William Moulton Marston. Who is he and why should you care?
In 1928 he published Emotions of Normal People, a book which elaborated the DISC Theory (a behavioral assessment I typically use to help people understand their behaviors). Marston viewed people behaving along two axes, with their attention being either passive or active (in control or not), depending on the individual’s perception of his or her environment as either favorable or unfavorable: a worldview.
So let’s pretend you are at work. Your boss and/or manager has an unfavorable view of the world, but considers themselves to be in control. What do you have? A boss that is always finding something to be improved, something new to try, a new way to solve the problem. In addition to that, they are not shy of being the hero in all of their stories.
Then there is you. If you have a favorable view of the world, but lack the power or control there could be tension. Your boss is giving you mixed and multiple priorities, ideas without follow through, and you are there left holding the bag wondering what tomorrow will bring. Each day you fear that your boss will have 15 new ideas for you during their morning commute to implement before lunch.
You keep thinking “Why fix what isn’t broken?”
Your boss is thinking “Why can’t my employee see we need to embrace change?”
And it is all right there in Marston’s observation. You are different, and it is NORMAL. Understanding this worldview provides a glimpse into how they are wired. They see the world and themselves in a certain way. You are different. Still normal.
Do you see the world in a favorable light or a negative one? Do you feel like you have the power and control, or not? What about those around you? For the next few days, just listen. People will tell you who they are if you do. If you are the boss, think about the impact you have. If you work for someone (and most of us do) think about how your worldview impacts those around you.
It is all about discovering the truth of who we and others are. Our worldview is a good place to start.
By the way, in case you are ever on Jeopardy or some other game show, Marston also created the Wonder Woman comic book under his pen name Charles Moulton, as well as inventing a precursor to the lie detector test. Hmmm, didn’t Wonder Woman carry a lasso of truth?