I don’t know anyone else who has ever talked much about infants and DISC or tried to determine a newborn’s style, yet William Moulton Marston spent a lot of time discussing and writing about this topic. A proud father of a newborn infant, I joked about wanting an “S” baby so he would always be calm and peaceful. My friends at work think he will become a little “D” since the apple doesn’t always fall far from the tree. I guess this will be an interesting study of heredity vs environment and nurturing in determining a future personality style in little Michael.
I want to share some of Marston’s DISC studies on infants. I have learned that everyone has different opinions on parenting and we are not advocating for any one style of parenting over another. I know parents who say they don’t want to always pick their child up and spoil them to other parents who feel a newborn cannot be held enough. Our own pediatrician told us, “At this stage you cannot spoil a baby by loving or holding them too much.”
On the photo: Michael Lindsey Smith, Brad's infant son
According to Marston’s work (in no particular order):
In summary, according to Marston, young infants are born with instincts that naturally lend themselves to the “D,” “I,” and “S” styles while the “C” is more a learned response over time.
Let us know your feedback on this post, and I may write more on this topic as a follow-up. PeopleKeys is the only DISC provider to do validation studies tied directly to Marston’s original work, and we continue to be the thought-leader in the application of DISC principles.
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