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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.

3/5/18 – Goodbye, Billy Graham

He was most well known #11 FCAL of all time. That’s quite a feat, given the likes of the Beatles’ Paul McCartney and Hollywood’s Elizabeth Taylor. More than 214 million people in 195 cities and territories heard his powerful voice ringing in the air, all with that familiar southern drawl that made you feel like he was just a good friend of yours. The reverend Billy Graham died yesterday at 99 years of age, with both friends and enemies readily confessing that he was a man of integrity, conviction, and kindness, and trio of qualities rarely found in anyone now or in the past.

Listening to Graham, especially in his younger days, one might have thought he was a dynamic, theatrical #13 FCIR. Or, due to his boldness and forthright nature, a strong-willed #15 FCIL. Yet, when we look beneath the preacher and into the “aww…shucks” type of man himself, we find that was a dominant Animate #11 FCAL. Yes, the same man who in the 1950s physically cut the ropes that separated “White” from “Colored” crowds (much to the angst of fellow church leaders) was a Left brain dominant, soft-hearted giant. His faith gave him courage, a courage not naturally found among most #11s.

Perhaps most amazing of all was Graham’s clean-cut reputation. While sex and financial scandals have plagued so many religious leaders over the years, Graham kept free from that. He was continually focused, determined, and passionate about sharing the gospel of Christ. Even former President Bill Clinton (#15 FCIL) once said about Billy, “He took sin seriously. But he took redemption seriously. And it was incredibly powerful the way he did it.” Indeed he did take his faith seriously till the end, even authorizing full page ads in major newspapers last year urging people to vote for politicians who opposed same-sex marriage on “biblical principles.”

What perhaps struck people most about Billy was his humility. “I despise all this attention on me,” he once said. “I’m not trying to bring people to myself, but I know that God has sent me out as a warrior.” And again, “I’ve often said that the first thing I’ll do when I get to heaven is ask, ‘Why me, Lord? Why did you choose a farm boy from North Carolina to preach to so many people”

Finally, in the words of Vice President Mike Pence (#13 FCIR), “Billy Graham’s ministry for the gospel of Jesus Christ and his matchless voice changed the lives of millions. We mourn his passing but I know with absolute certainty that today he heard those words, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.'”

Written by: Staff

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2/18/18 – About the State of the Union

He received a 75% approval rating according to a CBS News poll, with viewers most appreciating President Donald Trump’s views on the nation’s infrastructure, immigration, and national security. Yes, it was time for another State of the Union address, and boy was it a long one, running about 1 hour and 20 minutes and being the 3rd ever longest in American history! Of course, about a half hour of it was applause, but who’s counting? (And by the way, guess who holds the record for the lengthiest, gift-of-gab POTUS discourse? If you guess another long-winded #15, like Slick-Willie Clinton, you’re a winner!)

Did anyone notice our #15 FCIL President’s speed and tone during his speech? He talked remarkably slower, with his tone being noticeably softer and monotone. He definitely didn’t get coached by former President Barack Obama (#13 FCIR), who preferred to speak rather quickly and abruptly like he was a good ol’ buddy of yours. Trump was very careful and calculated, no doubt on purpose in order not to stray too far from his pre-written script. Remember, #15s are masters of abandoning the teleprompter (since think so well on their feet when they care to), while #13s (ala Mr. Obama) typically rely on them like crutches after a broken leg (since the Right Brain disdains boundaries and limitations).

Even many critics agree that Trump did well. Now comes year number 2, where ‘The Donald’ hopes to make good on more campaign promises in order to keep his core base and likely seek reelection. After all, if we know one thing about FCILs, they don’t relinquish power very easily. Just ask Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, or Michelle Obama who’s presently hiding in the weeds ready to come to the Dem rescue in 2020.

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2/12/18 – The death of Rasual Butler

We wanted to report the sad passing of a rare #4 BEAL who was said to care for people more than most. Rasual Butler, only 38 years of age, died two weeks ago in what police are saying was a rollover crash in Los Angeles. Hi wife, Leah LaBelle Vladwoski, was also killed. Rasual was the 53rd pick in the 2002 NBA draft, getting picked by the Miami Heat. “I know I speak for everybody at the Heat,” said an emotional Miami coach Erik Spoelstra (#13 FCIR). “He was one of our favorite guys.”

One sweet story involves Dwyane Wade (#2 BEAR) having to make a public appearance on behalf of the Miami Heat back in 2003. The Back brain “introvert” Wade was nearly paralyzed with fear, but Butler was there for him, helping Dwayne keep calm with reassuring words. “That’s who he was,” Wade said. “A great individual that was always there for people when they needed him.”

