Looking at Stress Through DISC Eyes

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Keep in mind that when we are under stress, our behaviors become exaggerated. For example, a primary D style who may be seen as assertive may now be seen as aggressive. Or a primary S style who is usually a team player and loyal, may become more passive aggressive. Understanding how you, and others, react to pressure situations can make it easier to deal in times of crisis and stress.

Let’s take a look at the four different DISC Styles and how each deals with stressful situations.

D-styles are task-oriented and active. They enjoy challenges, like change, and want to have control. Under pressure, they may focus more on task-oriented projects. They may appear to other styles as though they are insensitive and have a lack of concern for others. They may overlook how their actions and behaviors affect others as the pandemic may be challenging their sense of control.

I-styles are people-oriented and active. Basically, I-styles enjoy being around others. Under pressure I-styles may focus even more on people and tend to overlook details and tasks. They may even appear disorganized. I-styles may feel isolated and have cabin fever. They may need more remote face to face options and more check-ins with other people on their team to chat and just decompress.

S-styles are people-oriented and reserved. S-styles prefer to have a stable and secure environment. They are the team players of the styles; people we put their trust in them. Under pressure they may try to accommodate as many people as possible even at their own expense. And they may become more unemotional and aloof.

C-styles are task-oriented and reserved. C-styles prefer to focus on details, quality and precision. They enjoy and excel at being an expert. Under pressure they want to make sure things continue to be done correctly, even more so. They may become more logical, not move as fast and want to make sure that the rules are followed. C-styles may be watching and reading a lot of current news to try to understand every detail about the situation.

Being conscious of what style you are and checking in on yourself periodically can assist in having more pleasant interactions with team members. Being able to adapt your style and knowing when you need to dial back can make all of the difference between a good day and not so good day!

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