Disc Test: What Is the C or Analyzer Personality Type?

Disc Test:  What Is the C or Analyzer Personality Type?

What is the DISC test?

The DISC test is a self-administered, self-scoring personality assessment of how a person responds in predictable ways to time, tasks, and other situations at home and at work.

Technically, the DISC test it is not a ‘test’ because you won’t pass or fail when writing it.  There are no right or wrong answers, and there is no bad or good score.  Everyone is a mix of all four personality dimensions, and each mix is equally valuable.

While the DISC test provides insight into a person’s interaction with their environment, there are things that it does not measure.  Some of these include a person’s:

  • Intelligence
  • Morality/character
  • Levels of ambition or motivation
  • Self-esteem or lack of it

What are the origins of the DISC test?

Personality testing is not a new concept.  The word ‘personality’ itself comes from the Latin word ‘persona’ which referred to the masks worn by stage actors in Greek theatre.  These masks helped the audience identify which character played the tragic figure, which was the hero (or heroine), which was there for comic effect, and which was the antagonist.

The first recorded use of four quadrants of personality comes from Empedocles in the 5th century BC.  Hippocrates in the 4th century BC believed that the four personality characteristics came from four fluids within our bodies.  Galen (2nd century AD) first came up with the terms choleric, melancholic, phlegmatic and sanguine to describe the four dimensions of human personality.

1928 was the year when William Marston published his landmark book “Emotions of Normal People.”  Marston was a lawyer and a psychologist; he also contributed to the first polygraph test, authored self-help books, and even created the character “Wonder Woman!”

Industrial psychologist Walter Clark developed these ideas into the first DISC profile in 1956. Clark created the ‘Activity Vector Analysis,’ a checklist of adjectives on which he asked people to indicate descriptions that were accurate about themselves.  The assessment was intended to be used by employers trying to find qualified employees.

What does DISC stand for?

In 1928, William Marston would label the four personality types:

  • D: Dominant
  • I: Influential
  • S: Steady
  • C: Compliant

Based on administering personality assessments to approximately 10,000 people over a 25-year span, gettingpeopleright.com updated these four categories to:

  • D: Dominant
  • I: Inspiring
  • S: Steady
  • C: Conscientious

These categories have been updated to better reflect Marston’s original theory and are also more in step with modern culture.  Few people today wish to self-identify as ‘compliant’ for instance.  Nor is the ‘S’ personality type necessarily steady in all circumstances.

An overview of the C personality type

Your unique genius:  You keep the team from making mistakes!

Brief description:

Analyzers are detailed, accurate, thorough, and structured.  They like detail and analysis and value logic-based decisions.  Maintaining high standards of quality and accuracy are key to this personality type.  In fact, they hold themselves and others to standards which are very difficult to meet. They are good at handling and organizing large amounts of detail.  They are great at quality control.  If you want a job done thoroughly and well, give it to a conscientious person.

Strengths:

  • Quality control
  • Handling detail
  • Analyzing data
  • Logical
  • Avoiding risk
  • Building structure
  • Being deliberate and methodical

Challenges:

  • Spot deficiencies first
  • Too picky
  • Controlling
  • Oversensitive to criticism

Judges others by: How systematically they approach work, level of accuracy, level of expertise

Motivated by: Being the one who always gets it right

Under pressure: Becomes controlling and picky, overwhelms others with detail, becomes inflexible

Fears: Having their competence questioned, receiving emotional outbursts from others

Possible work fits: Analyst, accountant, solicitor, mechanic, engineer, quality control specialist

To increase effectiveness:

  • Express emotion to close intimates
  • Look at what’s right in your life. Be easier on yourself
  • Show patience to people with different personality types
  • Relieve stress by exercising, engaging in hobbies and talking to close friends
  • Give praise where warranted instead of pointing out deficiencies

How is the DISC personality test used?

The DISC personality test is used for a variety of purposes including:

  • Learning how to communicate better with others
  • Understanding the motivations of others
  • Hiring the right person for the right job
  • Coaching people to recognize their natural areas of strength and weakness
  • Self-reflection and personal growth

Summary of the DISC Test

In summary, the DISC tool is a reliable, simple way to:

  • enhance communication on your team
  • increase your knowledge of your strengths and weaknesses
  • learn the strengths and weaknesses of those around you
  • understand the motivations of yourself and others
  • improve success in hiring and promotion
  • dramatically increase your effectiveness working with people

The DISC tool is simple, easy to use, andhighly effective.  Complete it here for free:

https://gettingpeopleright.com/disc-personalities-assessment/

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