Extended DISC® FAQs
Below are some frequently asked questions about the Extended DISC Personal Analysis Report.
What reading level is the Personal Analysis questionnaire is designed for?
What is the theory behind the assumption that the Least answers produce the unconscious self and the Most answers the conscious self?
Although it is important to minimise the response time, the responses given are still mostly based on conscious thinking and analysis. It is clearly easier with the Most responses for a person to adjust the responses in a direction he/she wants to adjust them than it is with the Least responses. As a result, the Profile I, which is mostly based on the Most responses, is not a valid measure of one's unconscious self but a measure of one's conscious self - or to be more precise, one's conscious adjustment of the unconscious self.
However, since interpretation of Profile II is not based on the responses given, but on the responses not given, and since the calculation logic of the profile is turned around and the Least responses are more difficult to consciously rationalise, it has been found in empirical studies that the interpretation of the Profile II is closest to the unconscious self (sometimes called natural or pressure behaviour).
Why does the Extended DISC Personal Analysis measure more unconscious behaviour than the other DISC based tools?
How can you be so sure that these 24 items will generate the accurate information needed for the analysis?
How can you be sure that the behaviours that are analysed from the questionnaires are accurately determined? Since the research findings are from European and American subjects, how can they represent for example, Asians? What back up data can you provide?
In other words, one needs to understand what the tool is based on but not how it specifically produces the results. Again, you need to understand the environment where the results are being applied. If someone gets a D profile, it means that the person prefers a D response/behaviour. But what does it mean in Thailand for example? This is something the tool cannot determine. The results only indicate that compared to the other Thai people this person is more D-style. It is then up to those who understand the culture of Thailand to determine what exactly D-style means.
The key is that in the questionnaire we can find those stimuli (words) that cause the desired style of person to respond in a desired way. The purpose of the questionnaire is to find out how this person compares to other people within the same culture. Translating the questionnaire is therefore the key issue; it cannot always be a direct translation of another language. The validation study is a process where we check if the tool can identify within this culture the different behavioural traits.
Regarding the questionnaire, how can only 24 items generate so much information for the Personal Analysis report?
Questionnaire respondents sometimes find the word pairing contradictory. One of the words may describe them the most, but then the second word describes them the least. Hence, they are unsure how to select. How should we best instruct the respondents to answer the questionnaire?
When answering the questions, why do we have to imagine ourselves at work? Actually, we don't show our true selves at work because we need to conform to the work environment. In order to get the correct analysis, shouldn't we imagine ourselves outside work?
How accurate are Personal Analysis results if a person completes the questionnaire again after a few months?
However, if the environment has changed or if the person has undergone a major personal stress, there is a good chance that the Profile has changed.
We need to remember that the idea is not that the Profile has to stay the same over time; people need to have skill to adjust to the environment and, within time, this adjustment is certainly reflected in the Profile as a shift to some direction.
Another issue is to make a difference between a change in the Profile and a temporary adjustment.
A rule of thumb is that if the basic shape of the Profile changes from one of the 6 main profile types to another, the Profile has changed.
Why do two people get the same (or almost the same report) although they have answered differently in the questionnaire?
Managing that many different combinations would be both totally impossible and meaningless. Hence, the number of combinations has been reduced into combinations that have internal resemblance that is greater than external (i.e. they resemble each other more than combinations outside the group).
Note! There is no interpretational information in the individual answers. The answer can only be used for the next step in the process. Answers of two or more individuals can not be compared to one another.
Calculating the Profiles and the Diamond
The process for calculating the Profiles is a combination of straight-forward mathematical equations that reduce the number of combinations to 11 753 582 400.
Managing that many different Profiles would still be impossible and the differences in the Profiles would not represent significant differences in the individuals' actual behaviour.
To help the Extended DISC user utilise the Profiles, a classification system with different levels of deepness has been created:
Level Differentiating Feature No. of Combinations
The different levels are used for different purposes. In general training, Level 1 is often deep enough. In applied training (like sales training) Level 2 is often appropriate. In that case, every 40th person on average gets the same result (Profile combination).
The Diamond is similarly divided in levels:
Level Differentiating No. of Cominations
Generating the report
To generate the different pages of the report, different combinations are used.
Text Page the results. For each combination there is a separate text bank from which the actual report is generated. The text bank enables 228 383 696 totally different Text Pages to be generated. (Note! Our competition at best can create about 200 different texts).
It is possible for two people belonging to the same Diamond Level 4 class to have partly the same text, but it is unlikely that the text will be exactly the same, unless they belong to a very rare class where the text bank for that class is smaller.
Motivators Page classification is also based on the Diamond Level 4.
The Graphical Page and the Additional Pages are based on the Profiles Level 3 classification.
The Flexibility Zones is based on the Diamond Level 4.
Profiles II and I
Since Profile II measures more closely the individual's natural self (unconscious behavior) and Profile I the response to the impulses from the environment, it is natural that the report is generated based on Profile II. Differences in Profile I do not reflect differences in the individuals' natural behaviour, but in the relationship to their current environments.