Apparently DISC (dominance, inducement, submission, and compliance) is a kind of personality test.

When/where is it used and how does it correlate with Big Five?


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According to Jones and Hartley (2013), it's a test seldom mentioned in textbooks, but "used extensively in industry", more precisely in business organizations. Thee same paper also provides cross-correlation with Big Five factors:

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Since the names in the left column of this table are a bit unusual ("left factors"), they are (in this order)

  • the opposite of Extraversion
  • the opposite of Openness
  • the opposite of Agreeableness
  • Conscienscouness (not negated)
  • the opposite of Neuroticism

Also the Wikipedia descriptions of "DISC" factors don't quite agree with Jones and Hartley, which give them as

  • Drive/Dominance (D) – task-oriented, fast-mover, bottom-line-oriented
  • Influence (I) – people-oriented, energetic, desire popularity and praise
  • Steadiness (S) – very people and family-oriented, motivated by loyalty and security, slower-moving
  • Compliance/Conscientiousness (C) – task and detail-oriented, wants all information, slower-moving

The correlations are pretty weak, but some "conclusions" are amusing: to be "stable" (i.e. non-neurotic in Big Five terms) one needs to be steady/submissive (and not dominant/driven) and the opposite goes for "tough-minded", or otherwise put, being agreeable looks (again) like being submissive/steady and not dominant. Being "closed minded" is correlated with being steady/submissive and not being good at influencing/inducing other people. And an introvert is "compliant" (??) and again not good at influencing other people. These "conclusions" don't make a lot of sense to me, except maybe the last one...


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