Front-brain, Conceptual, Inanimate, Right-brain

Quickly conceives (and responds to) imaginations impersonally

“precocious planner,” imaginative, alert to possibilities; quick thinking; likes complexity; computer proficient; enjoys one-up-manship; enthusiastic, outspoken, artistic, comedic, manipulative, spontaneous, entrepreneurial; 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: men may have “computer geek” look, often overweight, disheveled, conversely can be flamboyantly muscular if naturally gifted in appearance (usually to one extreme or the other), attention-getting, flashy, often take the role of dressing fashionably & trendily, or presenting an “original” hair or clothing venture, wide range of voice inflection, COMEDIC.

Personality: energetic, optimistic, non-conformist, eccentric, witty & swift, gambling on and looking ahead to the future, dramatic, highly verbal, loud, very comical, theatrical, exaggerated, precocious, enjoys challenges, prefers juggling many tasks at once (literally & figuratively), master of one-upmanship, may be inconsistent, unpredictable, very opportunistic, sultan of spontaneity, chief entrepreneur, often spends more than can afford, widest personality variety of all Brain Types (some are even reserved), jack of all trades.

Athletic Characteristics: fluid & more fine motor than gross motor control, bendable, pliable, flexible, highly energetic, quick thinking, not restricted by any particular motor muscle group, often utilizes unorthodox methods in their particular sport, spontaneous, more offensive minded naturally but also gifted defensively, may need to become more teachable, strategic, often breaks the rules of the game and/or creates own set of rules.


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 – FCIR

5/1/24 – When the Beatles met Muhammad Ali

5/1/24 – When the Beatles met Muhammad Ali

An interesting article came out a few weeks ago, titled, "Beatles' John Lennon resented Muhammad Ali after knockout shoot: 'It was a mistake'."  Of course, even the novice Brain Type enthusiasts should immediately recognize the correlation between Lennon and Ali.  Or...

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4/22/24 – Caitlyn Clark and the National Championship

4/22/24 – Caitlyn Clark and the National Championship

All right.  It's been the talk of the town.  Rather, she's been the talk of the town, and we're talking about Caitlyn Clark, whose team lost to South Carolina a few days ago in the National Championship.  She faced the likes of Tessa Johnson and an undefeated South...

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Of the 16 Brain Types, #13 FCIRs are undoubtedly the most multifaceted, with the potential to do virtually anything they set their mind to.  Like every other Brain Type, however, they need motivation and integrity to live up to their Type’s genius.  Most FCIRs are goal driven, energetic and imaginative.  They love life (unless they feel it has let them down), work well with people (though not necessarily under people), and are challenged by new ideas.  Improvising quickly to avoid boredom, they have the ability to think on their feet, entertaining the crowd with quick and witty responses.  FCIRs are masters of one-upmanship.  They do not like to do the same thing twice, never sing a song the same way, never follow directions precisely.  Preferring to employ methods of their own, they design systems, attempting to carry them through to completion.  FCIRs are dominant Right-brained Conceptuals and highly adept in theoretical, spatial matters.  They learn computer technology easily and tend to dominate the industry as adults.  FCIRs also excel in technical mechanics.  They may be found taking their toys apart to see how they work, or fixing the neighbor’s car or VCR.  Our many years of research at BTI have revealed that children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity (ADHD) are commonly FCIRs.  All four Q1 (FR) Brain Types are susceptible to this psychological categorization, but FCIRs usually have the most severe forms of true, biologically-based ADHD.  Many people in the field of entertainment and show business are FCIRs.  They account for most of the comedians and a good number of talk show hosts, singers, and musicians.  Center stage is home for most FCIRs.



FCIR children may not fit into the usual routine of our structured classrooms.  The elementary teacher could be of a very different Brain Type.  Prizing freedom and experimentation, FCIRs may challenge the teacher’s methods and conclusions with logic and competence.  CIs have insatiable appetites for knowledge and learning; FCIRs are no exception.  They usually will not go to the depths of learning sought by their Back-brained CI counterparts, but FCIRs attain extensive understanding in their areas of interest.  They learn quickly and retain what they learn, if not bothered by physiologically-based attention deficit disorders.  High-energy Front-brained creativity is the FCIR’s specialty.  Acting, communications, journalism, and music fit the FCIR well.  Visualizing subjects to be studied is how the FCIR learns.  Facts alone are not as meaningful as understanding the global aspects.  FCIRs can have difficulty reaching a bottom line, settling on a definitive answer.  They tend to communicate conceptually.  Empirical Types often struggle to ascertain what the FCIR is actually trying to say.  FCIRs will do well to clearly define their ideas as much as possible.  Spatial logic is one of the FCIR’s greatest areas of giftedness.  Architecture, engineering, computer technology, astronomy, physics, medicine, and art all require this special ability.  Not surprisingly, FCIRs are often found in these fields of study.



