What if I score evenly across all four types? What animal would I be? Congratulations, you are a unicorn! Just kidding. While most people discover a dominant trait or two after taking the assessment, there's a small number that score nearly even across all categories. What does such a balanced score indicate in the context of the Christian DISC®? Let's explore 3 possible reasons.
1. Possible Inaccurate Results
Sometimes, something goes wrong with the assessment process itself. Some individuals might overthink their responses or might not have a clear self-awareness. This can lead to them selecting answers that they perceive as socially desirable or that they believe they "should" select, rather than what genuinely reflects their natural behavior. Such responses can dilute the clarity of the DISC profile, leading to balanced scores.
Individuals who are actually the Steady type, often characterized by a harmonious and accommodating nature, might score evenly across all four Christian DISC® types due to a potential lack of self-awareness, which is common to this type. Their innate tendency to defer to others might influence their responses, leading them to choose answers that they believe are expected rather than those reflecting their genuine inclinations.
Sometimes mood can also affect one's results. Influences like current emotional states or specific life circumstances can shape responses. It's not always negative feelings either — even feeling really happy can cause one to overlook traits that they might not have be aware of at other times.
In short, no personality test is perfect. The Christian DISC®, while powerful and insightful, has its limitations. If the test doesn't capture the nuances of an individual's behavior accurately, it can sometimes result in evenly distributed scores. If you feel like this was the reason for you, we allow users to retake the assessment to get a more accurate score.
2. A Small Margin is Often the Clear Result
Even if scores appear evenly spread across all categories, the design of the Christian DISC® often reveals the subtle prominence of one type. If there's a lead, even by a slim margin of 2-5%, that type is generally indicative of the individual's true major type.
The Christian DISC® is designed in such a way that each type integrates elements of its adjacent categories. For instance, a slightly higher score in the Compliant type inherently includes elements of both the adjacent Dominant and Steady types. The opposite type (in this case, the Influencing type) will always be the lowest percentage, even in these close calls.
Due to this intricacy in design, if someone presents a balanced score in these adjacent types, the test will still designate the Compliant category, or whichever has that slighter edge, as the major type in the results. This ensures that users receive a clear understanding of their predominant behavior and preferences, despite these close percentages.
3. A Truly Balanced Profile
One final reason someone might score evenly is that they genuinely have a balanced profile. We sometimes see this occur when older and/or mature Christians take the assessment. Having a balanced profile is often considered beneficial, especially in leadership roles, as it allows for flexibility and adaptability. A balanced Christian DISC® profile can also indicate a person's journey towards emulating the holistic nature of Christ. Jesus exhibited the positive qualities of all four types. For example, Jesus:
- Demonstrated assertiveness when confronting the Pharisees (D).
- Showed persuasive qualities when preaching (I).
- Exhibited patience with His disciples (S).
- Portrayed a keen sense of purpose and detail in His teachings (C).
Someone with a balanced score may be mirroring these diverse facets of Christ's character. This is actually the goal of the Christian DISC® — to help users balance the extreme sides of their natural temperament and move toward maturity and wholeness. Therefore, a balanced score can be reflective of someone's transformative journey. Often, certain people at this point have done a lot of introspective work over the years by intentionally embracing self-improvement through discipleship, counseling, and spiritual growth. They have worked on the negative extremes of their personality and embraced areas they were unfamiliar with. This growth leads to a balanced approach to life, similar to how the Apostle Paul speaks of becoming "all things to all people" (1 Corinthians 9:19-23).