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DISCdots are a unique feature of Discus: a simple pattern of dots on a report cover sheet that sums up the key features of the results described in that report.

When you're working with DISC reports, especially if you're presenting them to others, it's sometimes helpful to have some foreknowledge of their contents. That's the purpose of the DISCdots, an unobtrusive pattern of black and white dots printed on the cover sheet of every Discus DISC report.

When you print a Discus report, as long as you choose to include a cover sheet, you'll see a small pattern of dots near the lower right-hand corner. These are the 'DISCdots', a combination of symbols that, to the trained eye, communicate all the essentials of the profile. The dots are divided into three distinct sections.

The fundamental elements of a set of DISCdots

The pattern of six dots on the left combine to represent the most basic facts about a profile. For example, if the profile is compressed, or there is a significant difference between the Internal and External profile, these six dots will show different patterns to represent these different conditions. There are five possible patterns:

A DISCdot combination representing an invalid profile series Invalid profiles are those where the Internal and External Profiles show radical differences, to the extent that each profile is the inverse of the other.
A DISCdot combination representing a divergent profile series Divergent profiles are similar to Invalid profiles, in that there is a significant difference between the Internal and External profiles, but those differences are not so great as to make the profile series technically invalid.
A DISCdot combination representing one or more extended profiles Extended profiles are those that show at least one factor extremely high or low.
A DISCdot combination representing one or more compressed profiles Compressed profiles are those where all four factors lie close to the central line of the graph. Discus will show the 'Compressed' symbol if this applies to any of the profiles in a series.
A DISCdot combination representing a 'clear' profile series Finally, profiles that don't fall into any of the categories listed above are identified as Clear. Clear profiles tend to form the majority.

The four dots on the right each correspond to one of the four DISC factors in the Summary Profile. These are laid out in the same order as they appear on a Style Card or Contact Profile, for ease of reference.

How the DISCdots relate the four DISC factors
Black, grey and white dots relate to high, medium and low factors

Each of the four dots can be one of three colors: black (representing a high factor), grey (a medium factor, close to the centre line) or white (a low factor). So, the example above represents a profile with high Steadiness, and low Influence and Compliance.

Finally, the small triangle or arrow symbol indicates the type of questionnaire used:

Possible sources of a DISC profile

This symbol appears beneath the four dots representing the Summary DISC factors. Its orientation and position relate to the type of questionnaire used to create the profile, Phrase-based, Adjective-based, Remote or Direct Entry. The 'Direct Entry' symbol is also used for profiles imported from other sources.

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