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Solving My People Puzzle Paper

When working with others, it is important to consider how personality patterns influence interpersonal effectiveness. To effectively work with and provide ministry to others, we must promote self-awareness in the practice of relational alignment and personality management. In the process of becoming effective, efficient, and relationally-wise ministers, we must learn to recognize and meaningfully manage our own style in different relational contexts.

The Solving My People Puzzle Paper provides a means to describe, develop, and manage your relational style’s influence (e.g., immature & mature patterns of thinking, feeling, making decisions, and communicating). Through the Solving My People Puzzle Paper, you will develop a Guiding Purpose Statement (GPS), describe your DISC personality style, and analyze how you would practice relational alignment with individuals in different relational contexts. The purpose of this paper is to discover helpful knowledge, skill development, and meaningful support to become a relationally-wise minister or pastoral counselor.

The Solving My People Puzzle Paper includes five sections that are organized through five key questions. In providing a response to Question 1, you will discuss your Guiding Purpose Statement (GPS). Question 2 covers the results of your Uniquely You DISC assessment. Question 3 addresses relational alignment with each of the primary DISC types (i.e., D, I, S, C). In Question 4, you will consider how to build rapport and practice DISC-specific relational alignment with your predetermined careseeker. Finally, Question 5 should contain insights from your Mentor’s 360° Interview Worksheet and information on how you would practice relational alignment with your mentor. For detailed information on each section, please see the instructions below.

Solving My People Puzzle Questions

1. What Guiding Purpose Statement will govern your relationship with God in the midst of every relational context?

The first question (Question 1) requires you to articulate a “tight and bright” Guiding Purpose Statement (GPS) in the required format (see below). You will also provide a brief paragraph of context to describe your choice of GPS. For detailed instructions on formatting the GPS, see below.

· A clearly defined GPS will govern the process of being and becoming like Christ in a specific way in a specific relational context. As a result of being attentive to your GPS, you will learn more about how you need to treat others.

· With this in mind, create your GPS by providing one-word descriptors in the blanks below. The GPS should take this format: “Seeking to be a/an

· [ ] of Christ, I am commited to become a/an [_______________] [_______________].”

· When filling in the blanks, use one word descriptors. For example, one of the following words might describe who you want to be in your relationship with Jesus: example, imitator, follower, representative, reflection, beacon, fragrance, etc. If any of these do not work for you, find one that does!

· As a purpose statement, the GPS should influence your relational behaviors. For example, if you are a task-oriented person, your GPS could look something like this: “Seeking to be an imitator of Christ, I am committed to become a considerate supervisor.” Or perhaps you want to become a more thoughtful partner. Your GPS might be crafted as follows: “Seeking to be an example of Christ, I am committed to become an attentive husband.”

· After you provide your GPS in the format listed above (i.e., Seeking to be a ______ of Christ, I am committed to become a ______ _______), provide a paragraph that discusses how this GPS will help you grow in favor with Christ and this relationship. Describe why you chose this GPS and how you want God to use it in your interpersonal context(s)!

2. Can you describe “Who I am”?

In providing an answer for Question 2, review the results from your Professional/Leadership DISC Profile. Use the feedback from the Professional/Leadership DISC assessment and the following bullets to describe your current relational style. Respond to this question in a source-supported, thoughtful fashion. Describe your DISC through the lens of “This is me” and “this is expected of me” as shown in the bulleted format below. Use source citations and provide meaningful insight into your DISC style.

a. This is Me! (Graph 2) –

b. This is Expected of Me (Graph 1) –

3. In light of your DISC style, can you point out how you would shift your style (i.e., build common ground; 1 Cor. 9) in order to align with each of the four primary styles?

In Question 3, you should discuss how you would practice relational alignment (i.e., building rapport and creating a meaningful connection) with each of the primary DISC types (D, I, S, or C). Thoughtfully integrate insights (i.e., source citations) from the required sources as you point out how to shift your DISC with each of the primary DISC behavioral patterns. For example, if you are primarly a D/C, how you would practice relational alignment with a D type? Explain how you would shift your “D/Cness” to align with someone who has a predominate D style. Do that for each of the four primary DISC styles.

Responding to the following bullets will help you satisfactorily answer Question #4. Point out how you would shift your style to align with a D, I, S, and C.

