COVID 19 has many in self-quarantine. Personality insights will help you know what to expect from yourself and people in your home during this time.

Dealing with various personality types

Let’s start with the 4 different people types and break down how each style is likely to respond to this situation. (Please note, none of the attributes are positive or negative, they just are.)

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The Dominance Personality Type


The Dominance personality type operates from taking, controlling, and directing mentality. They want to take the hill to fix the problem and to tell people what to do and where to go. Click To Tweet


This person may try and find problems to solve or even create some just so they can do something. Their patience will be consistently tested if they can’t find something to do. Now would be a good time for them to pick up an old hobby or start a new one! 

This type will also need to be on task. If you can, help them by giving them OPTIONS of what they can do. Don’t tell them what to do, but share options (3 is usually good) that fit their habits and things they like. Share a problem you’ve been thinking about and dealing with so they can noodle on it a bit. 

If possible, find ways to help them do things that are competitive so they can get that energy out and enjoy themselves. This style will get bored easily, then frustrated, and then can get a little mad or irritated. 

Bottom-line help them find things to do and then get out of the way!


The Influence Personality Type


The Influence type is our social butterfly and talker. If you know someone who is “trapped” at home with this style, they are struggling. Click To Tweet


The I-Style needs people and really want to talk, swap stories, and share their opinions. If they have a really strong influence style, they may need an outlet to “perform”. Some way for them to get on “stage”. 

Like the Dominance Type, the Influence personality type will get bored quickly. But they don’t need a problem to solve. They need a conversation. You might see them on social media, on the phone, or just finding some way to interact with other people. They likely see this situation from a positive perspective and are optimistic that things will pass soon and everything will go back to normal. Don’t crush their spirits, we need their kind of faith and optimism when things are like this. 

Despite this, don’t be surprised if they get a little down and aren’t their normal optimistic selves. Their social interaction tank is running on empty. 

Bottom-line: help them find opportunities to chat and interact with people so they don’t get too crushed by the lack of emotional connection. 


The Steady Personality Type


The Steady type may secretly enjoy that they have to self-quarantine or just be home. This style is normally introverted. They may be a bit stressed because the future feels unclear and unknown, so it’s important to help them use their strengths in this situation. Click To Tweet


These strengths are creating safety and security for those around them and making things predictable. 

Those with this personality type won’t express their emotions about this situation much, but you can be sure they are not comfortable. They may sleep a bit more than usual to deal with the insecurity they are experiencing. This style is naturally someone who serves and listens, so in a situation like this it can be easy for them to over exert themselves by serving too much or taking on the worry and concerns of all those around them. When they do this it makes them feel like they are helping but when done in excess, they are hurting themselves. 

The S-Style will be prepared and will want to keep things that way, they want to hold/protect the fort. Soap, food, toilet paper (wink), and whatever else is needed will be how they hold down the fort. 

Bottom-line: help them create a consistent, predictable, and safe environment. This will help them relax and be their best in these circumstances. 

Conscientious Personality Type


The Conscientious personality type is a bit more introverted. But this style is the most likely to get worked up by all the information out there (both true and misleading). They will research, research, and research until they can become the resident expert on the subject. Click To Tweet


That’s fine, just encourage them to take some breaks. This style normally operates from a fear orientation so this situation becomes challenging. Many will try and organize, re-organize, then organize again to preserve order and normalcy. They likely will have a strong opinion on what the right thing is to do with this situation. 

Give them space to air their knowledge on this subject. If they are in a home with the I-style who wants to hang out with others, the conscientious person will likely challenge that notion and tell them it’s the wrong thing to do. They will maintain high standards of cleanliness and will protect your home from germs as much as possible. 

One of the strengths of this style is to create and maintain systems of organization and consistency. Let them do this so they have tasks that are meaningful. While the D-Style needs problems to solve, an I-Style needs to chat, an S-Style needs security and routine, the C-style may be your downer and doubter that things aren’t changing anytime soon. They will analyze and systematize to create control in their lives. 

Bottom line for the Conscientious style: encourage them to not stay too laser focused on the situation but to take advantage of the downtime and use their natural tendencies in other areas of life. 


As you think about these personality types and how they interact, there is one cornerstone to the whole picture: the Platinum Rule - “to treat people the way they want to be treated”. Click To Tweet


When we do that and spend a little bit of time adjusting our own behaviors to fit the wants/needs of others, unfortunate circumstances like these can be a lot less stressful. 

Looking to learn more about your personality type and what motivates you? Consider taking our DISCover What Moves You course.

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