Psychometric Maturity and Your Core Values Index Profile

Steve Williamson, VP Digital Marketing and Content, eRep, Inc.
Monday, July 18, 2022
Psychometric Maturity and Your Core Values Index Profile

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Maturity has two definitions. One has to do with insurance policies and some financial instruments, and the other has to do with personal growth.

There is a third way to think of maturity and it involves your Core Values Index psychometric profile.

To be mature in your CVI profile essentially means being able to fully and competently access and use your non-primary core value energies when appropriate.

This is highly useful as it enables you to better understand and relate to others who have different psychometric profiles than yourself, and it allows you to better accomplish tasks that may not be aligned with your personality's DNA.

For those reading at home that have no idea what I'm talking about, here's a quick primer.

About the Core Values Index

The Core Values Index is a psychometric assessment, which is a fancy way of saying it's a highly accurate and professional-grade personality test. It doesn't define aptitude, but instead measures and assesses how much of four core personality types or 'core value energies' exist within you.

The CVI reflects the kind of activities that make you happiest.

When you complete the CVI assessment, which takes only about 8-10 minutes, you will receive a set of four scores. Each of these scores represent how much of the four core value energies exist within you. These four scores range from 0 (none) to 36 (maximum) points each, and the total of your four core value energy scores sums to exactly 72.

It is the ratio of your four core value energies, combined with your life experiences, that make you unique.

The four core value energies are:

  • Builder: power and faith
  • Merchant: love and truth
  • Innovator: wisdom and compassion
  • Banker: knowledge and justice

Whichever score is the highest is your primary core value. The second highest score is your secondary core value energy, third is tertiary and lowest is minor.

It is your particular ratio or allocation of these core value energies within you that define your personality's DNA.

Maturity In Your CVI

Whichever core value energy is your highest score — your primary core value energy — is what manifests itself most often in how you see the world and unconsciously operate within it.

We often refer to your CVI profile as your human operating system.

Behaving in your primary core value energy is your default. It is your go-to way of functioning in the world. It defines and shapes how you communicate, the way you prioritize tasks and the type of tasks you prefer. It even shapes how you react to stress and seek to overcome conflict.

The core value energies within you that have lower scores make up a reduced amount of your personality. The lower the score, the less a core value influences who you are. It also makes your lower core value energies more foreign or difficult to access when needed.

It is beneficial to be able to access your secondary, tertiary or minor core value energies. There are many circumstances in life when being able to see through the lens of a Builder, Merchant, Innovator or Banker can be useful. If that particular energy has a low score in your CVI profile, putting on those lenses is a greater challenge.


If you are someone who has a perfectly even CVI profile of 18 points in all four core values, you will find a lot of this guidance to be superfluous. You are easily able to access any of the core value energies as needed. That doesn't mean this advice is unhelpful, however. It helps to understand that the vast majority of people you meet don't have 'square' CVI profiles. They require effort and a bit of practice to flex the way you can.

If you haven't taken your CVI assessment, go to and complete it right now. It takes about 8-10 minutes, and at the end you'll be presented with a comprehensive report plus a set of your four scores. When you're done, come back to this article.

Identify the three core value energies that are your secondary, tertiary and minor scores, respectively. These are your target areas of effort in ascending order. Your minor core value energy will take the most effort to understand.

Along with your CVI assessment results, you also get access to The Core Values Handbook, a PDF download that is an invaluable resource for understanding how the CVI works. Download the PDF and look for the section that corresponds with your minor core value energy.

Your goal is to get to know how people with core value energy in their primary slot see the world and prefer to operate within it. It's kind of like reading about the culture of a foreign country before traveling there. You want to learn about their customs and even which side of the road they drive on.

Next, read about your tertiary core value energy. This will likely seem a little less foreign to you, and depending on your particular score, it might even make a tiny bit of sense.

Your secondary core value energy will start to feel even more familiar.

The amount of culture shock you experience when studying a core value energy that isn't your primary depends on the difference between your scores. If your primary score is profound — 25 or above — it's likely your minor or even your tertiary scores are in the single digits. If you have a more well-rounded CVI profile, where all your scores are within 3-6 points of each other, this effort will be much easier for you.

The difference between scores represents the distance you must mentally travel to connect with and understand those emotional types.

Bonus Learning

One of the most effective ways to gain maturity in your CVI is to get to know people who have opposite CVI profiles than yourself. It's even better if they have also taken the CVI so that you can talk the same language about core value energies. You can explore each other's profiles and way of seeing things. This makes practical and tangible the theory about core value energies.

You can also read helpful articles like these to get a better conceptual grasp of how the CVI works:

Understanding the core value energies and profiles of other people is an extremely useful and worthwhile skill to have. And it is a skill that can be taught and learned.

Core Values Index™ and CVI™ are trademarks of Taylor Protocols, Inc.

Go to to learn more about the CVI or to take the Core Values Index assessment.

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Steve Williamson

Steve Williamson

Innovator/Banker - VP Digital Marketing and Content, eRep, Inc.

Steve has a career in project management, software development and technical team leadership spanning three decades. He is the author of a series of fantasy novels called The Taesian Chronicles (, and when he isn't writing, he enjoys cycling, old-school table-top role-playing games, and buzzing around the virtual skies in his home-built flight simulator.

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