Front-brain, Conceptual, Inanimate, Left-brain

Critiques, acts on, and communicates impersonal imaginations

born “CEO,” driven, takes charge; harnesses people to a distant goal; strategic, expressive; potential good debater and public speaker; seeks vision and purpose; political; self-focused; structured; logical abstraction 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: attractive, dressed in style, VERY confident looking, sometimes stern, organized, good eye contact, often low socks or no socks when casual (particularly among the white male community), classic model hairstyle, “clean cut,” usually brunette.

Personality: competent, precocious, ambitious, assuming, can be high and mighty, high powered, commanding, imposing, authoritative, born leader, diplomatic, political, opinionated, can be manipulative, goal driven, motivated, single-minded, in charge, distinct, articulate, & intelligent speech.

Athletic Characteristics: mechanical & more fine motor than gross motor control, energetic, intelligent and calculating, very strategic, mechanical (though uses of the left side in sports aid in fluidity), mechanically & technically sound movements, little wasted energy, controlling/coaching mentality, critical of others when performing, both offensive and defensive minded, play by and know the rules by heart, also uses the rules to own foremost advantage.


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.

When a Brain Type is mentioned in an i-Blog article, it is filed under the respective category.

Articles – FCIL

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The #15 FCIL is a person with a strong desire to lead.  This Brain Type has the ability and drive to harness people or groups toward a goal.  FCILs see the future with vision, relishing the leadership roles in that vision.  They are natural leaders who work hard, delegate well, and accomplish much.  With Left-brained Conceptual “intuition” and Inanimate “thinking,” FCILs formulate competent and far-reaching strategies.  They are born Chief Executive Officers (CEOs).  With firm persuasion, FCILs maintain control, even in the midst of crisis.  Rarely wavering from their convictions and objectives, they epitomize the characteristics of the commander in chief.  They invariably assume the command awarded them due to their intelligence and competence.  It has been said they cannot not lead.  This pattern begins early in life, almost from the moment FCILs come into contact with others.  “CEOs” have the ability to comprehend complex issues and relate them to the layperson with ease.  They can be outstanding communicators, public speakers, pastors, and presidents.  They usually memorize their speeches and have eye contact with their audiences.  Presidential candidates with this gift normally win the debates and votes.  FCILs desire to get tasks completed without delay.  They despise inefficiency.  They are drawn to solving problems with short and long term objectives.  Others may resist their style of leadership if it is overbearing, lacking in tact or impersonal.  Interpersonal skills must be learned by FCILs if they are to have success in friendships and marriage.  They actually do become good at relating to others, partly because of the desire to do so, and also because they are excellent actors and imitators.  They quickly pick up the appropriate behavior seen in others.  FCILs have an inborn penchant to lead people.  It is up to parents and society to instill in them the proper values.  When this is done, there are no stronger, competent, effective or better leaders than FCILs.



CIs have insatiable appetites for knowledge and learning; FCILs are no exception.  They usually will not go to the depths of learning sought by Back-brained CIs, but FCILs attain broad understanding in their areas of interest.  No Brain Type has greater potential as a debater, an articulator of logic.  Having an adept facility with Left-brained, language-based Conceptual “intuition,” FCILs have exceptional memories and can link concepts verbally.  Only a BCIR can “think” more extensively in the conceptual world, but the BCIR is not as comfortable or adept in public speaking.  As born CEO’s, FCILs are keenly interested in management positions and might be found majoring in business management.  FCILs want intelligent and communicative instructors, people who can answer their many questions.  FCILs’ learning curve can lag behind other CIs due to their dominant Front and Left-brained modes.  Yet due to their inordinate tenacity, it isn’t long before FCILs are near or on the same page as the other CIs.  FCILs can also excel at law, math, and science.



Even as children, FCILs are found leading with confidence and authority, given they have learned enough people skills to attract followers.  They have an early vision for their gift of leadership and have little inborn awareness that adults are authority figures—a fact that needs to be learned.  They question decisions made that affect them personally, especially when their understanding of the situation differs from that of the decision-maker.  Reticent to try new situations until sure they will appear competent, FCILs often need to gather information or practice a skill in privacy before they will risk public humiliation.  This tendency may give them the appearance of Back-brained “introversion” at a young age, though their F “extraversion” usually emerges when self-confidence is more fully developed.  FCIL children normally do well in school, being able to see far enough ahead to value education.  Sometimes feeling more competent than their elementary teachers, they may debate issues.  They need mental challenge and a variety of learning methods to stay interested.  The question “why” looms large in their minds, and they do best when it hasn’t been answered for them.  FCIL children tend to rule over less aggressive siblings.  Thinking they see what is best for each one, FCILs may initiate unwanted control and oversight.  This can cause resentment and conflict if not done with kindness.  There are more successful FCIL athletes at the professional level than any of the other seven Left-brained Types.  Wise athletic counsel would be to start them young.  In addition, FCILs are able to master virtually any academic challenge and vocation that catches their interest.



