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Considering all the articles I've written for Personality Café, I figured I'd compile the links to these articles in one post, as well as provide a guide to clear up some confusion.

Who is BigRedManny?

I am a Registered Dietitian and personal trainer with a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University and an M.S. in Applied Exercise Physiology and Nutrition from Columbia University. I also happen to be a sports fan (my favorite baseball team is the New York Yankees, and my favorite football team is the New York Giants) - hence the interest in Jonathan Niednagel's Brain Typing and particularly its application to sports and professional athletes. I am neither a psychologist nor a neuroscientist, and I don't have any formal training in the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory, so in a lot of ways I am just a "fan" like the rest of you. But behaviors are important to nutrition, and the nervous system is important for movement, so psychology and neuroscience are relevant to what I do, in case you were wondering why someone like me would get interested in this subject matter. So don't feel as if my word is gospel - you can feel free to disagree with me if you want.

Original Works - These are articles I wrote myself, based on my understanding of the system. Again, I do not claim to be an authority on MBTI, so you are "allowed" to disagree with my opinion and need not take my word as gospel.

http://personalitycafe.com/myers-briggs-forum/9043-gestalt-checking-out-girls-fun-way-tell-difference-between-se-si.html
http://personalitycafe.com/myers-briggs-forum/13544-functions-ambiversion.html

Reference Works - These are articles that refer heavily to the work of others (particularly Jonathan Niednagel and Lenore Thomson, both of whom I will describe in greater detail later on in this guide). These posts are mainly to provide information; their opinions are not necessarily reflective of my own.

http://personalitycafe.com/myers-briggs-forum/14533-how-can-intuitives-sports-superstars.html
http://personalitycafe.com/myers-briggs-forum/8572-function-order-models-guide.html
http://personalitycafe.com/myers-briggs-forum/9648-types-brain-pseudo-science-behind-mbti.html
http://personalitycafe.com/nfs-temperament-forum-dreamers/7895-nfs-language-hearing-words-intonation.html
What Can ENTPs (and College) Teach us About the NFL? - PersonalityCafe
Thinking vs. Feeling in the Clutch - PersonalityCafe

And here are the "article" versions of each of these threads, so you can refer to them if you worry about asking a question that was already answered in the replies (front page article threads are closed after a given period of time, so you can't reply to them anymore but you can still look at them):

http://personalitycafe.com/articles/6923-how-can-intuitives-sports-superstars.html
http://personalitycafe.com/articles/8611-function-order-models-guide.html
http://personalitycafe.com/articles/9739-types-brain-pseudo-science-behind-mbti.html
(The other posts were never made into front-page articles.)

Sports Type Descriptions - These type descriptions come directly from Jonathan Niednagel's book, Your Key to Sports Success (these were from the 2006 edition; a new edition is expected to be released later this year). Some sections were removed for the sake of brevity, and the complete book includes more detailed descriptions in each sport, so I would encourage you to purchase the book if you want more detailed information:

http://personalitycafe.com/istp-articles/14010-your-key-sports-success-istp-description.html
http://personalitycafe.com/estp-articles/14077-your-key-sports-success-estp-description.html
http://personalitycafe.com/isfp-articles/14072-your-key-sports-success-isfp-description.html
http://personalitycafe.com/esfp-articles/14075-your-key-sports-success-esfp-description.html
http://personalitycafe.com/istj-articles/14156-your-key-sports-success-istj-description.html
http://personalitycafe.com/estj-articles/14163-your-key-sports-success-estj-description.html
http://personalitycafe.com/isfj-articles/14165-your-key-sports-success-isfj-description.html
http://personalitycafe.com/esfj-articles/14169-your-key-sports-success-esfj-description.html
http://personalitycafe.com/infp-articles/14136-your-key-sports-success-infp-description.html
http://personalitycafe.com/enfp-articles/14016-your-key-sports-success-enfp-description.html
http://personalitycafe.com/infj-articles/14085-your-key-sports-success-infj-description.html
http://personalitycafe.com/enfj-articles/14140-your-key-sports-success-enfj-description.html
http://personalitycafe.com/intp-articles/14151-your-key-sports-success-intp-description.html
http://personalitycafe.com/entp-articles/14011-your-key-sports-success-entp-description.html
http://personalitycafe.com/intj-articles/14080-your-key-sports-success-intj-description.html
http://personalitycafe.com/entj-articles/14144-your-key-sports-success-entj-description.html

I am a nub. Which article(s) should I read first?

First, if you don't know about Carl Jung's cognitive functions, I suggest you read up on those first, since the functions are the key to the whole MBTI system. Several members have written great threads on the functions, so I will direct you to them first:

http://personalitycafe.com/articles/13201-functions.html (by Grey)
http://personalitycafe.com/myers-briggs-forum/8121-beginners-guide-mbti.html (by Psilo)
http://personalitycafe.com/myers-briggs-forum/9813-mbti-functions-explained.html (by Sunless)

From there, two "beginner-friendly" articles I would recommend are the "Function Order Models Guide"
and "Types and the Brain". The "Function Order Models Guide" helps to clarify some of the type descriptions out there, as well as clear up some confusion regarding people's Cognitive Function Test results (if I had a penny for every time someone said, "I thought this was supposed to be my fourth function; why is it last?" I would be a very rich man). The "Types and the Brain" article helps give an overview for the basis behind Jonathan Niednagel's Brain Types system, as well as Lenore Thomson's function model, and it also serves as a reminder that only a few aspects of MBTI have actual scientific proof; it is by no means a perfect system.

And yes, I realize that the "beginner" articles were not the first ones I wrote. In the beginning I did not have any intention of organizing these posts into a "series" like I have now; these just came up as I randomly thought of them. It wasn't until I started having several posts made into front-page articles and realizing that some of the concepts were going over people's heads that I decided to "back-track" and write these posts.

Who is Jonathan Niednagel?

Jonathan Niednagel is the founder of the Brain Type Institute®, which consults numerous organizations (most notably athletes and sports teams). Niednagel "discovered" Brain Typing as he was coaching youth sports teams and noticed that people with certain personality types shared similar motor skills. Niednagel has used this knowledge to help professional and collegiate sports teams evaluate talent - one notable example is the 1998 NFL Draft, where he predicted that Peyton Manning (ESTP) would be a more successful NFL quarterback than Ryan Leaf (ESTJ) due to their Types. Niednagel is the author of the book Your Key to Sports Success, and you can find more information on him and his system through his web site, BrainTypes.com - Understanding for the new millenium.

Who is Lenore Thomson?

Lenore Thomson is the author of Personality Type: An Owner's Manual. She uses scientific discoveries regarding brain lateralization to help further understanding of Jung's cognitive functions. There is a Wiki that helps to explain some of her writing (and also serves as a good overview of functions in general): The Lenore Thomson Exegesis Wiki

Are Niednagel and/or Thomson neuroscientists?

No. The research they cite in their work is not their own, but rather research by others that supports what they have to say. Keep in mind that even scientific work is subject to interpretation.

Why "Brain Types"?

Niednagel refers to "Brain Types" rather than "Personality" or "Psychological" types for several reasons:

  1. According to Niednagel, the same parts of the brain that control cognitive functions also affect sensory and motor skills, so these "Types" are not purely psychological.
  2. One's MBTI type is not the only factor in determining one's personality. In fact, people within the same Type can have wide variation in personalities - so much so that sometimes Niednagel's assessments can surprise people who focus solely on behaviors (for example, Barry Bonds does not represent your stereotypical ESFP). "Nurture" plays a large role in determining one's personality, but "Brain Type" focuses on the "Nature" - the inherent, unchangeable aspects.
 
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