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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.

8/25 – Serena Williams and intelligent Brain Types

When one thinks of the smartest Brain Type, or at least an inborn design with the highest IQ (which leans heavily towards the CI Owl’s favor), the #1 FEAR doesn’t initially come to mind. Yet, especially among females, they can be very intelligent people, largely dependent on nurture. And so, when it was reported last week that tennis star Serena Williams has been studying as a pre-med college major, potentially preparing the way for medical school (a much bigger hurdle), we weren’t overly surprised. After all, a large part of her motivation is her love for her sister,Venus (#9 FCAR), who was diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome in 2011, a condition that affects the immune system. When we take a look at the Education section under the #1 FEAR in the BTInsider, we read, FEARs seek immediate relevancy to learning; direct application of knowledge is greatly valued.”

Serena went on to say that she has made her focus on “being able to find alternative ways of being healthy and not having to take all these medicines,”  which means, in her own words, “holistic medicines and stuff. I kind of really want to focus on that in my field, and I think it’s also healthier and better.”

Good for you, Serena. In our drug-laced society where we pop the latest pill to fix the symptom, not the cause, it’s refreshing to see someone in the limelight trying to swim upstream. Serena went on to say, “I like education and I don’t like to sit still. I don’t like any free time — I like to keep going and going. And I realize that’s just a craziness that I have, and that’s just who I am. And, yeah, I like it.”

No, Serena, you’re not crazy. You’re just a #1 FEAR, who from childhood has also been blessed with much parental oversight. Again, simply continue on in the ‘Education’ section and you’ll read, “They do not like to sit still when learning. Acting out the learning process, they enjoy hands-on involvement. If the learning process can’t be fun or highly interesting, the FEAR tends to tune out and start fidgeting.”

At any rate, next month Williams may become the first player since Steffi Graf (#6 BEIR) in 1988 to win the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in a calendar year if she triumphs in New York. Not only was Steffi Graf a #6, but someone near and dear to Serena is also a #6 hawk, with tons of intensity and determination. It is none other than her life-long coach, and father, Richard Williams.

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8/20 – John Harbaugh for President?

Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh (#15 FCIL) may be hinting at a 2016 presidential run, and given his quintessential Commander-In-Chief Brain Type, why shouldn’t he? During a press conference last Saturday afternoon after the Saints preseason opener, Harbaugh called the officials rusty after they apparently missed an intentional grounding, and went on to say, “Maybe they should start talking to one another. Maybe like our government too. Solve a problem once in a while, instead of creating a problem. Be more concerned about the country than you are your party. How about we do that? Let’s try to fix things around here, you know, in this country. That’s what made us great. After going on for a few more moments, he joked, I’m going Trump here.

More than you know, John.

Hey, if a billionaire tycoon #15 can become the Republican front-runner in only a matter of months, why not a #15 NFL football coach? Build the wall. It’s not that hard,” Harbaugh concluded. “If you don’t have a border, you don’t have a country. At the same time, we’ve got 12-15 million hard-working people here. Give them a shot!

Wow, a lot of inferences coming from the Inanimate Q3! Considering only the last, give them a shot, let’s ponder that a bit deeper. Yes, let’s give them a shot, but shouldn’t we do it by the rules? If Little League, the Girl Scouts, and even corner bars on Friday nights have mandated rules, much less the NFL and its iron-fisted ways (Deflategate, drugs, uniform standards, ad nausea), shouldn’t a civilized country attempting to preserve its very existence? Perhaps Big John has already forgotten his Ray Rice debacle. Yet his thoughts actually highlight a crucial issue facing all of us in this upside world. Do we, too, capitulate when it serves our individual desires or benefit?

Just a few thoughts to ponder.

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8/18 – The passing of football’s unique Frank Gifford

He was a Pro Football Hall of Famer who led the New York Giants to a league championship in 1956 and later teamed up with Q1, Right-brained shock artists Howard Cosell and Don Meredith in the Monday Night Football booth for nearly 30 years. Described as a “versatile star on both offense and defense in an era when NFL players were starting to specialize,”  Frank Gifford was also named MVP that same year (1956) when he led the Giants on their title run.

