DISC… A Universal Language of Behavior

December 11, 2014 by bob | Filed under Articles by Bob Picha.

DISC… A universal language of behavior that leads to the power of self understanding.

  • Dominance

  • Inducement (sometimes referred to as: Influence)

  • Submission (sometimes referred to as: Steadiness)

  • Compliance

Almost ninety years ago Dr. William Moulton Marston developed a language for determining and describing individual differences in people, and understanding how and why we do what we do. The objective was to help people order their world, and achieve pleasantness and harmony in relating to self, work, and others. DISC Dominance Inducement Submission Compliance

The language had to be simple… a four word vocabulary, easy to learn, and observable in the perceptions of behavior. This four word vocabulary… DISC, is the basis of this language. DOMINANCE, INDUCEMENT, SUBMISSION, and COMPLIANCE.

The DISC language and description of DISC behavior is the most powerful… yet simplest… explanation of what drives human behavior… of any developed in the last hundred years. Emotions are energy, It takes energy to drive behavior.

This concept and theory of primary emotions being the energy driving behavior was developed and first published in 1928 by Dr. William Moulton Marston in his book Emotions of Normal People.

In his book Dr. Marston showed that he was a master of making the complex simple, and he felt very strongly about the power of introspection and observing behavior. Although he never developed an instrument based on his theory (DISC primary emotions driving behavior), he was very precise in the definitions.

His definitions, the process of observing behavior, introspection, and self validation are the foundation of the study of human nature. This study in it’s simplest form provides:

  • Insight into self
  • Insight into others
  • Awareness of specific practical implications of those insights

Since the 1940’s psychologists have attempted to develop instruments for assessing behavior so individuals could report on themselves and others with a high degree of accuracy. Dr. John G. Geier, a psychologist at the University Of Minnesota was one of the early developers of the self report expressed in the DISC language. He said, “If people are to utilize information from psychology to live more productive and harmonious lives, the information must be individualized to them personally. The concept of individualized learning would underlie all of my work in application.”

Today, many publishers have developed DISC based instruments in a self report format, initially in hard copy form, and now online. This site is dedicated to the best of these applications.

It is estimated that collectively over fifty million people have been exposed to the language as individuals and in organizations,but DISC is not yet adopted as a universal language of behavior.

This site is available to anyone with that vision and mission.
Contact  bobp@discresources.com if you have interest in the site.

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