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DISC reactions to stress

A workplace without stress can’t be imagined. Everyone experiences stress to a greater or lesser extent. Everyone reacts differently to it. Where one person becomes quieter, another becomes more present. Stress reinforces our behaviour; it affects our judgement and makes us react less effectively. A DISC analysis can offer insight when it comes to how stress can influence the four different behavioural styles.

Stress in blue behavioural style:

  • Becoming too critical and perfectionist
  • React cynically
  • Insist too much on the rules
  • Becoming fussy
  • React negatively and pessimistically
  • Appearing unemotional and distant
  • Continuing to ask questions; over-analysing
  • Retreating and becoming silent
  • Thinking in doomsday scenarios
  • Not daring to take risks, playing it safe

Stress in red behavioural style:

  • Coming across as arrogant and blunt
  • React impatiently
  • Be easily irritated; have a short fuse
  • Paying little attention to tact and diplomacy
  • Listening insufficiently
  • Taking decisions too quickly
  • Unwillingness to admit mistakes and give up
  • Black/white thinking
  • Demanding too much of themselves and others
  • Dictating and ordering others around

Stress in green behavioural style:

  • Becoming indecisive
  • Become inflexible
  • Weighing and balancing; becoming doubtful
  • Avoiding confrontation and adapting too easily to the other person
  • Cold reactions
  • Be stubborn and immovable
  • Worry too much
  • Becoming passive and silent
  • Taking too much notice of others
  • Dragging one’s heels

Stress in yellow behavioural style:

  • Become chaotic and lose track of everything
  • Start rattling and jumping from one thing to another
  • Reacting hypersensitively and emotionally
  • Rebellious and hypersensitive
  • Becoming too involved with others
  • Paying too little attention to details
  • Becoming unrealistic
  • Reacting impulsively and erratically
  • Exaggerating
  • Becoming too trusting