Knowing Your Characters Post 4: DISC Personality Test (Compliance)

This is the fourth post in a 4-part series concerning knowing your characters, and using a personality test to do so (in this case, the DISC personality test).

First post, we covered the "D" in DISC, which is titled Dominance or Drive. (Relating to a person's control, assertiveness and power.)

Our second post covered the "I" in DISC, which is called Inducement or Influence. (Relating to a person's behavior in social situations and manners of communication.)

The third post covered the "S" in DISC, which is called Submission or Steadiness. (Relating to a person's patience, persistence and thoughtfulness.)

This is our final post, and will cover the "C" in DISC, which is called Compliance or Conscientiousness. (Relating to a person's structure and organization.)

A high "Compliance" character breaks down as follows:

Monica Gellar, played by Courtney Cox on Friends is
an example of a highly organized individual concerned
both with being right and doing things correctly.

Motivated by: Being right and Quality

Best Environment: Clearly defined, Requires precision, and Provides reassurance

Accepts: methods

Rejects: lack of quality

Major Strengths: Orderly, Thorough, and Analytical

Major Weaknesses: Picky, Too detailed, Too cautious

Under tension behaves: Avoid

Would Benefit from: Declaring the issue

Their ideal world is where they: have excellence, can do it the "right way," and are able to research things.

Greatest fear: being wrong or being criticized.

Classic DISC patterns:
Objective Thinker: high "Compliance," low or zero in other columns
Creative: highest in "Compliance," second highest in "Dominance"
Appraiser: highest in "Compliance," second highest in "Inducement"
Perfectionist: equal in "Submission" and "Compliance"
Practitioner: highest in "Compliance," second highest equal in "Compliance" and "Inducement"

High "Compliance" characters tend to listen well. In order to communicate, they need people who will critique them.

High "Compliance" characters tend to be reluctant in making decisions and research their decisions before making them. They need someone who will reassure them that their decision is right.

High "Compliance" characters tend to emphasize the past. They need someone else who will be thorough in their relationship with them.

High "Compliance" characters tend to emotionally evaluate others. They need to feel safe and secure in their relationships with others.

High "Compliance" characters tend to be socially hesitant. They want to feel accepted by others.

In order to convince these characters of something, they need someone to tell them how to do something.

In order to disagree with these characters, the other must bring facts to the table. A "Compliance" character is convinced only by facts.