Front-brain, Conceptual, Animate, Right-brain

Quickly conceives (and responds to) imaginations personally

highly energetic; enthusiastic, charming, imaginative, improvisational; sees possibilities; spontaneous; easily bored with repetition; enjoys solving people’s problems; catalyst, marketer, language skilled.

The sections above are previews of Jon Niednagel’s latest book series on how each area of life relates to each particular Brain Type. For much further detail on a particular subject, be sure to check out Jon’s book on the respective topic, available upon release in the i-Store Learning Center.
The Stereotypical Particulars: Approximately 6 out of 10 sampled of each particular Brain Type will resemble the descriptions below, with approximately 4 out of 10 being atypical due to upbringing, environmental influences, etc.  These generalizations are not intended to be offensive to any particular Type; however, our aim is to equip you, the reader, with the appropriate distinctions necessary in assessing others.
Appearance: dresses colorfully & expressively, unashamed to be different, bright and warm appearance, may walk on toes, smooth gait, may have curly hair, masculine characteristics sometimes less pronounced in males, often wide-eyed, loose, uninhibited smile with a bright countenance.

Personality: friendly, enthusiastic, zesty, flexible in one’s schedule, highly verbal, speaks quickly with wide range of voice inflection, cheerful, bubbly, vivacious, animated, supportive, full of life, theatrical, dramatic, over-the-top, having fun in every day tasks, charismatic, exaggerated, scatterbrained.

Athletic Characteristics: coordinate fine and gross motor muscle movements with fluidity, graceful, acrobatic, leaping, extremely high energy, often explosive, nimble, agile, very supple, spur-of-the-moment, natural, offensive minded, have good endurance & very high pain threshold in competition, play by the rules but may test the boundaries.


These are two representative examples for this Brain Type. Please note that these interviews are only provided as a sample of what someone with this design might be like. They are not sufficient for training you how to accurately distinguish this Brain Type from others. The ‘Brain Type Trainer’ video training program has a much more in-depth visual perspective and commentary for each Brain Type. The ‘Brain Type Trainer’ is the optimal training tool for learning how to accurately evaluate each of the 16 inborn designs. Visit the i-Store Learning Center for more information on how to order the Brain Type Trainer and other learning aids available from BT Enterprises.

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Articles – FCAR

5/26/24 – The Tom Brady Roast

5/26/24 – The Tom Brady Roast

So a few weeks ago Netflix premiered the "Tom Brady Roast," where former players and current celebrities basically got together for a night to joke about Tom Brady (#9 FCAR) without going "too" far over the line.  Of course, it was a money-making stint, particularly...

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11/14/23 – Goldie Hawn’s encounter with the third kind

11/14/23 – Goldie Hawn’s encounter with the third kind

Have you ever had an alien encounter?  From a Brain Type's perspective, most encounters ironically seem happen to Conceptuals, especially dominant Conceptuals.  Turn on the SciFi channel, etc., and you'll find a host of highly Conceptual people sharing detailed...

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The #9 FCAR is an initiator of new ideas and projects.  Every day, new possibilities come into view and are acted upon.  These enterprises are not undertaken alone.  With persuasive enthusiasm, the FCAR recruits others to embark on the latest venture.  A highly active imagination drives the FCAR to bounce from one activity to the next, creating even more energy and bringing passengers along.  There is never a dull moment.  Could the Pied Piper have been an FCAR?  With a high dose of Front-brained “extraversion,” the FCAR feels concern for others and the need to help and affirm them.  In doing so, the FCAR needs affirmation on a constant basis.  Going to great lengths to please and gain approval, the FCAR rarely slows down until exhaustion hits.  This hyperactivity makes the FCAR fun to live with, yet unpredictable to the point of sometimes frustrating others.  FCARs are dynamic, highly skilled, and usually can do anything to which they set their minds.  They can be marvelous musicians and vocalists.  FCARs are value-oriented, distracted at work or school by disharmony, and often late because of a vague awareness of time (thanks to their high activity in the Conceptual neurons of the Right brain).  They are social, charismatic, generously giving of themselves and their affection to all around them.  They idealize relationships.  Perceiving the world through possibilities, the FCAR explores and implements one idea after another, one experience after another, improvising and creating.  Work is play and needs to be unstructured with constant interaction.  The FCAR helps make the world go around for others, “decorating” home, work and schools with a warm, colorful touch.



