Listen to short audios with lots of information. 

Each audio addresses a lower brain assessment theme.



Two people participate in each online adult assessment.

We refer to the adult who is doing the screening as Person 1. That person does a self-assessment.

We refer to the person who is also going to assess Person 1 as Person 2. That person completes the same process (but not at the same time as Person 1). Both scores are then compared when interpreting the results.

The first part of the screening includes a Disorganized Brain Checklist, where behaviors (if any) that apply to the person being screened are marked.

Note that we view these behaviors as signs of a disorganized brain for a reason. These are what commonly appear when the higher centers of the brain try to compensate for incomplete lower brain development or when the brain is unsuccessful in finding ways to do so. In either case, the brain is not organized or functioning as intended. To understand this premise more fully, you can read the transcript or listen to the audio, “How do we end up with a disorganized brain?”

Also, note that signs of a disorganized brain vary among people with incomplete lower brain development. That’s because the degree of underdevelopment and how well a person has figured out how to compensate are variables that greatly influence how someone actually presents himself.

The second part of the assessment presents statements that people sometimes say to others, such as, “You’re lazy.” Person 1 marks any statements that others have said to him or her.  Person 2 marks any statements that he has said to Person 1 or has heard others say.

In the third section, Person 1 marks any statements that are true for him or her, and Person 2 marks those that he or she has observed to be true for Person 1.


View the entire Lower Brain Assessment for Adults online (see below). 

Note that you will not mark anything on this online preview. Instead, you will print two copies of the PDF version of this assessment (one for Person 1 and one for Person 2). That is what you’ll actually mark.


Part 1

Person 1: Mark the circle if the description applies to you.

Person 2:  Mark the circle if you’ve observed the behavior in Person 1.

The Disorganized Brain Checklist

  • Has difficulty staying on task
  • Seeks ways to move
  • Zones out at times
  • Likes to rock in a chair
  • Has no sense of direction
  • Grips a pencil tightly
  • Has poor handwriting
  • Dislikes light touch
  • Dislikes cuddling
  • Avoids placing hands in messy substances
  • Places hands in pockets (often)
  • Has sensitivity to fabrics and tags
  • Has sensitivity to certain textures of food
  • Loses place when reading
  • Has poor reading comprehension
  • Has to reread text several times to understand it 
  • Dislikes reading
  • Dislikes writing
  • Demonstrates inconsistent behavior

  • Demonstrates inconsistent quality of work

  • Resists things that are new and different
  • Has difficulty making transitions
  • Taps pens (or pencils) a lot
  • Taps feet a lot
  • Asks people to frequently repeat what they just said

  • Can’t focus on what’s being said if there’s background noise
  • Engages in road rage
  • Has no sense of feeling full after eating

  • Has no interest in eating
  • Has difficulty waking up in the morning

  • Has difficulty sleeping
  • Is tired (much of the time)
  • Has trouble processing what people are saying
  • Quits whenever something doesn’t go as expected
  • Has difficulty tolerating a feeling of discomfort
  • Likes to have everything in order
  • Engages in heated discussions on a regular basis
  • Has poor organization skills
  • Gets motion sickness
  • Avoids confrontation
  • Has panic attacks
  • Is anxious over trivial matters
  • Displays irrational, aggressive behavior
  • Has a sense of never excelling at anything
  • Is easily overwhelmed
  • Avoids physical activities
  • Avoids eye contact

  • Is always on the go (just can’t relax)
  • Likes chewing on something (including gum)
  • Starts tasks but doesn’t usually finish them
  • Has a sense of working harder than others to get the same results
  • Tilts head slightly to the side when conversing or reading or writing
  • Has difficulty letting go of a thought (e.g. still upset days later over a minor incident)

Part 2

Person 1: Mark the circle if anyone has ever said any of these comments to you.

Person 2: Mark the circle if you or others have ever said any of those comments to Person 1.

 You're a perfectionist.

 You get so defensive.

 You're high maintenance.

 You're so uptight.

 You have an addictive personality

 You're impulsive.

 You're unreliable.

 You're awfully clumsy.

 You're so indecisive.

 You procrastinate a lot.

 You need to stand up for yourself.

 You worry too much.

 You're lazy.

 You're an underachiever.

 You don't handle stress very well.

 You have a low threshold for stress.

 That's pretty distorted thinking.

 People have to walk on eggshells whenever they approach you on something.

 You don't always process (accurately) what was said or presented in written materials.

 You're a quitter (or "You don't stick with anything").


Part 3

Person 1: Mark the circle if the sentence is true for you.

Person 2: Mark the circle if you’ve observed the sentence to be true for Person 1.

 I’ve tried various other approaches (including taking medications) to attempt to eliminate unwelcome behavior, but nothing seemed to yield significant of results.

 I’ve noticed a worsening of unwelcome behavior after one or more of the following: pregnancy, menopause, a serious illness, a death in the family, or some other significant life event.

 I’ve noticed a worsening of unwelcome behavior as I continue to age.

 I have distorted fears (i.e. other people would raise their eyebrows and go, “You’re afraid of that??”).


Score the assessment.

Person 1: Count each marked circle. Write the total on this line. ___

Person 2: Count each marked circle. Write the total on this line. ___

Compare scores. If there is a difference in the totals, add the two together. Divide by two to arrive at your average score. Write that number on this line for your final score. ____


Interpret your score.

O points
This reflects a very well-organized brain.

1-4 points 
All in all, this score suggests a fairly well-organized brain . . . unless one of your marked areas is significantly impacting your life (e.g. panic attacks). In such case, you may just be compensating well in other areas or successfully avoiding whatever would cause you problems.

5-9 points
This score shows some degree of a disorganized brain. However, since the number is not that high, you probably compensate well enough—most of the time—until there may be too much stress all at once.

Over 10 points
This suggests a notably disorganized brain. It also reflects that your cortex is working way too hard to compensate for missing automatic brain functions. The higher the number is past 10, the greater probability of more underdevelopment of the lower brain. For example, a person with just 10% of his pons developed is going to have a much more difficult time compensating (so we’ll see more signs of a disorganized brain) than someone who already has 50% of that development complete.