ‘Personal Observers’, and are friendly, down-to-earth, and very much in the here-and-now. The abstract world is not to their liking. They are ALL gross-motor dominant, relying primarily on the big muscles of the body. Looking at the dove, we observe this as it walks on the ground. James, Anthony, Wade, and Paul are each unique individuals, yet they all share this one genetic commonality between them.

If they ever get together some day, you can be sure there will be lots of warm-fuzzies going around, provided their inflated egos don’t first get in the way.

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3/29 – Darko Milicic shares candid #5 insight

The #5 FEIR is typically very candid, speaking his or her mind and not worrying too much about what people think of them. The flip side is … they often care about how they look. The “Opportunist” can be big on appearance, wanting people to notice them. Think of Sylvester Stalone and Arnold Schwarzenegger in acting, Payne Stewart and Greg Norman in golf, or Alex Rodriguez and Reggie Jackson in baseball. They are also gifted realists, seeing the world through their Inanimate, Empirical lens.

Darko Milicic is a #5 former NBA player who has been one to speak his mind, and recently shared good insight about his career and his attitude in life. It’s just simple, my career was how it was and I don’t miss that. I went to the NBA as a kid, barely 18, didn’t have the attitude I should have had. Darko was born in Serbia, and when the opportunity came to make money, he jumped at the chance. I thought as a kid that talent was God-given, but it’s not. God gives you talent and you should use that talent with the real meaning of that word. I was stubborn. Maybe being young had something to do with it. There was option then of going to the NBA or staying in Serbia because Hemofarm knew that if I went to NBA they would get more money than they would get if I went to some European club. Here you had poverty and money was there.

Milicic also had a few interesting things to share about some NBA players. On Kobe Bryant (#2 BEAR):  “Nobody in particular annoyed me, but Kobe Bryant is the dirtiest player with the things he does on the court.”  On Dikembe Mutombo (#14 BCIR):  “I finally get a chance to play and (Mutombo) starts taunting me and daring me to fight. Why would I need that? I didn’t understand half of what he said. I mean, he’s been there 20 years and still doesn’t know the language well enough.”

lol, one aspect we forgot to mention is that #5s can also be pretty funny. On another note, one comment Darko had to say about American basketball itself was, “I can’t play with American players. They only talked about who dunked on whom, who crossed over whom. I was weird to them because I didn’t think that way.

Be sure to click the “source” link below for this article to see a few #5 glamor shots of Darko.Not bad for a 7-footer.

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3/24 – A candid interview with Chad Ochocinco

Do folks remember Chad Johnson? Or, maybe you remember him as Chad Ochocinco? He only retired 5 years ago, and he led the league in receiving yards in 2006, and was a four-time All-Pro with the Cincinnati Bengals. Unfortunately, his life had its ups and downs, like in 2012 when he was released by Miami for his arrest on a count of domestic battery. Now, Johnson co-hosts a weekly podcast with NFL Network’s Jamie Dukes. He’s described as “refreshing,” as well as “jaw-dropping.”

In an interview recently, the #1 FEAR Mr. Johnson started off the conversation by telling Melissa Jacobs, “I love you,” to which she replied, “Um, I hope you tell every person you call that you love them.”  Chad replied, “Definitely, I’ve been doing this since junior high. I like to put a smile on everyone’s face.”  lol, not too atypical for the #1! He then went on as the candid fellow that he is, telling her on the subject of marriage, “Like, I’ve never had discipline. I had the discipline to play football and to want to be great at a sport, but I’ve never had the discipline to commit to one woman and haven’t had to.”  Melissa commented that as a professional athlete, Chad had options, to which he replied, “Stop right there. The janitor has options. Maybe not to the extent that some other professions have options. But with me, I’m not an ugly guy, I’m charismatic and I can hold a conversation like none other. Those three outweigh just being an athlete.”  While Chad may be acting a bit arrogant, he’s right. The #1 can be quite charismatic, and gifted conversationalists. Many a woman’s heart are won by their charms!

Johnson had some revealing things to say on New England’s Bill Belichick, whom Insiders know to be a #15 FCIL, echoing what we’ve been saying about him for decades. “Just picture this, this is my comparison to Belichick: the beginning of ‘Full Metal Jacket’ and the drill sergeant. He’s a great guy, a great coach, and a mastermind at what he does but everything is so reminiscent of that drill sergeant.”  Melissa then poignantly asked him, “Is he the best coach in NFL history?” to which he replied, “By f$%#& far.”

