The DiSC Classic model has been used for decades to help people understand themselves and others. Practitioners continue to find ways to make the model simpler, more intuitive, & more relevant, while still enhancing the richness of insight that has made DiSC so popular.
The traditional way to represent the DiSC model is a line-graph format, as presented within many Inscape Publishing products, such as the DiSC Classic profile. This line graph representation of DiSC, however, is only one of many ways to discuss DiSC & present a participant with his/her DiSC style.
The earliest representation of the DiSC model, as described by William Marston in his book, The Emotions of Normal People, was a circle.
Hearkening back to the roots of DiSC, the DiSC circle, or "circumplex", provides an intuitive way to show a participant her or his location within the DiSC model. This representation of DiSC is used within the Everything DiSC profiles.
Although the circular representation of DiSC (Everything DiSC) is designed to be simple & intuitive, it also conveys a great deal of information about a person’s DiSC style at a glance. To start, the angular location of a person’s dot indicates the person’s primary DiSC style.
Many people also lean toward a second DiSC style. The distance from the dot to the center of the circle also communicates important information about the person’s DiSC style. A person whose dot is close to the outer edge of the circle is probably very committed to his/her DiSC style. The shading within the circle reinforces this principle.
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One of the most powerful aspects of the DiSC circle is that it allows us to show the relationship between two or more people in a straightforward, visual manner.
2.Adaptation & Stress
For years, consultants, coaches, & facilitators have used DiSC to help people recognize the occasional need to adapt their DiSC style to the people or situations around them. The Everything DiSC profiles use shading to help participants understand the areas on the DiSC map where they might have difficulty stretching or "flexing."
3.Integration Of The Four Styles
Instead of presenting the four DiSC styles as four separate traits, the circular model shows the true continuous nature of DiSC.
Even though the line-graph representation of DiSC has proven to be incredibly powerful, the circular representation presents the DiSC model in a way that is even more intuitive and memorable without sacrificing the richness of information.
The circular representation of DiSC also allows participants to quickly gauge the composition of their group and see the implications of that composition.