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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.

1/7 – OJ Mayo gets pretty angry at ref

OJ Mayo (#9 FCAR) got a little too heated recently against the Minnesota Timberwolves. After receiving a technical foul for going a little too hard at an opposing player (trying to get the foul), he wouldn’t stop arguing with an official. Hence, OJ was ejected. But guess what? He wouldn’t leave. Instead of heading back to the locker room, Mayo had to be held back when he tried to go after the official. You can watch the video below. It took quite a few people to hold the big guy back!

Unlike some other players, Mayo did apologize after the game, which was good. He stated that his behavior wasn’t a good example of the NBA or the Bucks organization. You can be sure the talkative #9 had a few choice words for the ref, and they weren’t warm fuzzies. Yes, Animates can verbally tear a person apart as much as any Inanimate, particularly the vocally gifted #9 in their heated emotion.

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1/6 – Cleanthony Early gets a little too flashy

The #1 FEAR can have a problem with the showy, the bling, as it is for hoppers. They often love all things shiny and sparkly, with their dominant Empirical senses noticing every little bright and beautiful detail of the world around them (try going on a trip with one sometime, particularly a female #1“Look there! Oh, look at that over there!”). Yes, this attention easily transitions to self, where #1s normally want to be noticed and appreciated, but sometimes it can get them into trouble.

That is what happened to the Knicks’ Cleanthony Early (#1 FEAR), who a few days ago was shot in the knee during a stick-up after he and a girl friend left a strip club late at night. Early is from the Bronx, so should have known better, as he was seen “flashing cash and wearing gold chains with medallions as well as the grillz gold mouthpieces favored by rappers that they left at the scene leading investigators to believe he was targeted.”  The six bandits brandished two guns, and one was wearing a ski mask, as Early handed over an iPhone, cash and $9,000 in jewelry, including his gold mouth grillz.”  After handing over the loot, Early was then “shot once in his surgically repaired right knee an operation that forced him to miss much of last season.”  According to one source, “They picked him. He had a lot of cash he was taking out and he had the gold on him.”

His injury was non-life threatening as he recovers at the hospital. Hopefully Cleanthony will think twice next time before putting a bit of his pride on display. And lest we not seek application for ourselves and forget our own eye logs (according to Jesus), where do we flash our pride? For the wise, something to ponder in 2016.

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1/4 – Leaving legacy: What others have to say about Kobe Bryant

This is Kobe Bryant’s last year in the NBA, and he’s leaving a somewhat mixed legacy of greatness and failure. To be sure, he will go down as one of the best #2 BEARs to have played the game, alongside Tim Duncan, Clyde Drexler, Scottie Pippen, Joe Dumars, Kevin Johnson, and many more. Remember, Jon Niednagel was big on Bryant before he ever came into the league, having attended his private workout, and Niednagel’s team was going to select him, but something went awry late in the process. Jerry West (#6 BEIR) and the Lakers had the same ambition and were able to sneak just in front of them, having a prized big man to deal as bait, Vlade Divac. Though it’s hard to fathom now, few saw the high upside in Kobe at the time. In fact, many experts thought otherwise, but Niednagel went on record that he would be very surprised if Bryant didn’t become a perennial All-Star (not only due to his youth, size, athleticism, but especially his #2 inborn design and having those other assets).

Many thought Niednagel was nuts for his lofty expectations, but once again Brain Typing proved true. And by the way, if everybody saw Kobe’s greatness back then, why did he slip to number-13 in the draft? Anyone who falls beyond 5, much less 10, is just another player, not a franchise or big deal.