Yes, being a consummate #4, Butler didn’t possess much raw talent, but teams wanted him due to his love for playing team ball (characteristic of the #4‘s rule-based, others-centered, harmonious outlook). He averaged fewer than 10 points a game, but that didn’t matter. “Rasual was the consummate team player and a great role model for our younger players on how a professional should prepare and act, while being a positive influence on everyone who associated with him,” said Kevin Pritchard (#13 FCIR), Indiana’s president of basketball operations.

Heat President Pat Riley (#11 FCAL) only had a good things to say about Butler. “Rasual was one of the greatest people we have ever had play for us; a great player, teammate and better person. It’s always hard to cope with losing those you shared your life with, but we feel blessed to have had such a bright light shine in all of our lives.”

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2/5/18 – Roger Federer wins yet again

They’re calling him ageless. He grows older, yet continues to win championship after championship. We’re talking about tennis phenom #13 FCIR Roger Federer who last weekend won the Australian Open with a 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win over Marin Cilic. In just the past 12 months, Federer has won back-to-back Aussie Open titles and three Grand Slam championships in all to bring his total to 20.

Federer is now 36 years of age, a time when most players are ready to retire. While this past year we highlighted a couple non-#13s on the tennis circuit (#1 FEAR Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and #9 FCAR Kei Nishikori), #13 FCIRs continue to dominate tennis. This will continue as long as power rackets are here to stay and tennis remains a gladiatoras arena of speed, reaction time, pliability, strategy, and angles, all areas in which the #13 is uniquely gifted (think of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray).

Have you noticed Federer’s physical build (and most #13 players for that matter) His upper body is quite thin, but his calves are massive. His legs are super flexible, and if you look closely, his gate and knees hyper-extend dramatically. Federer is amazingly pliable (a #13 trait), and thus able to contort in ways the average mortal cannot. Not only is he extraordinary, but Roger is cool, calm, and collected. He clearly has optimal neurochemicals and neurons, which greatly help in any sport. He also possesses an admirable humility about himself, which makes him all the more likeable. Roger Federer will definitely and deservedly go down in history as a tennis legend and perhaps the greatest of all time.

As a final note, you may have seen Federer break down and cry in his final moments while addressing the crowd.  Shows of sudden emotion can be quite common among male #13 FCIRs, being heavily Right brain dominant (and not far-removed from the posterior R amygdalae). “I’m happy I can show emotions and share it with the people,” Federer said during his on-court speech. “If I got emotional, it’s because it was a full crowd again. This is for them also.”

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1/23/18 – Philadelphia Eagles are headed to the Super Bowl

Well, football fans, it’s been decided. Two teams are going to the Super Bowl the following Sunday, and yes, one of them again happens to be the New England Patriots. Mastermind and consummate CEO #15 FCIL BT, Bill Belichick, continues his successful, illustrious career by implementing craftily-planned plays (often including strategic, conservative, short passes with the occasional long-ball thrown to a typically open receiver) for his highly compliant quarterback Mr. Tom Brady (#9 FCAR). For nearly 2 decades now Brady has been trained by the #15 Field-marshal, considered the top NFL coach ever. To Brady’s credit, his inborn, in-sync and highly-coordinated gross and fine motors allow him to throw to the oft-open receiver with velocity, accuracy, and ease. Not only is his Brain Type arguably the most accommodating and people-pleasing among top athletes, it also welcomes someone providing an organized, logical strategic system (where the#9‘s brain naturally doesn’t venture).

But who is this other team we see going head-to-head against the NFL’s top juggernaut? Why, it’s the Philadelphia Eagles, who have only seen a Super Bowl twice in their franchise history. The last time was in 2004, and yes, it was against Mr. Brady and his Patriots. The Eagles lost that game, and revenge would be pretty sweet.

So back to the Super Bowl match up, the injured Carson Wentz is to be largely credited for the Eagles stellar 13-3 record, and it’s highly unfortunate to have him on the sidelines. Still, with QB Nick Foles at the helm, the Eagles stand a fighting chance provided they can “throw” Brady off his game (and the refs don’t hand it to him and the Pats). How does one do this? We won’t go into too much detail here, but remember that #9’s are highly emotional beings. A few hard shoves and sacks, plus teammates’ mistakes, can go a long way in making an FCAR flustered, and that’s what needs to happen to Brady at key points in the game in order to get to him mentally make that emotionally for the visceral #9. Yes, it’s all about what is inside the head that can win or lose ball games.

With their reported history of cheating, not to mention deflate-gate, most of the country will be rooting against the Pats and cheering for the Birds to win the SB trophy. It’ll be fun to watch!