· [Your Style] aligned with a D

· [Your Style] aligned with an I

· [Your Style] aligned with a S

· [Your Style] aligned with a C


· Provide meaningful insights into alignment with each of the primary DISC types. Your paper should include the headings listed above.

· Include pertinent citations from the paper’s 7 required sources!

· Noticeably use language that describes your behavioral patterns (e.g., strengths, shortcomings, blindspots: overuse of a strength or an unmanaged shortcoming, etc) and provide information on how to manage them in each DISC context.

4. Point out how will you communicate and connect with a predetermined care-seeker from the case study?

In Question 4, you will describe the process of building rapport and practicing DISC-specific relational alignment with your predetermined careseeker. Your answer will inform a practice people-helping relationship. See steps below.

· Choose a care-seeker from the case study (i.e., Bruce, Josh, Brody, Melissa, or Justin).

· After reviewing the case study’s information, make an informed guess and briefly describe the care-seeker’s DISC relational style (see Carbonell for a detailed explanation of the different DISC types).

· Use DISC-specific language to describe at least 1 interpersonal communication technique that will overcome one of your communication traps and increase your ability to actively listen with empathy, genuineness, and graciousness. Provide at least 2 helpful insights from course sources and 1 related Scripture.

· Point out how you will shift your DISC relational style to align with your careseeker’s DISC style (i.e., apply insights from Q#1, 2, 3). How would you practice relational alignment to build rapport with your careseeker?

5. Can you point out how will you communicate and connect with your mentor?

In Question 5, you will discuss personal insights from your mentor and how you can practice relational alignment in a practice mentoring relationship. Your answer to Question 5 should include DISC-specific information and thoughts from the mentor’s 360° Interview Worksheet. See steps below.

· Solicit someone to be your practice mentor and ask him/her to complete the following assessments.

· Mentor’s 360° Interview Worksheet (see Assignment Instructions/Solving My People Puzzle Instructions and Rubric)

· A free abridged DISC personality test. Ask mentor to copy/paste this link into Chrome or Firefox browser: https://discpersonalitytesting.com/discassess/work-free/free-start.php. You need your mentor’s DISC results for your discussion of relational alignment in Question 5.

· Use source support, insights from your mentor’s 360° Interview Worksheet, and mentor’s DISC style to point out how you will shift your DISC style to align with mentor’s style. Provide source citations and insights into how you would build rapport and shift your style to align with your mentor. This section should include insights from the mentor’s 360° Interview Worksheet and from the DISC assessment.

Further Instructions for the Solving My People Puzzle Paper

Now that you have an overview of the SMPP paper, please see further instructions/requirements below.

· Please note that there are 7 required sources that need to be cited in your SMPP paper . At least these 7 sources must be cited in proper APA or Turabian format

· Professional/Leadership DISC Profile

· How to Solve the People Puzzle (2008)

· Get a Free DISC Test for You (copy/paste hyperlink into Firefox or Chrome browser)

· Masterpiece (2017)

· Why Don’t We Listen Better? (2015)

· Mentor’s 360 Interview Worksheet

· Case Study – Crossroads: A Story of Forgiveness

· SMPP should have a correct .docx file name – e.g., PACO500_SMPP+YourInitials.

· Title page.

· Table of Contents.

· Introduction is optional.

· Five sections answering the SMPP paper Questions.

· Section headers are required. If it is helpful for organization, you can use an annotated outline approach (i.e., bulleted, full-sentence explanations noticeably grounded in required resources through current APA standards or Turabian form).

· Conclusion. The conclusion should present a “So What? of it All!” This is a thoughtful recap of the assignment which concludes with a clear, convincing “what’s the point the reader should get” type of argument.

· Appendix. Include an appendix in your paper with screenshots of the DISC Graph 1 & 2 (this is me/this is expected of me). This is a mandatory inclusion. Optional appendix inclusions are the 360 Interview Worksheet and the mentor’s DISC assessmemnt.

· The body of your paper should be at least 5 pages.

· Research and writing style should follow current APA or Turabian standards.

Preliminary Tasks for Completing the Solving My People Puzzle Paper

You can utilize this section as a checklist. Information on how to access the Uniquely You DISC assessment and complete other steps are below.

1. The first step is to complete your DISC assessment from Uniquely You. Self-Administer the online Professional/Leadership DISC Profile (Expanded Version-Standard) from Uniquely You Resources, Inc.

