Below is an illustration of the 4 Brain Type groupings and their corresponding motor skill giftedness. For more information please visit our products page.
A few examples are:
EI — Michael Jordan, Cal Ripken Jr., Peyton Manning
EA — LeBron James, Ken Griffey Jr., Dak Prescott
CA — Kevin Garnett, Derek Jeter, Tom Brady
CI — Stephen Curry, Greg Maddux, Aaron Rogers
These four groups are not only proven by both empirical and scientific research and evidence, but they are neatly illustrated for all of us to view by a topical layer of the human brain called the motor cortex. Though each person on earth is unique in many individualistic ways, we all share some characteristics in common. The human brain has a layout in the sensory and motor regions universal to all people. Each small area on these two external brain areas, as you descend from top to bottom, controls a specific part of the body.
Four Brain Types (EAs) are most dominant in the gross-motor area (near the top of the brain), four (EIs) in the fine-motor/hand-eye region (the next descending cerebral area), four (CAs) in the mouth area (controlling speech, etc.), and four (CIs) in the diaphragm region (controlling voice, air flow, etc.).
Which of these four is more important? It all depends upon what you need to do. For our discussion, they are all equally important. People the world over are actually best in only one of the four muscle groupings. Of course, we each use all four, and can become quite efficient in more than one, but we are each born to be most skilled specifically in one. Though we may never develop it expertly, it remains our great natural skill during our lifetime.
Lastly, let’s look at the bird examples we use to demonstrate the four groupings. Keep in mind these feathered representations are not intended to precisely parallel the groups. This is impossible, since Brain Type is so exacting mentally, physically and spatially. The birds are not perfect fits, but they will help you remember the four Brain Type categories overall. Remember, this is especially for those who wish to gain a simple understanding yet may never get beyond first base with Brain Types. Also, we like to use flying creatures to show that you can rise above your present circumstances – flying higher, to gain better perspective and develop strategies for dealing with life below. The four birds we use are the stork, the hawk, the owl, and the dove.
The Stork: Storks can 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, but as our focus in this section is Body Skills, please visit the rest of the web site to learn more.
The Hawk: Starting with the hawk eyes, often a piercing look, hawks 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. Not only can they develop superior hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity, but they can have vice grips for hands if necessary. So too, the hawk can sink its talons into its prey or interests like no other.
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. Owls, of course, are known for their evening and night time hooting, and people of this grouping can also be known for their voices and/or vocabulary (not to mention fondness for staying up late). Therefore, as shown above, members of this group are gifted in the diaphragm region. Note: Owls, particularly #13 FCIRs, come in the widest variety of personas, and this cannot be emphasized enough.
The Dove: Most of us have seen a dove in the yard or elsewhere. EAs are 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. Furthermore, doves are communal, kind and loving to one another, and typically peaceable to other feathered friends. Of course, their individual standards of ethics and morality will be the final basis for their behavior, but people in this grouping generally follow this pattern of living.