Yet, what if Gifford had tried to make the NFL in the year 2015? He likely wouldn’t have made it, to be frank (no pun intended). Yes, he was great football player for his time, but times have changed, and today in the NFL one cannot find a single player with Frank’s inborn design on the field making a household name for himself. Rather, they are more commonly found off the field, giving their Q3 (front-Left brain) opinions with eloquence and charm. We’ve given you a hint (#3 FEAL, #7 FEIL, #11 FCAL, or #15 FCIL), so what Brain Type are we talking about?

Gifford was in fact a #11 FCAL, and sadly passed away on Sunday at the age of 84, with a statement from his family reading, “We rejoice in the extraordinary life he was privileged to live, and we feel grateful and blessed to have been loved by such an amazing human being.”  Indeed, Gifford was also “amazing” in that he was unique. Be sure to catch the interview below with Al Michaels (Q3 #15 FCIL) in which he says, “He was the coolest guy in the room. In the crazy business of live television when everything is going nuts, and everybody’s going nuts along with it, Frank was always very calm. He was always a calming presence. And that’s what he was. A man of style. A man of class, and just a great guy to work with. And you could count on him.”

Look up the #11 FCAL profile and you’ll discover that this description fits Gifford to a ‘T’. Dependable, kind, often stylish and usually mellow, the #11 FCAL can be a joy to be around (when they’re not overly self-focused), and such was Frank Gifford. (And in case you’re wondering when Niednagel/BTI first identified Gifford’s Brain Type, it was not last week but long before our first public written record in 1992 in Niednagel’s Your Best Sport: How to Choose and Play It!)

As mentioned earlier, though #11s can scarcely be found on NFL football fields, they can still be found commentating on sports or world news in general. Think of the late Pat Summerall, or baseball’s Vin Scully, or NBC’s Tom Brokaw. Actually, to find the most #11s, all one has to do is turn on FoxNews. No other news station has a single prominent FCAL, yet Fox has Gretchen Carlson of “The Real News,” Harris Falkner of “Outnumbered,” and Martha MacCallum of “America’s Newsroom.”  In terms of Brain Type, FoxNews is indeed more “Fair and Balanced,” hiring and utilizing other inborn designs to share their viewpoints.

Gifford, of course, was married to longtime spouse Kathy Lee Gifford, a #9 FCAR. Kathy recently spoke on the Today show how Frank grew up in poverty after the depression. “He knew what it was like to be hungry, and he knew what it was like not to have clothes on his back. Even when he went to USC to play football there, he had one pair of jeans and a white shirt.”  She went on to say, “He would want you to know that he died in complete peace. He knew every sin he had committed was forgiven.”  The interview is really meaningful and heartfelt, put in such a way that only a #9 could seemingly do it, sharing how much their Christian faith meant to both of them. That video is posted below as well.

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8/13 – Lynnette, Rochelle, Megyn Kelly, and that “Damn debate”

Have you seen the hot viral video posted by bloggers Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson, titled, Megyn Kelly and that Damn Debate. If you haven’t, we posted it below for you to enjoy. Regardless of your political persuasion, or your persuasion within the GOP party, it is absolutely hilarious to watch. Yes, both Lynnette and Rochelle are #13 FCIRs, and boy did they put on a show to get their point across to Fox News’ pit bull Megyn Kelly (#15 FCIL).

“Here’s the damn deal, Megyn Kelly, or Kelly Megyn, whatever your name is: Rosie O’Donnell started that whole foolishness! She was on The View and she was the one who spoke out against Donald and Donald had to come back on her!” The two ladies go on for nearly 5 minutes in a talented, intellectual rant that could put some seasoned TV and radio hosts to shame. At any rate, though Kelly has kept a relatively low profile regarding the ordeal, she stated in an interview Friday, “I’m sure nerves were high as they were for all of the candidates. He felt attacked. It wasn’t an attack. It’s okay with me that there’s some consternation. He’ll get over that and we’ll be fine.”