Written by: Staff

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1/15/18 – Goodbye to Dick Enberg

We wanted to say goodbye to one of American’s most legendary broadcasters, Dick Enberg, who passed away shortly before Christmas at the age of 82.

With all due respect to other great announcers in the 70s and 80s if you were to have a decathlon of play-by-play, he would have won that decathlon of play-by-play because he did so many things exquisitely well, said Bob Costas (#15 FCIL). He did seven or eight things really, really well, and was at or near the top of all those things. And he did with the combination of extraordinary craftsmanship, meticulous preparation, facility with words and a genuine not a manufactured, but a genuine boyish enthusiasm. He was a sentimental man but there was nothing inauthentic about that enthusiasm.

What a perfect description of the #9 FCAR Mr. Enberg. Genuine, sentimental, and a man with a “boyish enthusiasm”, Enberg possessed a kind, endearing personality that drew audiences all over the world to him and his broadcasting. He was a soft-hearted man, and a colleague shared a story when Dick was recently brought back to CBS to call a Roger Federer U.S. Open match. The match, however, was cut short due to rain. “Dick was genuinely crushed. I watched him pack his bag he’d written out pages and pages of notes. He so wanted to tell the viewers what he felt about Roger, what he saw in him. I’m sorry he didn’t get the chance. I also feel badly that his retirement happened the same year as Vin Scully’s. It’s like losing Mozart and Chopin at the same time.”

Anyone recall Scully’s Brain Type? He is just a letter off Enberg, being an #11 FCAL. Both men were gifted CA “Storks” who could wield a mic like warriors wielding a sword. As Niednagel writes in his book, Brain Types and Parenting, “Vocationally, Personal Imaginers often pursue journalism, ministry, motivational speaking, education, health care, and other jobs accentuating their speech and language interests and their affection for people.”

Bob Costas also confessed of Enberg, “He was always better than I was on the pageantry part because he had that genuine boyish enthusiasm for everything.” Yes, although a #15 FCIL like Costas can have their routine down pat (even better than a #9), they simply cannot parallel the #9‘s relationship/social skills.

Thanks for the many years of warm memories, Dick.

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1/9/18 – NBA’s Avery Bradley in some trouble

Things got a little edgy last year for NBAer Avery Bradley. The #6 BEIR who now plays for the Detroit Pistons entered into a confidentiality agreement with a reality star who accused him of sexual assault. At one point, “negotiations got as high as $400k.” Bradley flatly denies all allegations, and says he paid off the alleged victim to simply get rid of the story. As BTInsiders know, accusations of physical violence are not foreign to #6 athletes (think of Mike Tyson, Pete Rose, Lenny Dykstra, or Allen Iverson).  To be fair, there are plenty of #1 FEARs with similar allegations, as well as #13 FCIRs.

Sadly, when in elementary school, Bradley’s parents divorced and his three older siblings moved with his mother to Texas. Things there “got hard,” and today Christmas for him stirs up memories of despair and embarrassment. We probably had one or two Christmases with a Christmas tree but there were only one or two gifts. I was never a fan of Christmas. Christmas was a time where you get all the stuff you want and I never really experienced that.

His mother, however, was an amazing woman. “If you ask anybody about my mom, she would give everything away. If we bought some cereal and that was our one box and somebody at the church needed it, she was giving that cereal away. That’s just how she was. We’re all the same way, without even knowing it.

Without his mother, Avery likely would have never reached the NBA. We truly hope he honors his mother’s recent death by staying out of trouble and uses his natural, God-given abilities (i.e. Brain Type) to continue to find success in the league.

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1/2/18 – Grace Kelly featured in new book

An article recently came out on Grace Kelly, who back in 1956, at only 26 years of age, married Prince Rainier of Monaco at the height of her popularity. Kelly would go on to have three children before she tragically died in a car crash at age 52 in 1982.

Author Jay Jorgenson, who recently finished a biography on the acclaimed actress, said in a recent interview that after leaving America “It was really important for her to stay in touch with people. She wrote handwritten letters all the time One of her friends became very insecure about her relationship with Grace because she was living such a different life. So she stopped communicating with Grace. And Grace would still write her letters all the time eventually they did reconnect It was really important for her to stay in touch with people.”

Reminiscent of fellow #11 actress Audrey Hepburn, Kelly also loved to laugh, and “was very funny too. That’s what a lot of people told me. She just had a great sense of humor. She loved jokes. Any kind of joke.”Jorgenson went on to describe Kelly as “shy,”a rare description indeed for a Hollywood actress (shared also by Audrey and #11 Annette Funicello). Remember, as creative, structured, self-aware CA “Storks”, #11 FCALs have been affectionately labeled the “introverts of the extraverts”.