CAs enjoy the learning process best when they combine their Conceptual and Animate functions.  Learning about people—past, present, and future—is of keen interest to CAs.  They like to consider the potential in people and enjoy learning how others optimized their abilities.  It is important for CAs to feel good about their teacher.  When respecting and caring for their instructor, CAs work hard not only to learn, but also to please.  The lower grade levels pose more difficulty for some FCARs, who fail to be stimulated by rote learning and may have difficulty sticking with the mundane tasks, distracted by the more interesting people around them.  The drama department may be just what they need for their creative energy and love of the spotlight.  As Right-brain dominant Animates, FCARs attach emotion to most of what they encounter.  Whether reading, writing, or thinking about others, FCARs view the personal side of issues.  As Conceptuals, FCARs idealize the possibilities in people; they are keenly interested in personal development.  FCARs seek subjects and material which stimulate their imaginations, especially relating to people.  The ultimate “possibility thinkers” with regard to people, FCARs look for the positive in whatever they do.  They choose classroom subjects, college majors, and vocations that offer inspiration and hope.  They seek meaning and fun in life’s pursuits.  FCARs are creative wordsmiths and are gifted at metaphorical communication.  They often become communications majors in college.



FCAR children are typically born enthusiastic and need only to be pointed and supported in the right direction in order to tackle life head-on.  Early on, they can be seen using their toys imaginatively, not according to the intended usage.  This creative and free spirit is started early and extends through life.  Born entertainers, FCARs charm their way through school and into the hearts of friends.  Very Right-brained, they need to be helped with self-discipline and in finishing what they start.  Improvisation may come easily, but it doesn’t always have the best results.  When started early in athletics, FCARs can attain a high degree of skill and can be found in every professional sport.  They are natural gymnasts and can be the best figure-skaters and divers.  FCAR children seek to be with other people most of the time.  They are leaders, naturally optimistic, and are often confident risk-takers.  They are generous and need supervision in wise spending practices.  FCARs aim to please, are sensitive to criticism and tension in the home, and need creative outlets for their obvious gifts.  Being dominant Conceptuals, they need help on occasion in being drawn back to reality, and in dealing with anything unpleasant.  They may overextend themselves to please others and personalize negative comments to an exaggerated extent.  The delightful FCAR child has unlimited potential when raised with understanding and sensitivity.



FCARs are energetic, enthusiastic, and relationally-gifted members in any congregation.  They value expressing their faith in song, word, praise, and action.  They are found in the pulpit, in youth leadership, song leading, choir direction, and in almost every facet of corporate worship and service.  Multi-talented and theatrical, the FCAR can be found—in his religious congregation—writing and directing plays, performing shows, leading the Sunday school, and directing the choir.  Often possessing the gifts of evangelism, teaching, and faith, FCARs exercise their gifts with warmth and enthusiasm.  They are interested in knowing and expressing God’s loving qualities.  This preference may need to be balanced with God’s justice and holiness.  FCARs may need help with adding structure to their spontaneity, as well as being still before God and waiting on Him.  They have the capacity to have a big heart toward God, and the people skills to bring others along with them as they seek their Creator wholeheartedly.



#9 FCARs are designed to relate to people in positive ways.  With warmth and enthusiasm, they attract others to themselves.  With ease and confidence, they sell themselves to those they want to attract.  Idealistic to the extreme, FCARs often need someone grounded in the real world such as an Empirical Left-brainer.  FCARs seek the meaningful, the passionate, the new, and throw themselves into their relationships with abandon, epitomizing what “falling in love” means to most of us.  As romantics, FCARs are responsive to the quixotic actions of their partner, embracing the sublime world of love and affection.  To court or be courted through poetic conversation, candlelight encounters, or idyllic getaways is valued.  FCARs want to be loved for who they are, not for what they can do or for how they might look.  As Conceptual Animates, FCARs live lives of transparency and values; they want to be measured in terms of internal character.  FCARs express their Animate “feelings” openly and transparently and make exceptional marriage partners when they operate within the strengths of their Brain Type.  The intensity of their emotions and the high level of energy with which they operate make for exciting, if not exhausting relationships.



