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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.

8/29/17 – 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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7/24/17 – Garbine Muguruza wins Wimbledon

Serena Williams is pregnant, so winning Wimbledon was not on her “to do” list this year. Thus, instead, taking her place to win it last week was a gal named Garbine Muguruza. BTI had never analyzed Garbine before, and while initially she gave the impression of a well-spoken #13 FCIR, we are here to tell you that Wimbledon has yet another #1 FEAR champion.

Looking at the i-Blog over the last few weeks, one would think FEARs are taking over the tennis circuit. From Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on the mens tour to the young Jelena Ostapenkoa on the womens, #1s are seemingly once again swinging the racket and making a name for themselves. Does anyone remember #1 Jennifer Capriati (who also resembled fellow #1 Monica Lewinsky)? Muguruza is from the same genetic stock, it seems, and when she lets her hair down she might pass for Jennifer’s cross-cultural sister (Muguruza is Spanish-Venezuelan). She dances, she smiles, she laughs, and she screams during her hits, all tendencies of the energy-expending FEAR.

Garbine defeated her childhood idol Venus Williams (#9 FCAR) for the trophy, saying everything just came together. Is very hard to find, like, a recipe to feel good fitness-wise, tennistically [sic], mentally. I think in this tournament I put everything together, which is very hard. Normally, you’re tired, I feel pain here, my confidence is not there. So I felt this tournament I find somehow to put everything together and perform good at every level. For the emotional #1, mental stability is key. Ai??When the brain breaks down, so do their EA ‘dove’ muscles, causing them to take unneeded risks and hit wild shots out of bounds as their gross-motors stiffen. To be sure, this has happened to the young 23-year old Muguruza before.

“Two years ago I lost in final to Serena and she said I would win one day,” says Garbine, “and two years later here I am. There will be a big party to celebrate for sure.”

Yes, and as long as she stays healthy, we think Muguruza will be a tough contender for many years to come.

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7/18/17 – The young Jelena Ostapenko

She’s only 20 years old and won the French Open this year. She is the youngest woman to win it since 1997, and on top of that, she was unseeded. (And by the way, what female BT is usually most dominant on the French clay which is both slow and slippery?) Her name is Jelena Ostapenko, and although she lost to Venus Williams (#9 FCAR) last week at Wimbledon, the future is looking bright for this young Latvian phenom.

Ostapenko is a #1 FEAR, like a Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, and Anna Kournikova. She is an outspoken individual on the court, having quite the scream when she hits the ball (She also hits with very flat ground strokes, a #1 trait for sure). Check out the hilarious video below, titled, “The Battle of C’mons” where Jelena goes against Serena two years ago. Both Ostapenko and Williams yell “C’mon!” over a dozen times each during the match. Whether they were truly trying to motivate themselves in #1 fashion, or maybe just trying to get under each others’ skin, we may never know!

At 37 years of age, it’s amazing that Venus is still going strong (not to mention her battles with health). Her victory over Ostapenko will place her in the womens top 10 in the world, a well-deserved ranking. It’s definitely a good time to make her run while little sister Serena is out due to pregnancy!

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7/10/17 – The great tennis entertainer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

In our latest article we told you about Kei Nishikori, a rare #9 FCAR on the professional tennis circuit known for his likable personality and energy on the court. Ranked just above him at #10 is a fellow by the name of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a Frenchman not to be trifled with, having beat ‘the big four’ during his career … Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Andy Murray.

Tsonga has a nickname, and it’s not surprising when you see his picture. At first glance, it’s as if boxing great Muhammad Ali (#1 FEAR) came back as a tennis player, hence the “Ali” nickname for Wilfried. Remember, however, that resemblance doesn’t always equal same inborn Brain Type. Yet, in this case, it does!

Tsonga, like Ali, is a a #1 entertainer, and he says he loves playing in front of the crowd. As one author writes, “Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s game is definitely one of the most entertaining players on the ATP Tour, for his game and character.”   Lo and behold (and no surprise to BT enthusiasts), Tsonga is also known for sacrificing his body on the court, diving for balls as if his life depended on it. Be sure to check out the video below, “Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – Top 10 Incredible Diving Volleys.”

Channeling his inner Elvis Presley (#1), Tsonga also has a signature victory dance, where his feet spin in a series of “small skips and pirouetting leaps,” and he “raises his arms and sticks out his thumbs.” In his own words, “It was totally spontaneous because I was so happy” after beating Lleyton Hewitt (a rare ATP #6 BEIR). “I thought: ‘OK, if they loved it here, maybe they will love it everywhere’.” Tsonga also wishes he could just have fun playing tennis. “I wish I could’ve played 30 years ago. They had a fantastic time then. It was the best time to be a tennis player … They had a lot of fun. Now it’s not possible because it is so professional and there is so much money.”

In our next article we’ll highlight another #1 FEAR on the women’s circuit. Stay tuned!

