Catholic Commute S02E30 DISC Deep Dive

Temperaments, why they matter, and DISC

This episode might seem a little bit nerdy at first, but I guarantee you that if you really try to learn this system, it will change your life and your relationships. The ability to connect to other people, to make them feel like you “get” them is fundamental to building relationship. Whatever the nature of your interactions (work, personal, marriage, whatever) you will be more effective and happier if you can “connect” to the other person.

In this episode I really dive into the DISC personality system. It seems a little heavy at first, but stick with me. DISC is a unique “fingerprint” of your temperament that will define how you see and interact with the world. It will also enable you to finally “get” those people who just seem to be different from you – and actually are different.

This episode is designed to continue the discussion from last episode about layers.

First, the Free DISC assessment test that I like:

Next, my favorite current DISC book that is available:

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Saint Augustine of Hippo, original Latin name Aurelius Augustinus

St. Augustine of Hippo is the patron of brewers because of his conversion from a former life of loose living, which included parties, entertainment, and worldly ambitions. His complete turnaround and conversion has been an inspiration to many who struggle with a particular vice or habit they long to break.

This famous son of St. Monica was born in Africa and spent many years of his life in wicked living and in false beliefs. Though he was one of the most intelligent men who ever lived and though he had been brought up a Christian, his sins of impurity and his pride darkened his mind so much, that he could not see or understand the Divine Truth anymore. Through the prayers of his holy mother and the marvelous preaching of St. Ambrose, Augustine finally became convinced that Christianity was the one true religion. Yet he did not become a Christian then, because he thought he could never live a pure life. One day, however, he heard about two men who had suddenly been converted on reading the life of St. Antony, and he felt terrible ashamed of himself. “What are we doing?” he cried to his friend Alipius. “Unlearned people are taking Heaven by force, while we, with all our knowledge, are so cowardly that we keep rolling around in the mud of our sins!”


Full of bitter sorrow, Augustine flung himself out into the garden and cried out to God, “How long more, O Lord? Why does not this hour put an end to my sins?” Just then he heard a child singing, “Take up and read!” Thinking that God intended him to hear those words, he picked up the book of the Letters of St. Paul, and read the first passage his gaze fell on. It was just what Augustine needed, for in it, St. Paul says to put away all impurity and to live in imitation of Jesus. That did it! From then on, Augustine began a new life.

He was baptized, became a priest, a bishop, a famous Catholic writer, Founder of religious priests, and one of the greatest saints that ever lived. He became very devout and charitable, too. On the wall of his room he had the following sentence written in large letters: “Here we do not speak evil of anyone.” St. Augustine overcame strong heresies, practiced great poverty and supported the poor, preached very often and prayed with great fervor right up until his death. “Too late have I loved You!” he once cried to God, but with his holy life he certainly made up for the sins he committed before his conversion. His feast day is August 28th.


Prayer: “Grant Lord, that I may know myself that I may know thee.” – St Augustine.


“We don’t see the world as it is; we see the world as we are…if someone has a critical eye, they will always find something to be critical about. And if they have a grateful eye, they will find something to celebrate even in the worst of circumstances…Having a “good eye” in life changes how you see yourself and everything around you… your focus determines your reality.”

― Mark Batterson


The DiSC model of behavior was first outlined by psychologist William Mouton Marston in his 1928 book, “Emotions of Normal People.” According to, Marston’s theory stated that behavioral expression of emotions could be categorized into types (Dominance, Inducement, Submission, Compliance), based on a person’s perceptions of self in relation to his or her environment. Understanding your primary behavioral trait, he believed, would help you understand and manage your experiences and relationships with others.

In the decades that followed, several assessments using Marston’s theories were developed, which eventually led to the modern DiSC assessment and its current types or styles: Dominance, Influence, Steadiness and Conscientiousness.

Today, the DiSC assessment is most frequently used in business and government organizations to help teams work more effectively together.


  1. Why it matters
  2. What it is
  3. Break down each component
    1. Describe each, then examples
    2. D Examples
      1. Arnold Schwarzenegger (actor/politician)
        Barbara Walters (TV host)
        Charles Barkley (athlete)
        Cher (musician)
        David Letterman (TV host)
        Donald Trump (businessman)
        General Patton (historical figure)
        Gordon Ramsay (TV personality, “Hell’s Kitchen”)
        Hilary Clinton (politician)
        Jack Nicklaus (athlete)
        Jerry Seinfeld (actor)
        John McEnroe (athlete)
        Judith Sheindlin (Judge Judy)
        Margaret Thatcher (politician)
        Michael Jordan (athlete)
        Robert De Niro (actor)
        Russell Crowe (actor)
        Sam Donaldson (news anchor)
        Scarlett O’Hara (movie character)
        Simon Cowell (TV personality, “America’s Got Talent”)
        Tiger Woods (athlete)
    3. More I Examples
      1. Andre Agassi (athlete)
        Bill Clinton (former President of the United States)
        Bill Cosby (actor)
        Carol Burnett (actor)
        Eddie Murphy (actor)
        Jay Leno (TV host)
        Lee Trevino (athlete)
        Liza Minnelli (actor/singer)
        Oprah Winfrey (TV host)
        Peter Jacobson (athlete)
        Richard Pryor (actor)
        Robin Williams (actor)
        Steve Martin (actor)
        Tony Danza (actor)
        Will Smith (actor)
        Dolly Parton (singer)
        Jim Carrey (actor)
    4. More S Examples
      1. Barbara Bush (former First Lady)
        Charlie Brown (TV character)
        Jimmy Carter (former President of the United States)
        Jimmy Stewart (actor)
        John Denver (singer)
        Mahatma Gandhi (civil rights figure)
        Mark O’Meara (athlete)
        Martin Luther King, Jr. (civil rights figure)
        Michael J. Fox (actor)
        Michelle Obama (First Lady)
        Mother Teresa (religious figure)
        Mr. Rogers (TV character)
        Nicole Kidman (actress)
        Ted Danson (actor)
        Tom Kite (athlete)
    5. More C Examples
      1. Albert Einstein (physicist)
        Allen Greenspan (economist)
        Bill Gates (businessman)
        Colombo (TV character)
        Diane Sawyer (news anchor)
        Ernie Els (athlete)
        Henry Kissinger (politician)
        Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (former First Lady)
        Kevin Costner (actor)
        Tom Brokaw (news anchor)
        Vijay Singh (athlete)
        Mr. Spock (TV character)
    6. “Shrek” – Shrek (D), Donkey (I), Gingerbread Man (S), Lord Farquaad (C)

      “Star Trek” – James T. Kirk (D), Montgomery “Scotty” Scott (I), Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy (S), Spock (C)

      “Star Wars” – Darth Vader (D), Han Solo (I), Luke (S), C-3PO ©
  4. Combinations
    1. Paul, High D/C
    2. Simon Peter, High I/D
    3. Abraham, High S/I
    4. Moses, High C/D
  5. How it will change your view on the world
  6. How it will change your relationships
  7. Take the test and Read more!

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