In the next few weeks, I’ll begin offering DISC assessments to my clients. DISC stands for
DISC Theory was originally proposed in the 1920s by Harvard Psychologist, Dr. William Moulton Marston, who is famous for his two of his other inventions: the lie detector and the world’s most famous female superhero — Wonder Woman. After Marston’s death, an industrial psychologist named Walter Vernon Clarke designed a questionnaire to evaluate a person’s “behavioral style” for use in the hiring process. Since those early innovations, researchers have accumulated a wealth of data through applying DISC, making it ever more useful.
DISC continues to help to individuals, teams, and corporations grow and thrive by cultivating personal empowerment, empathy, and communication skills. DISC training helps businesses retain top talent, improve productivity, market ideas, and drive sales.
I learned about DISC in a fairly unusual way — from the comics. It started when when I fell in love with Wonder Woman as a kid. I became fascinated by Dr. Marston’s life and work, and studied him obsessively. DISC Theory is encoded into his Wonder Woman stories. After decades of reading those comics over and over, decoding DISC is as natural to me as breathing.
Dr. Marston presented DISC, not as a system for categorizing people, but as a tool to help them achieve greater freedom and choice, as well as what he called “emotional efficiency.” DISC offers people a tool for recognizing and honing their undeveloped talents and to supercharge their strengths. In essence, DISC training is superhero training, a path to unlocking and expanding human potential. I can hardly wait to share this work more widely.