Dec 03, 2020 | 3
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Natural vs. Adapted DISC Graphs: What You Need to Know


If you’ve ever taken a DISC assessment from TTI SI, you have seen your results displayed in two different graphs. These graphs, the Natural and Adapted graphs, provide crucial differences. If you’re only looking at a single averaged DISC graph, you’re not getting the full picture of the assessment taker’s behavior.



What Does Natural & Adapted Mean?

The Natural Graph shows an individual’s natural behavior, or how they prefer to do what they do. This score is shown to the right in DISC assessments.
natural-and-adapted-disc-graph-tti-success-insightsThe Adapted Graph shows how an individual adapts their behavior to fit the situation they are in. This score is shown to the left in DISC assessments.



How Does TTI SI’s DISC Assessment Score Answers & Sort Data?

CaseStudies2Our DISC questionnaire contains 96 adjective answers, which are measured in 24 blocks of four response items.

Each of these is aligned with D (Dominance), I (Influence), S (Steadiness) or C (Compliance). The assessment taker ranks these four choices from ‘most like me’ to ‘least like me’. This division between how someone chooses to rank these scores creates both the Natural and the Adapted graphs.

For information about exactly how that process works, check out our latest White Paper.



Why Does Having Two Graphs Matter?

The most exciting thing about having two graphs is that it can cover both the aspects of acceptance and rejection when reviewing questions in an assessment.

To quote Dr. Ron Bonnstetter’s White Paper, linked above,

Simply put, DISC behaviors cannot accurately be described using one graph when in fact each of us make decisions that are based on an initial, precognitive, neurological asymmetry that draws upon totally different brain processing of acceptance and rejection. Forced-choice data in a single graph, is analogous to comparing apples and oranges as one thing.

By creating the Adapted graph by looking at the first two choices participants select in answer rankings, while creating the Natural graph by looking at the last two choices ranked, the TTI SI DISC assessment gets the full picture.

“It also means that when we say we are not something is a stronger reaction and a clearer indicator than when we say we are something,” said Dr. Bonnstetter. “Therefore, scoring a person’s 3rd and 4th choices (least descriptive) actually provided an inverse indicator of who we really are, thus our natural style comes from 3 & 4. Our adapted style then is secondarily processed and provided by scoring our #1 & #2 choices as an indication of our adapted behavior.”



How Can This Information Help You?

DISC_Background-1The Natural and Adapted graphs are crucial to your understanding of an individual’s behavior. By learning how they adapt to situations that require it, like a job position out of their comfort zone, and comparing that with their Natural behavioral style, you can avoid bad hires, create development plans, and better structure job responsibilities.

If all of this information was condensed into one averaged graph, the nuance would be lost. The true patterns of behavior would be dulled. It leads to misunderstandings, poor representation, and unnecessary conflict.

The Natural and Adapted graphs help you see who someone really is, and who they can be, if needed. These insights allow for more educated decisions in the workplace.



What’s Your Next Step?

If you’re eager to learn more about DISC, we have the resources you need.

If you want to see what all of the talk is about and take a DISC assessment with TTI SI, get the info you need here.

If you’re interested in joining the TTI SI network, take your next step.

There’s a reason why DISC is such a popular assessment! The insights it reveals are directly helpful for the workplace and the world at large. Find out how learning the nuances can help you, and pay attention to the Natural and the Adapted behavior in your daily life.

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Jaime Faulkner