DISG - What you learn from the personality test

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DISG - What you learn from the personality test

Everyone who works in a team or has a large circle of acquaintances knows it: There are people with whom you get along blindly. And then there are people you've never really warmed up to, but inevitably have to come to terms with. Why you can't get along with everyone - and which DISG Personality Types behind it - you will find out in the following lines.

Want a little spoiler? All right: when different types of people come together, sometimes whole worlds collide. But avoiding unsympathetic colleagues in the office works about as well as ignoring the unpleasant aunt at the family dinner - rather badly than well.

Instead, you need to find ways to facilitate togetherness and understand each other's communication. And this is exactly where DISG comes in. Behind the four letters is a practical principle that sensitizes you to the characteristics of different types of people. What exactly you can imagine under it and how you can use it. DISG model for your (professional) everyday life, you will learn in this magazine article.

What is DISG?

First of all, we would like to tell you one thing: The concentrated knowledge you are about to receive is worth its weight in gold in a private and professional context. Thanks to the DISG model, you will not only learn which Personality types but also which one might apply to you. This, in turn, will help you to recognize which action and behavioral preferences you should place special emphasis on.

In short: You get a completely new view on your strengths, your weaknesses and your Character traits. Therefore, read the magazine article thoroughly and, if you like, forward it to your friends!

So, now we get down to the nitty gritty. In the first step, imagine DISG as a model that analyzes and classifies human behavior. It is based on four different basic types, which are based on certain behavioral tendencies or so-called behavioral styles. The four letters stand for the following DISG types:

  • D = Dominant (red)
  • I = Initiative (yellow)
  • S = Steady (green)
  • G = Conscientious (blue)

The model is based on the assumption that each person has characteristics of all four types, but they are pronounced differently. By the way, depending on the model is not used letters, but four colors: red, yellow, green and blue.

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The 4 personality types

On the basis of the Personality Tests you determine which of the four personality traits - dominant, proactive, steady, conscientious - is most pronounced in your personality. We tell you how the four types differ from each other:

D - dominant type (red)

As dominant type you are characterized by attributes such as willpower, responsibility, determination and ambition. You are committed, innovative, like to make decisions and enjoy challenges. You are also willing to take risks and don't hesitate for long - your strength lies in your speed. No wonder, because you are impatient and waiting does not suit you. Your contact with other people is very direct. Why beat around the bush?

Dominant types love variety and demand their freedom. An analytical approach is not one of your strengths, nor is doing things by the book. Instead of executing, you prefer to give the orders. You might strive for power and like to see yourself in leading positions. You have a lot of power! However, your self-confident manner can make you seem inconsiderate and arrogant to others.

I - initiative type (yellow)

As an initiative type, you are the relationship person par excellence. You love to surround yourself with friends and family and build a large network. Recognition from others makes your self-esteem skyrocket. You are extremely sociable, convincing with charm and optimism and sweep other people along with your passion, enthusiasm and positive energy.

As initiative type you also like to be the center of attention. You like to have fun and it's easy for you to make new contacts. Approaching strangers openly is no problem for you. What you like less, however, is attention to detail and an analytical approach. You tend to work in an unstructured way, which sometimes comes across as incompetent to others. Your communicative nature sometimes gets in the way, because not everyone wants to listen to you for hours on end. You avoid conflicts. If a quarrel threatens, you delay it as long as possible.

S - continuous type (green)

As continuous type you are characterized by kindness, balance, helpfulness and prudence. Others can count on you: Whenever they need you, you're there. You are a great listener, patient and humble - the perfect team player who keeps every team together. Harmony is essential for you. One of the reasons why you hate nothing more than quarrels. You avoid conflict. Also changes are not your thing, because you look for stability and a regulated environment.

concede management duties continuous types tend to prefer others, instead they want to work closely with people and support them. Saying no is difficult for you, isn't it? You take a lot of things from others - this can lead to self-sacrifice and cause quite some stress in you. Every now and then you are indecisive. Your careful, caring and compassionate nature comes across as easily predictable to others.

