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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.

7/30 – The Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2015

The Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2015 was recently showcased during an awards ceremony at Doubleday Field last week, and as reported earlier this year, all four players inducted possess a unique Brain Type rarely seen in the MLB these days. It is truly astounding that, given the number of #13 FCIRs in the MLB past and present, not many of them have made it into this exclusive club (though perhaps that will change in the near future as their percentage in baseball grows).

Craig Biggio (#5 FEIR), Randy Johnson (#16 BCIL), Pedro Martinez (#5 FEIR), and John Smoltz (#7 FEIL) are the latest newcomers, and each player is definitely worthy of the honor. Fans will remember Craig Biggio as the shorter, spark-plug of a player who is regarded as the greatest all-around player in Astros history, and the only player ever to be named an All-Star at both catcher and second base (also a four-time Gold Glove Away winner).

Randy Johnson overcame the Brain Type odds to become one of the most memorable pitchers in history. While the rare #16 BCIL is usually sitting in the dugout at the managerial or coaching position (ala Tony La Russa), Johnson, also known as “The Big Unit,” was on the mound throwing 4,875 strikeouts, placing him second all-time behind Nolan Ryan (#7 FEIL). His 303 career victories rank as the fifth-most by a left-hander in Major League history, and as we all know, left-handedness often physically aids any Left brain dominant athlete (causing them to engage the Right hemisphere of the brain more efficiently). Johnson is truly 1 in a thousand when it comes to his inborn design in Major League Baseball

Meanwhile, Pedro Martinez made a name for himself from 1992 to 2009, reaching 3,000 strikeouts in fewer innings than any pitcher except, yes, Randy Johnson. He is also the only pitcher to compile over 3,000 strikeouts with less than 3,000 innings pitched. The #5 FEIR is hard to come by in baseball these days, with A Rod (Andrew Rodriguez) standing out above them all. Still, with their high-powered fine-motor skills, x-ray vision, and aggressive mindset, there is no doubt that, trained properly, #5 FEIRs are capable of achieving greatness on the baseball diamond.

Last but but not least is John Smoltz, the only other Left brain dominant player to be inducted this year. Speaking of Nolan Ryan earlier, Smoltz shares the same Brain Type, and they both were big-arm throwers. Smoltz led the NL in wins, winning percentage, strikeouts and innings pitched twice each, and his NL total of 3,052 strikeouts ranked fifth in league history when he retired. Ironically, he is also a good friend of #10 BCAR Tiger Woods (his opposite Type), and the two often play golf together. Tiger has stated that Smoltz is the best golfer outside of the PGA tour that he has observed (think of Nick Faldo of the PGA). The #7 FEIL, like the #16 BCIL, often finds the greatest success off the field, ala Bruce Bochy of the highly successful San Francisco Giants.

Baseball is no longer just a “game” as in times past. It now operates as a big business, with youth academies and training centers ideally created for the competitive and precocious #13 FCIRs. Hence, we see more of this Brain Type nowadays then ever before. At the same time, #1 FEARs (often from Latin America) are finding the greatest success percentage-wise in the league, and continue stand atop as the most gifted players on the field. Think of Yasiel Puig, Miguel Cabrera, David Ortiz, Carlos Beltran, and Albert Pujols. When it comes to nerve-racking World Series time, the #1 FEAR consistently steps up to the plate, utilizing their gross-motor big muscles to hit the home runs and carry their teams to victory.

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7/23 – Shaquille O’Neal and Scottie Pippen go at it

We have to say, Q2s can be some of the most deceptively passive individuals. We save “deceptively,” because in reality they are extremely competitive. The #6 BEIR, #10 BCAR, and #2 BEAR top the list, while the #14 BCIR typically seeks to destroy his or her competitors mentally. So when Shaquille O’Neal (#6 BEIR) and Scottie Pippen (#2 BEAR) started trash talking over Instagram recently, it was destined to get ugly, and likely funny.

Funny it did get, and it’s hard not to laugh hysterically when reading their exchange. As might be expected, Shaq started the fight by making a random claim that the best players ever to don a Lakers uniform would embarrass a Bulls squad by 50 points (and unless MJ went for 80 points, he’s probably right). “We would beat em by fifty ‘what you think’. Let me know and don’t hold back.”  Shaq then posted a picture of the best Lakers ever to play atop a picture of the best Bulls ever to play.

