DISC assessments and profiles are being widely used in corporate culture all around the world. Some use the assessments company-wide to better their communication, understand their team’s needs or even to understand each of their own strengths and weakness as individuals.
With increasing popularity, many misconceptions about DISC are also rising to the surface. John T. Cocoris, Psy.D. and expert in DISC Assessments with over 40 years of experience in the field clears up the five greatest misconceptions about the DISC Profiles:
ONE | DISC ASSESSMENTS ARE PERSONALITY TESTS
The DISC 3 assesses the natural tendencies with which you are born and is only part of a person’s personality. There are many factors that make up the total personality of a person. Stella Chess and Alexander Thomas comment in their book Know Your Child, 1987: “But this recognition of the importance of temperament should not lead to an attempt to equate temperament with personality. We consider personality to be a composite of the enduring psychological attributes that constitute the unique individuality of a person. Personality structure is formed from the many diverse elements that shape psychological development, all acting together: motivations, abilities, interest, temperament, goals and value systems, psychological defense mechanisms, and the impact of the family and the larger sociocultural environment. Temperament is one of the important factors that helps to shape personality, and its influence varies from person to person.”
TWO | TAKING A DISC ASSESSMENT WILL GIVE YOU AN ACCURATE PROFILE
The DISC 3 instrument is accurate, however, the one taking the instrument may not give accurate information. Sometimes people make selections based on what they want to be, or what they have learned to be, or think they should be, or even what others would say they are. Sometimes the results are skewed because the one taking the instrument is applying for a position and they give answers they think will please their potential employer. Verbal validation by a DISC 3 temperament Assessment Trainer is necessary to insure the results accurately represent the individual’s natural tendencies.
THREE | ALL DISC ASSESSMENTS ARE MADE EQUAL
Not so. The DISC 3 has carefully chosen groups of words based on forty years of experience working with the DISC model and interviewing thousands of people in a wide variety of environments. The DISC 3 also has a unique scoring system that helps increase accuracy of the results.
FOUR | YOUR DISC PROFILE WILL CHANGE OVERTIME WITH ENOUGH MATURITY AND WORK
The temperament blend you were born with remains throughout your life-span. Some are confused about this. They think that because they have experienced some growth, their temperament blend has somehow changed. All that has really happened is that they have learned self-control and have matured. You will always have the temperament blend with which you were born.
FIVE | ONLY YOUR TEMPERAMENT WILL DETERMINE HOW YOU BEHAVE IN EVERY SITUATION
Not so. The primary temperament is significantly altered by the affect of the secondary temperament which produces the blend. For example, when the primary temperament “I” is followed by the “D” it produces a very active, result-oriented people-person. They know lots of people but they do not know them well. When, however, the “I” is followed by the “S” it produces a less active but very relationship oriented people-person. The I-S person knows lots of people very well.
How many of these misconceptions did you have?