Why Does Our DISC Personality Type Change?

Have you ever wondered why our personality types can change? I often hear people say “Well I am a ____ personality type now, but I used to be a ____ personality type. Most of us have a change in our personality type, at least slightly, over our lifetime. There are three factors that influence your personality type. The first is our experiences. Maybe you were born an “I” personality type, but you were told to be quiet your entire childhood. The whole “kids are to be seen, not heard” mentality. Eventually you might become more of an “S” personality type. Secondly, our environment affects our personality type. For example, a “D” personality type who lives in New York City is probably going to be more aggressive than a “D” personality type that lives in the Bahamas. Out of necessity they have adapted to their environment. Last, our culture affects our personality type. If you are a woman in North America and you are a “D” type, your “D” personality type will likely be much more noticeable than a woman with the same personality type that was raised in many other Countries. That is because in several Countries, it is not acceptable for a female to be aggressive or the leader. If you are a “D” personality type and a female, your “D”ness would be more subdued because of this. It is important to remember that you are not just one personality type. You are actually a blend of all four types using the DiSC model of human behavior. Your blend however will usually change over your lifetime due to the three factors mentioned above. Normally, it takes quite some time for our personality type to change to any significant degree. I have, however, observed people who have had a traumatic event take place in their life and their personality changed instantly. Whatever your personality type, remember that you have great strengths and you need to let your personality shine!

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