Bossy Babies and Loudmouth Kids (Episode 45)
This week we dive deep into how a personality style impacts learning and how to motivate and encourage learning based upon a personality style. We start with the D and I personality styles in the DISC Profile and talk about what that means, why we care, and how to bring out the strengths of these personalities and what triggers a negative reaction from these personality styles. We’re moving into these snapshots of how we think, tick, and respond – going deeper than the surface to uncover the beautiful portrait of what makes you – and your child – so important in this world.
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Functional Education through the eyes of DISC
Understanding the Styles of each individual so they can learn to express themselves through their natural tendencies and thus encourage curiosity.
DISC Isn’t the Only Assessment Out There, But I Think It’s the Best
DISC started in the 1920s by William Marston in his book, The Emotions of Normal People. He found that most people have a dominant tendency in the way they react to life experience.
These assessments, or “snapshots,” are a sign post to help you see your tendencies (or your child’s) so you can realize how you can impact the world and Change It.
DISC is common in the Professional fields where performance and expertise are ripened through understanding yourself and others in order to lead and contribute effectively.
With the Mama Says Namaste Personality Snapshot, we take the perspective from a cold personality style test to a warmer perspective; bringing this personality tool into the home to understand how the family unit functions together.
You can learn about your child’s personality tendencies as early as 3 or 4 years old. By discovering who they are, you can avoid pigeon-holing your children into who you want your children and instead explore what motivates and triggers your children to help guide them toward curiosity.
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A Quick peek at the nitty gritty of DISC:
D – Lion/Eagle/Rolls Royce – leader, project oriented, likes to give direction, enjoys information in clear pieces leading toward a solution. They fear betrayal and being taken advantage of.
I – Peacock/Otter/Ferrari – showy, people focused, enjoys lively conversation, enjoys information in an informal, conversational way leading toward consensus. They fear rejection and lack of community interaction.
S – Dog/Golden Retriever/Van – people focused, practical, encourager, enjoys information in an informal manner where all points are considered to ensure everyone is included. They fear change that seems wreckless and unplanned.
C – Owl/Beaver/Volvo – analytical, task focused, detail oriented, enjoys information in a clear form with available facts and a clear solution. They fear criticism through lack of clarity.
Now Let’s Dive Into the High D Personality Style
Like the C they are task oriented. High D children typically thrive in a leadership role, negotiating games and bringing groups together to play…as long as they make the rules. They can be told they are bossy or being mean on the playground.
Schools systems will see Ds challenging authority at times. However, when motivated, they can be a hard-focused worker who thrives in checking off to do’s that are between them and their curiosity.
When a High D child is hurt like Juliet was when she had sand thrown in her eye, they prefer to feel like they are in control of their situation. Empowering them vs. forcing them is huge for motivation.
Understanding that a child who leans toward the High D style has a fear of losing control can help you to redirect them to what they do have control over so they can move from chaos to a solution.
High D Styles enjoy bringing clarity to chaos. You can help them to recognize the triggers that push them over the edge so that they can recognize those feelings as they come up so they can bring them down into a controlled environment.
Learn more about how you can take a Personality Snapshot or check out the Snapshots E-book to see how you can learn your family’s uniqueness and meet your family where they are and begin to move together toward clarity. The e-book actually includes a simple snapshot for younger children to get you started.
The High I Personality Style Brings the Party
They love to shine and are people oriented! High I Children will thrive around social interaction, finding themselves in the middle of large groups playing together. They can get in trouble by their high energy and lack of awareness of their impact on others. They may have trouble recognizing how much they are talking and get their feelings hurt if they are rejected.
School systems may begin to question and label this style in the ADD/ADHD category. Yes, there are legitimate ADD/ADHD diagnoses, yet not every high-energy child needs Ritalin to function. They need space to interact and explore – they need opportunities to unleash their energy in a positive way.
When a high I feels stifled, they can act out by overcompensating or increasing their activity.
By understanding that a high I child is fearful of rejection you can help redirect them to see their impact and value in this world regardless of other’s opinions.
High I styles bring a party to any group of people. They can make others feel treasured and enjoy the entertainment that only a high I can bring.
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On this week’s Facebook Live, I dive deeper into each of the personality styles. Check it out.
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