Q: We have found that a number of people who have taken assessments before are seeing changes in their natural behavior. Are you seeing a pattern of natural behavior changing also?
A: Yes, we are seeing the same thing over the last couple of years, but even more so in the last 9 months.
The long-term transition we are experiencing (and not really knowing what is going on in the world), for many people, is causing what shows up as an emotional and behavioral shift to some degree.
What that looks like on the DISC report is that the natural style adjusts in some way (usually it moves the style score either much higher or much lower than typical) and it can last for a while until things start to settle down. With that “settling” being so up in the air even still, a lot of people are experiencing a tremendous amount of compiled stress, and may not even be aware of how much things have changed for them. They may notice that they are edgier or less patient or more emotional - but not necessarily know WHY since it's been building for a time.
Furthermore, as a result of lockdowns and lifestyle changes, many natural styles have shifted to higher or lower intensity because people are not operating under the same set of social norms. In general, there seems to be a greater “freedom” now - people acting just as they are and not being so concerned/aware of how others are impacted. The adaptability measures have shifted significantly for many also – they are showing as LESS adaptable, so you’ll see graphs that are more consistent from Natural to Adapted style more frequently.
It’s a fascinating time and absolutely an indicator of the transitions in our world and that things are not yet feeling "normal" again for many people yet (whatever normal is!)
Think of it like a pendulum, being pulled to one side, released, and then swinging to another. Eventually, the pendulum will swing slower and settle lower back into balance again, but we are not quite there yet.