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How does BRACE™ differ from “behavior modification” and other models?

BRACE™ is an instructional and problem-solving device, a communication tool that allows for describing, analyzing, preventing, and solving problems of human behavior and adjustment. Although based on well established and generally accepted principles of learning, BRACE™ addresses the internal reality of imagination as well as the external reality of our actions and reactions. BRACE™ is concerned with covert thoughts, feelings and perceptions, as well as overt, observable, and directly measurable behavior. Overt behavior is merely the tip of the iceberg for BRACE™. The iceberg under the “behavioral environment” is cognitive and existential, consisting of beliefs, values, motivations, expectations, and the very real consequences of awareness, accurate knowledge, and thought.

Welcome to BRACE® Analysis developed by
Russell L. Smith

(In memory of Russell. A seeker of truth.)

BRACE® is an acronym for Behavioral Relativity And Cognitive Economics. BRACE® is a sophisticated cognitive-behavioral-existential model of human behavior which can be applied in a meaningful and functional manner to any aspect of life and living. BRACE® is based on basic human nature and the basic principles of learning. It is designed to help create adaptive change on purpose, and is ultimately about understanding and “shaping the self.” If knowledge is power, BRACE® empowers.  

See the BRACE® Services page and the Client Area for additional information, including freedownloads for BRACE Character Profile® and the BRACE® Work Adjustment Profile.

The BRACE Character Profile® is a powerful analytic tool designed to profile any known individual’s core human nature. It is an entirely unique profiling device which can be used effectively by both professionals and non-professionals. The BRACE Character Profile® organizes bits and pieces of information about how a person thinks and does not think (Cognitive Domain), how a person acts and does not act (Behavior Domain), and what a person wants and does not want (Existential-Motivational Domain). The information is then displayed in graphics and charts which can be used to inform decisions about the individual rated. Any individual rated can be compared and contrasted with “prototypical types,” such as the DSM-IV-TR™ Personality Disorders. They can also be simultaneously correlated with any other rated individuals or subtypes of individuals, such as serial criminals, terrorists, world leaders, historical figures, fictional characters, etc. General information and interpretive guidelines are available in the BRACE Character Profile® Manual, which is a free download in the Client Area on this website. Also see the FAQ section.

Psychological Autopsy Indirect Personality Profile Psycho-historical Profile Fictional Character Profile

Consider how the BRACE Character Profile® can work for you.

Clinicians gain diagnostic insight, develop new approaches to treatment, and discover new client populations.
Victims take control, learn about their perpetrators, and share their views with others involved.
Couples compare and contrast profiles of themselves, their children, or others of particular concern to the relationship.
Investigators increase their knowledge of criminal thinking and criminal conduct, narrow the focus of investigations, and develop proactive intervention and interrogation strategies.
Attorneys learn about witnesses, jurors, judges, plaintiffs, defendants, and opposing attorneys, and develop legal strategies accordingly.
Writers develop characters they are creating, profile the core characteristics of characters they have created, and make all characters more real.
Actors meet their roles, understand their cognitive-behavioral-existential characteristics, and visualize scenes accordingly.
Directors insure there is a meeting of the minds about characters, their interactions, and development.
Intelligence agencies learn about their internal and external foes, calculate actions and reactions, and plan accordingly.
Professors develop new instructional techniques and identify new areas and methods for research.
Political strategists profile the maladaptive patterns of thought, behavior, and motivation of any politician; develop prototypical profiles of Democrats, Republicans, Independents ... liberals, conservatives, etc.
Students learn about basic human nature and prepare for any of the above careers.

In addition to the BRACE® Services section and the Client Area on this site, see the Articles section at for several BRACE Character Profile® articles, including Profiling Casey [Casey Marie Anthony, mother of Caylee Anthony]. Additionally, see the Repository at for additional BRACE® resources.

Links to BRACE Character Profiles® at