· If you purchased the e-book and online assessment code bundle from MBS, follow instructions below.

MBS purchasers, go to https://uniquelyyou.org/ (last accessed 5/15/2020). 

· Click on Register in the top right hand corner of your browser and supply a user name, password, and LU email. Remember that data!

· Once a user name and password have been created, click on the top of the page“Activate Code”

· Enter your 8 or 12 digit code and Confirm it.

· Go to “My Account” and click the green “Begin Questionnaire” button.

· Complete the profile. 

· After completion, see *How to Download PDF below.

· If you are uncertain where to purchase the Uniquely You Professional Leadership DISC, you can find the Uniquely You purchasing link here: https://uniquelyyou.org/content/professional-online-profile-approx-70-printed-pgs-expanded-version. You can purchase the DISC assessment access code through that link.

· Make sure to give careful attention to assessment instructions. Typically, the directions ask that you answer only two descriptions for each set of four statements: what you are MOST often like under pressure, and what you are LEAST often like under pressure.

· For example, as a Masters in Pastoral Counseling student handling responsibilities in the midst of life, describe what you are like most of the time and what you are least like most of the time. Do not answer based on what you want to be or what you think others want you to be; just answer according to what you are like most of the time and least like most of the time. See example questions below and notice you must choose one response in each column.

· If you purchased the e-book and code directly from Uniquely You, the code automatically shows up in your “My Account” page (no need to activate it). Simply go to the My Account page and click “Begin Questionnaire”. After completion, see *How to Download PDF below.

· *How to Download a PDF of your Report

1. Put a check in the box next to name column of assessment completed

2. Click the “Download Report” (2nd blue button under Profile List)

· If you have any questions or problems, please contact Uniquely You @ 800-501-0490, Monday-Friday, 9-5 EST.

· Place graphs in the Appendix via a screen capture tool (e.g., screen shot, Snip-it) or the free Jing software (https://www.techsmith.com/jing-tool.html) to capture a screenshot of the Dot or Bar Charts for Graph 1 “This is Expected of Me” and Graph 2 “This is Me”. Use it as a resource when answering questions. For the reader’s benefit, include the charts as an appendix in the paper. See example snapshots of Dot Graphs below:

2. Identify a “practice mentor” (relates to Question # 4).

3. Ask practice mentor to complete three simple tasks to help you complete this project (relates to Question # 4):

· 360° Interview Worksheet

· Free abridged DISC assessment

· Return results ASAP

4. Write your SMPP paper by answering five primary questions (see instructions in sections above).



Solving My People Puzzle

Andy Jandy

Liberty University School of Behavioral Sciences

[Disclaimer: This unedited student sample (i.e., not an example) should not be considered more authoritative than the Solving My People Puzzle instructions & rubric. As a sample, do not assume it follows current APA standards or Turabian Form. Make sure to current manuals and/or the Syllabus’ writing guidelines resources. Do insert your initials in the file name rather than using the student sample initials. Its value is in how well it followed intended structure. As a whole, this sample provides a satisfactory presentation of required questions, conclusion, and sources. Though deficits precluded a perfect score, it met most expectations. NOTE: this submission was not a patch-work project (i.e., cut & paste from another source). Apart from its basic structure, do not use any portion of this student sample. In like fashion, you must begin with a new word document and do original work! DO NOT delete or revise material within this sample in order to create a document for submission. If attempted, a half-letter grade will be applied after assessment.]

Table of Contents Solving My People Puzzle 3 Guiding Purpose Statement 3 DISC Style 3 Active/Task-oriented “D” 3 Active/People-oriented “I” 4 Passive/People-oriented “S” 4 Passive/Task-oriented “C” 5 Care-Seeker Connection 5 Mentor Connection 6 Conclusion 7 References 9 Appendix 10

Solving My People Puzzle

The purpose of this paper will be to analyze my particular personality profile in relation to other prominent personalities. The intention of this assessment will be done in a form and fashion that will prepare me to be able to communicate positively. Petersen (2015) explains that “underneath the words are attitudes and ways of treating people that make a difference” (p. 165).

