In 1928, Dr. William Marston identified his DISC theory, which was published in his book, Emotions of Normal People.
His DISC theory identified that, while each of us is a combination of all four of these categories, we can connect our personality to style in varying degrees in these four areas: dominant, influencing, steady, and compliant.
Throughout history, we can clearly see that the pattern of four primary behaviors has been talked about; but it wasn’t until Dr. William Marston developed his DISC theory that the formation of this into a way to recognize behavioral patterns began to emerge in a way that was easy to understand.
Our personality and behavior are shaped from three main areas:
Heredity- From birth, there are distinct patterns of behavior.
Environment- Our environment will impact our style. In fact, life experiences, especially emotionally-charged ones in our developmental years, can have a big impact on our personality style.
Role Models - There are role models in our lives who teach us what is valuable, or who may even reward us for certain behaviors in order to reinforce those behaviors within us.
Each of these three factors contribute to the makeup of who we are!