Speaking of who might go number-11 in the NBA draft, guess who went there, and in front of Kobe no less, in 1996? Yes, yes, the great All-American, Todd Fuller (#15 FCIL), from NC State … the 6 11 personification of white men can’t jump. Todd was actually the other player to work out with Bryant in front of Niednagel’s team, and ‘The Fuller Brush Man received high marks for his hustle and effort (plus he was an Einstein in the classroom, which usually doesn’t bode well for the court). Conversely, Crusin Kobe was dissed by some for his lack of effort, especially on sprints and such (not atypical for #2s when they’ve nothing to prove and something Niednagel tried to explain to some critiquing observers at the time). Lastly, though they weren’t able to draft Kobe, they did settle for another white guy who couldn’t jump and from the non-hoops land of Canada, of all places. His name was Steve Nash (#5 FEIR).

All kinds of stories are now coming out from players who have known Bryant over the years, and many of them are really quite telling (and amusing). Take Evan Turner (#10 BCAR), who had heard “horror stories” from those who played with Bryant. It’s kind of crazy because he’s the Black Mamba, so obviously you know how talented he is. And you walk in, you hear horror stories before you play him. So it’s a little different. I had met him before, so when I walked on the court he said, Let’s go, young fella. And I’m like, Oh my God, this ain’t the year. You know? However, Turner was pleasantly surprised by Kobe’s behavior. He was super nice to me. I had teammates that said, When you go out there, don’t look at him in his eye. Don’t talk to him or anything; it’s going to give him an edge. Like he’s some type of pit bull or something. Then he came up to me and patted me on my back. He was like, How you doing? How’s your mom? I was like, She’s all right.’

Then there’s Baxter Holmes, a media correspondent who recently Tweeted, “If Kobe Bryant could go back in time and tell his 18-year-old self anything, he said it would be to ‘understand compassion and empathy.'”

So how does one explain this strange, #2-sided coin? Remember that, unlike the #3 FEAL and #11 FCAL, the BEAR‘s (and #10 BCAR‘s) concerns, empathies, and feelings are primarily directed towards SELF, and secondarily OTHERS. Personal harmony is most important to these two Right brain dominant Animates. This translates into individuals who can be extremely kind and caring when they are in a good mood, or have experienced an unselfish upbringing, etc. Unfortunately, people like Kobe and Tiger Woods (#10) didn’t have that kind of experience (not to mention #10 Kareem Abdul Jabbar), while others like Grant Hill (#10) and Dirk Nowitzki (#10) developed good social graces from outside sources (or personal inside ‘conviction’).

At any rate, it all serves as a great reminder for each of us to leave a legacy of kindness and compassion, whatever our vocations or realms of influence. No matter our Brain Type, we can all reach out utilizing our individual God-given gifts to make the world a better place.

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12/28 – Stephen Curry as a role model

One can never predict the future, and thus, one should never put their full “trust” into any single individual. Still, we can stop and appreciate the good character we presently see in some people these days, on and off the baseball field, hockey rink, basketball court, etc. One player who has shown particular exemplary character as of late has been Stephen Curry (#13 FCIR), considered by many to be the best player currently in the NBA. Those who know him well say he’s as down-to-earth as anyone you could meet, even when it comes to moving his own stuff from one house to another.

He’s unbelievable, Warriors interim head coach Luke Walton (#6 BEIR) said. He made a comment the other day about it being too soon, if he ever saw another cardboard box, and I was thinking, What superstar has anything to do with his own move?

Although, like any superstar, he tries to avoid fans, when one happens to spot him it’s difficult for Curry to say no. Recently, as he walked out a different door and headed for the team’s hotel across the street, a fan noticed him and called his name. Curry stopped in the road, and “walked back toward the fans and signed autographs.”

He doesn’t act like a superstar, swingman Brandon Rush (#5 FEIR) said. He doesn’t let all of that stardom go to his head, and it’s fun to be around a guy like that. He’s not stuck on himself, and he still plays unselfish ball. It’s good to have a superstar player like that.

After a double-overtime win in Boston weeks ago, “most of his teammates headed for their hotel beds,” but “an exhausted Curry stayed outside the hotel in the cold to take photos and sign autographs for a group of fans.”