#15 FCILs have an innate desire to lead people.  They preach, teach, and lead with conviction.  When they are under the authority of God, they can be trusted to lead with integrity.  FCILs may need to focus on God’s love and mercy for spiritual balance, learn to be under the authority of others when necessary, and lead with humility and gentleness.  They place a high value on logical deduction which may need balance with Animate “feelings.”  FCILs often have the Biblical gifts of leadership, preaching, teaching, and exhortation.  They are best known for their leadership and communication skills.  They may need to be careful about telling God and others what to do, and yet not following their own admonitions.  Frequently found in the pulpit, they are clear expositors of Scripture, and congregations often leave with great inner conviction as to what must be changed in their own lives.



The dynamic, goal-oriented FCIL sees love as part of the overall purposes of life, fitting it into the picture created for success.  Wanting a pliable, harmonious helpmate, FCILs often choose partners from the #2 BEAR or #10 BCAR group, but can be found to marry just about every Brain Type.  If they marry another FCIL (which sometimes happens), the combination makes a dynamic duo, conquering the world with energy and purpose.  Stimulated by the unknown and the intellectual challenge, FCILs make a game out of love-seeking and winning.  They are action oriented and often impatient, wanting to fulfill their goals quickly.  Having conquered most things in life with confidence and ease, FCILs tackle personal matters with the same courage and often need to learn finesse.  They may need to be less direct, seek to meet the needs of the other person, and keep their judgments (and sometimes even emotions) more subdued.  FCILs have the need to set goals, be with people much of the time, and have a vision as to where life choices are leading.  To fit in with FCILs, to gain their interest, one must find out what they need.  Usually, FCILs need some humor to lighten the heavy loads they undertake, a listening ear, someone to come alongside them and assist them toward their goals.  They seek the attractive, the successful, the productive person; someone who fits their preconceived idea of what a mate should be.  The FCIL will be an industrious, likely outgoing partner, full of ideas and actions; one that will make life interesting if not the most harmonious.  They usually marry and have well-organized families.



The FCIL is no doubt an individual capable of achieving great success in business.  The twin functions of Conceptual “intuition” and Inanimate “thinking” allow the FCIL to formulate superb strategies.  The Left-brain dominance, leading to decisiveness, when coupled with Front-brained “extraversion,” makes for a strongly capable and visionary leader.  FCILs can exert tremendous forcefulness through gentle but firm persuasion, while maintaining control even in the midst of crisis.  Others often describe them as energetic, intellectual, and ambitious.  Rarely wavering from their convictions and objectives, the characteristic most identifiable with FCILs’ unique personality is leadership.  They invariably assume command given them because of their intelligence and competency.  FCILs rely most on Left-brained Conceptual logic when problem solving in any area.  Their progressive and quick-thinking minds work masterfully in pressure situations.  The terms “president,” “chief,” and “CEO” accurately describe FCILs.  Members of this Brain Type have a driving desire to lead.  Masters of the executive control center in the Left anterior region of the brain (Q3), FCILs are also strong in planning and strategizing.  They are able to visualize where their group is going and to effectively communicate this sense of direction.  Both short-term and long-range objectives are established by the FCIL in order to attain a far-reaching goal.  In the business world, FCILs naturally transition from the sales force to management quickly, since their strategic intelligence and leadership skills are valued by the company, often earning them promotions over those who may have been in the business far longer.

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FCILs have the drive and intellectual aptitude to excel in virtually all vocations, yet they seem to derive their greatest satisfaction from jobs that allow them to exercise their conceptual logic while leading and inspiring others. Some of these careers include:

Management in business or industry, entrepreneurial endeavors, organization executive, consulting, educational administration, politics, law, sales, medicine, financial planning, banking, ministry, public speaking, writing, coaching.



FCILs are often tough on themselves when undertaking any task.  Weight management is no exception.  The fear of failure causes undue stress, thus the need for FCILs to enjoy the process and focus less on the results.  When they fear failure in dieting, they probably won’t begin.  There appear to be more overweight FCIL men than women.  The exact reasons for this are uncertain.  Perhaps there are more men in the work force, utilizing their more trusted Conceptual function than Empirical.  When operating in this mode, they will be focused on their career ambitions, perhaps not being too cognizant of their eating habits.  As they race from one activity to another, food may be consumed as one might put fuel in a car.  The effort almost becomes subconscious.  Conceptuals are generally not as concerned about their appearance as Empiricals, nor are men as much as women.  As a rule, FCIL women seem to have a greater awareness of Empirical issues.  The FCILs’ strong Conceptual function can present other hurdles in weight management.  It normally isn’t as concerned with the texture and taste of food or masticating it slowly and delightfully.  Fullness is not quickly registered as it is with the Empirical function.  FCILs are well served when they slow down, noticing and enjoying what they’re eating.  FCILs normally find success in weight management when they give the effort.  After all, they can be masters of the brain’s Left anterior (Q3) executive control region.  Their Front-brained “extraversion” is a stumbling block, however.  This often causes them to eat faster and consume more food, as well as give less consideration to what they are eating.  FCILs must not let tensions of leadership and the need to be in control ruin their health.  They must learn to relax and let go of the non-essentials.



