Front-brain, Empirical, Inanimate, Left-brain

Critiques, acts on, and communicates impersonal observations

excels at organizing and running activities and orderly procedures; matter-of-fact; consistent, efficient, energetic, pragmatic, critiquing; likes rules and laws; values traditions; commerce oriented; fine 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: traditional in attire, vibrant, gesticulates, dresses in traditional fashion with taste, organized, tidy, good posture, well groomed, appears in control, EI “hawk eyes,” very confident looking & alert to own personal appearance, gives eye contact.

Personality: usually serious minded, efficient, industrious, precise, critical, leader, traditional, pragmatic, hardheaded, matter-of-fact, no-nonsense, realistic, driven, single-minded, determined, taskmaster, opinionated, prone to prejudge, domineering, bossy, organized, administrative, may be dictatorial, heavy-handed, capable, often short-tempered.

Athletic Characteristics: superior fine motor dexterity, king of hustle, injury prone,  mechanical, tight or stiff unless well-developed in sports, prone to hurting others (by accident or purposely), defensive-minded, good with logistics, plays by rules but often gives the “cheap shot” due to competitiveness.


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 – FEIL

3/6/23 – Goodbye to Chris Ford

3/6/23 – Goodbye to Chris Ford

We wanted to stop for a moment to remember Chris Ford, most well-known for being the first NBA player ever to hit a three-point shot.  Ford, a #7 FEIL, won a title with the Boston Celtics in 1981, and went on to coach four NBA teams including Boston, Milwaukee, and...

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10/28/20 – Sean Kemp to sell cannabis

Two former NBA all-star teammates will be joining together once again to draw a crowd, though not by playing ball, but by selling cannabis.  Yep, times have changed! Former Supersonics Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton were quite the dynamic duo back in the 1990s.  What was...

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As children, #7 FEILs want their lives to be structured, predictable, and secure.  They expect their parents to exercise authority over them, but they want them to be fair.  FEIL children play hard and may be “bossy,” developing the aggressive leadership style common to this inborn design.  They are keen observers, organized and industrious, earning money at an early age and saving toward planned purchases.  FEILs are likely candidates for sports, scouting, holding school offices, band, youth groups, generally anything that requires membership and organization.  They want to keep moving toward a goal.  FEILs are enthusiastic class members and are obedient to fair and sensible rules.  They volunteer information, thinking quickly on their feet.  At home, they can be both strong-willed and highly responsible.  If they invest the time and effort, particularly in their pragmatic academics, they can become high achievers.  The FEIL enjoys deciding what must be done and then putting into practice procedures that hasten the finished product.  Managing an operation or project is a welcome stimulus for the FEIL, yielding respect from peers and family for dependability and a job well done.  FEILs often do not see themselves as “extraverted,” thereby failing to recognize the Front-brain dominance they possess.  One reason for this is that their standards for associates are high, and when these standards aren’t met, FEILs tend to withdraw.  They can enjoy their privacy and their own company.  The principal identification for FEILs is energy level.  Their personas may resemble that of BEILs at times, but FEILs have superior energies and drive.  They will tend to be much more assertive.  When FEILs access the Back of the brain and “introvert” (which includes being with persons they enjoy), they actively engage their non-judging, Empirical function.  In this mode, they are caught up in perceiving matters rather than judging them and will tend to be more mellow.  FEILs, like every other Brain Type, access different brain functions according to where their energies are directed.  Therefore, large swings in behavior can occur.



As dominant Inanimate “thinkers,” FEILs want information presented logically and objectively.  As Empirical Left-brainers, they want the bottom line.  FEILs are interested primarily in information that has immediate and practical use.  If it can’t be applied now, their interest wanes.  Ideas for FEILs are only as good as how well they can be applied.  To merely talk of a theory or to only speculate is a waste of time to the highly efficient and pragmatic FEIL.  Ideas must work in order to be valued.  FEILs learn best one step at a time.  Building a logical sequence is necessary to understand the task at hand.  Attempting to learn by the big picture, globally, does not work well for FEILs.  Though learning the concept can be useful, FEILs need to understand the significant pieces of the concept first.  These pieces must possess credibility before the FEIL can espouse the theory.  FEILs tend to choose practical college majors and vocations that are necessary for the everyday functioning of society.  Business is a popular pursuit.



