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KEN VOGES and Dr. Ron Braund have successfully incorporated the DISC system of personality profiling to fit biblical principles. Ken is the author of Understanding Jesus: A Personality Profile and co-author with Dr. Braund of Understanding How Others Misunderstand You: A Unique and Proven Plan for Strengthening Personal Relationships. He resides in Houston, Texas.

RON BRUAND is a family business consultant, life coach, and author. He is president of Family Business Transitions, facilitating families in succession planning to achieve personal and philanthropic goals. He is the author of, Understanding How Others Misunderstand You, and The Strong-Willed Child or Dreamer?. Through his non-profit organization, Mission Specialties, Ron sponsors Orphan Transition programs and Foster Care initiatives for neglected and abused children in Eastern Europe. He and his wife, Ginger, reside in Marietta, Georgia near their family Rich, Adam, and his wife Anna.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (July 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802411061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802411068
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,490 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ken Voges is the original author of the Biblical Personal Profile which associates individuals in the Bible with the DISC model of behavior, first published in 1984.

The information found in the Biblical Personal Profile is based on William Marston's foundational work, The Emotions of Normal People, which defines behavior through the clustering of traits on four continuums, DISC.

Ken Voges has been cross-referencing and validating the DISC behavioral model with biblical characters for over 35 years. Ken currently does consulting for various businesses, educational institutions and ministry organizations around the world.

Various parts of Ken's work have been translated into over seven languages currently.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By C. Haskett on February 7, 2000
Format: Paperback
I had originally purchased this book at the request of my employer for his own use. After flipping through several pages, various paragraphs jumped off the page at me confirming truths of my personality and I couldn't put it down.
The DISC system of identifying personality traits is the best I've ever read. This book not only explains the the traits of a person's personality traits but how they interact and react to others. I quickly discovered why my High C personality conflicts so with my High D employer and how to possibly approach each other to maintain peace. Even my teenage daughters had fun identifying their personalities and how they related to biblical characters.
This is great material for a small bible group or accountability group!
P.S. My boss still doesn't have his book back. I think I'll buy him another - complete with highlights on the High C personality!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lynellen Perry VINE VOICE on June 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
Ron Braund is a licensed marriage and family therapist; Ken Voges is the author of several other personality/behavior tools for Christians. Together, they have written this great book which applies DISC personality/behavior theory in a Christian context.

In chapter one, they discuss how people are different: perceptual differences, motivational differences, and needs vs. values. They argue that personalities are by God's design and that no personality style is wrong or bad .. that every personality should be balanced, not letting strengths be emphasized to the point of weakness.

Next, they introduce the DISC personality system and explain its vocabulary. They review how expectations and environment can have an impact on how people express their personalities, and they give examples of the DISC personality styles in daily living.

In each of the two chapters about a particular personality style, they hit on 11 points:

1. Primary drive of the style

2. Personal giftedness of the style

3. Potential spiritual gifts of the style

4. Instinctive fear of the style

5. Strength out of control

6. Stress response

7. Blind spots

8. Areas to work on

9. Best complementary team members

10. Related Biblical model

11. Bible study references on strengths and weaknesses

The authors illustrate the D style with the life of Paul; the S style with the life of Abraham; the C style with the life of Moses; and the I style with the life of Peter. Finally, they argue that Jesus demonstrated a perfect balance of all four personality styles as was appropriate for the situation.

The only thing lacking in this book is a DISC-style personality test so that readers can determine their style.

--Lynellen.com
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Horwitz on May 19, 2008
Format: Paperback
I found this book helpful and rated it well. I just want to ensure folks realize that there is extensive comparisoin to New Testament biblical references. Not that there is anything wrong with that :-)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DEM on January 1, 2006
Format: Paperback
I highly recommend the reading of this book to anyone experiencing a struggle in communicating to their spouse, co-worker, child, church member, pastor, etc. It has helped me understand clearly how to best assess how to effectively communicate with other personalities. It has helped me understand not only how others think, but more importantly how I percieve things, strengths and weaknesses, blind spots, etc.in my own life. I guarantee within a short time you will easily relate to the personality types identified, whether it be your own or someone you know. After becoming familiar with its content and purpose, if approached honestly and openly, it can drastically enhance your ability to relate to those in which you may now struggle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
The authors wrote in the Preface to this 1994 book, "In 1979, Betty Bowman introduced me [Voges] to Dr. John Geier's DISC model of behavior and the instrument he developed, 'The Personal Profile System.' I was given the opportunity to modify the secular instrument to include biblical characters, and in 1984 the 'Biblical Personal Profile' instrument was published... As a licensed marriage and family therapist... I [Braund] recognized it as a valuable tool for understanding one another... I was encouraged to call Ken Voges... Out of that experience, a close working relationship developed..." (Pg. 12-13) They add, "we can improve our awareness and acceptance of differences, and we can learn to respond to others in a positive rather than a negative way. It is the chief message of this book to show how this can be done." (Pg. 17)

They note, "There is much discussion these days about going too far in meeting the needs of others, and neglecting ourselves. It is a condition called 'codependency,' which presumably makes a person neutorically dependent on the approval of others by an obsession with meeting their needs. There is no doubt that a person can become 'unbalanced' to the point of self-neglect. However, writers on codependency must be cautious not to lose sight of the biblical attitude of sacrificial love and commitment to meeting others' needs." Pg. 36)

Voges writes, "In 1984, the 'Biblical Personal Profile' was published ... using the same basic terminology but applying the biblical characters to each of the styles. The following shows the DISC model's similarity to the traditional four-termperaments model of [Tim] LaHaye [
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