Parenting an FCIR can be both challenging and rewarding.  Precocious and energetic, the FCIR child has many needs and many ideas on how to go about meeting those needs.  FCIR children require structure applied to their boundless possibility thinking.  They become enthused when beginning projects and ideas, but need help in following through to completion.  As dominant Conceptuals, FCIRs often need help in relating to the world of reality.  This calls for hands-on parenting.  These normally outgoing individuals often grow up to be entertaining and humorous; almost every comedian you can name is an FCIR.  Their quick wit and one-upmanship skills make for interesting discussions and provide them with an unmatched ability to pull off an “improvisational” stand-up act.  FCIR children often use their toys in ways other than they were designed to be used.  Because of their energies, abstract minds, and nonconformist personas, they may have problems in school, being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity (ADHD).  They are impulsive and ask many questions, arguing freely.  When they ask “why,” they want logical, competent answers, and, even then, may try to top it off with their own idea.  FCIR children often grow up to be lawyers and arguably the best defense attorneys of all.  Because their minds fire rapidly, somewhat similarly to computers, FCIRs often excel in computer technology.  They can pull most machines apart and understand the inner workings, even putting them back together.  Masters of the Right Front (Q1) region of the brain, which specializes in quickly processing new information, FCIRs get bored with everyday and mundane matters.  If this is what they’re forced to deal with, their minds will quickly wander and daydream.  FCIRs often have an inborn giftedness with music, especially tone, melody, and timbre.  They often play instruments, even without being able to read music, and can expertly improvise, being wonderful composers.  As actors, they can memorize and recite scripts better than any other Brain Type.  FCIRs are among the top artists and sculptors of all time.  FCIR children can become excellent athletes, provided they start young, learning how to play their chosen sport properly.  Undeniably, FCIRs can excel not only academically, but athletically, as well.



The innovative, eccentric, charismatic FCIR can be keenly interested in spiritual wisdom, yet remain infatuated with the ways of the world—the system of things that leaves God out.  #13 FCIRs often have the Biblical gifts of teaching and evangelism.  They can be great story tellers and masters of the metaphor.  When God reigns supreme in their hearts, FCIRs control their tongues and manipulative ways, using their verbal and conceptual giftedness to edify and motivate those around them.  As dominant Conceptuals, they envision a spiritual lifestyle, easily articulate the concepts necessary to that lifestyle, and then need to work on living out the truth they expound upon.  They have a great sense of humor and incorporate it into their messages.  Although they are the ultimate free spirits, it is profitable for FCIRs to find others to whom they hold themselves accountable.  Often musically gifted, FCIRs can serve God through instruments, music, or dramatic performance.  Taking the limelight comes easily for the FCIR, who is balanced best by spending time in quiet solitude with God, in prayer and in worship.  Spiritual disciplines practiced “religiously” will create order and maturity in the fast-paced, varied life of the FCIR.  Developing close relationships with others of common faith, and practicing sensitivity in those relationships will bring the FCIR much joy and spiritual renewal.



Usually needing an L person to relate to for balance, the FCIR ventures out, surveying the romantic possibilities.  As charming and stimulating company, FCIRs attract those who want to reform or take care of these impulsive, ingenious people.  This leads them frequently to the gentle, orderly #4 BEAL or the more outgoing, traditional #3 FEAL.  Seeking a fun-loving soul mate often leads them to another FCIR, an FCAR or FEAR—heaven help this creative, energetic, unique household!  Anyone who presents a challenge might do—even the reticent, fun-loving BEAR.  FCIRs often win those that others are too intimidated to pursue.  The challenge is just too appealing.  A caution might be for FCIRs to be sure they have not envisioned a life-long relationship that is overly idealistic.  Maintaining freedom and independence is important to the FCIR.  As their mates, be advised that you may need to build your own interests, give plenty of room and a long leash, applaud and affirm, and try to bring variety into the life of your spontaneous, creative mate.  When FCIRs marry other FCIRs, they often avow that the other is completely different from themselves.  This many times appears to be true, personality-wise, but there are so many FCIR personas and roles (a multitude of different masks worn), that this can easily be the case.  FCIRs often test out to be any number of other “types” in various written personality methods, as well, due to the varied ways they even see themselves.  Inside, however, we find the unmistakable FCIR potentials and actions.



FCIRs are gifted businessmen and professionals in a great variety of occupations.  They are masters of ingenuity and one-upmanship.  They sometimes enjoy outwitting the system, often simply to experience the joy of being ahead.  FCIRs rarely do things “according to Hoyle,”  preferring to employ a method of their own which may or may not be better.  They exercise their creative genius ably both in the world of people and of things.  In problem solving, FCIRs will apply their creative logic, offering innovative and imaginative solutions.  As inventors, FCIRs not only design systems, but can carry them through to completion.  They should be considered visionaries with scientific minds.  FCIRs react quickly and resourcefully when placed in a predicament.  They pride themselves in remaining forever open to new possibilities.  Since they can become proficient at many different things, their interests might travel from one area of pursuit to another.  FCIRs become easily bored with routines, but can accomplish nearly any task if it captures their interest.  When tasks become boring, however, the FCIRs’ marginal organizational skills become apparent and deficient.  They must give extra effort to following up and providing structure to their job activities.  Receiving assistance from an innately organized Left-brainer is also a wise idea.

