S Personality – How to Understand Ourselves and Others Pt 3

Who Are You S Personality

The purpose of learning each other’s personality with the DISC is to lay a foundation of mutual understanding which will help us build positive communication based on individual strengths and areas of improvement. When we effectively communicate and reach each other’s core “being,” we validate our identity and purpose as a family, neighborhood, or community.

To understand ourselves and others, we will look at the DISC Model of Human Behavior as a tool to “assist us in building communication and connection by understanding values, beliefs, individual motivators, and primary fears of each person.”1

The DISC model is an observation about human nature and human behavior based on our human tendencies to be:

  • Outgoing/Task-Oriented
  • Outgoing/People-Oriented
  • Reserved/People-Oriented
  • Reserved/Task-oriented
DISC Personality Chart
DISC Personality Chart

Today, we will be looking at the Reserved/People-Oriented or S Personality.

S Personality

The reserve, people-oriented personality focuses on peace and unity. “They want to know why we can’t just all get along. Here are other words to describe them:

  • Steadfast
  • Sentimental
  • Systematic
  • Softhearted
  • Sweet
  • Servants
  • Submissive
  • Sucker (their challenge)”

There are High S’s and Low S’s. The High S’s are known for their steady and stabilizing affect while the Low S’s are known for their adventurous sightseeing ways.  

The Stabilizer
The Stabilizer

High S Personality – The Stabilizer

High S’s are known for their steady life. You can count of them living their life the same way every day with predictable routines.

High S Personality Traits

  • Structured to prevent uncertainty
  • Systematic and organized in their tasks
  • Reliable and predictable in their routine and results
  • Calm and steady

High S Personality Strengths

High S’s create harmony within a team as they pay attention to the needs and concerns of those around them. They build trust and loyalty with their consistent, dependable, and predictable behavior. They are good organizers and can create new systems of organization and structure. They are great team players!

High S Personality Areas for Improvement

High S’s need to learn how to participate in the resolution of interpersonal conflicts or contentious group issues. They become unhappy when they are pushed into making quick decisions, working tight deadlines or being rushed in conversations.3

The Sightseer
The Sightseer

Low S Personality – The Sightseer

Low S’s are known for their desire to stay active through adventurous opportunities to try new things.

Low S Personality Traits

  • Active to prevent boredom
  • Proactive to bring change to their life and environment
  • Open to try new things, but they minimize risks
  • Spontaneous when seeking adventure

Low S Personality Strengths

Low S’s are known for their active expressions for personal freedom. They enjoy experiencing new adventures, pursuing interesting opportunities, and exploring the unknown.

Low S Personality Areas for Improvement

Low S’s detest too many constraints on their life. They prefer spontaneity to research which can lead to numerous problems because of the lack of knowledge in a given situation or environment. This can also cause inefficiency in their tasks or travels. This is due to their unwillingness to do research or to take ownership over processes and timelines.4

Positive S Traits
Positive S Traits

Positive S Personality Characteristics

A positive S is sincere, supportive and stable. Their steady nature comes from an even-temper, humility, and patient and accommodating manner.

An S is a great listener, supportive, and a great team player. Their patient, easygoing nature brings a gentle and calm influence in a group setting.

S’s are people-oriented and want to do everything together. Their dependable, supportive, “roll with the punches” attitude creates an atmosphere for people to thrive. Others feel nurtured, supported, and contented in their presence.

Those with an S personality are known for the loyal devotion in relationships. They are eager, relaxed, patient, flexible, and supportive of others. They usually illustrate relationships through group photographs.

Challenging S Personality Characteristics

A negative S trait is their short attention span which leads to an inattentiveness to detail, disorganization, and unrealistic orientations. Some S’s struggle with a lack of follow-through in their projects.

Under stress, an S personality can become superficial and sarcastic. Their motivation through praise can lead to an over emphasis of recognition and approval of others through applause, compliments and acknowledgements.

They fear change and need time to adjust to change which can cause conflict in some scenarios.

