Psychometrics is the field of study that focuses on the theories of psychological aspects that can be measured and analyzed directly. It is quite literally psychological measurement. Marston’s theory is based on psychological phenomena that can be directly measured. The behavior types of different individuals are easily measurable psychological parameters. However, all individuals fall under different behavior categories and display a blend of all the parameters, with a priority to any one behavioral style.
Psychometrics is a part of psychology that involves testing, measurement, and analysis primarily. Easily quantifiable psychological parameters are determined and measured using research tools such as questionnaires and tests. Quantifiable qualities include skills and knowledge, abilities, attitudes, and personality traits. The two major tasks in psychometric research include: instrument design and development of measurement procedures.
Marston’s theory included the measurement of the behavioral traits of normal people and analyzed their behaviors under four basic categories. The evolution of his theory has seen progress in the same area where businesses have used these psychometric tests extensively to recruit and develop suitable personnel for the specific requirement.
Marston’s original theory established a relationship between the behaviors of an individual in relationship to the setting. The environment thus has a significant effect on the behavior patterns of individuals.
Everything DiSC is the latest tool built on the principles of Marston’s four basic personality categories. Everything DiSC is the most comprehensive tool guide in DISC analysis as it provides the most detailed narrative feedback for each personality type. The user is able to obtain an insight on his/her behavior along with that of others in the given environment. Some of the salient features of this tool that make it better than the rest are:
- A ‘common language platform’: It provides a common language that allows a team of people or even a business to understand each other much better. The dynamics of the work environment are made more congenial and effective in terms of communication. This largely enhances the work experience and saves a significant amount of time, money, energy for businesses; especially those that function at a global level.
- Provides immense scope for team building: It allows people working together to understand each other’s way of functioning much better. Thus, it provides for conversation building and enhanced team building. It makes people in a team communicate with much more ease. The scope of conversation is widened primarily by the analysis of personality type.
- Workplace communication: The communication between individuals in a team improves significantly as Everything DiSC provides a comprehensive guide to how to communicate with individuals of specific behavioral styles. Knowledge of the communication characteristics, common goals of an individual along with the shortcomings of each person in their communication style helps understand the most effective way to convey a message to that particular person. This also enhances the interpersonal relationships between team members.
- Identification of similarities and dissimilarities: It helps identify team members who have a similar style to oneself and those who are starkly dissimilar. This tool helps one appreciate the different styles of human communication and the wide expanse of human emotions. The tool works as a guide to an individual’s strengths and areas of improvement. People of similar values and communication style can identify with each other. An individual can understand how some others are extremely dissimilar to themselves and enables them to pick the most appropriate body language and content to impress the listener. This further makes communication extremely efficient at the workplace.
- Conflicts and misunderstandings are significantly reduced: The ability to understand fellow team members enhances the communication experience overall. The workplace environment becomes more congenial and efficient. An individual is enabled to tailor the content of a message appropriately to suit the listener. The attitude of the speaker can be modified accordingly to improve conveyance. The overall interpersonal relationships between individuals largely improve simply because of the insight the tool provides about each person’s behavioral aspects in the same given environment.
Thus, the exhaustive narrative description given by Everything DiSC is most useful to businesses to improve the work environment and reduce conflicts between individual team members. The team members learn to identify and respect each person’s perspective in terms of working style and goals. They become insightful of the aspect that most motivates another individual. Knowledge of the most important fears of a person in the given setting also largely enables one to communicate much more effectively.