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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.

10/5/17 – 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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8/29/17 – Will Purdue’s take on Jordan v.s. James

An article came out a little while ago that differentiated two particular Brain Types with striking accuracy, namely the #1 FEAR and the #6 BEIR. The article quotes former Chicago Bull #13 FCIR Will Purdue, who watched fellow Bull Michael Jordan play day after day. In his opinion, Jordan’s persistence was the differentiating factor between him and the Cavalier’s LeBron James.

In Purdue’s own words, You see LeBron say: I’m playing hard, I averaged a triple-double, I’ll sleep well tonight.’ I don’t think you would ever hear those words come out of MJ’s mouth. Even if he had 60, [if] he lost and thought somebody had got the best of him, he would be pissed.

Jordana’s infamous competitive drive made him the goat back in the day, but it would lead him to “somehow find a way to beat you somehow Perdue says. I’m not sure how. He’s not sure how, but he would stay up weeks to figure it out.

Veteran Brain Typists needn’t be reminded of the #6 BEIR‘s innate tactical design (ala General Norman Schwarzkopf in Desert Storm), and also just how much they hate, hate, hate to lose. James is a great player, arguably even more talented than MJ (especially with gross motor prowess), and due to his size and strength many might even be incline–d to choose him first for their fantasy basketball team. But, when it came to sheer contempt over losing a single ball game, none compared to Jordan. He was the undisputed king of competitive fire.

Although a king in his own right, Mr. James could use a little of MJ’s ‘fury’ if he hopes to win another championship ring.

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8/22/17 – Tom Cruise injures himself filming Mission Impossible

Many of us are familiar with the crazy antics of actor Tom Cruise, and that’s why many were surprised years ago when BTI Typed him as a #11 FCAL. What?  A Left brain dominant actor strapping himself onto planes, jumping on couches, and climbing up the tallest buildings in the world?  How is that possible?

First, you would be hard-pressed to find an #11 woman (who live life more in the conservative Left brain world) taking the risks that Mr. Cruise takes. He is a man, after-all, and a man desperately craving attention (we’ll get to more of that later). Secondly, and more significant, Tom is left-handed. Remember our article on fellow #11 Paul McCartney just last month?  As we stated then, left-handers “utilize the Right hemisphere of the brain more efficiently to control their motor skills (the Right brain largely controls the left side of the body), thus enabling them to find greater success in sports, music, or even acting (where Right brain adaptability is crucial). Additionally, lefty #11s are normally more cognitively adept with the Right brain. Singing, conversing or orating, lefty #11s can usually parrot the animated #9 BT more than righty FCALs.”

Throughout his life, Tom also has learned to overcome the odds by pushing himself day after day after day (no surprise for the perfectionist #11). He was diagnosed with dyslexia at 7 years old, which some might describe as a “blockage” in the Q4 (Back, Left) region of the brain (where #4s, #8s, #12s, and #16s reside).

Tom said of his younger years, “When I was about 7 years old, I had been labeled dyslexic. I’d try to concentrate on what I was reading, then I’d get to the end of the page and have very little memory of anything I’d read. I would go blank, feel anxious, nervous, bored, frustrated, dumb. I would get angry. My legs would actually hurt when I was studying. My head ached. All through school and well into my career, I felt like I had a secret.”

Cruise overcame his disability, however, with organized, creative ideas that some other Brain Types may have struggled to implement. “I raised my hand a lot. I knew that if I participated, I’d get extra points and could pass. If I had a test in the afternoon, I’d find kids at lunchtime who’d taken the test that morning and find out what it was like.” To deal with his frustration, Cruise also “went out for athletics baseball, wrestling, soccer, football, hockey, you name it and really blew off a lot of steam there.”

Tom’s life is a fascinating read, but for now we just wanted to share the recent headline that he injured himself while shooting Mission Impossible 6. Tom is well-known for performing most of his own stunts, but now that he’s 55 years old, he may want to consider letting up a bit. “Daredevil Tom Cruise came unstuck after he injured himself during a failed building jump stunt while filming Mission: Impossible 6,” reads one article. “Video footage has emerged showing the esteemed actor, 55, taking a gigantic leap off some rigging and onto a rooftop while attached to a harness, but his jump appears to fall short and he crashes into the side of a building.”