“Last question,” said Melissa. “How many people a day do you tell you love?”

“At least 500, easy. I’m serious.”

Thanks for the insight, Chad, but BTInsiders already knew just about everything you had to say about yourself and Bill Belichick!

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3/23 – Geraldo Rivera goes on ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Turn on “Dancing With The Stars,” and 9 out of 10 people you see on the dance floor will be Right brain dominant. Rarely does a Left brainer appear on the show, and veteran Brain Typists should remember what happened to #7 FEIL Kate Gosselin when she gave it a try. Kate’s trainer, Tony Dvolani (#13 FCIR), nearly quit. Normally, I don’t drop my cool at all. For me to get to that point, something must have really happened. Exactly what happened aired for all the world to see on ABC, showing Gosselin criticizing Dovolani’s style as a teacher. I love how you teach, but you’re not taking into consideration how I learn, said a frustrated Kate. Critics went to call her “stiff as a board,” and that “the only thing that flowed was her dress.”

Granted, Left brain dominant individuals can learn to dance, but it’s a natural arena for the flexible, adaptable, synthetic Right brain person. Recently, Geraldo Rivera (#15 FCIL) of FoxNews tried his hand at it (or feet, rather), and things just didn’t go well for him either. “I was awful — but I had a good time,” Geraldo said. He received the lowest rating of the night, and judge Carrie Ann Inaba commented that he needed to “loosen up his joints.”  To be fair, Rivera is 72 years old, and has had back surgery that makes his right foot numb. “It should be like golf. They should have handicaps,” Rivera jokingly stated. Still, had he went on the show in his younger years, unless well-trained, we guarantee he wouldn’t have faired much better! Judge Bruno Tonioli did praise Rivera, however, for his “cunning strategy. You went minimalistic, ‘let them wait for it. I am NOT dancing.’ ” Leave it to the #15 to preplan a strategy!

Rivera, the quintessential CEO Brain Type, was definitely more in his element when he appeared on “The Apprentice” years ago with fellow CEO Donald Trump (#15 FCIL)“The business thing, negotiating and getting TV packages built in ‘The Apprentice’ is much closer to what I do than dancing, which I don’t do, so in a sense it’s easier but the people on this show, it’s so much friendlier, so much more supportive, everybody’s kind of pulling in the same direction and everybody’s cheering everybody else on. It’s a much more pleasant environment.”

Yes, even Left brain, Inanimate ‘thinkers’ enjoy warm-fuzzy environments every once in awhile.

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3/21 – Smiley Prince Harry visits Napal

Prince Harry‘s wide, contagious #1 FEAR smile has been plastered all over the news lately for his visit to earth-quake recovering Napal. As one report goes, as he was walking around the Patan Palace Gardens, he stopped to meet several groups of craftsman who were “painstakingly chipping away at pieces of stone and wood which will be used in the refurbishment of the site which was badly damaged during the earthquake last April.”  They asked him to sit down and join them, which he did. I did carving at school years ago but nothing like this,” he said (#1s can be gifted wood-sculptors). One of the members also apparently complimented him on how much “at ease he appeared sitting on the floor” with the carvers. Yes, the adaptable, nimble, body-utilizing and often group-friendly #1 FEAR can make themselves at home just about anywhere, which is why people are often drawn to them. Harry also added, Ten years in the army, you learn to sit anywhere.”

Typically, #1s are also generous with their money. After the tour, Harry insisted that his party pay the tourist levy normally charged to tour the palace saying: “We will all pay, we must pay,” adding: “Even them”, as he gestured to the press. Harry is trying to drive tourism back to the country to help the locals. “I pay my respects to those who perished and hope to do what I can to shine a spotlight on the resolve and resilience of the Nepalese people. I want to show all those people around the world who want to help that this is a country open for business so please come and visit again.”

There’s little doubt the Royal Family has been trying keep the prince on the straight and narrow over the last few years, away from his past partying ways. ?If there is one thing extra-special to be said about #1s, they have big hearts, and can find great joy in helping people (as can all BTs, more or less). Harry would do well to follow in the humanitarian footsteps of his mother Diana (#3 FEAL). Where many aren’t as naturally sensitive to the needs of others, he and all #1s have been endowed from above with an innate Good Samaritan giftedness.

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