So we’ve been going over the four personality types in DISC over the last few weeks, and we’re about to cover the last one today.
Why Learn about Personality Types?
Is it imperative that you discover your personality type and those around you? I don’t think so. Can it be a very helpful tool for getting along better with and connecting with others? For sure!
One of the great things about learning about personality types is that we can more easily understand that just because someone is different from us, they are still valid and important and we can learn from them and even grow with their help.
Also, when we discover what others need (based on their type), we can better know how to meet those needs. As parents and caregivers, we can encourage the strengths in our kids as well as gently help them work through their weak areas so that they can be confident in who they are and get along better with others as well.
Okay, it’s time to go over our last (but certainly not least important… somebody’s got to be last, you know?) personality type in the DISC profile–the “C” type. (Some of the info below comes from a book called “Different Children, Different Needs” by Charles F. Boyd, and from an excellent life coaching course with the Christian Coaching Institute.)
C’s as Adults
“C’s” as adults are conscientious, cautious, and correct. Similarly to the “S’s”, “C’s” are introverted and need time alone every day to recharge and feel good. They are also task-oriented like the “D’s” and so although people and friendships may be very important to “C’s”, they often first focus on the quality of their work, for example, before the relationships at their job.
“C’s” like make sure things are running well and done as correctly as possible. They are detailed-oriented people who like to think carefully and plan things through to make sure everything will go well. They are usually neat and organised and often very self-disciplined.
Although I have some C tendencies, I know I’m primarily an “S” because I don’t seem to have much of the “clean gene”. I do like to think things through and aim for excellence, but I can let my emotions get the better of me at times rather than being more objective like people who are primarily “C’s” (which isn’t always a weakness, but certainly can be),
My Nephew, for Example
Children who are “C’s” tend to be quieter than their “I” and “D” counterparts, and can get really focused on doing the tasks in front of them well, such as building with blocks, colouring, or organising their toys. Already at a young age, “C’s” often like to keep things around them neat and orderly.
Like “S’s”, “C’s” may warm up more slowly to new people, but are really good friends once they do. They may appear quite serious a lot of the time as they carefully learn about the world around them, and they don’t mind playing alone quite a bit as they practice their skills and often excel at them.
My nephew, although still quite young for us to know for sure, may be a “C”. His mom mentioned that if a button is undone, spoon left on the table, or door is open, he often wants to make sure things are done up, put away, and closed so everything is as it should be.
He certainly has fun and shares lots of smiles, but he also often has a serious expression as he carefully studies and explores the world around him and plays with his toys. He doesn’t mind playing by himself, giving mommy a break; and though it may take him a bit to warm up, he is a really kind and thoughtful friend to the people in his life, such as his cousin with whom he shares his toys (and juice) well.
Even C’s Have Some Weaknesses 🙂
The “C”’s drive for excellence, organisation, and planning things out helps the rest of the personality types to maintain high standards and do things well–they are wonderful strengths. But like all the types, C’s have their corresponding
For example, “C’s” can become perfectionistic if they aren’t careful (actually, if they are too careful). This can also tempt them to be overly critical of themselves or others and to believe that their ideas and choices–since often good– are always right.
Fortunately, for those who struggle with this, with God’s help and over time, “C’s” can learn not to be so hard on themselves or others and still maintain excellence without everything having to be perfect. They can also learn to be more open-minded to others’ points of view, celebrating them and learning from them.
Overall, “C’s” are a wonderful personality, adding their gifts for excellence to family, friends, and society and making us all the better for it.
Okay. Now you’ve learned a bit about each of the four DISC types! There’s still lots to learn, and even if you know your
type and that of those around you, it can still take a lot of thought in how to apply what you’ve learned to your own life, career or family.
Here are some things you might like to do:
- For parents, the book Different Children, Different Needs: Understanding the Unique Personality of Your Child by Charles F. Boyd is an excellent resource for learning so much about yourself and your parenting style as well as about your children and how you can best meet their needs.
- For anyone–single, married, parents or not– you may want to head over to Personality Insights and do an assessment for yourself or ask a loved one if they’d like to do one so you can get to know them better (including children).
- If you’d like to go deeper and get some coaching and accountability on making the most of your personality type or building thriving relationships with others in your life, I’d love to help you with this. Check out my Sessions and Packages page for coaching packages around your life, career, and/or family.
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about the DISC personality types, and I hope you are interested in continuing to investigate and learn (I will, too) about how you can make the most of your personality and better connect with others in your life, as well.
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