FEIL children take over the leadership ably, getting things done well in time.  Understandably, then, they may need help to not be bossy and to consider the feelings of others.  Being dominant Inanimates, this “thinking” function is the one that is strongest in the early pre-teen years when it is being concentrated upon.  Being responsible with demands is important in parenting FEILs.  They are strong-willed and logical.  Appealing to their down-to-earth logic will often facilitate obedience.  Teaching patience and people-skills will enhance the leadership of FEIL children.  FEIL children respect authorities that are organized and decisive.  They choose subjects that are structured and practical.  They need to know precise instructions and what is expected.  Knowing in advance when the assignment is due and being given plenty of time to finish what they start will meet the organizational and responsibility needs of the FEIL.  As Empiricals, FEILs can be high achievers and learn best with hands-on methods, experimentation, and observation.  FEILs have abundant energy and need exposure to recreational sports.  Their competitive natures are a plus in spurring them on in athletic skill development.  FEIL children need help in being more flexible, in adjusting to change, in accepting authority when they are in disagreement, and in controlling a possible quick temper.  FEILs need appreciation for their dependability, their decisiveness, their hard work, and their skillful administration.  They can be a contributing factor to any well-run home (or organization).



FEILs are realistic thinkers, and believe that faith must be based on fact and obedience.  They can be adept at expounding Scriptural principles, facts, and doctrines.  Some become pastors or spiritual leaders who can present detailed sermons with strong conviction.  Faithful to their religious tradition, FEILs often become pillars of the congregation, active in service and faithfully present at all spiritual functions.  FEILs need spiritual logic and reality.  They base their faith on what has occurred in history, prophecies that have been fulfilled, and what the Word of God says, rather than on human opinion.  They often exercise the Biblical gifts of administration, exhortation, leadership, and teaching.  They hold positions of responsibility in any group, spiritual assembly, or organization they join.  To balance out their spiritual lives, FEILs need to be open to the opinions and thoughts of others.  Though there may be only one true interpretation, there are many applications to spiritual truths.  In groups, sensitivity to others will aid FEILs in being persuasive while remaining true to their strong beliefs.  They value logic and may need to be reminded of the balance found in patience, caring, and a quiet spirit.  Proverbs 3:3 is always a great reminder, “Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.”



Always looking for people to follow their strong leadership, #7 FEILs are attracted to those in compliance.  FEILs often marry their opposite Brain Type—the rare BCAR, or the near opposite BEAR.  Not only are FEILs attracted to these inborn designs, but they find them willing to take a subordinate role.  Animate “feeling” Types are attractive to FEILs because they provide sensitivity and harmony—areas sometimes difficult to come by for FEILs, yet ironically important to them.  Bringing commitment and stability to relationships, FEILs are realistic enough to know that loving takes hard work and the weathering of ups and downs.  They take statements from loved ones literally and may tend to hide hurt and disappointment, rather than to articulate them.  Anger is more easily expressed by FEILs.  FEILs like things predictable, orderly, and pre-planned.  Many Conceptual Brain Types are drawn to this realistic, down-to-earth creature with a handle on how things should be done.  They need, however, to realize that FEILs will usually have the upper hand, the final say, and the controlling interest in the “company.”  FEILs make faithful mates, informative conversationalists, hard workers, responsible friends.



#7 FEILs are outstanding in administration, organization, and presiding over activities.  They feel compelled to make certain that things are handled properly, so they utilize rules and regulations.  The decisive, strong-willed FEIL has a tremendous aptitude for business in general.  FEILs often succeed in accomplishing the goals they have set before them.  Others may see them as “workaholics” due to the tireless dedication they often exhibit.  It’s not often that you find an FEIL who is lazy on the job, for most feel compelled to work their way to the top of their field.  In most businesses, the FEIL specializes at implementing a given program or procedure, especially in educational institutions.  FEILs delight in finding logical conclusions and finishing projects.  Being fastidious and meticulous, they often enjoy seeing things through to the very end, making sure no corners have been cut along the way.  They focus on the results—the finished project, rather than the process or procedure.  FEILs love deciding what must be done and then putting into practice programs that hasten the finish.  Efficiency and thoroughness are of monumental importance to them.  Earning the respect of family and associates usually comes easily, as the FEIL welcomes the pressures of management and administration.  Natural leaders, FEILs are often looked upon as pillars of strength, being able to stand firm in the face of turmoil or adversity.  They remain loyal and unwavering when most of the other Brain Types decide to “jump ship.”  When describing the FEIL, one may use terms such as realistic, thorough, practical, industrious, capable, high-energy, dependable, efficient, traditional, critical, and conservative.



