When studying DISC personality types, positive personalities come in all shapes and sizes. In his book Positive Personality Profiles, Robert Rohm outlines the four main personality types in uplifting and positive ways. If you haven’t read Which of the four personality types are you? , click here to read the overview. If you have, let’s dive into the breakdown of the DISC personality type model.
The D-type Doer DISC Personality Type
The “D” DISC personality type is outgoing and task oriented. They are movers and shakers who others may think lack warmth and sympathy. Their motto is suck it up and move on or like Nike says, “Just Do It”. These people are dynamic leaders with a dramatic flare. Their drive and determination is formidable. Out of control, they are demanding and cold. These people hear no and keep going. D personality types believe if you’re going through hell, just keep moving. They are energetic and have busy minds. They love a challenge, and even if they fail at some of the many things they try, they know they’re way ahead of those sitting on the couch.
A rare and special breed
Only 10% of the population fits this profile type which is probably a good thing because the world only needs a few chiefs. As teenagers, D personalities drive parents crazy with their defiance. They detest taking orders and following them because they want control of their lives even as a child. These are the children you know will succeed or fail in spectacular fashion. Even if they fail, though, they keep going. The term “threenager” perfectly describes this personality type as preschoolers. If you have or had one, you know exactly what that means.
The Inspired I DISC Personality Type
The I DISC personality type is outgoing and people oriented. They are inspirational and love making people feel good. They have the gift of gab which means they can become great leaders if they’re honest or great con artists if not. I types are all about fun. They love to impress people and truly believe life is too short to be miserable. They’re well connected and feel important when they help others. They are dreamers, but sometimes lack the consistency and drive to fulfill those dreams. They love people, activity, being a team player and knowing everyone well. I type children and teenagers say, “But mom everyone is doing it.” They focus on relationships, want everyone to get along and go out of their way to make everyone feel comfortable.
One is the loneliest number for them
About 25 to 30% of the general population have the “I” type personality. These people work well on their own in small increments, but give them someone to work with, and they move mountains. For this personality type things like cleaning and organizing alone sometimes feels like torture. They may resort to unconventional ways to succeed by joining a chat room to “hang out” with friends while they clean. They might chat on the phone while doing a particularly difficult or boring task, which helps them accomplish more in a few hours working with others than they can accomplish alone in a few days. I types fell like they could conquer the world if only they had a personal assistant to keep them on track.
The Sweet S DISC Personality Type
The S DISC personality type is reserved and people oriented. In balance, these people are steady, stable and thrive on routine and order. They desire security and detest conflict. They are supportive and generally sweet, submissive and shy. That occasionally brings trouble because they struggle to say no to loved ones. S types love the status quo and are often sentimental. As children they comply willingly, but as adults they can be victimized by everyone, including their own children because they want everyone to be happy.
How sweet it is to be loved by you
About 30 to 35% of the population has this personality type. If you have this person in your life, you have a true supporter. They listen patiently and rarely tell you what to do or how to live unless you ask for their input. Even if you do ask, they will do their best to give their answer in the kindest way possible. If you’re married to this personality type, they love you even on your worst days and sometimes believe in your more than you believe in yourself. They help you feel safe and secure and operate from a kind place most of the time. The best thing you can do for this personality type is to appreciate their kindness and understand their “behind the scenes” nature.
The Always Correct C DISC Personality Type
The C DISC personality type is reserved and task oriented. C types are competent, cautious and calculating. They are critical thinkers who follow rules, read the instructions and cannot understand anyone who doesn’t. They are conscientious, love details and love to be correct. If asked the question, would you rather be right or happy? They would answer right every time because being right is what makes them happy. C types thrive on consistency and control. As children they actually clean their room because they crave order. C type parents struggle with children who don’t follow the rules. They believe if it works for them it should work for everyone, right? Right!
They won’t say they’re sorry because they’re not
About 20 to 25% of people have the C personality type. For a C personality, life without rules and routines isn’t worth living. For this cautious personality, there is always a correct way to live. Unfortunately, if you break the rules, the C personality type is not necessarily forgiving. This personality type always has a plan and believes their plan is better than anyone else’s because they have researched and planned for every eventuality. If their plan and your plan conflict, they are not likely to give way. In their mind, they have the best plan and they are not sorry if it’s different than yours.
Figuring out your personality type mix
So, do you know your DISC personality type combination? Do you know the DISC personality type of your love ones? Do you see how understanding each other avoids conflict for those who want that? Knowing that can improve a good relationship and repair a broken one. To find out abou the opportunities to take assessments and work with me directly to interpret your results, check out the DISC Assessment page. You can purchase the basic assessment and follow up or schedule a training for your group or or company. To learn more read about each DISC personality type’s strengths and weaknesses and how they interact with other personality types.