Actually, Kelly, quite a number people disagree with you, including lawyer and debate expert Hugh Hughett (#13 FCIR), Michael Savage (#13 FCIR), and Mark Levin (#13 FCIR), just to name a few. Michael Savage, PhD., pulled no punches when he stated on his show, “It’s clear that Martha Washington (one of Savage’s nick names for her), Roger Ailes, and Rupert Murdoch are working for Hillary Clinton. It’s as clear as a bell that ‘Mayhem Kelly’ has gone over to the dark side, and frankly her looks are changing.”  Lawyer, constitutional scholar, best selling author, and conservative talk radio host Mark Levin had this to say:  This isn’t a matter of who I support but a matter of basic fairness and what a debate is to be like.

Before the big debate, Bill Hemmer (#13 FCIR) and Martha MacCullum (#11 FCALmoderated the “junior league” debate with the lesser known contenders. Once again, this junior team parroted the major debate moderators by stilting many questions as if the Democrat party scripted them. All would be fair and fine, according to the critics, if only Democrat debates were handled in similar fashion (especially by the mainstream networks).

Interestingly for BT students, MacCullum, a rare #11 moderator choice (where extemporaneous logic is required), was cited as talking the longest, airing opinions rather than asking concise questions in order to provide adequate time for debater responses.

Truth is truth, and fairness is fairness, and it just goes to show that both the normally charming and Animate #11 FCAL, and the assertive #15 FCIL, can be as partial as the oft-one-upping #13 FCIR. Both Bret and Kelly, though usually fair and conservative in other matters, went on the attack for reasons only they truly know, though which seem obvious to the shrewdest of political insiders.

Be sure to watch the amateur yet dynamic bloggers below.

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8/10 – Bret Baier bias and the Fox News Presidential debate

Bam! Right away, one could tell the stage was set for taking one man down, and his name was Donald Trump (#15 FCIL).  Thursday night at the GOP President debate hosted by Fox News, Breit Baier (#13 FCIR) came out with a zinger of a question by asking, “Is there anyone on stage, and can I see hands, who is unwilling tonight to pledge your support to the eventual nominee of the Republican party, and pledge to not run an independent campaign against that person?”  After a pause, Trump was the only man to raise his hand, with the crowd reacting in a mixture of boos (especially from Jeb Bush supporters who conveniently booed all night against Trump, no matter what he said) and cheers. As CNN put it, “Donald Trump stole the show before he’d even said a word.”  And again, “None of contenders made noticeable blunders. But none of them could outshine Trump.”

In spite of the “gotcha” question, critics agree that Donald won the show, with a Drudgereport Poll putting him at 45% of the votes. In a far second came Ted Cruz (#13 FCIR) at 14%. To be sure, Rand Paul (#13 FCIR) did well, even in the eyes of liberals, and perhaps gained some fans by taking on Trump a number of times. Jeb Bush (#13 FCIR), and John Kasich (#13 FCIR) played it safe, not saying much against anyone, while Carly Fiorina (#13 FCIR) was her usual likable, intellectual self (she could easily take on Hillary Clinton, also being female). The biggest loser seemed to be Fox News, who has since come under scrutiny for not only the initial question posed by Baier, but also for the moderators taking up 32% of the entire night“The analysis notes Fox moderators Chris Wallace (#13 FCIR), Megyn Kelly (#15 FCIL) and Bret Baier spoke for 31 minutes and 53 seconds of the roughly two-hour broadcast, or 31.7% of the time.”  Wow!

Megyn Kelly indeed came on strong on The DonaldThe questions to me were far tougher, and that I supposedly, according to what everyone’s telling me, I won the debate, according to the call-ins and everything, Trump told reporters after the debate. But the questions to me were not nice, I didn’t think they were appropriate, and I think Megyn behaved very badly personally. One issue Kelly brought up was Donald’s disparaging remarks of women. “You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.”  Donald simply replied, “Only Rosie O’Donnell,” which got a big laugh from the crowd. At any rate, as expected, Donald held his own, with one source stating, “Though it was Trump’s first political debate and perhaps one of his first experiences with time constraints and a buzzer Trump navigated the debate stage with ease.”

