Overview of the Everything DiSC Model

Everything DiSC OverviewEverything DiSC is the 3rd generation of the DiSC Personality test that is published by John Wiley & Sons Workplace Learning Solutions. The DISC Model was originally theorized in 1928 by William Moulton Marston in his 1928 book The Emotions of Normal People. He used the analogy of a color wheel, that our personalities pull from various colors to give us our distinct style. For this reason, the traditional DiSC Graph model was abandoned and the circular model was introduced in an effort to connect back to Marston’s original theory.

The concept behind the model is to understand where people are coming from and the four basic styles:

  • Dominance (D Style) – tend to be direct, results-oriented, firm, strong-willed, and forceful
  • Influence (i Style) – tend to be outgoing, enthusiastic, optimistic, high-spirited, and lively
  • Steadiness (S Style) – tend to be even-tempered, accommodating, patient, humble, and tactful
  • Conscientiousness (C Style) – tend to be analytical, reserved, precise, private, and systematic

Marston never created an assessment based on his theory, and DISC was never trademarked or under copyright. For this reason there are now a multitude of DISC based assessments.

In 1958, Dr. John Geier was a Director of Behavioral Sciencse at the University of Minnesota. Geier conducted research that further explained human personality through the use of Marston’s DISC model. His research brought credibility to Marston’s model, and it was through this research that the first DiSC assessment was created. Subsequently, Geier left his position at the University of Minnesota to found a company called Performax which published the first DISC based assessment.

In the late 1970’s Geier’s company Performax was acquired by Carlson Learning Company. Carlson was in the midst of releasing the original Personal Profile System Paper Instrument. When the report was printed the ‘i’ in DiSC was a mistakenly left as a lowercase. Rather than reprint all of the assessments, Geier used it as a marketing tool to distinguish his assessment from other DISC based assessments. It is a now a registered trademark, and signifies the original provider of DISC based assessments.

Carlson Learning Company was eventually broken off from Carlson and became Inscape. In 2004, Inscape released the 2nd Generation of DiSC, the online assessment DiSC Classic 2.0.

This new model maintains it’s validity and is 32% more than the DiSC Classic 2.0 report. Furthermore, this is the only DISC model to use adaptive testing. Furthermore, this model contains 4 additional styles (Di/iD, iS/Si, SC/CS, CD/DC) making this model the most personalized DiSC model available.

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