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Product Details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Laguna Pr (1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0916309010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0916309015
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #954,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Dyk on March 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
Jon's book and research, have proven, time and time again, that determining and understanding a person's brain type gives you a great advantage in understanding your own behavior, and the behavior of others. Instead of always wondering why people are the way they are, or, as many do, trying to change the basic behavior of another person, you gain insight on how that person's mind and view of life work. And as you coach, manage and work with others, you can encourage them in area's of strength, or preference, base on their unique braintype.
There is a great deal of misunderstanding and misinformation in the understanding, and utilization, of the Myers-Briggs model. Jon's braintype model helps to clarify, scientifically, what is really going on, inside that mind.
I am a student of this book; and have used it extensively in my coaching and business career. It is one of the best investments a person can make in helping them understand themselves; and others....
Daniel Dyk, ISTJ
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 2000
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I first found out about Brain Typing thru Tennis Magazine's coverage on the subject a couple of years back. Then I bought this book and was absolutely amazed to discover how our inborn mental traits can have such a profound effect on how we live, work, and play. Not only that but how our cerebral makeup is linked with our body movements as well as level of intelligence.
My own type - INTP - was covered only briefly in the Tennis Chapter as Jon Neidnagel points out that people of this type are mostly knowledge seekers and normally do not take to athletics but this INTP is a big sports fan. But reading the material on ISTP- which was the most widely written about Type- compensated for it a little because it shares some cerebral characteristics with my Type.
The author explains in detail how the brain works, and that each Type is proficient at accessing certain regions of the brain that makes every one of the 16 Brain Types unique. One other thing I found to be incredible was how Jon N. types people by their motor skills and speech patterns.
The only shortcoming of this book, according to me, is that it did not offer that many tips on overcoming weaknesses. For example, ISTPs are advised to control their intensity and not introspect too much upon making mistakes but what is needed for this Type in these situations is a few easy to remember tips so that action can be taken on the spot. In the heat of battle its not as easy to check one's intensity, especially if the athlete's nature is highly intense.
On the whole, the material in this book was enlightening, to say the least. Athletes will discover answers to a lot of whys? if they would just read about their own Type in this book
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 2, 2000
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This is a fascinating book. Jonathan attempts to tie physiology to principles that have been discussed for years as being psychological. It can be liberating to know that people are not being difficult, but they are the way they are because of their "hard wiring" which causes them to see the world differently. One problem is the self testing for brain typing. It can be tricky to pick the correct type even when you've been as honest as you can with the questions. It can also influence your expectations for children's development. This is a seminal work that needs to be developed further by the scientific community.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Thornett on May 19, 2008
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This book, if you get into it in depth, will deepen and enhance the way you look at the world fundamentally, not only in sports but in all areas of life. There are hundreds of insights here into all types, strengths and weaknesses, preferences, tendencies. *Note: Readers should realize many insights and tips are spread over the various sports' sections, so one should read the commentaries on *all* the different sports, i.e. read the golf and diving sections even if you don't play golf or dive, because there are likely major tips that apply to every aspect of life. For example, you learn that Judgers tend to be too "wristy", while Perceivers tend to err on the side of being too loose/floppy so as to lose mechanics. I've read this book up and down and continue to refer to it again and again. I find myself watching sports on TV and identifying all the players' types pretty easily. The athlete types give a basis for typing people of any walk of life.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David L. Zuck on January 5, 1999
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I first heard of this book during a newsmagazine story, and/or maybe during halftime of some NBA basketball game. I think Danny Ainge, former Celtics great, was interviewed.
I found the tie between brain type and ranking of physical strengthes to be the most useful concept. Book also includes good sections on helping a specific type, and a good listing of the specific types associated with successful players and coaches in a variety of sports.
On a personal note, I was a little disappointed my specific type INFJ (not a dominant type in pro sports) was not covered much, especially in the basketball and golf sections. My golfing partner-brother's type ISTP, however, was covered in depth, and that made up for it a little. I look forward to a future edition, and would love to see a video format develop which not only illustrates concepts, but gives more insight into techniques of how Jonathan types people from live action and media interviews.
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