Lastly, and very Type related, Grace was a “hands on” mother to her children. She would make their lunches every day. They were not allowed to talk down to the servants. In fact, if they did, they were punished. And I think that shows in the way how Albert is ruling Monaco today. He tried to bring some members of the family that Rainier had disagreements with back and build a warm relationship, the way Grace did.

Amazing to see the powerful influence of nurture on a young man’s life, and a ruler at that!

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12/18/17 – Jordan Clarkson’s disciplined routine?

It gave us a good laugh, and those who understand Brain Type should get a good chuckle as well. While athletes all over the world are training and disciplining themselves to get better and better, others are taking it easy, living life like they always did before they were ever famous. Does anyone remember the nickname of the #10 BCAR. It’s ‘Peter Pan’, simply because they often don’t grow up. Jordan Clarkson of the Los Angeles Lakers hails from Neverland (being a #10), and we thought you would find his dietary disciplines rather amusing.

What’s his game-day routine? “While many NBA players are going vegan to improve their performance, 25-year-old Clarkson is doing the opposite of that,” writes one reporter. “The guard said his routine is ‘whatever.'” Yes, that’s quite a good summation of the #10‘s thought process! Granted, with a little help from mom and dad in their early years they can be thoughtful, hard working individuals (think of Grant Hill, Michael Jackson or Tiger Woods), but in and of themselves, naturally, they don’t over-focus on the duties of the day (remember, the ‘Idealist’ hates negativity!).

The author went on to write about Clarkson’s routine, “Here it is: Wake up and eat fried chicken (or something) Shoot around. Go to the candy store and get Skittles. Watch a movie. Play video games. Take a nap. Drive to arena and get pregame shots up.”

Too funny. Just think how good Clarkson could really be if he just had fellow #10 MJ’s work ethic!

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12/10/17 – Lonzo Ball is no Kevin Martin

If only Kevin Durant knew about Brain Types (especially its many provable mental and physical traits, yet he may to some degree from close acquaintances that are BT enthusiasts). Over the summer he worked out with the Lakers’ touted rookie Lonzo Ball, who thus far this season has proven quite the disappointment for Los Angeles. Because of this, Ball and his trainers have been debating whether they should adjust his shooting technique. Durant, however, thinks that’s a bad idea. I played with Kevin Martin, Durant said. Kevin Martin got his shot off and he shot it probably a little bit farther down from the hip than Lonzo does. If you’re effective out there on the basketball court, you can have an unorthodox shot or movements or whatever. You can still be effective and play good. It’s not just his shot, it’s just the fact that he has to be confident in his shot, and I think that just comes with repetition.

Durant would be absolutely right … if the human race were designed all the same, each individual capable of equally achieving anything to which they simply set their minds to. Reality, however, and BT science, tell us otherwise. Lonzo Ball is no Kevin Martin. In fact, from a Brain Type’s perspective, they are quite different mentally and physically. Martin is a #10 BCAR, while Ball is a #13 FCIR. In short, the #10 BCAR is virtually the only inborn design that can get away with such a quirky shot (remember #10 Jamal Wilkes of yesteryear?). As CAs, #10s have the extraordinary ability to synchronize the gross and fine-motor muscles together (big-muscle groups and small-muscle groupings), whereas CIs, even with excessive proper training, cannot to a similar degree (CIs, including #13s, are least adept with the gross-motors and need to give extra attention to developing the large-muscle groups to help coordinate the smalls). Such gross/fine motor proficiency is crucial when shooting the basketball in such a “quirky” fashion.

Yes, #13s can develop some capable, squirrelly body movements, including shooting a basketball, but the more unorthodox it is, the less consistent it will be especially when they succumb to big-time pressure. We fully believe the inside reports that Lonzo can shoot the rock expertly in practice, and can even do it in NBA games on occasion, or when he accesses the zone for multiple games strung together, but to count on it in the playoffs, and on the road, that’s another story one you don’t want to bet the farm on. As a #13, with some decent practice of making his shot more fundamentally sound, like beginning the stroke more to his dominant right side, he can improve it to become a good, consistent shooter. A number of other BTs could not make this change, but since #13s are so pliable in movements, it wouldn’t be that big of a deal. He should slowly begin the transition now; it won’t hurt his shooting percentage and within a little time, voil!

So, be careful when lumping everyone into the same basket, Kevin. We are uniquely designed by an amazing Creator who didn’t fashion us to be a “one size fits all” human race!

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