What happened to my DiSC style: iC/Ci or DS/SD?

What happened to my DiSC style: iC/Ci or DS/SD?

If you’ve taken a DiSC Classic 2.0 or DiSC Classic paper version of the DiSC assessment, you may have had a style which doesn’t seem to appear in Everything DiSC reports. Why?

One of the most common questions about the transition from using Classical Patterns to
using the DiSC circle involves the Achiever and Appraiser patterns. These Classical
Patterns describe people who are high in two DiSC styles that are theoretically opposite
each other. The Achiever pattern is a combination of the D and S styles, and the
Appraiser pattern is a combination of the i and C styles.

There are people, who have taken the DiSC Classic assessment multiple times throughout the years and repeatedly receive one of these opposite-style Classical Patterns. So what happens when they take the Everything DiSC assessment?

The Everything DiSC map

DiSC dotLet’s look at the circumplex model and the location of the dot. The dot’s location tells you two things. In the image at right, it shows that the person straddles the D and C styles. He or she is a DC or CD style. Its placement towards the edge of the circle shows that this is a strong priority or preference. A dot positioned closer to the center of the circle would have indicated only a slight inclination towards the C and D styles.

Note the shading around the dot. This shows that this person has a bit of i and S as well. This person prioritizes challenge, results, and accuracy much more than collaboration, for example. That does not mean the person isn’t good at collaborating, but rather that she or he isn’t likely to be motivated by opportunities to collaborate. The DiSC model doesn’t tell us if the person might enjoy or hate collaboration, or might be good or bad at it. It’s just not a priority.

Spanish DiSC circle modelIt’s possible for someone to have four or even five priorities. Their circles look a little different. The person with the example at right might have been an iC in the older DiSC Classic. This example is an i style who prioritizes action, enthusiasm, and collaboration, along with accuracy, which isn’t characteristic of most people with the i style. It will be much easier, or take less energy, for this person to focus on details or double-check work than it will be for others with the i style who might have to stretch more to reach the same level of precision.

When people who formerly got the Achiever or Appraiser patterns are plotted on the DiSC circle, they usually have a dot that is quite close to the center of the circle. In fact, of all of the Classical Patterns, these individuals have, by far, the shortest average distance from the center of the circle.

Like all models, DiSC is not a perfect representation of human nature. Some people are simultaneously very outgoing and enthusiastic while also being highly attentive to accuracy. Some people are very direct and blunt in their language while also being relatively empathetic. For this reason, the extra priorities within Everything DiSC will show when a person is atypical for a given style.

EVerything DiSC map: D style with extra priority in Enthusiasm


How My Graph Became a Dot, pdf report

Facilitators might want to use the Supplement for Facilitators report with clients who have a fourth or fifth priority. It provides a bit more information.

DiSC® dot and priorities explained

Understanding our D-style colleagues and friends

Understanding our i-style colleagues and friends

Understanding our S-style colleagues and friends

Understanding our C-style colleagues and friends


by Kristeen Bullwinkle and the DiSCProfile.com team


1 Comment

  1. D.G. Langford 2 years ago

    My late partner was an “IC” by the old system, and it solved the riddle of team members not understanding him. This DISC assessment, “appraiser”. explained him perfectly.

    Whether he came across as a C or I on any give day depended largely on his mood. The shift from one type of personality to one that seemed much different often confused co-workers.

    So, his personality was often puzzling to others until he took the DISC assessment.

    I’m sorry that “CI” (appraiser) and “DS” (achiever) have been apparently dropped in the newer system.

    These people are out there. Knowing them better really helped everyone understand them and work together more effectively.

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