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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.

10/27/17 – World Series all tied up

It was “an improbable victory,” but the Houston Astros pulled off a win Wednesday night to tie the World Series 1-1 against the Los Angeles Dodgers in what was described as “so completely insane and ridiculous that you wouldn’t believe what happened if you didn’t watch it.” It was finally in the 11th inning that Chris Devenski (#13 FCIRstruck out Yasiel Puig (#1 FEAR) in a nine-pitch battle to give the Houston Astros the 7-6 win.

Speaking of Puig, did you see him violently throw down his glove after he missed a diving catch in the 8th inning? Wow! Talk about an emotionally aggressive #1 moment!

This World Series could aptly be called “The #13 FCIR World Series” as both teams have a host of #13s on their roster, the most notable being the bearded wonder, Justin Turner. Justin is enjoying the limelight currently, but he may be the kind of #13 player we have witnessed many times shine for a bit and then fade in baseball mediocrity. Yet he has changed his hitting philosophy and mechanics, so he may prove to be legit for some time. Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander are also both hard-throwing #13 FCIR pitchers, and while Houston’s Jose Altuve could be mistaken for a might mouse #1 FEAR, he too is a #13 FCIR. Altuve is a right hander who hits to all fields, and due to his small 5 foot 6 frame (actually less), he has learned to perfect the art of “small ball” to get on base. Nonetheless, his use of the gross-motors is impressive for the CI ‘owl’, developing a big man’s power to his home runs!

For anyone interested, the Dodgers have a rare #5 FEIRAi??pitcher in Yu Darvish from Japan. And of course, the Astros have a #1 FEAR of their own in the person of aging Carlos Beltran.

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10/23/17 – Tiffany and Ivana Trump

It’s always amusing to find famous, influential people with children who possess different Brain Types from their parent(s), particularly when the child’s design is not necessarily geared for the same line of work. One could think of Prince Harry, a #1 FEAR, whose #3 FEAL mother Diana and #15 FCIL grandmother Elizabeth certainly fit the prim and proper English royalty role better than his “live free” inborn Brain Type. Then you have Jenna Bush, another #1 FEAR and daughter of George W. (#15 FCIL) and Laura (#11 FCAL). Rather than pursue politics, Jenna has turned into quite the TV host/journalist, utilizing her innate people skills to succeed in her endeavors.

Now, well, we have another #15 FCIL in the White House, and again like W., he has a #1 FEAR daughter, Tiffany Trump. She is currently a law school student at Georgetown (wonder how that’s going for her!), but Tiffany’s natural interests have been in the entertainment world. In 2014, she released a music single called “Like a Bird”, and later told Oprah Winfrey (#9 FCAR) that she was evaluating whether to take her music career “to the next level as a professional”. Can anyone say Brittany Spears, or Jessica Simpson?

And there once was another #1 FEAR in Trump’s life whose name is Ivana, and while running for President, Donald credits her advice for his upset victory. Ivana stated in a recent new interview that she encouraged her former hubby to take to Twitter to get his message out, and it fueled his improbable win. I said, I think you should tweet. It’s a new way, a new technology. And if you want to get your words across rightly, without telling the New York Times, which is going to twist every single word of yours, this is how you get your message out.” Leave it to the relational, practical #1 to give such good advice! Ivana also went on to reveal that Donald offered her the ambassadorship to her native Czech Republic. Her response? “I like my freedom. I like to do what I want to do, go wherever I want to go with whomever I want to go. And I can afford my lifestyle. Okay, why would I go and say bye-bye to Miami in the winter, bye-bye to Saint-Tropez in the summer, and bye-bye to spring and fall in New York? I have a perfect life.

Yes, folks, and there are just a few reasons you don’t find more #1 FEARs in Washington D.C. I mean, with so much singing to do, and so much of the world to see, how could you possibly expect a dominant Right brain Empirical to spend their lives cooped up in office buildings?

Nope. Leave that to the imaginative, cerebral designs.