Of course, Curry strongly claims the Christian faith, as you can see him point to the sky after every made 3-point shot. I know why I play the game, and it’s not to score 30 points a night, but it’s to use the stage I’m on. I’ve been put here for a specific purpose: to be a witness and to share my testimony as I go through it. Says former coach Mark Jackson (#6 BEIR)He’s the type of guy you look at and say, That’s how I want my son to be. It’s a great testament to who he is and the God he serves. He comes from a great background and has a great foundation. I made sure to go to his parents and thank them for the way they raised him.”

Keep it up, Stephen. The weight of the world is certainly on his shoulders, and only by keeping his eyes above will he remain “a witness” and “a testimony.”

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12/23 – The fearless Rod Carew faces fears

It has been an extremely emotional time for the fearless 18-time All-Star winner and seven batting titles champion, Rod Carew (#10 BCAR). It was 11 days before his 70th birthday months ago, and as he was stepping off the tee box during a round of golf, he suddenly felt his chest burn. He quickly went to the clubhouse and lay on the floor, asking a woman there to call a paramedic. The next thing I saw was a man with paddles in his hands, Carew says. He was yelling, We’re losing him! We can’t lose him! Then I blacked out.

Carew survived the ordeal, but his recovery has been slow, and he continues to wrestle with his weakened condition and the terrible experiences he endured while in the hospital. My wife will tell you I get up in the morning and cry and wonder, Why me? Carew saysBut you can’t say that. I go back to when my youngest daughter was dying. I never asked my friend upstairs, Why me? And He’s the only one who has the answers.

Carew fears going to sleep due to reoccurring nightmares, and often clutches a heart-shaped pillow signed by his nurses because shortness of breath gets him coughing. In his dreams, doctors are always holding defibrillator paddles, shocking him, yelling We’re losing him! in a panic. He then wakes up in sweat, panting, screaming and crying. Carew admitted, I’ve been a child, like a baby. To note, BCARs tend to remember their dreams quite vividly, and they often relate to something from their past of an emotional nature. Additionally, amid despondency, they must be ever vigilant to surface from their dominant deep limbic region to avoid child-like thoughts and behavior.

BTInsiders familiar with the #10 design will not be surprised to hear of Carew’s deep, reflective emotional state. Depression, or the state of simply being morose due to the imperfect world we live in, can have a great affect on them like few other Types. I tell him to think only about today and getting through it, said Frank Pace, Carew’s close friend. This is the hardest thing he has ever had to go through. Indeed, for the future-thinking Conceptual BCAR, the future is where all hope is to be found. If the future looks bleak, “what reason is there to live for today?” says the #10. Encouraging them to count their present, current blessings is a helpful thing to do. As Niednagel wrote more than 20 years ago, BCARs are often noted for their melancholic ways As long as the vibes are good, BCARs are upbeat.  When they’re not, BCARs are greatly affected.”

As a player, it is said that “no man was ever more at peace in a batter’s box than Carew, who gripped the bat ever so gently, as if squeezing icing onto a cake.”  Yes, as Niednagel again wrote many years ago, watching them is like watching “poetry in motion.”  Even when facing the man of his opposite design, Nolan Ryan (#7 FEIL), Carew says he still felt “relaxed. After all, baseball was an escape for him. With baseball, I could get away. 

Harsh reality has hit Rod Carew like a home run. Putting aside the glory days of his past, and instead focusing on the blessings of the present, seems the best thing for him right now, and for us all during this Christmas season. May we each count our blessings as we face the uncertainties of a brand new year.

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11/22 – Jerry Colangelo rules with an iron fist

So who out there makes Donald Trump (#15 FCILlook like a cuddly puppy? Ok, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but there is one man who gives “The Donald” a run for his money. He’s now Special Advisor to the Managing General Partner and Chairman of Basketball Operations for the Philedelphia 76ers, and his name is Jerry Colangelo, another #15 FCIL. One inside source says he believes Colangelo is capable of coming in and changing the culture right away in Philly, which is desperately needed. It’s his way or the highway, said another league source. He rules with an iron fist. He’s old school. He’s got an ego. When he was with the Suns, you did your job or you were gone. I don’t expect anything different now.