G - conscientious type (blue)

As conscientious type you love logical procedures, accuracy, planning reliability and high quality standards. Whatever you do - it has a system and has been thought through umpteen times beforehand. Analytics and attention to detail are your thing, you are extremely hardworking, persistent and able to concentrate. Nothing motivates you more than knowing that something is going perfectly and exactly according to your ideas. Others appreciate the reliability and competence of conscientious types.

Instead of working in a team, however, you prefer to work alone - this way you can live out your sense of order and focus completely without being disturbed. However, in the long run, your critical nature can lead you to isolate yourself completely. Sometimes you even seem distant, reserved or even dismissive to others. In addition, you sometimes lose your bearings because of your perfectionism. Then you do the right thing, but at that moment it is not important.

The 4 animal types of people

Tobias Beck, international speaker, consultant and lecturer, has compared the four DISG personality types to four animal human types in an entertaining and educational way. For this, it is definitely worth watching the Greator video "Tobias Beck - The 4 animal human types". Have fun!

The 20 different combinations

Well, did you recognize yourself in several of the 4 guys? That's not surprising, because of course no person can be pinned down to just one type. They are almost always mixed types. There are 20 of them in total and their big advantage is that individual characteristics are assigned much more specifically. At Greator they have the following names:

  1. Pioneer (red)
  2. Entertainer (yellow)
  3. Stabilizer (green)
  4. Perfectionist (blue)
  5. Pioneer (red-yellow)
  6. Pacemaker (red-green)
  7. Inventor (red-blue)
  8. Convincer (yellow-red)
  9. Harmonizer (yellow-green)
  10. Strategist (yellow-blue)
  11. Specialist (green-red)
  12. Helper (green-yellow)
  13. Grail Keeper (green-blue)
  14. Experimenter (blue-red)
  15. Surveyor (blue-yellow)
  16. Thinker (blue-green)
  17. Administrator (red-yellow-green)
  18. Mediator (red-yellow-blue)
  19. Designer (red-green-blue)
  20. Praktiker (yellow-green-blue)

Do you know the difference 20 Personality typesyou will be able to understand yourself and other people much better and to understand your or their behaviour.

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Origin and history of the DISG model

Hippocrates already recognized that the character traits of a person can be assigned to four "temperaments". Many centuries later, the psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung divided his fellow human beings into "extraverts" and "introverts". At the same time, he distinguished four personality types based on their attitudes and their consciousness functions.

In 1928, the US psychologist William Moulton Marston finally developed the DISG model. He is considered the founder and developer of the DISC theory (dominance, inducement, submission, compliance), on the basis of which John Geier developed the first DISG tests in the 1970s.

The aim of the tests is to evaluate people on the basis of categories. One of Geier's employees, Friedbert Gay, first introduced the DISG model in Germany in 1990. Thanks to him, the DISG model and the DISG personality tests become a widely used method of assessing staff and selecting new employees.

How the personality test works

The test is very easy: First you answer eight questions with the answer that applies most to you. For each question you have four possible answers to choose from. Then you answer eight more questions. This time, the task is to determine which answer applies to you the least.

The result you get at the end shows you what personality type you are, where your strengths lie and how you can get the best out of yourself. You now know whether you are a dominant, proactive, steady or conscientious type.

Inner, outer & integrated self-image

If you go one step further and receive an evaluation that takes all 20 behavioral combinations into account, you will dive deeper into the matter. In addition, you get an insight into your inner, outer and integrated self-image and thus receive particularly detailed information.

The inner self-image represents personal beliefs and shows how you react under pressure. The outer self-image describes the expectations of your environment. And the integrated self-image combines the inner and outer self-image and thus stands for the sum of your behavior that can be observed in everyday life. The DISG model gives you a precise view of your personality - and of the character traits of the people around you.