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10/16/17 – Herschel Walker and taking the knee

As the “take the knee” football controversy continues to intensify, started by Colin Kaepernick (#13 FCIR) a year or so ago, another well-known athlete has a thing or two to say about it. His name is Herschel Walker, former Heisman Trophy winner, professional American football player, bobsledder, sprinter, and mixed martial artist. Yeah, that’s quite the resume, and leave it to the energetic, athletic #9 FCAR to be able to claim those titles. While Herschel may initially come across as a tough #5 FEIR, or even a jaw-flapping #1 FEAR like Muhammad Ali, he is a creative, imaginative #9 who is gifted in verbally engaging with his audience.

Check out the video about Mr. Walker. You’ll see he and others claim he suffers from multi-personality disorder, or DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder), a commonality we find among the #13 and #9 Brain Types (or rather, among those diagnosed with it, the majority tend to be one of these two designs). Without going into much in-depth science, remember that #9s and #13s are gifted most in imagining “what could be”, thanks to the abstract Q1 neurons, and can pretend to be other people (hence Hollywood is full of them). They are like chameleons, adapting their personalities to suit their surroundings (more or less, depending on upbringing and self insecurity). Think of Beyonce, who’s other, more aggressive persona of herself she calls “Sasha Fierce.” Beyonce went on to explain,“I have two different sides to my personality. It’s when I’m on the stage and who I really am (off stage) … and give them (fans) a better, deeper connection to my true feelings and my sensitivities and vulnerabilities. The more mature I get the more I use Sasha Fierce when I’m afraid or when I need to be strong or a little more tough.”

Walker has demonstrated amazing physical discipline throughout his life and career (and only eats 1 meal a day!), but this comes as no surprise to Brain Type enthusiasts. Think … who is considered to be the, or one of the most regimented football players today? Yes, Tom Brady, another #9. Remember, too, that #9s can tend to be fear-oriented, wanting to keep up appearances (especially as they get older) and seeking to please those around them. Herschel was also raised with a solid upbringing down in his home state of Louisiana.

In terms of martial arts and fighting, two well-known #9 boxers have been Oscar De La Hoya and Evander Holyfield.

Also check out the video below where Walker shares his thoughts on taking the knee.

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10/10/17 – Football’s Antonio Brown needs to calm down

“I don’t know [if] he needs to react that way. He’s superhuman on the football field, and when that happens it almost brings him back to being a mere mortal, if you will. Because it gets in his head and it just messes with all of us a little bit. I’m not trying to call AB out. I just think this is causing a distraction that none of us really need.”

Those are the words of Ben Roethlisberger (#13 FCIR), quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Who was he talking about?  Receiver Antonio Brown, who “threw a bit of a tantrum on the sideline when he tossed a Gatorade cooler and proceeded to yell at offensive coordinator Todd Haley.” Brown also was visibly upset at Roethlisberger after the QB missed him when he was wide open for a pass, resulting in the team having to punt.

So what’s Brown’s inborn Brain Type?  He’s an energetic #9 FCAR, and coach Mike Tomlin also thinks he needs to calm down. “He’s a competitor, but he has to control it. If he does not, it can work against him, it can work against us.” Tomlin went on to add, “Man, this is not Antonio’s first rodeo. I’m not going to waste a lot of time talking to Antonio about not throwing water coolers and so forth. Be a professional.”

Remember that #9 FCARs are your quintessential emotional reactors (along with #1 FEARs), wearing their high-strung feelings on their sleeves. Containing Antonio Brown will be no easy matter. Think of former NBAer Kevin Garnett, or entertainment’s Kanye West. This author is the parent of two energetic #9s, and it’s vitally important to start at an early age with some simple disciplines, such as reading quietly for 15 minutes, using quieter voices at the dinner table, and so on. With a little practice, they can learn to channel their energy with focused fervor in accomplishing great things, as did our longtime and unforgettable friend, Vic Braden.

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10/5/17 – The unique cast of “Cheers”

There was an article recently from FoxNews titled, “11 Things You Didn’t Know About Cheers,” and we thought there we some interesting tidbits worth sharing with our BT audience. First of all, if you haven’t heard of “Cheers,” you’re likely younger than 30 years old. The classic sitcom ran from 1982 to 1993, and was American’s favorite show for most of that time, showcasing a cast of funny characters that hit off each other with both witty hilarity and other times very simple humor.

