Why use the DISC Profile vs. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator?
While there are many excellent personality profiles, many prefer the DISC Personality Test because it is more accessible, understandable, and versatile in its applications than other popular tools such as Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), also known as Myers-Briggs Personality Assessment and Briggs-Myers Personality Test.
MBTI was developed by Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother, Katharine Cook Briggs. They studied the theories of Carl Jung (pronounced “Yung”), the famous Swiss psychoanalyst, and developed four pairs of personality traits, each at opposite ends of a continuum: Extraversion (E) vs. Introversion (I), Sensing (S) vs. Intuition (I), Thinking (T) vs. Feeling (F). MBTI is a highly respected and valuable instrument. DISC Assessment and MBTI are often used alongside each other to provide different aspects of personality assessment. Both are scientifically validated. In many cases, however, DISC Profile emerges as the popular choice. Here are some of the reasons:
- DISC Profile is less complicated, requiring considerably less time and interpretation than MBTI.
- DISC Personality Test is easier to remember than MBTI, both short- and long-term.
- DISC Assessment provides a simple system for observing and reading others’ external behavior, and then adjusting one’s interactions for more effective relationships. MBTI measures personality factors that are more difficult to “guess.”
- DISC Personality Test focuses less on theory and more on application. MBTI is a highly academic development of Jungian psychological types.
- DISC Assessment does not require a psychologist of other professional to administer or interpret. One can take it privately, grasp its essential meaning, and then seek greater understanding through books or trained consultants.
Both the DISC Profile and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator are great tools. DISC Personality Test is usually the first choice, however, for understanding and adapting behavior to understand people, unlock personal potential, strengthen relationships, improve communication, identify strengths, and motivate self and others.