Personality profiles. I was fixing a good friend’s computer over the weekend, and she was just marveling at how I steadily and confidently took apart (completely) a computer I’d never seen before, ripped out and replaced a power supply, then put it back together, and it worked. The first time. “You’re a ‘C’, aren’t you?” she asked. Huh? “The DiSC profile, remember that?” Vaguely. We both took it about two years ago; the only specific I remembered from it was being difficult–difficult to work with and difficult to understand. Curious, I dug out my profile last night and looked at it. It was a three-stage process, and each stage could associate a word with your personality. The three words that described me: Creative, creative, and creative. How unoriginal and boring! Can’t they think of anything else to say? (Of course such a description would bother someone who’s creative).
Specifically, I was a D/C blend, with C getting a slight edge. Cs are analytical, deep thinkers, and like rules. They’re also the most complex personality type. (So of course that’d be the one I’d pick–it matches everything about me.)
The word that best describes Ds is dominating. They also like rules, but they want the rules to be open to interpretation. That means I want the rulebook to be there, but I want to think for myself. By-the-book people strike me as weak-minded. (I know when I put the exceptions to each rule in Optimizing Windows, I drove my editor bonkers. And I think my superiors dislike how I know the exception to every rule in computerdom.) Thinking over the events of the past few months, it all makes total sense. I’ve heard the words similar to “dominant analysis” or “overly dominant overanalysis” uttered in close proximity to my name many a time… And of course, being the ever-analyzing Dave, I tried to figure out where she was (I didn’t ask, which was just as well because at the time I wouldn’t have gotten it). I think she’s the opposite, an i/S blend–which is a good thing to be. Much less complicated–so long as you can avoid being stepped on.