Question #1: Guiding Purpose Statement

Nichols (2017) describes differing approaches to relationships based upon the security of a person’s self-image. It is only with a secure self-image that a person can enter a relationship that seeks to invest or build up the other person. A secure self-image is found through understanding more of the masterpiece that God is developing in me, “to be conformed to the image of [God’s] son” (Rom. 8:31). In sum, my current GPS draft follows: Seeking to be an example of Christ, I am committed to become an attentive friend. In some instances with stronger personalities, I may need to ratchet up attentiveness to assertiveness.

Question #2: DISC Style Alignment

After completing the Uniquely You DISC assessment (2018), I received a report of a C/I/S personality type. This assessment proved to be significantly accurate as I read through the report describing my tendencies in different roles, situations and views. Knowing the accuracy of this report in determining my tendencies enables me to more fully embrace and trust the system’s ability to analyze other people. The below reflect my takeaways on how my personality type can find common ground with the four major personality types.

Active/Task-oriented “D”

Relating to a “D” personality type when I am in a leadership position will require me to be more directing than I am comfortable with. The “D” personality responds best to a direct challenge rather than my tendency to allow people under my leadership to pick and choose what they would like to accomplish. My personality profile will work well with the “D” who is in leadership. I tend to do what I am told, and the “D” likes to tell people what to do. I will need to be more assertive with the “D”. If I am not mindful, I will be pushed around by the “D” personality. I need to strive to “increase [my] strength to resist those who want to control [me]. Learn how to say ‘no’ even when people may be right but are threatening [me] in wrong ways” (Uniquely You Report, 2018, p. 9). I must be aware of my own confidence levels as I tend to feel intimidated by the strong will “D” personality. I will need to focus greatly on my posture. As Peterson (2015) puts it, “Straighten up physically and grow into it emotionally” (p. 43).

Active/People-oriented “I”

The “I” personality likes to connect to people through stories. One of the greatest ways that I can find common ground with an “I” personality is by focusing more on the stories that they share in response to what I am saying. I can remain open to understanding the “I” personality even when they express emotionally charged or exaggerated responses. If I am in a leadership position over an “I” or in a counseling situation with an “I”, I will be intentional to give praise and recognition for their accomplishments (Carbonell, 2008).

Passive/People-oriented “S”

To obtain a relationship that is meaningful and uplifting to the “S” personality, I must express my belief in their value and abilities without being pushy (Carbonell, 2008). I must be ever aware and cautious that I can “abuse people’s trust in [me] by taking advantage of those who can be manipulated” (Uniquely You Report, 2018, p. 9). The “S” personality is more sensitive and submissive. For me to relate positively requires that my more extraverted nature be kept within check, so I do not overwhelm and overpower the “S”. As a person who seeks to encourage and inspire, I must learn to do so in a way that does not put the “S” on the spot to speak in front of a group. Careful attention must be paid to encourage and recognize the “S” as they often go unnoticed (Carbonell, 2008).

Passive/Task-oriented “C”

The “C” personality is one in which I noticeably struggle to positively engage. In my former occupation I was a team leader in an insurance underwriting department. One of the underwriters that I oversaw was a strong “C” personality. The task often took precedence over her colleague relationships which gave many of her coworkers the feeling that she was angry and unapproachable. I have learned and continue to find common ground in my and the “C” personality’s mutual desire for compliance to truth. I will seek to build up the “C” personality by acknowledging and appreciating the dedication to accuracy. My desire for relationship and the “C” personality’s need to consider relationships more can be mutually beneficial as I can achieve relationship while helping the “C” to pursue relationship in the midst of tasks (Carbonell, 2008).

To find common ground with a variety of people requires me to be a human chameleon. Like a chameleon, I am changing based upon the environment, but I am not changing who I am. I look forward to the opportunities to build others up through meaningful relationships.

Question #3: Care-Seeker Connection

Brody, age 15, is the second son of Bruce and Cindy. Brody is described as someone who “relies heavily on those closest to him for approval or acceptance” (Rice, 2018, p. 5). Brody resembles a strong “S” personality type. He receives a lot of his confidence and self-worth from the close relationship, encouragement and support that he receives from his family, primarily his mother and sister. Brody relates well with those who spend time taking interest and supporting him in his interests and abilities. He does not do well with relationships where the other person is overbearing and demanding.