Watching the video does make one cringe, and you can view it by clicking our “source article” link.

And, finally, as we eluded to earlier, #11s love to be loved, admired, and appreciated, often craving the attention of others to a fault (though usually masked in a demure manner, especially among females). At only 5 foot 7 and growing up feeling sub-par to everyone around him, Tom’s “Napoleon Complex” led him to pursue personal perfection, and it paid off. The name Tom Cruise is synonymous with Hollywood itself.

Robert Redford and Tom Selleck are two other well-known #11s still active in Hollywood.

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8/9/17 – Pied guitarist Glen Campbell passes away

He was known as the “Rhinestone Cowboy,” and described by one author as the upbeat guitarist from Delight, Arkansas, whose smooth vocals and down-home manner made him a mainstay of music and television for decades.”  Yesterday, beloved singer Glen Campbell passed away, and he was 81 years old. “It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist, Glen Travis Campbell … following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease,” a Facebook statement said.

Even before he was a singing sensation, Campbell was a highly in-demand session guitarists, “known for his astonishing speed and his brilliant ear.”  Being a musical #9 FCAR Brain Type, this comes as no surprise. In his own words about his growing up years, Music was my world before they started putting a label on it. We had a five-day-a-week radio show, six, seven years. You use up a lot of material doing that. We did everything from country to pop, when rock came along.”  Also not surprising is the fact that Glen scarcely read music, but rather went by feel. “Glen Campbell didn’t really read music. He could look at charts and get a sense of what was going on, but everything he did was by ear, said a former drummer.

The 60s were full of war and turmoil, of course, and the “pied piper” #9 Campbell at the time was criticized for his clean-cut image and lighthearted attitude. To him, however that was OK. “If I can just make a 40-year-old housewife put down her dish towel and say ‘Oh!’ — why then, man, I’ve got it made,’ “ he told Time magazine. Did you also know Campbell starred alongside John Wayne (#5 FEIR) in the original 1969 film ‘True Grit’? He was a true Ren-aissance man.

Although #9s can tend to let mistakes and failures get them down, Campbell learned to deal with them. In his later years he began to forget lyrics, and found himself suddenly unfamiliar with chord changes. That didn’t stop him, however. He stated plainly to one reporter, “I am content with it. Don’t cry over spilt milk. Get up and be a man and do what you have got to do.”

Great advice for any Brain Type, especially the FCAR. Thanks for the warm memories, Glen.

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7/28/17 – JJ Redick and the NBA family life

The #6 BEIR usually shoots pretty straight with you. They’re candid, not afraid to speak their minds. It’s refreshing, actually, in a world largely dominated by folks who say one thing and think or do another. At any rate, one rare #6 BEIR in the NBA is JJ Redick of the Philadelphia 76ers. Mr. Redick is married and says he cares a great deal for his family. Yet, he admits how tough it is to be a professional basketball player and a husband and father at the same time.

The side of professional [basketball players] wives that sort of gets glamorized and there’s a perception that their lives are easy. But the reality is for the most part, they’re single parents for nine months out of the year. When I’m on the road, she’s on her own. The night before a game when I’m home, I’m thinking about the game. It’s hard for me to say this and admit this, but I don’t even know if I’m present half the time.”

It was hard for JJ to say, but he said it. Kudos for his honesty. Again he goes on to say:

I really care about my family. I really care about my kids. I really care about my wife. And I really care about their happiness. It’s a part of the decision. If I’m being completely honest, it’s 30 percent winning, it’s 30 percent salary, it’s 30 percent fit or enjoyment of playing/how I think I’ll like playing there. And the other 10 percent is how do I look out for my family and their lifestyle? And my wife wants me to be happy. I think that’s the main thing. She knows how much I put into this, and so she wants me to enjoy playing.

Not the perfect recipe for a great marriage or family life, to be sure. As a result, sadly, most NBA marriages don’t last more than a decade. As Thorin concluded in “The Hobbit” by J.R. Tolkien, “If more people valued home above gold, this world would be a merrier place.”

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