Sounds pretty typical #15, doesn’t it? To be sure, it is what makes many FCILs successful in life, though it can also leave them with only few friends in the end. Yet, some are able to mask this ambitious fire, however, such as Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, or even Bruce (Caitlyn) Jenner.

Speaking of Trump for a moment, he is the only candidate so far to speak out against Paul Ryan (#15 FCIL) for compromising on the 2016 budget (allowing $1.1 trillion in spending). The only special interest not being served by our government is the American people, he said late Thursday night. If anyone needed more evidence of why the American people are suffering at the hands of their own government, look no further than the budget deal announced by Speaker [Paul] Ryan. To avoid a government shutdown, a cowardly threat from an incompetent President, the elected Republicans in Congress threw in the towel and showed absolutely no budget discipline.”

Nice to see one #15 calling out another #15. Unless things change, Ryan may quickly become another John Boehner (#7 FEIL).

The real question is … what would Jerry Colangelo do as Speaker?

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12/18 – Was Justise Winslow joking?

Are you familiar with Justise Winslow, the new rookie for the Miami Heat squad? He Tweeted something the other day that has people wondering. In response to Wikipedia’s request for donations last week, Winslow Tweeted, “Wikipedia asking for donations… Might have to do it. Wouldn’t have gotten thru high school without it. Definitely not duke .”

People think he’s joking, but we are prone to think otherwise. “Hopefully Winslow,” one source writes, “who spent a year at a top academic school like Duke University, is simply joking. After all, using Wikipedia as a source on a university-level paper probably wouldn’t fly for any non-student-athlete.”  Justise is a #1 FEAR, and while they can do well in academics if a lifestyle of many self-disciplines have been embraced (atypical for #1s unless fostered by solid parenting or other structural influences). Female #1s, usually with greater Left brain involvement, tend to excel more with the books, but regardless, FEARs are not drawn to the Conceptual world of higher education unless the emphasis is in the pragmatic and Empirical realms. With good parenting and hard work (females more often), they are not typically known to be Albert Einsteins. Back to Justice, it seems he had a moment of here-and-now honesty, and that honesty could cost him a few laughs at his own expense. As most of us BT students know, #1s often do not think of long-term consequences; after all, even tomorrow may seem like eternity to them.

Take a moment today to review BTI’s body-skill charts. While you’ll notice the head region to be a nice dark black for the CI ‘owls’, it’s quite white for the EA ‘doves’.

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12/16 – Yes, Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant are similar players

Coach Byron Scott (#6 BEIR) sees Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant as similar players. “Well,” he clarifies, “Tim has a quiet passion for the game, where Kobe is a little more outspoken for how he loves to play this game. They have so many things that are similar that you just can’t see with the naked eye. Those two guys are competitive; Tim is just quiet in the way he does it.”

Those unfamiliar with Brain Typing don’t have the slightest clue just how similar Tim and Kobe really are. As Byron pointed out, there are things undetectable to the naked eye, and yet the properly trained naked eye can detect every nuance that makes both Duncan and Bryant #2 BEARs. Yes, we have been saying this for over 20 years now when and before both players even entered the league. They share the same genetic, inborn design, while possessing dissimilarities due to nurture, neurochemical variables, and even genes from Mama and Papa up-lines (not to mention health and lifestyle differences).

Staying true to the ‘Methuselah’ reputation for #2s in sports, Kobe is now playing his 20th season, while Tim is in his 19th (and for their same respective teams!). Both also have won 5 NBA championships.

