NBI Brain Profile - R1 Quadrant Explained

R1 stands for Right-brain 1, and it represents the strategic and unorthodox thinking preference.


Ess-Jee Rautenbach

11/9/20231 min read

R1 is one of the four quadrants of the brain profile developed by Kobus Neethling, a South African creativity expert and author. R1 stands for Right-brain 1, and it represents the strategic and unorthodox thinking preference1. People with a high R1 preference tend to be flexible, holistic, experimental, artistic, risk-taking, synthesising, visualising, intuitive, unstructured, imaginative, and creative. They like to see the big picture, explore all possibilities, and use fantasy as a constructive tool1. They may also be seen as rebellious, chaotic, unrealistic, or impractical by others.

Kobus Neethling’s brain profile is based on the idea that each person has a unique combination of thinking preferences that can be measured by the NBI® (Neethling Brain Instruments) tool2. The NBI® can help people understand themselves and others better, and improve their communication, learning, teaching, problem-solving, relationships, and career choices234. The brain profile consists of four quadrants: L1 (analytical and factual), L2 (organised and detailed), R2 (interpersonal and sensitive), and R1 (strategic and unorthodox). Each quadrant is further divided into two dimensions, resulting in eight distinct aspects of thinking3.

If you are interested in finding out your own brain profile, you can take the NBI® test online https://www.fearlesswolflifecoaching.net/nbi-general-adult. It takes about 15 to 25 minutes and costs R 1 000.00 ZAR. You will receive a report that describes your thinking preferences and how they affect various aspects of your life. You can also contact a certified NBI practitioner for a professional feedback session.