Front-brain, Empirical, Animate, Left-brain

Critiques, acts on, and communicates personal observations

hospitable, focuses on usefulness; energetic, realistic; develops and nurtures relationships; sensitive to praise and criticism; expresses feelings; conscientious; orderly; friendly promoter, commerce oriented, gross motor 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: warm, verbally expressive, strong voice, bright smiling, carefully dressed and colorful, usually modest, uncomplicated, cheerful, traditional, gives eye contact.

Personality: social butterfly, positive, optimistic, constructive, very feeling & emotional, a hugger, orderly, instructional, diligent, caring, ready to lend a hand, practical, hospitable, welcoming, simple conversationalist, forthcoming, talkative, driven, hopeful, Pollyanna.

Athletic Characteristics: superior gross motor control, hard worker, energetic but slow moving, mechanical, timid, injury prone, good body balance, deliberate, planned, defensive-minded, good with logistics, team builder, may give up too soon, plays by the rules unless feelings are hurt.


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.


One major facet that separates Brain Types from any prior understanding of human behavior and performance is the motor skills connection.  While these videos are provided to aid BTInsiders in visually identifying each Brain Type’s motor skills, they are only provided as samples of how each design might/can move (variations will result due to previous athletic training, nurture, and genetic variables).  They are not sufficient for training you how to accurately distinguish each Brain Type from another.  Videos posted, however, will reflect particular motor skill traits conducive with the individual’s inborn design, more or less.

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

Articles – FEAL

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#3 FEALs are friendly and outgoing, deriving energy simply from mingling with people.  Choices are generally made by considering how issues will affect others.  FEALs express feelings easily.  They radiate with confidence at social functions, enlivening the atmosphere wherever they go.  They are natural hosts and hostesses, making everyone feel at home.  FEALs show their admiration readily, praising those they respect, defending their associates.  They are devoted friends, using time and energy to keep up with their broad field of relationships.  FEALs are drawn to traditions and family.  As nurturers, they need to be appreciated for their caring ways.  With practical knowledge of what to do, what to wear, and where to go, FEALs actively assist others in need of direction.  Overall, FEALs are harmonious, outgoing, talkative, conscientious, responsible, orderly, practical, hard working, and encouraging.  Without a lot of personal contact, FEALs will wither away, being frustrated at their role in life.  If, however, FEALs are surrounded by family and friends, they flourish and help run the lives around them with structure and care.



FEALs, like other ELs, learn best within a structured and ordered environment.  A disorganized setting is distracting to FEALs.  They like teachers who are prepared and have the classroom under control.  FEALs like to ask questions and comment when they believe the practical isn’t being discussed.  As dominant Animates, FEALs do not reason as logically as do their Inanimate counterparts.  Therefore, FEALs value the objective and systematic reasoning of others in group settings.  It helps them to balance the people side with the issue side of matters.  Without hearing or reading the logical issues of a subject, FEALs will overlook many important considerations.  FEALs, like other Animate Types, often attend seminars or extra learning opportunities to develop their non-dominant “I” function.  FEALs also learn best in a harmonious, friendly environment.  An impersonal teacher dampens the learning spirit of this gregarious Brain Type.  Learning best one step at a time, FEALs find that building an orderly sequence is necessary to understand the task at hand.  Attempting to learn by the big picture, globally, does not work well for them.  Though learning the concept can be useful, FEALs need to understand the significant pieces of the concept first.  These pieces must possess credibility before the FEAL can espouse the theory.  College majors and vocations preferred are those that assist people in practical, encouraging ways.



Lovers of people and social interaction, the gregarious FEAL is born to lead, guide, relate, and converse.  The wise parent will provide balance, however, encouraging reading and learning to enjoy being with oneself.  FEALs need to learn to listen to others, as well as share their many experiences and ideas.  Their gifts lie in affirmation and interaction with others.  FEAL children need lots of activity and lots of time for friends.  They may need to learn to stay out of other people’s business as they tend to “parent” the people around them—even their own parents.  Strong-willed and capable, they learn quickly, especially subjects that are pragmatic and realistic.  Recognize them for their responsible, dependable, and other-centered accomplishments, and they will thrive.  Though caring for the world, they focus on individual needs with sensitivity.  Everyone should have an FEAL friend.  But be a friend that helps and gives, as the FEAL is probably already serving many others.  Easy to raise, FEALs are pillars of society and major contributors to well-run classrooms and organizations.