Baier was perfectly justified to ask Trump his loyalty level to the GOP (especially for later in the debate), but highly unfair by ambushing Trump as he did at the very beginning of the debate without any candidate having yet spoken a word! Baier framed it so that Donald couldn’t even respond, only to raise a hand Baier knew Mr. T would raise. Immediately, this ploy would cause people to turn against Trump as a loner, not a team player regardless of whether Trump had good reasons for not playing Baier’s game. Despite the bushwack, in all coolness and #15 acumen, Donald softly spoke multiple times, I understand (what you’re attempting to do) Trump knew the bigger issue at hand, and it wasn’t Baier’s fake attempt to ascertain his political position with the GOP, but rather he knew he was in the middle of a Benghazi attack with no forewarning! (Help, where’s Hillary!?)

Yes, Fox knew it would make Trump look bad, especially since he wouldn’t be given time to truly explain his position. The first thing taught in Business 101 (maybe even grade school) is that negotiating and deals are ALWAYS predicated on leverage, i.e., what cards you’re holding. No candidate has even one-half of Trump’s business smarts, so the last person to reveal his plans would be not only Donald but likely every other #15 on the planet. Just ask Bill and Hillary about that.

Brett Baier is normally professional in his media tasks but sank to the depths of mainstream media loaded with a personal (and business) agenda not even-handed, objective reporting (much less unbiased moderating).

At the heart of all the hoopla lies the question, “Who really cares about, and who really loves America?” Fox News should have put away their bias by not beginning the night on such one-sided footing, and hopefully they will come across as more “fair and balanced” during the next debate. It should be Donald Trump vs. the other candidates, not Donald Trump vs. Fox News.

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8/6 – Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and tonight’s GOP debate

With so many individuals vying for the U.S. Presidency, it is astounding to see what has transpired over the last several weeks. Of those “so many individuals,” only two are #15 FCILs, and ironically, both are leading their respective political parties. To be sure, you can’t hold a #15 down, and if you do, it won’t last long. Think of Martha Stewart, Colin Powell, Martin Luther King, George W. Bush, and even Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner!

Yes, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the two sole #15s at the top, and they are definitely both making names for themselves. Unfortunately for Hillary, her name has been plastered on headlines lately for what is now being labeled a “criminal probe” as the FBI investigates whether she used unsecured email accounts to send and store classified documents. According to the New York Post, “the inspector general for the intelligence community has told Congress that of 40 Clinton emails randomly reviewed as a sample of her correspondence as secretary of state, four contained classified information.” If it is proven that Clinton knowingly sent emails via unsecured means, she risks prosecution “under the same misdemeanor federal security statute used to prosecute former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus.” Of course, it will take an army to stop the Clinton machine that’s been running for some 30 years , but now many of her supporters are even aghast at the clandestine closet that keeps revealing more skeletons inside. If Trump plays his cards right, these skeletons could become very useful come future debates.

Speaking of Donald Trump, he has been the master of delegation for decades, which has given him great success in the business world, and is very typical of the #15. Unlike the #7 FEIL, the #15 FCIL doesn’t often get his or her hands into every little detail of business, instead allowing others to do things for them. This makes the #7 slower, and more methodical when it comes to accomplishing big tasks (ala John Boehner). The #15 is globally-minded, seeing far, far down the road. Trump has built an empire on his take-charge, let’s-push-forward-together mentality, and it is a strength many wish we had. As President, Trump would wheel-and-deal better than anyone, taking ‘reasonable’ hardline stances with other countries that most #13s wouldn’t dare risking (basically since their Right brain wouldn’t know how). Not being a politician, which is a major plus, it is quite refreshing for many who watch him. There’s no doubt he has skeletons of his own, but they’re likely quite different than those of Hillary.

Speaking of watching him, tonight will be the first Republican debate on Fox News. Four years ago we predicted Mitt Romney to win the first debate between he and Barack Obama (#13 FCIR), a prediction which glaringly came true. Tonight, though Trump will not have as much time to speak, expect him to stand out from the crowd with upfront answers and an unapologetic tone. He’ll definitely be the least “political sounding,” though that could backfire if he finds himself putting his foot in his mouth which he likely will not in this kind of forum. Most everything that comes from any #15s mouth has carefully been processed. All of Trump’s previous shock comments have been largely planned seeking to attain his desired goal. Whatever the case this evening, it will be fun to watch!

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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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