Dr. Marston: Creator of Wonder Woman & Father of DISC

Dr. William Moulton Marston gave the world so much! The general audience remembers him mostly for his Wonder Woman character, but he was also the Father of DISC theory and a seeker of truth.

How do we know Professor Marston was seeking truth? The polygraph or lie detector machine was the brainchild of Dr. William Moulton Marston and Wonder Woman, his female superhero archetype, uses a truth lasso as one of her superpowers. Perhaps Dr. Marston's most enduring contribution to truth-seeking is the DISC model of human behavior, which reveals behavioral truths with profound effects on everyday people. We could focus on the controversial aspects of Dr. William Marston’s life, or as his students called him, "Professor Marston."

Many of us will remember Professor Marston for leaving an iconic symbol of feminine strength in Wonder Woman, but it was his controversial life devoted to discovering the truth about women, men, relationships, will and power that gave rise to our understanding of the DISC Theory we use today. The truths he discovered about relationships, behavior, and human compatibility are remembered and practiced each day by millions of people all over the world as they take DISC assessments and learn how to use DISC to improve communication in everything from family dynamics to work teams.

Here are some facts about DISC since Professor Marston first released his findings in his 1928 book, Emotions of Normal People:

DISC is the international language of behavior.

DISC is internationally recognized as the most popular methodology to understand people. It may be the only language that unites everyone!

DISC focuses on the positives of behavior.

Other assessments may focus on negative or abnormal behaviors, and try to remediate negatives. All DISC styles have strengths and limitations.

DISC is a self-assessment tool, not a clinical tool.

With DISC you are only evaluated by yourself, no doctor’s office visits are necessary.

DISC focuses on observable behavior.

Rather than focusing on emotional issues, DISC focuses only on what is observable.

DISC is practical and can be applied to any walk of life.

Millions of people have taken the DISC assessment with eye-opening and life-enhancing results.

On a quest for truth? Begin or expand your coaching practice with DISC.

Like Professor Marston, if you have a knack for helping people communicate better and improve their relationships, you may want to become certified in DISC behavioral analysis so you can support them and help them unlock and enhance their potential in any life and work situation. Learn more about how you can become a PeopleKeys CBC – Certified Behavioral Consultant today!


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Posted By: Coleen Kulkin

Coleen is the Director of Product Development at PeopleKeys, helping bring new DISC products and updated reports to-market through research, development, validation studies and testing. Personality Style: S