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6/29/17 – The talented and unique Kei Nishikori

Today, the #13 FCIR dominates male tennis. Yesteryear was a different story, when names like John McEnroe (#6 BEIR), Borris Becker (#5 FEIR), and Andre Agassi (#5 FEIR) decorated the ATP leader board. Now, you will see names like Andy Murray (#13 FCIR), Rafael Nadal (#13), and Roger Federer (#13), who all share the same inborn design (despite different personalities).

That is why, recently, we were delighted to discover Kei Nishikori from Japan, who is among the current top 10 players in the world. Nishikori is an explosion of energy, a bright young man with a smile just as bright and a tennis game that’s really fun to watch. He’s 5’10”, only an inch taller than Michael Chang (#6 BEIR), if any tennis fans remember him. While Chang was Chinese, Kei is Japanese, and is the first ever Japanese player to make it in the top 10 ATP rankings! As one Japanese broadcaster explained, In Tokyo, in Japan, he’s like your Justin Bieber.

Nishikori is currently competing in the third round of the French Open, and just came off a victory over Jeremy Chardy. He is a force to be reckoned with, beating Federer on the hard court a few years ago and coming close to beating Rafael Nadal on clay at the Madrid Open before he suffered a back injury.

Kei is a rare #9 FCAR among the tennis elite. The only other #9 male tennis player in the last few decades who made a name for himself was MaliVai Washington, who at the top of his game was ranked 13th in the world (Kei is currently 8th). While #9s can be top gymnasts (ala Simone Biles), tennis cannot be planned and choreographed as thoroughly as a number of other sports. Still, “they can attain success by just following their natural, highly energetic acrobatic style,” as Jon writes in Your Key To Sports Success. Have you seen Nishikori’s game? He certainly is acrobatic. Watch when he gets ready to return a serve. He takes a wide stance with is legs, looking like he’s about to take off from the runners blocks!

Good luck in the French Open, Kei!

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6/26/17 – What Type is rookie sensation Aaron Judge?

MLB fans, and particularly Yankee fans, are thrilled about new rookie sensation Aaron Judge. Just a few days ago, “Judge continued his torrid rookie season with his 25th home run of the season Thursday night. The blast gave the Yankees a 5-1 lead, but it was not enough as they faltered and fell 10-5 to the Angels, their eighth loss in nine games.” Yes, the Yankees are not having their best year, but Judge certainly is. He’s hit 25 home runs in 70 team games, being the second-fastest to 25 home runs in the past eight years. If he stays on pace, Judge will be on track to hit 58 home runs this season, which could “threaten Mark McGwire’s rookie single-season home run record of 49 in 1987.” Not only that, he is one of six players in Yankees history to hit at least 25 home runs through 70 team games, joining Babe Ruth (#13 FCIR), Lou Gehrig (#6 BEIR), Mickey Mantle (#5 FEIR), Roger Maris (#6 BEIR) and Alex Rodriguez (#5 FEIR).

To be sure, Mr. Judge gave us a few different looks that initially made us hesitant to confirm his inborn design. Yet, after careful analysis, we are here to tell you that Aaron is indeed a #13 FCIR. At first glance, he somewhat appears #1 FEAR in nature, but his motor skills clearly give him away. As a right-handed batter, he has developed some excellent batting techniques and movements for his #13 design, enabling him to be as solid as he is. Judge has worked hard on his swing mechanics, and uses the gross motors rather well (most FCIRs who have excelled at the plate have batted from the left side, enabling them to better utilize the gross motor muscles).

Some are saying Aaron is a comer and goer, a rookie who shines shortly but won’t last in the long run. To be sure, there are many #13s who have followed this unfortuante path in baseball, yet there are also those who have left a lasting legacy at the plate (Babe Ruth, Ichiro Suzuki, Todd Helton, Mike Trout). Though few #13 righties have excelled at the plate, Mr. Trout has turned heads lately; of course, it doesn’t hurt that he’s also a freak athlete.

The #13 has certainly made his name famous on the mound more than the batters box, but if Judge can continue to play within himself, hitting to the opposite field when slumping and thereby utilizing the gross motors above his dominant fine motors, he certainly has the potential to find success for years to come.

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6/17/17 – Megyn Kelly takes on Alex Jones

Well, she’s got guts. No surprise, knowing her #15 FCIL design. We’re talking about NBC’s Megyn Kelly, and now multiple advertisers have told NBC that they don’t want to be anywhere near her upcoming interview with controversial media personality Alex Jones (#13 FCIR). In case you haven’t heard of Mr. Jones, he the leader of Infowars.com, which purportedly has millions of listeners and readers. As one author puts it, “He presents an extreme right-wing view of the world and espouses baseless and offensive conspiracy theories.” Some truth perhaps, although Jones has made several predictions before they’ve happened thanks to his ‘inside’ ties (including Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report).

After the uproar, Megyn tweeted, “POTUS has been on praising the AlexJones show. He’s giving InfoWars a WH press credential. Many don’t know him. Our job is 2 shine a light.”

Kelly’s ratings have been dropping at a steady pace since leaving FoxNews for NBC, and perhaps the interview is meant to stir things up a bit. The interview is set to air this Sunday.

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