William Moulton Marston, a physiological psychologist with a Ph.D. from Harvard, introduced the DiSC Behavior Model in his 1928, Emotions of Normal People. In the book, he introduced his theory on the impact that human emotions have on behavior and how behavior may change over time. His goal was to identify practical explanations that would help people understand behavior and how to better relate with others.
He identified four primary types of behavioral express of emotion: Dominance, Inducement, Submission and Compliance.
Over time, others used Marston’s work to further develop his theory and build assessment tools (or personality profiles tests). The first tool, developed by Walter V. Clarke in 1948, was intended to help businesses with personnel selection. Clarke’s model was used John Geier, Ph.D. to create a new assessment tool, and he formed a new company (Performax) that would eventually become Inscape Publishing, which launched new assessments and tools, including The Everything DiSC product family.
DiSC assessments are a trusted learning instrument being used worldwide in numerous training and coaching applications, including business development and performance improvement. These assessments help people understand behavioral differences and how to adapt their own behavior to work better with others.
One provider of DiSC assessments defines the letters of DiSC as follows:
DiSC Assessments are learning tools that help people assess to what degree they utilize each dimension of behavior in a situation. The tools then provide personalized feedback designed to assist your organization:
Many organizations use DiSC to establish a common language, illuminating the way for successful training and coaching applications. Detailed, personalized information helps people apply DiSC learning to specific business situations, including sales, leadership development, customer service, and conflict resolution. More information and other resources can be found here:
Article written by Donna Baldino, Global Account Manager at IMS.