DiSC® How My Graph Became A Dot

 DiSC® How My Graph Became A Dot

The DiSC® model has been used for decades to help people understand themselves and others.

The traditional way to represent DiSC® is the line graph format.

The line graph representation of DiSC® is only one way to have a discussion about DiSC® and an individuals personality style.  The earliest representation of DiSC® as described by W. Martson in his book, "Emotions of Normal People," was a circle.


How Does the Circle Work?

The DiSC® circle provides an intuitive way to show participants their location on the DiSC® model.  In this example, the participant demonstrates characteristics of the I or Influence style.

While we try to keep the model as simple as possible.  The circle model provides insight into a great deal of information.

DiSC® Dot Location

Within each of the four style - D, i, S, and C - there are three regions where a participants dot may be located, demonstrating twelve (12) different regions of the Everything DiSC® model.  

  • Everyone is a blend of all four styles
  • Most people tend strongly towards one or two styles

A dot's distance from the edge of the circle shows how naturally inclined an individual is to encompass the characteristics of his or her DiSC® style.  A person whose dot is located close to the edge of the circle shows a strong inclination for that style.  A individual whose dot is located between the edge and the center of the circle is moderately inclined to demonstrate that style.  While a person whose dot is located at the center of the circle demonstrates a slight inclination.

DiSC® Shading and Priorities

 Map shading is also important in understanding an individuals DiSC® style.  The eight words around the Everything DiSC® map are called priorities, or the primary area that individuals focus their energy and time.

  • The closer an individuals shading comes to a priority, the more energy they tend to focus on that priority
  • Everyone has at least three priorities, some people have four or five
  • The three words closest to the dot, are that individuals primary priorities
  • Personalized shading (stripes) demonstrates whether an individual stretches to include two additional priorities


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How My Graph Became a Dot