#15 FCILs are among the best athletes and excel in most sports, which cannot be said of many other Brain Types.  FCILs are consistently the best of the eight Left-brained Types—in most sports.  Many would not expect FCILs to do so well, considering they are Conceptuals whose fine and gross-motor skills are not as innately proficient as Empiricals.  Yet as we have seen with virtually all Brain Types (including Conceptuals), motor movements can be developed to compete in most sports at the upper levels.  In addition, FCILs’ inherent strength of Conceptual logic enables them to outfox most of their opponents.  These “CEOs” utilize their drive and tenacity in athletics to great advantage.  Their indomitable will perseveres until the game or match is over.  They are not about to concede defeat as long as they can stand and breathe.  FCILs are gifted with typological Conceptual “intuition.”  Thus, they can achieve rapid success through positive visualization techniques.  The younger they can begin mental training, the greater athletic success they will find.


Body Skill Bird

The Impersonal Imaginers are well represented by the owl.  This majestic, poised bird seems to sit in reflective silence, pondering the mysteries of the deep woods late into the night.  Similarly, members of this Brain Type group often sit in quiet repose, contemplating deep issues.

Not all Impersonal Imaginers are wise, but they have a high desire to be so—especially to gain book knowledge.  They love, in particular, to sink their sharp claws into any abstract or conceptual form of knowledge.  They not only ask whooo?, but Where? When? Why? and how much?  They are very inquisitive, always gathering more knowledge.  They can actually gain too much of it and lose all sense of pragmatism if they’re not careful.

The owl has been popular for thousands of years—probably due to its unusual, almost human appearance.  With its large head and staring, deep-set eyes, feathered tufts protruding like ears, and a beak that resembles a nose, the owl seems to possess a unique and ominous aura, setting it apart from other birds.  But not all owls look alike.  Over one hundred different species of owls are found the world over, including 18 in North America.  Their size varies greatly, with the largest having wingspans measuring over 5 feet in length compared to the smallest, which are tinier than a robin.

Similarly, the members of this Brain Type group come in the widest variety of personas, and we can’t emphasize this enough. Impersonal Imaginers often become actors, scientists, lawyers, politicians, doctors, college professors, computer whizzes, and so on, but you may also find them driving an 18-wheeler, a school bus, or a bulldozer.  Regardless of profession, however, they are usually highly industrious and will do whatever it takes to get by.  Most enjoy being entrepreneurs in some form.  Like their owl counterparts, who can see things in the night like few other animals, Impersonal Imaginers often burn the midnight oil.  Usually, they get their inspirations and revelations in the quiet hours, when daily distractions are gone.

Owls have amazing hunting accuracy, even in the dark.  Their hearing is off the charts as they hone in on their prey.  So too, Impersonal Imaginers strive for scientific accuracy in their academic or vocational pursuits.  They prize strategizing—calculating how to hit their targets.

Finally, young owls anxiously anticipate leaving the nest.  It seems as though they cannot wait to develop their wings and practice hunting.  They usually escape the nest even before they can fly (unlike most other birds) as they attempt to “conquer the world” as soon as possible.

Young Impersonal Imaginers develop a passion for knowledge very early in life, as well.  Typically very precocious as children, they are anxious to get out of the family “nest” and into the world where they can explore to their hearts’ (and minds’!) content.  Once a person becomes familiar with the differences in these four Brain Type groups, it becomes rather easy to identify the Owl children, whose exceptionally inquisitive minds set them apart from other children.

• Show and express appreciation and love daily to those with whom you are closest.
• Be tolerant of the mistakes, failures, and limitations of others.
• Take time to consider carefully others’ points of view.
• Practice flexibility and take time to “smell the roses”.
• Look for more ways to be a follower and servant.
• Encourage along the way.
• Base judgments on what actually exists rather than your imagination.
• Let down your guard.
• It’s okay to admit you don’t know something.
• Teach others how to lead.
• Practice humility and show interest in the lives of others to the degree you want them to show interest in yours.
• When experiencing conflict in relationships, try to present your side of the story only to those who are part of the problem or the solution.
• Limit the number of projects you undertake in order to increase quality and to live by priorities.
• Be aware of the potentially destructive power of words . . . and avoid using them to manipulate others.
• The organization of your inner world will grant more freedom overall.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat of its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21

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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