An S personality can be insecure, possessive, conforming, self-sacrificing, and set in their ways to the point of being perceived as wimpy, wishy-washy or as a doormat.

Communicating
Communicating

Communicating with an S Personality

When communicating with an S personality, it is good to communicate acceptance and appreciation for their helpful assistance behind the scenes, performed in consistent and predictable ways. If you need to make changes to plans or a project, communicate in a non-stressful way as soon as possible to allow them time to adjust to the new changes.

If you are in a position of authority, outline steps for the S personality to take supportive roles as they are natural servants. Be willing to address them one-on-one and say yes to their question, “May I take notes?” If you need a steady, reliable, dependable person who considers other people’s feelings, you’ll appreciate working alongside an S personality.

Famous S Personalities

Mother Teresa, First Lady Barbara Bush, Jackie Chan, George Strait, Carrie Underwood and Stevie Wonder.

Famous S Personality President

President George Washington assisted in creating a stable government free from British rule.

President Jimmy Carter won a noble peace prize for his efforts to bring peace to the Middle East. After leaving office, President Carter advanced human rights and attempted to alleviate human suffering through his organization, Habitat for Humanity, which builds homes and raises awareness for the homeless.

Supportive Friends
Supportive Friends

Purpose for Understanding S Personalities

The purpose of learning each other’s personality with the DISC is to lay a foundation of mutual understanding which will help us build positive communication based on individual strengths and areas of improvement. When we effectively communicate and reach each other’s core “being,” we validate our identity and purpose as a family, neighborhood, or community.

In this overview, we are not trying to label people or to imply that we can only function in one predictable manner. Rather, we are stating the four relatively predictable patterns of behavior help us gain insight into our behavioral tendencies, so that we can understand ourselves and others.

When we understand the steady, dependable, and supportive qualities an S personality brings to our group, we value their commitment, loyalty, sincerity, and stability. Their patient, even-tempered and pleasant manners make them a desired group member. ~Lisa Blair

We can appreciate all the S is trying to overcome internally by facilitating a stable group environment with minimal amounts of change. We all grow in strength when we value and encourage the S personality in our family, neighborhood, or community-at-large.

S Personalities are born Supportive.

Recommendation:

The Art of Encouragement – Strength with Dignity

Home & Family – Strength with Dignity

References:

1 Lamielle, Lindy. Three Benefits for Family Communication with DISC. Published by DISC Insights. Retrieved August 9, 2022, from https://blog.discinsights.com/three-benefits-for-family-communication-with-disc

2Understanding DISC. Published by Angel on Personality Profiles. Retrieved August 8, 2022, from Understanding DISC – Personality Profiles

3 Stabilizer High I. Published by wizehire. Retrieved August 8, 2022, from DISC Profile: High S Personality Type (Stabilizer) – WizeHire

4 Voyager Low S. Published by wizehire. Retrieved August 8, 2022, from DISC Profile: Low S Personality Type (Voyager) – WizeHire

Harris, Guy. The DISC Model of Human Behavior – A Quick Overview. Published on The Recovering Engineer in April 2010. Retrieved August 3, 2022, from The DISC Model of Human Behavior – A Quick Overview | Guy Harris: The Recovering Engineer

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8 thoughts on “S Personality – How to Understand Ourselves and Others Pt 3”

  1. Lisa, excellent information on another personality type! I appreciate the full circle view you give of each, including strengths and weaknesses. I work with several people of this personality type, and your information here today has helped me to understand what makes them tick (and what doesn’t!) Thank you!!

    1. I’m so glad this information is helping you understand how to better work with others, Donna. When doing this research, I found the Low S (the Sightseer) describes my youngest daughter which helps me understand her need for travel.

  2. I am for anything that encourages us to open our hearts and minds to ‘mutual understanding’ and building ‘positive communication.’ May we become better listeners, discerners, writers, and friends, as we walk with the One who shaped us all so uniquely different.

    Lisa, have a wonderful weekend!

    1. DISC really helped me understand myself, my husband, my children, and other people, Lauren. It is nice to re-engage with the DISC again, and learn new things.

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