UNDERSTANDING THE DISC CONCEPT OF PERSONALITY
INTRODUCTION: This personality discovery instrument is similar to the four- dimensional DISC system but rotates the graph horizontally and gives equal value to both ends of the continuum. (For example, in our new system we use the term Adaptive instead of low D.) Instead of focusing on who you are not, this instrument allows you to focus on who you are. If you wish to compare this instrument to other personality surveys that use only the four primary dimensions of behavior, you’ll notice you can still refer to the right side of the graph and locate the D, I, S, and C dimensions. Additionally, Dr. Tim LaHaye and Florence Littauer have written excellent books on temperament, using the traditional terminology for these dimensions: Choleric (D), Sanguine (I), Phlegmatic (S), and Melancholy (C). Authors Gary Smalley and John Trent use the terms Lion (D), Otter (I), Golden Retriever (S), and Beaver (C) in some of their books and presentations to describe these four dimensions.
In order to use the information there are several key concepts to understand.
- We are all born with certain differences in personality and thus are motivated by different circumstances, opportunities, and environments.
- These differences in motivation enable us to do some things better than others.
- Different does not mean wrong; therefore, we should accept and respect those whose personalities are not like ours. It is not our role to change others.
- All profiles/people have strengths and weaknesses. Profiles should not be used as excuses to ignore bad habits or character flaws.
- By understanding our personalities, as well as how others are different, we are equipped to better manage our own lives and work more effectively with others.