Utilizing DISC for Stress Management

using DISC for stress management

Different personality types react to stress in different ways, and even become stressed from different situations. It may not come as a complete surprise, but once you embrace it, you’ll be able to make it through the ups and downs, daily stressors and anxious moments of day-to-day life that much better.

With the DISC assessment, you’ll learn about your personality type, and the ways that stress affects you. Not only will you learn the right approach for yourself, but you’ll gain valuable insight into how others around you may be reacting internally, enabling you to respond in a positive, thoughtful manner. This can provide huge dividends for your home life, with coworkers and employees in the workplace, and more.

Not only do people respond differently to various circumstances, they may have the complete opposite response and mindset. What is stressful to one personality type, may be entirely non-stressful to another. For instance, here are a few common situations or circumstances to consider:

  • A loss of control is stressful to D personalities; non-stressful to I’s
  • Taking orders is also stressful to D’s; but non-stressful to S’s
  • Slow deliberation is stressful for both D and I personality types; but is non-stressful to S’s and C’s… while the roles are reversed for a lack of deliberation
  • Not being liked is stressful to I’s; non-stressful to D and C personalities
  • Precision and detail are stressful to I’s; non-stressful to C’s
  • Public speaking is stressful to S’s and C’s; non-stressful to I’s

Clearly, your personality will have you responding to different environments in drastically different manners.

Before moving on though, let’s clear up a few major myths about stress:

  • Stress comes only from your career –False!
  • The only people vulnerable to stress-related problems tend to be either aggressive or workaholics – False!
  • Stress always manifests as tension or anxiety – False!
  • The effects of stress build up quickly – False!
  • The best stress remedy is to physically get away – False!
  • Stress comes only from major trauma – False!
  • Daily exposure to stress makes you physically tired – False!

After those examples, you may be thinking to yourself that you know less about stress than you had envisioned. That’s why it can be so beneficial to take the time to learn about your DISC personality type and the role that stress can have in your life.

Here are a few helpful hints for each personality type and how you can respond to stress to reduce its negative impact:

  • D personalities should step back, slow down and reevaluate priorities. Think about the big picture before responding.
  • I personalities should focus on the problem, assume responsibility and be accountable for a solution.
  • S personalities need to move faster, share what they’re feeling and thinking, and make decisions. Resist the urge to simply avoid conflict.
  • C personalities should use available data to make a decision, use positive self-talk, and resist the urge to drag feet and nitpick to avoid being wrong.

Of course, this is just the start in terms of the many ways that different personalities cope with stress. By utilizing DISC assessments to learn about your personality, and then applying that directly to what stresses you, how you respond to it, and how you can improve that response, you’ll end up being a healthier and happier person each and every day.


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