A man holding his head in his hands while doing his work

1: Dominance – High “D” Style

Closely related to the Dominant Styles’ goals are their fears: falling into a routine, being taken advantage of, and looking “soft.” So they may go to extremes to prevent those fears from materializing. They may act impatient, but they make things happen.

2: Influence – High “I” Style

Interactive Styles’ biggest fear is public humiliation – whether appearing uninvolved, unattractive, unsuccessful, or unacceptable to others. These frightening forms of social rejection threaten the Interactive Style’s core need for approval. Consequently, he may go to extremes to avoid public humiliation, lack of inclusion, or loss of social recognition.

3: Steadiness – High “S” Style

Related to their goal of keeping things very similar is their accompanying fear of change and disorganization. Consequently, any disruption in their routine patterns can cause distress in the Steady Style. Fearing sudden changes, they are naturally concerned with what may happen. A general worry is that the unknown may be even more unpleasant than the present. They need to think and plan for changes. Finding the elements of sameness within those changes can help minimize their stress by identifying the specific assurances required to cope with such demands.

4: Conscientious – High “C” Style

Compliant Styles’ biggest fears of uncontrolled emotions and irrational acts relate to their goals. More precisely, Thinkers fear that these illogical acts may prevent goal achievement. Similarly, they fear emotionality and irrationality in others. This type strives to avoid embarrassment, so they attempt to control both themselves and their emotions.