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Topic: Based upon the readings, define behavioral blend. Then, discuss your specific blend and how it impacts your interpersonal communication in terms of how you tend to think, feel, make decisions, and relate to others. How does understanding your behavioral blend and the other readings contribute to defining ” enlarging the conversation”?
Student post: (Kirby) According to Carbonell (2008), the model of human behavior is four basic types of temperament known as the Four Temperament Model of Human Behavior/ Four “DISC” Personality Types. Behavioral blend refers to a specific personality pattern of the way someone thinks, acts and feels. In relation to my own personality profile, I must admit that I was rather astounded by the results as they were very accurate of my behavior and social tendencies. I scored under the category of I/S on graph 1, (this is expected of me) and on graph 2 (this is me), I scored an I/D/S. In graph 1, I am what can be described as a people person, comfortable in front of a crowd, a loyal friend, motivated to help others and my leadership style was described as relational and emotional. Some areas of improvement would be my apparent need to be more assertive, confident and to research and prepare more rather than to depend upon my popularity or friendships to be successful. Graph 2 revealed that I concurrently tend to be dominant, inspiring and submissive as I relate to others. I am loving, caring, able to inspire, a versatile leader and peacemaker. However, according to the graph, I sometimes overuse my people skills to convince others to do things they do not want to do. Interestingly, I can be overly dramatic and expressive, while offending others with my direct attitude and dominance. I found this assessment to be enlightening and informative as it is a true depiction of my communication styles and areas of growth. Stewart (2012), states that there is a direct link between the quality of your communication and the quality of your life (p.6). This is such a profound concept as it can be applied in dealing with professional and personal conflicts, as well as, understanding and interpreting the behavior and responses of clients. Furthermore, by being aware of your own behavioral blend, you may be able to reach true self-actualization and be a more healthy partner, parent, colleague and friend, all while pursuing a better quality of life.
References Carbonell, M. (2008). How to solve the people puzzle: Understanding personality patterns. Blue Ridge, GA: Uniquely You Resources. ISBN: 1-888846-44-5 Stewart, J. (Ed.). (2012). Bridges not walls: A book about interpersonal communication. (11th ed.). Boston: McGraw Hill. ISBN: 978-0-07-3534312.