FEALs show their devotion by the work they do.  Their presence in a church gathering is needed for an aura of hospitality and unconditional welcome.  They are the hosts and hostesses of the world.  They often desire to serve many as they exercise their faith.  FEALs thrive as greeters by the house of worship door.  Inspired by a close relationship with God and others, FEALs often have the Biblical gifts of service, mercy, and evangelism.  Susceptible to chronic fatigue, or just normal burnout, FEALs need to learn to commit to a few things, and not everything that’s asked of them.  FEALs always seem to know the right thing to say and how to organize without offense.  They are masters of human relationships.  They may also be the most verbal in the group, though they may be intimidated by large groups, not wanting the podium or pulpit—especially if not discussing their favorite topics.  The body of believers draws them in naturally, where other Brain Types might disdain organized religion.  FEALs need to nurture the one-on-one time with God.  Regular study of Scripture will lead to them having a deeper, firmer knowledge of what they believe, so they need not go by Animate “feelings” alone.



FEALs excel at giving others personal attention and verbal affirmation, and they’re especially impressed when others reciprocate.  Being recognized and complimented is highly endearing to FEALs.  Ironically, they often marry Back-brained Inanimates and Inanimate “thinkers” in general, who tend to mete out compliments sparingly.  As dominant Animates, #3 FEALs esteem those who notice their kindness and thoughtful deeds or remarks.  As persons proficient in gross-motor movements, FEALs enjoy body involvement, valuing and giving hugs more than most other Types.  Sensitive touching, caressing, and embracing have special meaning to FEALs.  And like other EL Types, FEALs are drawn to physical appearance and related factors—attractiveness, neatness, fitness, scent, and so on.  Always having something to say, FEALs can be entertaining partners, provided they become good listeners, as well.  Naturally placing a high value on sentiment and less on logic, FEALs may need help to keep their fears in check, or from taking the blame for what has gone wrong in relationships.  They are usually positive marriage material as loyal protectors of society’s institutions.  Once committed, FEALs sacrificially devote themselves to the mutual good of the marriage or relationship.



The most sociable of all Brain Types and skillful at promoting harmony among others, #3 FEALs are a welcome addition to any business establishment.  The highly energetic FEAL can best be described as a “friendly facilitator.”  They possess a fervor for relationships, and complement the business world with their honesty and good-natured policies.  Putting first the needs of the customer or employee, FEALs make agreeable managers and employers.  FEALs are friendly and demonstrative, deriving energy simply from mingling with people.  It seems their batteries never need charging as they vivaciously go about their work.  In the company of others, FEALs almost always have something to offer in the way of words.  Seldom lacking in stamina, FEALs should be considered “energy givers,” as they infect those around them with their vitality and spunk.  FEALs are “people” persons and are best suited in positions that involve interaction with others.  As Front-brained “extraverts,” they have a high-energy level, capable of putting in long hours on the job.  They are hard workers, doing well in business with their charm, and the ability to keep relationships going.  Many Inanimate employers depend on FEALs for this inherent strength.

Popular Career Choices:
Sales, customer relations, business, residential real estate, supervisor, secretary, teaching (especially elementary level), special education, ministry, nursing, psychology, social work; in general, jobs where contact with people is involved.



