There are a number of different personality and behavioral tests on the market. It could get confusing to know which test would be best for your organization and what the differences are between them. We are going to dive into the differences between DiSC Assessments and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

What is DiSC

The DiSC philosophy is based on the theories of William Moulton Marston. The DiSC assessment is a behavioral profile that highlights and informs the user of their interests, patterns of behavior and reactions in various situations. Resources Unlimited uses the Everything DiSC® assessments from the John Wiley & Sons Corporation.  The Everything DiSC® assessments use a five-point Likert scale which provides a more accurate and broader range of answer options for the participant. Your DiSC assessment score is a measurement of your personality based on your indication of agreement to behavioral questions and scenarios. The DiSC styles are divided into four quadrants with each style highlighting a specific attribute. (D) Dominance, (i) Influence, (S) Steadiness, and (C) Conscientiousness. 

What is Myers-Briggs (MBTI)

Modern MBTI tests are based on psychological theories derived from Carl Jung in 1921 and adapted into a behavioral test by Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers. Jung believed that four dominant impulses dictated human behavior: intuition, feeling, thinking, and sensation. The modern MBTI test is designed to indicate how the personality of the test taker falls into the four binary categories:

  • Introversion or Extraversion (How you focus your attention)
  • Sensing or Intuition (How you process information)
  • Thinking or Feeling (How you make decisions)
  • Judging or Perceiving (How you interact with the world)

How Do I know Which Test to Choose?

To better answer this question we need to look at the motivation for taking a behavioral test, how will the results be used and what type of information the user wants to know.

  • Depth and ease of use. Both DiSC and MBTI models are viable assessments of your strengths, weaknesses, and assets. When it comes to choosing a test, pick the test most suited to your goals. If you want a deep, broad understanding of your intricate cognitive processes, go for a Myers-Briggs. If you want an assessment that’s straightforward and based on observable behaviors (i.e. less prone to your own biases), go for a DiSC assessment.
  • Complementary analysis. Given the theoretical overlap between DiSC vs. MBTI, they are complementary tests. The DiSC test assesses concrete behaviors, while MBTI assesses esoteric traits. Consider taking both inventories for a full understanding of yourself. 
  • Context. If you’re doing a personality assessment in a public and/or professional context, consider privacy issues. If you take a Myers-Briggs test, you’ll expose deep inner workings you may prefer to keep private. A DiSC assessment may be more appropriate in those contexts, since DiSC analysis delves into observable outward behaviors.

If you’re looking to improve workplace culture, deepen relationships, enhance communication, and conflict resolution in your organization, DiSC is great place to start.  The Everything DiSC® assessment doesn’t just inform the user of their own personality and behavioral styles but shares the styles of others. The assessment and platform also offers feedback and insights for how people can build their relationships for productive teamwork, effective communication and conflict resolution.

Contact our DiSC specialists today if you want to learn more about how DiSC can help your organization.