Scottie, in reply, posted a picture of him and Michael Jordan, stating,Sorry @shaq but I don’t get caught up in hypotheticals. All I know is we won 6 titles, twice the amount you claimed while in LA.”  Shaquille, NEVER one to be outdone, then posted the same picture Scottie posted with Michael Jordan’s head pasted over Scottie’s, saying, Sorry @scottiepippen I don’t believe in hypotheticals either, but I seen most of those final you did ok, but this guy did most the work. #youwereok steve kerr and Ron harper deserve more credit than you…

The exchange goes ON and ON, with both Q2s trying desperately to outdo each other (http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/post/_/id/13292196/shaq-destroys-scottie-pippen-instagram-pippen-fires-back-just-keeps-going). Apparently, Shaq is quite adept at Photoshop!

Pippen played the mature one and finally ended the scuffle, posting, “Game over, @shaq. All that’s ever mattered to me is winning and we did plenty of that in Chicago…”

Moral of the story … when it comes to competition, the #6 BEIR will likely beat you every time, especially when they have too much time on their hands, which Shaq apparently does.

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7/21 – Zach Johnson wins the British Open

What a match! The British Open was completed yesterday rather than Sunday due to torrential rain that closed the “Old Course” on Friday, not to mention gale-forced winds that stopped play on Saturday as well. In the end, Zach Johnson, Marc Leishman and Louis Oosthuizen, all #13 FCIRs, engaged in a four-hole playoff for the Claret Jug, with Johnson coming out on top, joining the likes of Jack Nicklaus (#8 BEIL), Tiger Woods (#10 BCAR), Sam Snead (#13 FCIR), Seve Ballesteros (#5 FEIR) and Nick Faldo (#7 FEIL) as the only players to win the Masters and a British Open on the Old Course.

Wow, was Zach emotional afterwards, finding it hard to say anything at all! “I can’t. I’m at a loss for words,” he stated with tears in his eyes. Indeed, #13s can be the most emotional especially when meaningful reality suddenly strikes them. (This capability also makes them elite Hollywood actors.) “I’m grateful, I’m humbled, I’m thankful. ‘m honored, this is the birthplace of the game, and that jug means so much in sports, specifically this tournament and golf. It hasn’t set in yet… I felt great, I was patient, I had some scripture going in my head and I thank the Lord, I thank my friends, I thank my family. I’m just in awe right now.”

FCIRs continue to play “musical championships.”  Jordan Spieth is the most consistent as of late, taking home both the U.S. Open and Masters trophies. We saw Bubba Watson making a run not long ago, as well as Jason Dufner and Rory McIlroy, but none can seem to consistently win the Majors as the greats once did in times past. The only non-FCIR on the leader-board coming in at 7th place was #9 FCAR Sergio Garcia.

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7/16 – Jordan Hill says Kobe Bryant won’t shut up

It’s not too often you hear a #13 FCIR calling a #2 BEAR “chatty,” but that’s what Jordan Hill of the Los Angeles Lakers basically labeled Kobe Bryant recently. When he’s on the floor, it’s like [exhales], all you hear is Kobe’s mouth,” Hill said when he was introduced by the Indiana Pacers, who acquired him through free agency this summer. “He’s on the floor, all you hear is Kobe’s mouth, like during practice and games, it get loud. It get loud. A lot of people can’t handle that, I guess.

Indeed, Bryant’s verbal, domineering approach to the game has reportedly been an issue in the decisions of “several big-name free agents to avoid signing with the Lakers during the past three offseasons.”  To Bryant’s credit, he has earned a reputation of being one of the hardest workers in the NBA, and sets high standards for his teammates. Growing up in Italy, upbringing played a large role in this. According to Bryant himself, learning basketball outside the U.S. was actually a huge advantage, as it taught him to rely on fundamentals, not athleticism. “I was lucky to grow up in Italy at a time when basketball in America was getting #&*@$ up with AAU shuffling players through on strength and athleticism. I missed all that, and instead I was taught extreme fundamentals: footwork, footwork, footwork, how to create space, how to handle the ball, how to protect the ball, how to shoot the ball. I wasn’t the strongest kid at that camp. I wasn’t the fastest. I wasn’t the most athletic.”

