DiSC Personality Tests

The DiSC profile, published by Wiley, is a tool that analyzes an individual's personality based on four main behaviors. It was created by William Moulton Marston, a physiological psychologist with a degree from Harvard.

The Different Personalities (Types or Traits)

The principle of the DiSC is that there are four types of behavior or four modes of communication: the Dominant type, the Influential type, the Steady type, and the Conscientious type, hence the term DiSC.

DiSC Personality Tests

An individual described as Dominant

  • Is motivated by winning, competition, and success.
  • Place a priority on achieving immediate results.
  • Is described as direct, demanding, energetic, strong-willed, motivated, and determined.
  • May be limited by lack of interest in others, impatience, and open skepticism.
  • May fear being perceived as vulnerable or being taken advantage of.
  • Values competence, action, concrete results, freedom, and challenge.

An individual described as Influential

  • May be limited by impulsiveness and disorganization, and lack of follow-through.
  • Is described as compelling, magnetic, enthusiastic, warm, confident, and optimistic.
  • Is motivated by social recognition, group activities, and interpersonal relationships.
  • May fear loss of influence and disapproval.

An individual described as Steady

  • Is motivated by cooperation, opportunities to help, and genuine appreciation.
  • Prioritizes support, collaboration, and maintaining stability.
  • Is described as calm, patient, predictable, stable, and consistent.
  • May be limited by indecisiveness, over-accommodation, and a tendency to avoid change.
  • May fear loss of stability and offending others.
  • Values loyalty, caring, and security.

An individual described as Conscientious

  • Is motivated by opportunities to gain knowledge, demonstrate expertise, and perform quality work.
  • Place a priority on accuracy, maintaining stability, and challenging assumptions.
  • Is described as careful, systematic, diplomatic, accurate, and tactful.
  • May be limited by being overcritical, overanalyzing, and isolating.
  • May fear criticism and being wrong.
  • Values quality and accuracy.

Where Can I Find Practice Tests?

There are different types of DiSC tests:

  • Everything DiSC Workplace Profile
  • Everything DiSC Productive Conflict
  • Everything DiSC Work of Leaders Profile
  • Everything DiSC Sales Profile
  • Everything DiSC Management Profile
  • DiSC Classic Profile

Many copies of this test are available online. The logo is then different: DISC without a lowercase 'i', this one being the proprietary mark of the company. You can find a full Personality Preparation on the following page.

In Which Languages Is the Test Available?

As of September 2017, the Everything DiSC Workplace test is available in 12 languages:

  • Chinese
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • Estonian
  • Finnish
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Norwegian
  • Spanish
  • Swedish

Results

The profile report contains a complete profile of all the personality traits analyzed. Some traits can be combined, e.g., Stable and Influential, as an individual does not necessarily fit into one box.

Availability

The DiSC test is available online.

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