FEALs normally take weight management seriously.  They find benefit from seeing dieting or weight control as a way of demonstrating responsibility.  Overweight ELs generally dislike their situation more than their ER counterparts or that of any of the Conceptual Brain Types.  They believe that to fail in weight management is a negative reflection on their identity, which is to have things under control, themselves included.  Front-brained sociability and Animate “feelings” are the greatest dietary stumbling blocks to FEALs.  Being energy-expending Front-brainers often causes FEALs to not only eat faster, but also to eat more food, while, at the same time, giving less consideration to what they are eating.  As Animates, FEALs may look to food for comfort and can become emotionally attached to food.  Not having the logical objectivity of Inanimates, FEALs may seek quick consolation for their emotional hurts.  ELs can benefit by planning ahead how best to handle pressure situations.  FEALs are often hampered in dieting by trying to please others.  If invited to eat out, the Front-brained and Animate EL may not pass up the opportunity for fear of rejecting the inviter, missing an opportunity to converse, and passing up a tasty meal.  FEALs need to avoid letting guilt feelings send them to overeating.  FEALs often carry too many burdens around—their own and those of others.



FEALs are Front, Left-brained (Q3) EAs.  Exercising great control over their gross-motor movements is what they do best.  Whether in golf, basketball, tennis, figure-skating, or bowling, when they excel, it’s with the use of their large-muscle groups.  FEALs can become very smooth in their motor movements, almost as if they were Right brainers.  They can be very athletic.  FEALs, like BEALs, tend not to pursue sports that instill fear; therefore, basketball, tennis, golf, swimming, figure-skating, and so forth, are where they are most often found.  Not many FEALs are high-profile athletes in professional baseball, basketball, or football.  Yet there are many more of this Brain Type in pro sports than their close cousin, the less energetic BEALs.  Like all Q3 Front, Left-brained athletes, FEALs make their marks through determination and long hours of practice.  Parents and coaches need to remember that all Animates, including FEALs, respond and learn best when they are treated with sensitivity, commended for their efforts, and encouraged to do their best.


Body Skill Bird

The Dove is representative of the Personal Observers.  Most of us have seen a dove in the yard or elsewhere.  It doesn’t take long to notice that they are basically gentle birds—communal, kind and loving to one another, and peaceable to other feathered friends.  The dove is known for staying with its partner for a lifetime.  It has been commended for thousands of years for these very traits.

In Genesis chapter eight of the Bible, the dove was the bird that Noah sent out from the ark to see if land had appeared again following a devastating world-wide flood and, sure enough, the dove returned with good news in the form of a freshly picked olive leaf.  It was a harbinger of good tidings.  What most of us forget from this dramatic event, however, is that the first bird Noah sent out was a raven.  It was a scavenger and “unclean” bird, according to the Bible.  The raven never returned.

Another event we often forget is that Noah sent the dove out once before it ever brought back the olive leaf.  The first time it found nothing “clean” and so it returned to the massive ark empty beaked.  The dove took more time before it found a living and clean plant.

Personable Observers prefer the right way, the honorable way, to treat others as they would like to be treated.  Of course, their individual standards of ethics and morality will be the final basis for their behavior, but they generally have good intentions.

Doves are also known for being peacemakers; they’d rather get along than fight unnecessarily.  The Scriptures depict the Spirit of God taking the form of a dove, a divine comforter.  And lastly for the sake of our comparison, the dove represented the love of God for mankind.

Personal Observers, like the dove, are friendly, down-to-earth, and very much in the here-and-now.  The abstract world is not to their liking.  The Personal Observers are ALL gross-motor dominant, relying primarily on the big muscles of the body.  Looking at the dove, we observe this as it walks on the ground.

Personal Observers are service oriented in their vocations: they’re nurses, salespeople, counselors, teachers, real estate agents, social workers, athletes and religious workers, to name some.

• Try to look at the big picture and seek (C)onceptual counsel.
• Give advice when it’s asked for.
• Focus on what is going right rather than the perceived wrongs in your life.
• 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
• Accept the fact that your family isn’t perfect . . . there are no perfect families.
• Rules, regulations, and restrictions have their place in your life. Be careful not to burden others with them.
• Keep health issues in a realistic perspective being careful of imagining things are worse than they are.
• Be less self-conscious, focusing more on the internal.
• Be a listener.
• Take care not to spread yourself too thin which may lead to physical/emotional exhaustion.
• Practice open-mindedness to the opinions and methods of others.
• Over-correction of others may cause unnecessary irritation and conflict.

“The wise in heart will be called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.”Proverbs 16:21

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.


Balance Your Type