Popular Career Choices:
Computers, strategic planning, law, politics, medicine, science, business management, entrepreneur, comedy, magic, sales, inventing, venture capitalism, art, music, school administration, teaching, languages, journalism, coaching.



As a whole, FCIRs often struggle with keeping the pounds off and creating life-long healthful habits.  They need to control excesses that may jeopardize health.  Like all CIs, FCIRs disdain failing when they undertake a task of interest.  They can be tough on themselves when they don’t meet their personal standards.  Dieting is no exception.  The fear of failure causes undue stress.  FCIRs, therefore, need to enjoy the process and focus less on the results (something they do better than #15 FCILs).  When they fear failure in dieting, CIs probably won’t begin.  Like other CIs, FCIRs place more emphasis on the intellectual side of life than any of the other Brain Type groups.  Living life in the mind is truly a CI trait.  CIs find dieting is especially of the mind, too.  FCIRs, like all CIs, prefer weight control plans based on fundamental scientific laws and principles.  They want to understand why a diet should work before they try it.  FCIRs’ Front-brained tendency toward extraversion can be a stumbling block.  This often causes them to eat faster and consume more food, as well as give less consideration to what they are eating.  Just slowing down may make a huge difference in proportions eaten.  FCIRs can be hampered in dieting by the desire to be around others.  In a crowd or the presence of friends, dieting may seem antisocial, less important, and something easy to put off for another day.  On the other hand, as Front-brainers, FCIRs often benefit by dieting with a friend or group of friends.  FCIRs can find benefit from writing down what is eaten and being held accountable.  Writing down foods eaten brings FCIRs into reality; and they are forced to realize what their health habits truly are.  Otherwise, they can easily tune out their poor practices, imagining they are far better off than they really are.  As with most of us, FCIRs may wait until a severe illness is contracted before seeing the need to eat healthfully or live a healthful lifestyle with the requisite disciplines.  A word of realism is advised, that in the long run, preventative medicine is better than corrective.



Found in virtually all professional sports, FCIRs can be top flight athletes.  As dominant Right brainers, they have more naturally fluid motor movements than Left hemisphere CILs.  FCIRs have the potential for remarkable body flexibility and quick feet.  Gross-motor proficiency is their least-developed inborn body skill (of the possible four).  FCIRs are generally high-energy performers, particularly gifted in logical abstraction skills—specializing in designing intellectual game plans.  By master planning attacks, their opponents are outfoxed.  (Many transition from their playing days into coaching.)  FCIRs are often known for their comedic and zany ways in athletics, a delight to the fans and sports media.  (Their coaches are not always so thrilled.)  Nonetheless, they can be serious athletes.  FCIRs are high-energy people and possess tremendous agility and flexibility (due to their Conceptual, Right-brained motor skills).  FCIRs can develop tremendous whip in their legs and arms.  For instance, FCIRs have the fastest serves in tennis.  They are among the hardest throwing pitchers in baseball.  FCIRs’ loose and flexible motor skills can generate extra snap to the pitch, serve, or kick.  Mentally, no Brain Type is better at competing in poor weather conditions than FCIRs.  Their Right-brain dominant Conceptual “intuition” is the least sensitive Right-brain function to external weather conditions.  When FCIRs take their sports seriously, they can muster remarkable effort, with persevering grit and energy.  They, as much as any Brain Type, can put aside body fatigue and pain.  FCIRs will want to have fun in learning sports.  Allow them latitude.  Don’t bore them with excessive instruction or the perfecting of technique.  Those will come in time.


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.

• Develop self-discipline in the unpleasant world of reality.
• Prepare thoroughly for a task rather than improvising as you go.
• Sacrifice your one-upmanship now and then.
• Make a concerted effort to respect and understand conservative beliefs and people.
• Finish most of the projects you begin.
• Engage in activities in your life that will cultivate patience and thoroughness.
• Establish a habit of waiting until you acquire enough information to make a wise purchase/investment.
• Make a concerted effort to live within your means.
• Be careful not to spread yourself too thin by overextending yourself in your commitments.
• Develop discipline by following a routine with the accountability of a friend.
• Listen carefully to others before voicing your own opinions.
• Be considerate of the needs of others, overcoming any tendencies of selfishness and manipulation.
• Slow down and pay attention to the realistic details of today.

“He who gives an answer before he hears, it is folly and shame to him.” Proverbs 18:13

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.


Balance Your Type