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Has anyone encountered what I seem to be experiencing? I am a High C (detail, detail, detail) and find it extremely difficult to categorize others' DISC types. I'm fairly sure it comes down to the fact that very few people show traits from only a single DISC type. And once I see traits that indicate multiple types, I can't seem to decide which they type(s) they are. Everyone can't be all four types, but I can see something of all four in almost everyone. Analysis paralysis.... So, short of giving everyone in my life a DISC test, I'm not finding this model very helpful. 

Thank you!

gehrhorn's picture

Funny answer = all of them

D - doesn't care
I - assumes everyone else is an "I"
S - spends all the time thinking about how other people will react to his assessment, never gives it
C - reserves judgement pending collecting all the data

:-D. I'll think on it and see if I have any real thoughts.

tlhausmann's picture

mbest00,

At the risk of over generalizing, it might be hardest for a High C personality. Like you, I am a very high C.

Because all people can exhibit some tendencies at any time--make it a task to focus on communication tendencies. Review their email, vary your "think" versus "feel" questions and see where you get a better response...then, at the very least, you will have a top level idea. A C tendency likes perfect, precise answers...just make it a task on your list to broadly classify task vs relationship and outgoing vs reserved.

Armed with that much will make your communication more effective.

gehrhorn's picture

I'll geve you my "real answer". I'm High D / High I. I find it hardest to recognize "S". I can see it, but I have a hard time emphathizing with their point of view. 

Doris_O's picture

mbest00,
Have you listened to the Simple Behavioral Communication Clues podcast yet? I'm reviewing it again today to get a better read on my new staff.

I'm high D/C. I find that I have the most difficult time recognizing "S" because how they communicate generally seems illogical to me. I've learned that if someone's communication style is irritating me, but I can't get a good read on their DISC profile, then they are probably an "S". 

Doris

 

 

 

ashdenver's picture

Everyone CAN and IS all four types - which is why the DISC result gives a numerical score for each category. With all the data and detail you gather about a person, generalize - which are they most like? How do they react or respond most often?

I'm a High D (7) and moderate C (5) with the others pretty low (I of 1 and S of 2) so where you might see an S trait slip through now and then, you'll usually find me taking notes/gathering data or just making decisions outright.

DRD282's picture

I definitely agree with Doris. Listen to the Behavioral clues podcast, that helps a ton.

That said, I'm a High S and, ironically, I have a very easy time identifying DISC profiles. I can usually get a decent read on someone immediately, and either confirm or adjust that assessment over the course of a few interactions. And honestly it changes from time to time. My CEO started out as a very High C / High S and has recently (last 2 years or so) gotten a lot of High D tendencies by necessity of his role. But he approaches High D like a High C...wants to get things done, but is still very methodical about his approach, how he checks in on it, etc.

And I do believe that High S is probably the hardest to diagnose, because their predominant trait is that they are not outgoing and do not put themselves out there a lot. So if you are having trouble identifying someone, then start checking off their behavior against the High S checklist and see if it matches.

- Do they ask "what do you think?" after stating an opinion. Or hedge in other ways like "well, here's what I think..." instead of making statements of fact?
- Do they react very poorly to negative criticism?

And, as I'm just realizing that I'm listing mostly "negative" traits, here are some positive ones
- Can they tell you specific personal details about everyone in their immediate workgroup (team/office/department)?
- Are they the person that your team tends to go to vent or when they are stressed?

Tim