C Personality Type

The Analyst in DISC

What is a C personality type?

People with the C (Analyst) personality type tend to be objective, skeptical, and logical in their behavior. They are usually fiercely pragmatic and frequently solve problems with an analytical, fact-driven approach. They are likely to more reserved in groups and may take a long time before they build enough trust to open up.

Type C Personality Traits

With a position on the bottom left of the DISC, Analysts are likely to approach life in a serious manner. Preferring solitary activities, they are likely to guard they privacy and be more involved with their deep, independent thoughts than external stimuli.

In summary, C personality types tend to…

  • Prefer privacy and solitary activities.

  • Separate emotions from decision-making.

  • Skeptically or realistically appraise people and situations.

  • Be sensitive to other peoples' phoniness, insincerity or arrogance.

  • Be serious, exacting and perfectionistic in your work.

Strengths & Blind Spots

Every personality archetype has strengths and blind spots, and these are often amplified in professional settings where we often encounter a diverse group of people with vastly different backgrounds and value systems.

Strengths that are typically associated with the C personality type include...

  • Taking time to think things through when making decisions.

  • Providing clearly defined procedures when giving assignments.

  • Using a deliberate, methodical approach when solving problems.

  • Maintaining quality by asking questions frequently.

  • Being comfortable analyzing large amounts of information.

  • Giving work assignments in writing and requests written feedback.

  • Gathering information and assesses risk before making decisions.

  • Considering many factors when making a decision.

Blind spots that are typically associated with the C personality type include…

  • Seeking a perfect solution instead of a workable solution.

  • Doing important work him/herself to be sure it is done correctly.

  • Relying too heavily on written instructions and feedback when verbal communication is necessary.

  • Taking a lot of time gathering information and assessing risk before making decisions.

  • Avoiding or resisting people who do not use a systematic approach to organizing work.

  • Feeling the urge to criticize people who don't meet his/her standards for quality and accuracy.

  • Checking in too frequently, with too many questions when someone needs more autonomy.

  • Overcomplicating solutions to simple problems.

How C personality types like to work

Communicating with a C personality type

Use a serious, businesslike demeanor and ask strictly objective questions to fully understand what they are thinking.

Meeting with a C personality type

Meetings should be minimal, formally scheduled, and with a prepared agenda.

Emailing a C personality type

Emails should be clear, detailed, and factual.

Giving feedback to a C personality type

Feedback should be specific, detailed, and delivered with logical reasoning.

Resolving conflict with a C personality type

Conflict is a useful way to discover truth and bring underlying issues to the surface, as long as emotions are kept out of it.

Motivators & Stressors

When people experience pain, stress, or dissatisfaction, it can usually be attributed to energy-draining activities. Therefore, it’s important to know what kinds of activities energize each personality type and which activities drain them.

Analysts tend to be motivated and energized by…

  • Solving problems with thorough analysis of the existing data.

  • Spending a lot of time to research the root causes of a problem.

  • Creating procedures, rules, and guidelines for other people to follow.

  • Helping others become more methodical and efficient in their processes.

  • Frequently asking factual, clarifying questions.

  • Taking time to meditate on a problem before making a final decision.

  • Communicating primarily in writing.

  • Working on projects independently and bringing results back to a group.

  • Inspecting and maintaining high quality results.

Analysts tend to be drained by…

  • Regularly interacting with a large group of people.

  • Participating in group discussions and brainstorming sessions.

  • Providing verbal encouragement and telling stories.

  • Discussing abstract ideas instead of concrete ones.

  • Taking the time to understand how someone else thinks.

  • Bouncing between multiple ideas at once.

  • Leaving your schedule open and flexible for spontaneous meetings throughout the day.

  • Thinking on your feet and figuring things out as you go.

  • Explaining things with emotional, expressive language.

Work Environment

Analysts tend to thrive in private environments where they can take enough time to do their work with accuracy, precision, and the highest possible quality.

Analysts feel energized at work when:

  • They are given plenty of personal space to solve a problem.
  • Their boss gives them plenty of autonomy.
  • Their peers ask them for advice in becoming more efficient.
  • Their direct reports follow the exact rules and guidelines.

Analysts feel drained at work when:

  • They have to work closely with other people.
  • Their boss requires a lot of face-to-face meetings.
  • Their peers spend too much time talking.
  • Their direct reports make things up as they go.

Best jobs for a C personality type

Analysts thrive in positions where they can take enough time to do their work with accuracy, precision, and the highest possible quality. They are likely to prefer independent work over lots of collaboration, and typically prefer more structured environments that have established rules and processes.

Common jobs for people with the C personality type are:

  • Software Engineer

  • Mechanical Engineer

  • Chemical Engineer

  • Actuary

  • Investment Analyst

  • Software Developer

  • Data Scientist

  • Financial Analyst

  • Systems Administrator

  • Director of Engineering

Professional Relationships

Analysts can help more outgoing, quick-acting coworkers take the time to stop and think through important decisions. When working with another C-type, it’s important that they consider new ways of approaching a situation when they feel stuck on a problem.

Analysts tend to work well with others who... 

  • Have evidence to back up their claims
  • Show patience when answering clarifying questions
  • Give them plenty of space to work independently

Analysts may hit obstacles in professional relationships if they…

  • Neglect to consider other people’s ideas
  • Misunderstand an assignment because they didn’t meet in-person
  • Unnecessarily criticize the actions of their coworkers

Romantic Relationships

Analysts can be practical, private partners. When in a relationship with another conscientious personality, it is important for them to be aligned in their ideas to avoid a great deal of future conflict.

In a romantic relationship, Analysts bring strengths like...  

  • Carefully considering their choice in partner
  • Thinking through what they say before they say it
  • Being comfortable with necessary conflict

In romantic relationships, Analysts may have trouble...

  • Considering their partner’s perspective
  • Being emotionally open and vulnerable
  • Spending quality time with their partner

Related Personality Types

Below are the Enneagram and Myers-Briggs types that are similar to DISC Type C. 

Enneagram Type 5

Myers-Briggs ISTJ

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