Amazingly, all people who fall within the same inborn mental or cognitive group, as described in the prior section on mental development, also share similar motor skill proficiencies. That is what we will take a look at here. This motor skills connection, first discovered by Jonathan Niednagel, is the facet of Brain Types that truly separates it from any prior or current understanding of human behavior and performance.


Similar to the cerebral stages, the physical aspect can be identified in 16 basic ways. Just as with the mental stages we examined in the last section, these progressive physical stages also correlate to each of the 16 Brain Types. Though all of the Brain Types learn, in varying degrees, how to function in each of the sixteen realms, each Type, in particular, is best throughout its lifetime in only one of the 16 stages.

Most amazing of all, the 16 physical stages correspond directly with the 16 mental stages. That is, a person who is most proficient in stage #3 with physical skills will also excel in stage #3 mentally throughout his or her lifetime. Let ‘s now go through the physical stages of development, which are broken down into four basic areas: Large muscles (gross-motor), small muscles (fine-motor), mouth region (speech), diaphragm region (voice).

The Large-Muscle Group

As we highlighted in the Brain Type Body Skills section, the first section of the motor cortex (closest to the center of the brain) controls the big muscles of the body (from the feet all the way up to the shoulders). With that in mind, consider what is the first physical thing an infant learns to do with its major body movements? It learns to move its large muscle groups, of course ‘especially those of the legs, torso, and arms. Any mothers reading this can almost assuredly remember feeling your baby ‘s kick while still in the womb. Motor development begins even before birth ‘while still in the womb, greatly accelerating after the child is born.

What next does the baby learn to do after kicking, wiggling, and reaching? It learns to roll over and attempts the crawling stage. Not only does this require the lower body, but also the large muscles or gross motors of the upper body and arms. Before you know it, the toddler is learning to walk by applying fluid, synchronized movements to its leg muscles and by balancing its body while maintaining body control. So all big-muscle or gross-motor movements will be either fluid or controlled.

I) Gross-motor fluidity

II) Gross-motor control

There are actually four phases of large muscle movements, two fluid and two controlled. These are each differentiated by the energy devoted to these body movements. They are either energetic or tempered on the fast or slow side.

Here are the four gross-motor phases in their entirety:

#1) Gross-motor (energetic) fluidity

#2) Gross-motor (tempered) fluidity

#3) Gross-motor (energetic) control

#4) Gross-motor (tempered) control

The important thing to remember is that the two basic phases of gross-motor movement are fluidity and control.

The Small-Muscle Group

Next, the toddler uses its hands to grab, hang on to, or pick up things like never before. This requires hand or manual dexterity ‘using both hands. The toddler also gets much better at putting things into its mouth, or elsewhere, as all parents soon realize. This requires hand-eye positioning. All of these movements are called fine-motor, and there are two basic capacities.

I) Fine-motor positioning

II) Fine-motor dexterity

Like the gross motors we previously considered, there are further areas of fine-motor development and specialty, which separates the next four Brain Types.

#5) Fine-motor (energetic) fluid positioning

#6) Fine-motor (tempered) fluid positioning

#7) Fine-motor (energetic) controlled dexterity

#8) Fine-motor (tempered) controlled dexterity

As was the case with the gross-motor group, it is most important you remember that fine-motor specialists excel in two distinct phases ‘hand dexterity and positioning.

Mouth Region

The third motor phase is one that many of us initially wouldn ‘t think of as a body movement ‘because it involves the facial area. Think about what a toddler learns to do as it seems to be completing its initial stages of motor or physical development. The child begins to speak, of course ‘to express itself in language. This involves such motor parts as the jaw muscles, tongue, and lips, which engage the upper respiratory tract. And, just as fluidity and control regulate gross and fine-motors, they also accompany speech.

I) Speech (mouth) fluidity

II) Speech (mouth) control

There is another physical dimension, which is unique to this third group ‘the speech specialists. It involves body coordination, learning to synchronize the two muscle groups, gross and fine-motor together ‘big muscle groups and small muscle groupings. Thanks to this phase, we can all not only walk and chew gum at the same time, but even more importantly, we can all open a door to our car or house. Stages (and Brain Types) number nine and ten involve the rhythmical coordination of gross and fine motors, whereas stages (and Brain Types) number 11 and 12 specialize in the more mechanical and controlled coordination of gross and fine motors.

#9) Coordinating (energetic) gross and

fine-motor fluidity

#10) Coordinating (tempered) gross and

fine-motor fluidity

#11) Coordinating (energetic) gross and

fine-motor control

#12) Coordinating (tempered) gross and

fine-motor control

Summing it up, if we combine these two areas of body specialization, speech and physical coordination, we then have the next four stages of body development, numbers and Brain Types nine through 12. Here ‘s how they look:

#9) Speech (energetic) fluidity & Coordinating

(energetic) gross and fine-motor fluidity

#10) Speech (tempered) fluidity & Coordinating

(tempered) gross and fine-motor fluidity

#11) Speech (energetic) control & Coordinating

(energetic) gross and fine-motor control

#12) Speech (tempered) control & Coordinating

(tempered) gross and fine-motor control

Diaphragm Region

Just as the prior group, this final class also influences language and singing, but it specializes in ai???voice ‘ control, rather than the basic production of speech and song. Voice experts say the key to mastery of the voice is controlling the flow of air. Contrary to what most people might initially believe, this is not regulated by the lungs, which are internal organs (not muscles); rather, it is principally the thoracic diaphragm that actually makes the lungs function properly.

So voice and its muscle components also function in the same two ways as the other three body stages, either fluid or controlled. Voice and internal air flow is either loose and fluid, or, subjugated and governed.

I) Voice (diaphragm, etc.) fluidity

II) Voice (diaphragm, etc.) control

As adults, those once born with diaphragmatic and voice fluidity giftedness can especially excel in vocations requiring the most sophisticated uses of voice, such as opera singing or serious acting. Sports requiring top-notch rhythmical breathing can also be mastered.

This last group, involving body stages 13 through 16, is least adept with the gross-motor movements. It ‘s not that numbers 13-16 can ‘t be good or even great athletes, but they will need to give extra attention to developing the large muscle groups if they ever hope to excel in most sports.

Here ‘s how they look:

#13) Voice (diaphragm, etc.) (energetic) fluidity

#14) Voice (diaphragm, etc.) (tempered) fluidity

#15) Voice (diaphragm, etc.) (energetic) control

#16) Voice (diaphragm, etc.) (tempered) control


Remember that the simple foundation for these 16 stages are the four main stages of physical development we ‘ve just covered:

I) Gross-motor (Empirical Animates)

large muscle groups (e.g., walking)

II) Fine-motor (Conceptual Animates)

small muscles of the hand region (e.g., grabbing)

III) Speech (Empirical Inanimates)

muscles of the mouth area (e.g., speaking)

IV) Voice (Conceptual Inanimates)

muscles of the diaphragm area

(e.g., singing and air flow)