The contagious optimism and enthusiasm of #9 FCARs make the workplace a dynamic place to be.  Working well with others, they still have independent spirits when it comes to rules and regulations.  FCARs are the ultimate “Possibility Thinkers.”  They feel everyone should live in a world of optimism.  Everything has significance.  Wanting to please and having strong personal values will often overcome their independence, making them effective team players.  They especially excel in closing the deal, selling tangibles and intangibles alike.  They speak comfortably and effectively on the phone—an important tool in their business.  Having the wisdom and ability to speak often and regularly with clients, they provide a personal touch that is always appreciated and needed.  FCARs are capable of achieving success in many professions, including sales, an area in which they are frequently found.  The CEO position is sometimes filled by energetic and astute FCARs who lead with skill and imagination.  Not wanting to become enmeshed in tedious detail, FCARs need the help of those who can handle the small stuff, leaving the FCAR to work directly with people and ideas.  FCARs are dynamic and usually can do anything they set their minds to.

Popular Career Choices:
Sales, public relations, entrepreneur, human services, health related professions, music, acting and entertaining, play and screen writing, journalism, advertising, ministry, counseling, psychology (note the great latitude in career choices).



All Q1 Front, Right-brainers have a tendency to develop undisciplined and poor eating habits, including eating too much.  If not careful, they can sometimes embrace the philosophy that they live to eat.  On the other hand, their Back, Left-brained Q4 counterparts are more apt to behave in opposite fashion—particularly the BEIL (the FCAR’s opposite) who often eats only to live (except for enjoying a sweet tooth).  FCARs are known to struggle more with being overweight than most other Brain Types, yet they can conquer this area of discipline admirably with the right approach.  As Conceptual Animates, FCARs must first accept themselves as they are before they begin a successful diet.  Taking the emotional negativism away before adding the deprivation of desired food will lighten the psychological load and better ensure a good start.  It is important for CAs to ask the question, “Who am I pleasing?” by dieting.  Not only must they personally desire to lose weight, but it is very beneficial whenever they can identify another important person in their life whom they want to please.  CAs strongly seek to delight their loved ones.  Filling FCARs’ lives with people and activities of interest will distract them from the rigors of dieting.  And don’t forget their needed affection and verbal rewards.  Believe in FCARs and they are capable of great sacrifice.  They may need to get tough with themselves and not be emotional eaters.  Help them through the hard emotional times.  Be there for FCARs, cheer them on, and they will most often diet successfully.



FCARs participate in athletics with a high degree of energy.  They are often like volcanoes ready to erupt, not emotionally so much as physically.  They find it hard, however, to separate their emotions from sports, which generally provide them additional impetus.  FCARs are among the best at figure skating, diving, and gymnastics.  Their Right-brained dominance provides them grace, flow, and spontaneity.  Conceptual “intuition” lends tremendous creativity to their routines, and Front-brained “extraversion” fuels high energy.  Couple these with the CA’s superior ability to coordinate gross and fine-motor movements and it’s easy to understand their remarkable athleticism.  Performing before a worldwide audience, such as the Olympic Games, creates such an adrenaline rush that FCARs usually forget the difficulty of their routines and attempt them with uncharacteristic boldness.  They tend to go outside themselves, utilizing abilities they never knew they had.     Front-brained CAs are known for their work ethic in athletics, particularly those who learned self discipline as youngsters.  FC_Rs (FCAR and FCIR) are highly adept at visualizing.  Their dominant and spatial Right-brained Conceptual function is used to imagine spatial events in their lives, including athletics.  By visualizing, FCARs build confidence, perfect technique, and activate regions of the brain that are important for athletic success.  Like other Conceptuals, FCARs will be well served by developing their motor skills at an early age.  Without a doubt, FCARs can be superb athletes.


