William Moulton Marston is the brains behind the theory that explained how healthy and normal individuals respond to a range of stimuli on an emotional level. His goal was to help people to understand that every emotion they feel is normal, even if they made them feel ashamed. Yes, each of us is completely different, but that is normal as well. In Marston’s theory, people weren’t labeled as types. Instead, he believed that each person fits mainly into one or two different styles. According to Marston, understanding why you respond in a certain way when confronted with various demands from people, societal expectations and different situations, means that we are able to realize our happiness both on a professional and personal level.
Marston published his findings in 1928 in his The Emotions of Normal People Book. The tool we now know as DiSC was based on this. According to Marston, there are four main emotions within our lives, being Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Conscientiousness. He then also developed a system that allowed greater understanding and description of how humans behave. However, he did not create a tool or test to actually measure behavior. His humble starts grew into the DiSC Assessment, which is one of the most popular personality assessment tools in the world today. It is interpersonal and it allows you to understand yourself, other people and what the distance between these two means.
Taking a DiSC Assessment involves little else than answering some questions. The traditional DiSC Assessment includes only forced choice questions. You have to pick the words that most and least describe you. The updated version, Everything DiSC, uses a five point scale to see how much you agree to certain statements. You will then be provided with a report that can show you what your style is, what your needs and tendencies are and what sort of strategies you could implement to become more effective. It teaches you about your strengths and areas of improvement. As it is not a test, you cannot answer questions wrong, nor can you get bad results. Regardless of the style you will identify with, there are pros and cons. DiSC is written in a way that is easy to understand and doesn’t judge people at all.
Once you understand your own behavioral tendencies, you can improve the way you deal with conflict and you will learn about the things that motivate you but also about the things that stress you. Naturally, you will also be able to work with the test in order to find out what you can do to deal with stress better. As such, you can be more effective and engaged in both your job and your personal life. When you understand what your strengths and weakness are, you are able to better adapt the way you respond to external stimuli, making you more effective in everything that you do. Managing yourself and understanding yourself is the key to performing better and to working better in relation to other people. Understanding other people’s DiSC Assessment can help you to understand what their priorities are and it will teach you how to connect and communicate better.