How does understanding your behavioral blend contribute to defining "enlarging the conversation"?

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A person's behavioral blend is the sum of what an individual brings to his or her experience in life.  One's behavior is based on a wide variety of factors, including race, socioeconomic level, family upbringing, and intrinsic personality.  When people understand their behavioral blend (or at least acknowledge and consider...

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A person's behavioral blend is the sum of what an individual brings to his or her experience in life.  One's behavior is based on a wide variety of factors, including race, socioeconomic level, family upbringing, and intrinsic personality.  When people understand their behavioral blend (or at least acknowledge and consider it), the conversation changes.  People are more apt to accept ideas which come from outside their own experience and look at the bigger picture in life situations.  Even something as simple as knowing one's own personality type can help them relate to others in a more effective way.  As an example, an introverted person gathers energy from being alone, whereas an extroverted person gathers energy from being around other people.  When people understand not only their own behavioral blend, but also contemplate other people's behaviors, communication becomes more effective and productive.  

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Enlarging the conversation is a term that applies to a concept meaning, essentially, understanding and listening and speaking or responding from a perspective that is larger than your own. It is surprisingly difficult to realize that other people literally understand things in a way that is different from your understanding of the same things and that this difference in understanding has the potential to completely block any possibility of mutual comprehension, clarity, agreement or accord.

Therefore the conversation must be enlarged to encompass the other's vision and understanding. The formula for enlarging the conversation, according to Liberty University, includes needs recognition and intention comprehension:

  • Identified Needs + Intentional Resourcing = Enlarging the Conversation.

Fulfilling this formula involves asking understanding questions that are broadening and also examining equally broadening responses and external resources (e.g. books, articles): the aim is broaden your perceptions to include other perceptions than your own. Knowing the behavioral blend of both or all participants in a conversation (i.e., yourself and the others in conversation with you) facilitates knowing what kinds of perception broadening questions to ask and what kind of broadening resources to examine in order to reach mutually shared vision, comprehension, agreement or accord.

"Behavioral blend" is a term associated with DISC personality assessment based on divisions of normal behavior related to life pace (speed or slowness of life task orientation) and personality style. The variations of individual characteristics in these categories can have a high or a low orientation, meaning they can be dominating factors or secondary factors in your overall personality and in the blend of all parts of your personality.

The blended function of these various characteristics, with their varying qualities of high to low impact, is what DISC calls behavioral personality, or style, blend. Behavioral personality blend is significant to enlarging the conversation because of the potential for discord between personalities (personality conflict) as individuals attempt to understand the differing worldviews of those in conversation.

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