Interestingly enough, two of the star characters, Sam and Diane, played by Ted Danson (#9 FCAR) and Shelley Long (#15 FCIL), were both non-#13 FCIRs. Pretty rare for a comedy sitcom! Years later Kelsey Grammar (#13 FCIR) would be added to the crew, much to the ire of Ms. Long. In Grammar’s own words, “Shelly’s efforts to get me off the show were relentless.” We don’t know exactly why Kelsey got under Shelley’s skin, but leave it to the proactive #15 to not be complacent about it!

Lastly, the characters of Sam and Diane were inspired by former actors Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Anyone notice the irony? Hepburn was another #15 FCIL like Long, making whatever ‘inspiration’ there was exactly spot on when it comes to inborn Brain Type!

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10/2/17 – Jane Fonda snaps at Megyn Kelly

So what happens when you put two competent, strong-willed #15 FCIL women in the same room together for what is meant to be a cordial interview?  Well, if it’s anything like last week, you get some pretty awkward moments. Actress Jane Fonda appeared on “Megyn Kelly Today” last Wednesday to promote her new film, “Our Souls at Night,” when the interview took a turn and Kelly asked Fonda about her plastic surgery.

“You’ve been an example to everyone in how to age beautifully and with strength and unapologetically,” Kelly told Fonda. “You admit you’ve had work done, which I think is to your credit. But you look amazing…. I read that you said you’re not proud to say you’ve had work done. Why not?” The crowd applauded, and all seemed well in news-land, until Jane’s countenance suddenly dropped. “We really want to talk about that now?” she asked. Megyn, caught off guard, replied, “Well, one of the things people think when they look at you is how good you look.” Jane responded matter of factly, “Well, thanks. Good attitude, good posture. I take care of myself. But let me tell you why I love this movie that we did, ‘Our Souls at Night,’ rather than plastic surgery.”

Ouch! Sitting next to Fonda was fellow actor Robert Redford, a rare #11 FCAL still in Hollywood. He looked a bit uncomfortable himself, and laughed awkwardly.

Lesson for Ms. Kelly … don’t mess with your fellow Brain Type. You think she would have learned her lesson with Donald Trump (#15 FCIL).

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9/20/17 – The NFL’s Chris Jones

We love training our BTInsiders to become better people readers’ in order that they, too, can be able to identify others’ inborn designs and better relate to them. Here is a humorous test case for you all … NFL lineman Chris Jones of the Kansas City Chiefs. Watch the video below and make your guesses.

What’s Chris Jones’ favorite thing about playing defense at Arrowhead Stadium?  Oh man, the fans, the popcorn smelling. The stadium smells so good all game I want to take a break from the game, run up there and grab me a hot dog or something. I know it sounds fat but honestly it smells so good at Arrowhead Stadium. Warm-ups man, you can smell the hot cocoa. A lady asked me if I wanted hot cocoa. I had to say no cause we were playing. But I really did. It’s crazy, man.”

And what’s his favorite thing to do in his off time?  “Sleep. I can sleep all day. Sleep and eat.”

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9/15/17 – Stevens and Nadal win the U.S. Open

She won the 2017 US Open Tennis Open, and although some are comparing her to Serena Williams (#1 FEAR), between the ears, she is no Serena Williams. We are talking about Sloane Stephens, the talented and extremely athletic womens tennis professional who took home the Grand Slam title against fellow American Madison Keys over the weekend to win her first major title. “It hasn’t sunk in yet, but hopefully in a little while once I, like, am able to lay down and relax and think about it, I’ll realize that I really am the US Open champion.”

Stephens is a #13 FCIR (even though at times she resembles a smiley #9 FCAR like Simone Biles). She is extremely strong, and is “very engaging. She can walk into a room and really command a presence in the room.”

Meanwhile, Raphael Nadal took home another major title by winning the mens circuit. Remember that Nadal is a lefty, enabling him to better utilize the gross motors. This phenomenon can be witnessed in other sports with such FCIR players as Bill Russell of basketball, baseball’s Babe Ruth, Sandy Koufax, and Clayton Kershaw, and the NFL’s Gayle Sayers and Sebastian Janikowski. All of these have manifested superior gross proficiencies for CIA owls.