Body Skill Bird

The stork is a representation of the Personal Imaginers.  The stork’s esteemed reputation is backed by reliable, documented evidence from at least 3,000 years of recorded history.  A number of civilizations and societies took special notice of storks and sought to protect them from harm.  Laws were passed protecting life and limb of these beloved birds.  Even Aristotle, as early as 300 B.C., wrote that the stork was revered in his day for its unique characteristics.  The Romans, too, were enamored with the stork’s attributes.  The Lex Ciconaria, or “Stork’s Law,” was established mandating that children provide for their parents when the latter became elderly and in need.  The Romans, observing how the stork had cared for members of its family, both young and old, legislated their approval for the compassion, sensitivity, and love demonstrated by the bird for its own.

The stork occupies a special place in the Bible, as well.  In the sacred text of the Hebrews, the stork is described as the “pious one.”  The Hebrew word, hasidhah, is the word for stork.  The root word is the noun hesed, which means “lovingkindness, loyal love.”  Hesed is used some 250 times in the Old Testament, particularly in the Psalms, to illustrate the many ways God demonstrates His infinite love for mankind and to depict mans’ kindness to his fellow man.  The comparison of the stork’s love for its family with God’s love for mankind speaks supremely well for the stork.  During biblical times, the stork was considered the most loving of all birds, a fact the Bible plainly recognizes.

Our word, “stork” is actually taken from the ancient Greek storgé, which literally means, “an innate, natural affection.”  This could be best understood by contemplating a mother’s unconditional love for her child.  The definition, however, is broader in meaning.  It connotes an affection capable of being directed to anyone.  C.S. Lewis in The Four Loves states, “It is indeed the least discriminating of loves.”  It isn’t predicated upon looks, intelligence, blood relationship, or age.  The illiterate, grotesque, and the homely can all be recipients of storgé (affection) love.

Thus, whether we base our meaning of the word “stork” from the Hebrew or Greek, or accept the legendary accounts concerning its character, we find that the stork is truly a caring, loving creature.  The Personal Imaginers share this characteristic.  In the wild, storks will shelter their young (and old) from the hot sun or imposing elements with their massive wings.  Storks will travel nearly 50 miles to find and bring back food to the nest—whatever it takes.  They’ll gulp up water from the swamps below their high nests, flying back to shower their babies or parents with cool water.  They’ve even been seen to stay and die in the nest with babies or elderly during a forest fire!

Now Storks don’t act so uprightly all the time, there can be the wayward ones, but most value integrity and encourage others to seek it likewise.  They believe the best about others and value relationships.  They’re devoted to friends, family, and their vocations.  They tend to be romantic, and visionary, and they’re often optimistic about future possibilities.

Storks can also be acrobats and actors with their flying antics; these huge birds can be amazingly agile in the air—so, too, can the Brain Types of this group be acrobatic and actors.  Needless to say, there are many parallels with the amazing stork.

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.  Similar to Doves, Storks are service oriented, but liking to pursue long-term goals as conceptual people, they tend to last longer in academic pursuits than the live-for-today Doves.

• Practice self-discipline in necessary but unappealing areas.
• Look closer at detail and place greater value on facts.
• Implement and carry out unsavory routine tasks.
• Work on being a better listener.
• Be sure your observations are grounded in reality and not your imagination.
• Seek (E)mpirical (I)nanimate input when making important decisions.
• Plan ahead so as not to lose logic under pressure.
• Be careful not to place too much importance upon being liked by others.
• Separate your “wish dreams” from what you should expect to transpire.
• Help others acquire your zest for living.
• Share the attention you draw.
• Endeavor to level out your emotional highs and lows.
• Enjoy spending time alone.
• When emotions seem to be overly ruling, seek (E)mpirical (I)nanimate counsel.

“Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child rests against his mother.” Psalm 131:2

Choose some tasks that require perseverance.

Establish realistic goals.

Prepare a schedule with time frames, and then choose an encouraging friend to help you follow your schedule.

Give extra effort when logical analysis and reasoning are required.


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