Remember that there are always exceptions to the “personality” rule, particularly when nurture comes into play. Kobe Bryant is to basketball was Tiger Woods is to golf. That is, both are seemingly “tough” individuals, but Kobe is still a definite #2 BEAR and Tiger a #10 BCAR (raised by a taskmaster #13). Remember, too, that both Types can be naturally lazy (energy conservers), yet both are known as hard working athletes, thanks largely to parenting (Kobe is the son of former professional basketball player Joe Bryant).

And now 39 years of age, Bryant’s career is finally heading into the sunset. Though he was predicted to be the next Michael Jordan, fewer people are comparing the two these days (Lebron James is fast becoming the comparison). Similar physically and athletically, MJ has always transcended KB with his #6 innate court smarts. Manifold evidences have been apparent over the years, but Kobe has made this more glaring of late by his insecure, me first mindset (on and off court). Though he always wants to win, it can become secondary when Kobe’s fragile ego begins to deflate. Contrary to public perception, fellow-“feeler” Tom Brady does not hold the exclusive patent to Deflategate. Kobe has created his own version, but if he can stay injury free, his EAR Methuselah gross motors and indefatigable approval drive could keep him playing many more years not likely in a Lakers uni, however.

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7/10 – Not so fast … DeAndre Jordan changes his Right brain mind

Hey, BTInsiders, which hemisphere of the brain has the greatest difficulty making decisions, and sticking with them come what may? Yes, it’s the Right side, and after after verbally agreeing to a four-year max deal with the Dallas Mavericks last week, #13 FCIR DeAndre Jordan “has made an about-face, re-signing with the Los Angeles Clippers in a deal ESPN sources say was completed Thursday morning.”  We reported a few days ago that he was headed for the Dallas Mavericks, accepting a lesser-cash contract to play with a winning team and separate himself from #1 FEAR Chris Paul.

It appears the money was too good to pass up, however. On top of that, coach Doc Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer “and star teammates Chris Paul and Blake Griffin descended en masse on Houston to get Jordan back, meeting him at his house.”  Paul had snubbed Jordan only days before, but apparently came to his senses (and some humility pie) to realize that DeAndre was a crucial part of the Clipper team. New Clipper Paul Pierce (#2 BEAR) was also present, with Pierce tweeting a photo of what appeared to be Jordan signing the deal.

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In Jordan’s own words, according to one source, “He reached out to us and said, ‘I changed my mind.'”

Hmm, is there a lesson for all of us here? Perhaps for starters, it’s good to remember, Righty handles new info and is always flexible; when it says yes, or no, it really means maybe. It’s not stable in its positions. Conversely, ol Lefty stores older info, carefully organizing it into filing cabinets (computer files nowadays). Once done, Lefty dislikes refiling data since that requires more time and energy amid its tireless workload and schedule. When it says yes, or no, it really means it. Yet since all of us (well, at least most of us) use both sides of the brain to some degree, we’re neither all set in cement nor footloose and fancy-free. But if we’re not careful, we can end up going too far in our dominant hemisphere. Trouble’s often a brewin when that occurs.

As for Mr. Jordan, we think he’ll use ol killjoy Lefty more the next time he has to take a public stance. How bout us? Where would we individually be wise to strike a better balance?

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7/6 – DeAndre Jordan headed to the Dallas Mavericks

DeAndre Jordan (#13 FCIR) of the Los Angeles Clippers is headed to the Dallas Mavericks, and he’s not looking back to wave goodbye to Chris Paul (#1 FEAR). According to reports, “Jordan and Chris Paul had gotten into it more than once, which led Jordan to start seriously contemplating what it might be like to play elsewhere in 2015-16. He was tired of Paul’s constant barking and petty gestures, like distributing high-fives to the three other guys on the floor following a timeout but somehow freezing out Jordan.”

Paul apparently didn’t even bother attending the “pitch meeting” with Jordan. In sharp contrast, Dirk Nowitzki (#10 BCAR) of the Mavs came off family vacation for the meeting in Los Angeles. One might think it’s because Dirk is a dominant Animate, but he’s also got some dominant character, being known for his usual gentlemanly behavior off the court. At any rate, the Clippers even offered Jordan the max, which was 5 years for about $109 million. Instead, he went with the Mavs 4-year, $81 million deal.