When seeking to counsel or help Brody, it will be important that I avoid Petersen’s (2015) ninth common communication trap, fixing it. Fixing it is described as taking away confidence from the talker. With Brody’s personality profile, such a blow to his confidence would seriously encumber our counselor-counselee relationship. Instead of seeking to solve Brody’s problem, I will be intentional to alternate feelings and thoughts in my responses to him. By asking responsive questions that switch his brain from feeling to thought and back again, I will be appropriately engaged to help Brody own his problem and he will be able to avoid the traps of depression and anger. This is supported by taking into consideration that the counselee is always changing. “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (Ecc. 3:1, The English Standard Version). With this in mind, it will help me to alternate Brody’s feelings and thoughts to ensure that he is never dwelling to long in a negative state of anger or depression. In so doing, this will help me focus on how the change in Brody will occur more than spending time and effort trying to figure out when the change will occur (Kollar, 2011).

I must seek to be supportive and encouraging with Brody throughout the counseling process by emitting a “raised tone of voice, excited expressions, and nonverbal positive gestures” (Kollar, 2011, p. 97). He needs to be affirmed and not pushed beyond his comfort publicly. I will work hard at leaving teeth marks on my tongue so that I do not dominate him or take charge of his problem. By allowing Brody to speak and express his thoughts and feelings, I will be able to help him change with a solution-focused approach.

Question #4: Mentor Connection

Based upon my mentor’s answer to the Interview Worksheet (2018) and Mentor DISC Assessment (2018) I will shift my relational style to be more compatible with their S/D personality type. My mentor revealed that one of my weaknesses is self-doubt. They feel that my self-doubt lessens my willingness to use my strengths and abilities to their fullest potential resulting in a less effective ministry than could be realized. Another area that my mentor points out that I need improvement in is listening. I need to fight the urge to think of my answer, response and/or story while my mentor is speaking and focus on what they are saying (Jantz, 2018). This can be achieved by following Petersen’s (2015) technique #2 and repeat what the speaker is saying to reassure them that I am listening and reassure myself of what I am hearing. My mentor has a unique personality profile when compared to my own. I tend to allow “those who are willfully stronger to intimidate [me]” (Uniquely You Report, 2018, p. 8). My mentor’s “D” personality reflects a very strong will; however, their “S” personality reflects humble submission. I tend to recognize the strong will and feel intimidated. This results in me seeking to give up leadership and authority to them when their “S” personality really wants me to be the vocal leader.


There are limitless combinations of personalities that I will encounter in my ministry career and in life. A better understanding of how to interpret a person’s disposition, behavior and interactions with others will give me insight as to how I can best communicate with them in a way that is mutually beneficial. Being equipped in this manner, I can be used more fully by God to further His kingdom through healthy communication and relationships. Whether it is office relationships, neighbors, friends, family or counselees, the need to understand the other person to effectively communicate and encourage is central.

A “So What of it All?!” Gaining a better understanding of who I am, I am more aware of my strengths and weaknesses in relating to others in a way that will build others up. Being aware of the variety of personalities I will encounter allows me to be more fluid with my own personality when I remember that “God’s intention for us becomes the formative truth regarding personality development, not primarily our understanding and perception of ourselves” (Kollar, 2011, 50). I can find comfort and security in my self-image knowing that God’s intention is shaping me more into the image of Jesus Christ.


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Carbonell, M. (2008). How to solve the people puzzle: Understanding personality patterns. Blue Ridge, GA: Uniquely You Resources.

Harris, G., & Eikenberry, K. (n.d.). A Free DISC Personality Test: Gain Insights to Build Better, Stronger, More Fulfilling Relationships. Retrieved from https://discpersonalitytesting.com/free-disc-test/

Jantz, E. L. (2018). Mentor’s 360° Interview Worksheet.

Kollar, C. A. (2011). Solution-focused pastoral counseling: An effective short-term approach for getting people back on track (updated and exp. ed.). Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan.

Nichols, K. (2017). Masterpiece: Seeing yourself as God’s work of art changes everything. Lynchburg, VA.: Liberty University Press.

Petersen, J. (2015). Why don’t we listen better? Communicating and connecting in relationships (second ed.). Portland, OR: Petersen Publications.

Rice, D. (2018). A case study on crossroads: A story of forgiveness. Lynchburg, VA.: Liberty University.


Figure 1: This Is Expected of Me


Figure 2: This Is Me


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