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Are personality profiles an attempt to put unique individuals, who are created in God's image, into neat boxes? Has God made us too complex and "wonderful" to do this?
model measures tendencies on four distinct continuums based on the clustering of behavior traits. It also identifies needs, preferences and strategies in creating a positive environment. Although not its original intent, these specific, empirical environments parallel the strategies God and Christ used in loving specific Biblical characters. What 20th Century behavioral science has done is validate how personally God and Christ loved Paul (
D), Peter (I), Abraham (S) and Moses (C) along with other Scriptural characters. I
believe these models can be used to help us love individuals who are like these specific DISC
profiles thus fulfilling Jesus' command to love one another.
Aren't we too unique to fit exactly into 16 boxes? Is there a danger of thinking ourselves into a rigid DISC box?
is not intended to fit people in neat, rigid boxes. It is an analog model (based on continuums), not a digital model (a rigid box). It is designed as a tool to identify potential behavior strengths. For over five generations, these
16 profiles have been validated through the study of specific, empirical behavior data. DISC
gives us insights into some of our God-given natural talents while also offering strategies to communicate in an affirming way so that growth in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit can take place.
Can't He use us and change us as He sees fit, depending on the situation to which he calls us?
Yes, if we are operating under the power of the Spirit. Growth begins to occur when one understands how to assess any given situation and have
knowledge of how to properly respond in a way that positively impacts a specific person and/or situation. Jesus was the absolute best at this and should be our focus and model. The theme of my book, DISCovering the Leadership Styles of Jesus focuses on Jesus responding to people and situations to meet each individual need perfectly.
Have we contrived a system to give us an excuse to avoid direct commands in Scripture to do things we're not comfortable doing? Don't all commands in Scripture apply to all DISC profiles, even if they seem to be contrary to that profile's natural tendencies?
Like any information, the natural man (the flesh) can use the DISC
information for selfish reasons. However, DISC is never to be used as an excuse for
negative behavior (see the UHOMY workbook, page 39, Ground Rules.) Regarding maturing in Christ - When one understands his or her strengths; one must recognize that any strength out of control (the flesh) can become
that individual's greatest weakness. Being controlled by the Holy Spirit offers an ability to manage and control that negative potential. The expression of the fruit of the Spirit confirms that the Spirit is in control and not the flesh.
Are the DISC observations in the book based on studies of people? Is it possible to cite sources of these studies?
I have found the best reference guide is The Universal Language of DISC, by Bill Bonnstetter, Judy Suiter and Randy Widrick, Copyright 1993 by Target
Training International, Ltd. This book goes into great detail regarding secular case studies with a strong focus on validating the model for industry use. Also it gives the history of DISC back to its original author Dr. William Marston
of Harvard University. Marston's first book was entitled The Emotions of Normal People published in 1928. For the record, DISC assessments have been translated into over twenty languages and has become the universal model in understanding normal behavior and how to communicate with different styles.
My work has been to test the model against a different source, the Bible. I believe God is the ultimate Author and Expert on relationships. Furthermore, I
believe the Holy Scripture is our absolute text with regard to understanding the diversity in people, their giftedness and how to communicate in light of that diversity. I have found the DISC model of behavior to be key to understanding and validating the relational side of what God intends us to know about how to truly love one another.
Does our profile change at different phases in our lives (e.g., when we marry, when we have children, when we reach major milestones,
when we age, etc.) Don't our personalities change with age and experience?
Yes. When you take a "most" and "least" assessment, which is available at no charge on this site at DISC Online!, three graphs are created.
- Graph I gives insight to your focused behavior can changed based on the need of the role (work, home, social or parenting profile),
- Graph II measures your behavior under pressure and changes very little, and
- Graph III is a composite and determines how you are viewed by others.
What was Jesus profile?
A successful individual is one who discerns the need a situation and takes on the style to meet the need. The model of Jesusí behavior indicates He
continually changed His behavior to meet the need of each situation He encountered. For more information on Jesusí behavior, see DISCovering the Leadership Styles of Jesus.