According to another author, “The bigger takeaway from this deal, however, is the hilarious disaster the Los Angeles Clippers are turning into. Doc Rivers (#6 BEIR) has been atrocious calling the shots, dealing away assets and crafting a paper-thin team that just lost their third-best player, and have no adequate way of replacing him.”

“By opening night, the Clips could be looking at a new big three of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Kendrick Perkins.”  Ironically, all three players are #1 FEARs.

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7/1 – Paris Hilton in “near death” experience?

When it comes to a prank, one of the first Brain Types to fall for one would likely be a Empirical Animate, simply because they respond emotionally in-the-moment. Add Right brain dominance to that, which is quicker to react and, yes, is the more emotional hemisphere of the brain, and you’ve got the perfect recipient for your stunt. Of course, all this

So, when Paris Hilton (#1 FEAR) was the “sucker” for a pretend plane disaster, it was going to make for good television. An Egyptian TV show host engineered the prank as they flew over Dubai, and Hilton as a result is not a happy camper. “We’re told Paris is furious over the stunt … Paris says she was in mortal fear for her life … sources say she’s ‘totally freaked out’ over flying anywhere … She’s already called her lawyers to find out who’s responsible, and they told her she has a solid case for emotional distress.”

You can see part of the video below. Assuming Paris wasn’t in on it, the deed was downright cruel. If she was in on it (as some report), then it again goes to show that some #1s are very gifted actresses (ala Jeniffer Lopez). Either way, it was amusing.

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6/29 – P. Diddy Combs fights for his son, Justin

It seems P. Diddy (Sean Combs) had a Rajon Rondo moment. The two share the same #2 BEAR Brain Type, and while the #2 is normally calm and collected, watch out when they get ticked off. Last week P. Diddy was arrested on UCLA’s campus Monday “for getting into a fight with a Bruins assistant coach early Monday afternoon and later charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of making terrorist threats and one count of battery.”

Really? Terrorist threats?

So exactly what happened to get the energy-conserving #2 so angry? According to reports, one of UCLA’s assistant coaches was screaming at Justin on the field, and Diddy later confronted the coach and grabbed him. And what exactly was the “deadly weapon” mentioned earlier? A kettlebell.  Yep, a kettlebell. Talk about engaging his gross motors to swing and throw a kettlebell around.

About Justin Combs, Sean’s son. He is now an All-American, and quickly making his way up in college football. Can you guess his Brain Type? Watch the video below where he and his rapper father are interviewed. It should be rather apparent rather quickly what Justin’s inborn design is.

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6/23 – Waiting on Warren Beatty

He’s the only #16 BCIL we’ve seen in Hollywood, and when you really stop to think about that, it’s a pretty incredible statistic. His name is Warren Beatty, and at 78 years of age, he’s still making a name for himself in the director’s chair. Don’t forget, however, that Beatty has been a longtime actor, starring in such hits as Bonnie And Clyde, Reds, Dick Tracy, and a number of other films over the decades.

An article recently came out on Beatty, and boy did it have us chuckling. Just check out the title and you will get a clue as to what it’s about. “Waiting On Warren.”  Yes, when you are dealing with a methodical #16, you better be patient. He is currently working on a movie about Howard Hughes, but according to one critic, “He moves like a snail. Beatty has a resume with the least amount of credits. He takes his time. That’s ok. He turned down the ‘Kill Bill’ movies with Quentin Tarantino because he couldn’t make up his mind.”

Beatty’s Hughes movie wrapped up filming over a year ago, and people are wondering where in the world it is. “Where is this untitled film? Hard to say. Beatty doesn’t return emails. A friend says that he didn’t even mention the movie in a recent conversation.”  For veteran BTInsiders, Mr. Beatty sounds strikingly similar to ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ cartoonist Bill Watterson, a fellow non-communicative #16.

And so, fans will just have to continue to wait. You won’t be seeing a lot of impulsive moves here, says a friend. Yep. Knowing he’s a Q4 Left brainer, “you for sure won’t be seeing a lot of impulsive moves here,” says the Brain Typist.

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