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12/15 – Goodbye to John “Hot Rod” Williams

In our last article. we highlighted a #3 FEAL in the person of Derrick Favors. Sadly, we have another #3 FEAL to report on, but it’s regarding his passing. We are talking about John “Hot Rod” Williams, who died Friday at the young age of 53.  Once again, not only did cancer (colon) strike before its suspected time period, but it left its victim with little time to say goodbyes and put matters in order before entering eternity. BTI’s Director, Jon Niednagel, spent time with Hot Rod when he consulted for the Phoenix Suns and always found him to be a wonderful and humble person, not typical of many pro athletes.

Can you remember Hot Rod in his prime, particularly during his stint with the Cavs? He played with them from 1986 to 1993, proving himself to be an able defender and big team player (typical of the #3). Those Cavs teams included Mark Price (#6 BEIR), Brad Daugherty (#9 FCAR), Larry Nance (#2 BEAR), Craig Ehlo (#9 FCAR) and Ron Harper (#6 BEIR). Williams was said to be especially close to Lenny Wilkens (#2 BEAR), whom he called, “Coach Lenny.”  No surprise there, considering both were/are dominant Animates!

Williams was said to “never complain,” and “was a completely unselfish player on the court.”  While at Tulane, Williams was accused of being involved in a point shaving scandal, causing most NBA managers to stay away from him, save Harry Weltman of Cleveland (who took him in the second round). Michael Green, however, who was hired by Williams’ agent to be his attorney, was convinced of John’s innocence after meeting him for the first time. “Williams spoke slowly and explained things. At the end, he had tears in his eyes. He said, ‘Mister, please help me. I didn’t do anything wrong.’ I said, ‘You got a lawyer.'”

Remember Danny Ferry, John’s #15 FCIL teammate? He went on to say, Hot Rod was a great, caring and unselfish teammate. He was a team first guy. He was also a valuable, intelligent and very underrated player. He could defend anyone. We were all lucky to have him as a teammate and friend.

While ‘Hot Rod’ was a talented player, he also had his Left brain limitations. In Ron Harper’s own words, “We used to always tease him because we always said, He’s going the same way. He’s going right all the time. He went right all the time and you could sit on that right hand of his and he’s still going right. He was going right. He didn’t care what you did, he was going right all the time.

By the way, ever wonder where ‘Hot Rod’ came from? It was nickname given by his stepmother, who was “amused by all the engine sounds made by a young Williams when playing on the floor with toy cars.”  Yep, both as youngsters and adults, the #3 can sure be verbally expressive!

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12/14 – Derrick Favors escapes to comic books

So, where is your happy place? That is, when you’re down the dumps, what do you turn to, or where do you go, to escape reality? For some it’s food, for others television, but for Derrick Favors of the Utah Jazz, it’s comic books.

Yes, comic books, and yes, Derrick is 24 years old. What may even be more surprising to some BT enthusiasts is that he is a hard-to-find #3 FEAL public figure (including pro sports and NBA). Just when you thought only Conceptuals enjoyed the world of fantasy, think again. For Favors, however, it helps aid his lacking imagination. “My outlet was going to comic books because it got me out of this world and put me into that world and let me use my imagination. It helped me out a lot. It helps me get my mind off stuff by just going there, reading comics to get a laugh or use my imagination. I read it and try to visualize that maybe I’m in the comic.

Now of course, imagination and fantasy for Empiricals, such as #3s, is not in the same realm as inborn Conceptuals. To say the least, Cs extend their imaginations far beyond the normal realisms visited by Es. Thus, Mr. Favors escape into his comic books cannot be equated with his opposite Brain Type, the #14 BCIR, who could easily find his escape by envisaging principles of the universe (like Einstein).

The here-and-now young power forward is having a very good year thus far, putting up stats on both ends of the floor, averaging 17 points a game and 8 rebounds. Back to the subject of comic books, Derrick takes care of them in typical Left brain fashion, keeping 40 comic books his uncle gave him in protective plastic to preserve the covers and pages. He also said his prized comic books are in an undisclosed safe place and that he has no plan of selling them. “I don’t want to get rid of them because I cherish them. That’s my childhood.

As a dominant Animate, we understand you, Derrick. We understand.

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