The tools available to perform Type Indication: Insights, MBTI, HBDI and DISC

From time to time, I hear people talk about Insights. Insights is a psychometric questionnaire designed to sample a person and his way of work and thoughts. The system is characterized by the four blocks they are using:

  • red: independant, courageous, straightforward, logical, impatient and dominant.
  • blue: precise, cautious, disciplined and involved.
  • yellow: enthusiastic, optimistic and communicative.
  • green: patient, collaborative with good colleagues.

In total there are eight different types, as an individual you are not classified as one type. Each person has a certain amount of each type in his character. Some of them will be less represented than others.
Insights wheel

More information about the eight different Insight types can be found on this website.

During my research, I found out everything started in the early 1900’s with Carl Jung and his first approach to identify the different types. Afterwards his work was used to build the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) which was originally developed to help women entering the industrial workforce. MBTI is defined in 16 different types using the following combinations:

  • Extraversion (E) vs. Introversion (I);
  • Sensing (S) vs. iNtuition (N);
  • Thinking (T) vs. Feeling (F);
  • Judgement (J) vs. Perception (P).

Additionally there is something as DISC (stands for Dominance, Inducement, Submission and Compliance) which basically uses and talks about the same types as Insights and MBTI. DISC uses also a choice questionnaire to identify 15 patterns.

Another approach is Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI) to measure a person’s thinking model. HBDI uses four different models of thinking which can be correlated with MBTI and DISC.

What’s my type?
Personally I was convinced my character was defined with blue-red-yellow-green (Insights methodology) in that specific order.

However I found a DISC test online (in dutch) which requires 25 different sections to be filled in and the result proved otherwise. I’m still not convinced though, maybe I should look into enlisting in a formal session! Story to be continued..

Insights-DISC result

Thanks for reading!


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