Whenever we come into contact with anybody, we start to analyze them and try to understand their personality. Most of us do this subconsciously, but we actually base a lot of our decisions on the amateur psychology we unwittingly engage in. Personality psychologists do the same thing, albeit on a more professional level.
From the moment that history started to be recorded until now, we have tried to understand why humans behave the way they do. We want to be able to describe what people do, as well as how and why they do it. There are various societies that have looked into quantifying and describing these observations, such as the Hindus, the Greeks, the Romans, Native Americans and Africans.
Ancient civilizations created models to described behavior that are still being used today. In fact, some of these models are being relied on, such as the “Humours” description of Hippocrates or the body fluids analogy of Galen. Other methods, such as astrology and numerology, are perhaps not as popular anymore today, but they are still being followed by some.
DiSC Assessment Styles provide powerful methods for understanding more about yourself and others. The DiSC Styles are increasingly popular and are based on theories developed by the Harvard educated psychologist, Dr. William Moulton Marston. His DiSC original theory recognizes four basic, predictable behavior patterns in human beings as reflected in their everyday observable behavior.
D i S C is an acronym for the four behavioral styles of Dominance, influence, Steadiness and Conscientiousness. DiSC Assessment Styles suggest that all people possess these four basic behavioral tendencies to differing degrees.