DISG tests are used here

The results that DISG tests give us are complex and profound, but at the same time easy to understand and understandable for everyone. That's why they are so popular and can be used in many different areas of life. In the following, we present three of the most important areas of application.

DISG in everyday work

Whether in personnel management or in dealing with your colleagues: If you know what makes you tick and what makes the other three types tick, then you can make your Better judge fellow human beings. Small example: You as a very quality-conscious, conscientious type (blue) meet an unstructured, but extremely chatty colleague during a project. Thanks to your new knowledge, you can intuitively assign the colleague to one type of person. Usually your gut feeling is not wrong. You now know that this colleague is most likely an initiative type (yellow).

Now, of course, you realize that you will never change your proactive colleague - but you can adjust the way you communicate with him. Engage with him, listen to him, show him appreciation. He'll thank you by giving his best. Divide the tasks so that everyone can contribute their strengths: While you work on the facts and data, your initiative colleague presents them during the presentation, for example. This way, you mutually benefit from your strengths instead of getting on each other's nerves.

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DISG for personality development

The DISG test is an ingenious method to find out more about yourself as well as your strengths, weaknesses and action preferences within a very short time. It gives you insights into your behavioral structures and shows which characteristics predominate in you and why. At the same time, different strengths are also taken into account.

You see there are no "bad" Features but that each characteristic brings certain advantages and disadvantages with it and can be beneficial or rather harmful for your personal development. You want to hold up a mirror to yourself and learn more about yourself? You are looking for an entry into the field of Personality Development or would like to expand your knowledge? Then a DISG test is just right for you.

DISG for better relationships

The DISG model can also help you to improve your communication and to understand other types of people more easily. You learn which "language" you should speak if you want others to understand your messages. And you learn how to solve potential conflict situations or how to recognize and prevent them in advance. With the DISG model you can improve your relationships with your partner, friends, family members, colleagues and business partners, strengthen your sense of empathy and become even more persuasive, happy and successful.

What are the concrete benefits of a personality test?

Everything clear so far? Then here are a few more valid reasons for a DISG analysis: If you don't know your action preferences, you may be acting in alien action preferences. For example, you notice that certain tasks are difficult for you, that you feel uncomfortable in certain situations or that some activities take a lot of energy from you.

No wonder, because if you regularly fight your Personality traits this is very stressful in the long run. Therefore, find out which DISG type you are and whether you really live in flow! You will receive the solution to your test in just a few seconds.

Advantages of the DISG personality test

The DISG model gives you valuable information. Here are all the advantages at a glance:

  • You get to know yourself better
  • You strengthen your self-confidence
  • You improve your social skills and an empathy
  • You learn to communicate better
  • You learn how to collaborate more productively with others
  • You resolve conflicts peacefully
  • You bring more joy and lightness into every relationship

Is the DISG model valid?

The DISG model incorporates important approaches of renowned scientists and psychotherapists, such as Erich Fromm, Alfred Adler and Martin Fishbein. In addition, statistical studies prove the Validity of the model and the associated tests. The impressive success rates in companies that use the test in human resources once again prove the validity of the DISG model.

What to do if your test was inconclusive?

First of all, of course you can't fail the test. Sometimes a result is not completely clear. But this is not a problem at all, because as already mentioned, all people have characteristics of all the four types - albeit in varying degrees of intensity. It may well be that you cannot be assigned primarily to one type, but that two types apply particularly strongly to you. In this case, it can be useful to obtain extended test results in order to achieve even more concrete results with the help of the 20 types.

Gift: Your free DISG test

The more you learn about yourself and the better you know yourself, the happier and more fulfilled you will be. Therefore we give you our free personality test - so that you recognize your strengths and raise your awareness in the area of personal development to a new level.

The DISG test is perfect free. You only need 3 minutes to answer 16 questions. Afterwards you will receive your result by e-mail within a very short time. Take the DISG personality test with 4 colors and realize who you are and how to live your full potential!

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