ELs normally take weight management seriously (especially Inanimate “thinking” ELs).  They find benefit from seeing dieting or weight management as a way of showing responsibility.  Overweight ELs dislike their situation probably more than their Right-brained Empirical counterparts or any of the Conceptual Brain Types, with the possible exception of the FCAL.  ELs believe that to fail in weight management is a negative reflection on their identity, which is to have things under control, themselves included.  Like other issues in life, FEILs often qualify foods as either right or wrong, good or bad.  FEILs have one of the better weight management Brain Types.  Their EIL mental processes are ideal for keeping the excess pounds off.  It is unusual to find an excessively overweight FEIL.  Only once removed from the optimal dieting Brain Type (the BEIL), FEILs normally find success in weight management when they give the effort.  Their energy-expending Front-brain dominance is their greatest stumbling block.  This often causes them to eat faster and consume more food, as well as give less consideration to what they are eating.  In order to maintain good health, FEILs must minimize their anxieties and penchant for controlling things and persons about them.  FEILs need to relax, allowing some mistakes to be made in an imperfect world.  FEILs may tend to complain of physical aches and pains since they are acutely in touch with their Left-brain Empirical function.  They sometimes tend to worry or talk excessively about their health.  Despite the FEIL’s oft-times critiquing persona, no Brain Type is more capable of having a positive outlook on life.  They need, however, to “go with the flow” a little more.  Stress is as unhealthful to the body as almost any other negative practice or habit.



FEILs are Q3 Front, Left brained EIs.  Their physical dexterity makes them splendid athletes, although their dominant Left hemisphere often gives them an appearance of mechanical motor movements—especially in certain sports.  FEILs are intense competitors and are not uncommon at the professional level.  They, like most Brain Types, tend to excel in some athletic events more than others.  You may not find FEILs at the top of most sports, but it’s hard to find a sport at which they cannot be good, especially at an early age.  FEILs are analogous to fine wine; they improve with age.  As FEILs mature in athletics, they are better able to control their often tense and high-energy ways.  This translates into smoother motor movements and less tension in their wrist and hand area.  Since EIs are most gifted with fine-motor skills, excessive energy and tension to this body area becomes counterproductive.  Young, developing FEILs—particularly if big for their size—may often fail to realize how rough they play.  Fortunately (for others going up against them on the court or in the field), they will develop greater body control as they practice and mature.  Don’t forget, Ls (Left brain persons) will generally have greater difficulty with graceful movements than their R counterparts.


Body Skill Bird

The hawk is a fair representation of the Impersonal Observers.  Starting with the hawk eyes, often a piercing look, Impersonal Observers are commonly identified by this aspect much of the time.  What leads to this consistent correlation is that these Impersonal “realists” are innately strongest in the hand-eye region of the brain and body.  When they get serious or under pressure, their eyes get intense and scrutinizing; of all the Brain Types, they are the most innately hawk-eyed, by far.

Impersonal Observers not only can develop superior hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity, but they can have vice grips for hands if necessary.  So too, the hawk can sink is talons into its prey or interests like no other.

Hawks see their prey long before their competitors.  As they soar in the sky, their vision is phenomenal.  In real life, this Brain Type group is made up of the majority of top pro quarterbacks, as well as many great point guards in basketball.  The hawk’s vision and spatial logic is extraordinary, and in real life, as athletes or inspectors, their vision is keen.  Little escapes their notice!

By nature, hawks are not very friendly, though they can be, through good nurturing and strong ethical or spiritual values.  Good parenting of these Brain Types requires teaching them to value others while extending kindness—something you wouldn’t need to emphasize as much with a dove.  Hawks are on the assertive side and will definitely defend their nests.  They also love to use their Impersonal reasoning to navigate challenging situations.

Impersonal Observers are logical pragmatists in their vocations: they’re accountants, financial consultants, securities brokers, lawyers, athletes, surgeons, salespeople, law enforcers, and so on.  They are rarely involved in highly conceptual or theoretical jobs.

• Be an encourager rather than a judger of those who lead.
• Be careful in jumping to conclusions about others.
• Avoid gossip.
• 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.
• Practice expressing your praise and feelings to others, especially to members of your family.
• Show patience and understanding with those who fail to carry out all the details of a project.
• Seek counsel from (C)onceptuals on the broad perspective of matters.
• Set one day or afternoon a week unplanned. Seek to please others and be flexible to their desires at this time.
• Be a listener.
• Be open to new ideas.
• Appreciate the opinions of others.
• Combine tact with truth in your speech.
• When administrating, use compassion and kindness.
• Take note, always being right may win the battle, but may also lose the war.

“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29


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