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9/12/17 – Isaiah Thomas emotional about NBA trade

Talented Boston point guard Isaiah Thomas (#1 FEAR) is on his way to Cleveland to join Lebron James (#1 FEAR) and his Cavalier basketball team, but the parting has been an emotional experience for the NBA All -Star. Why?  One reason is “because that was our goal in Boston for so long get through the Cavs, and win the East. And I know that’s still Boston’s goal. But now, it’s like, I’m the one who has to stop them from reaching it. And that’s tough. Because come playoff time, if and when we have to face the Celtics .I don’t know, it’s hard to explain. But that won’t just be the team I used to be on  “That’s my old team.”

After the announcement, Thomas got a text from NFL quarterback Tom Brady (#9 FCAR), one that stuck out for its thoughtfulness.

What’s up, IT, I heard about the news. You good? Brady wrote.

I’m alright. I mean, it’s crazy. It’s a cold game, Thomas responded.

Yes it is. Best of luck. You’re gonna do great. Keep in touch, Brady said in return.

Thomas will never forget his Boston team, and would like to be remembered by its fans, saying, “I still like to imagine one thing. I like to imagine that sometime not long from now, somewhere in Boston, someone is going to be a parent, talking basketball to their kid. And their kid is going to ask them, point-blank like kids do, you know, Yo why you become a Celtics fan?  And that parent, man, they’re going to think back to themselves really think on it. And then they’re going to smile, and tell the truth. I saw Isaiah Thomas play.’ That would make me very happy. For me, I think, that’d be enough.

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9/6/17 – Khloe and Caitlyn’s strained relationship

In a recent candid sit-down together, TV-reality stars Caitlyn Jenner (formerly known as Bruce) and Khloe Kardashian (his step-daughter) discussed their strained relationship over the last few years, primarily beginning around the time when Bruce was transitioning into Caitlyn. Remember, once a talented Olympian, Jenner is a #15 FCILwhile his daughter Khloe is a #1 FEAR. As such, they are almost complete opposite Brain Types, sharing only their Front brain executive functions, such as higher energy levels that dictate many cerebral processes including a tendency toward ‘extraversion’. Yet, as we pointed out sometime ago, not only are they quite different in Brain Type, but also in the brain itself.

While Jenner told Diane Sawyer, another #15 FCIL, a few years go My brain is much more female than it is male, we assured our readers that, physiologically, such is not the case. For one, the male brain is typically about ten percent larger than the female brain. The parietal region is also thicker in the female brain, making it harder for them to mentally rotate objectsWomen often report difficulty with spatial tasks, both on tests and in real life. Thirdly, men rely heavily on the amygdala in the right hemisphere of the brain, while the female has a greater inborn capacity to engage both amygdalae. Males also have more gray matter, while female brains have more than 9.5 times as much white matter, the stuff that connects various parts of the brain. The frontal area of the cortex and the temporal area of the cortex are more precisely organized in women, and are bigger in volume.

We could go over countless other differences between the God-given male and female brains, but for now we wanted to highlight Khloe’s feelings about her former dad. In the conversation (the video can be seen below), Khloe tells Caitlyn, “For me, you’re all I remember … Bruce was. So not having you in my life is a huge blow. So I’m like, “Ok, my second dad, this guy that I’ve grown up with that raised me, was taken away from me, but no one really let me have that.”

While such a transition would be hard for any daughter, Khloe seems to have taken it much harder than her Inanimate, dominant Conceptual sister Kim (#13 FCIR). Khloe remarked, It was very hard for me to experience a lot of new things so quickly, and still feel like I have to protect my mom, and certain things that were happening, where I felt they might not have been the most positive.” This reaction really comes as no surprise, as the #1 FEAR is grounded in here-and-now reality. To suddenly be forced to ‘pretend’ her father is now a woman would not come easily for the dominant reality-grounded Empirical Khloe, and still apparently does not. Says Caitlyn to Khloe in the discussion, “Over the last year and a half, we certainly have grown apart. Ai??Day after day after month after month, nobody calls, nobody checks in.”

For those who don’t know, the #1 FEAR is the most likely BT to check in with family members (especially parents). Many #1s connect by phone daily! For there to be this major a rift, things aren’t looking good for their relationship. Get on the bad side of a#1, Cait, and his or her affections will go south in a hurry. Sadly, not good in a family relationship

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