The Four Pillars of the Core Values Index Psychometric Assessment

Steve Williamson, VP Digital Marketing and Content, eRep, Inc.
Monday, September 23, 2019
The Four Pillars of the Core Values Index Psychometric Assessment

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Most people become familiar with psychometric assessments while working in the corporate world. Corporations have used assessments such as Myers-Briggs and Strengths Finders for years.

Times are changing and new assessments like the Core Values Index (CVI) have become available that surpass the old standbys with increased accuracy and reliability.

Psychometric assessments have traditionally been used for hiring, and most people don't realize the CVI can be used to great effect in their personal life, too.

The Core Values Index psychometric assessment came on the market a decade ago and set the industry on its head with unprecedented reliability. Where the industry gorilla Myers-Briggs struggles to crack 70% repeat reliability, the CVI easily wins the gold medal with 97.7%. This means if you take the CVI at the age of 20 and again at the age of 60, your scores will differ by less than 3%.

No other psychometric assessment comes close.

How can that power be harnessed in your personal life?

Although there are many uses for the CVI, here are the four ways you can use the information within your CVI profile to improve your quality of life.

Pillar 1: Communications

Understanding yourself is the core component (if you'll forgive the pun) of what the Core Values Index psychometric assessment is all about. After taking the CVI and reading your full report, you will finally have the answers to questions like:

Why do I see the world the way I do?
Are my thoughts and emotions hardwired?
How do I more effectively communicate with others?

The CVI describes with surprising accuracy how you are hardwired. This hardwiring — your personality's DNA, as we like to call it — strongly influences how you see the world, how you process information, and how you express yourself. It also determines how you like others to communicate with you.

Once you understand how you are hardwired, the dots will be connected that determine how you instinctively communicate with others. It will also explain how you perceive and process the way others communicate with you.

Understanding your self-perception and your perception of others is the first pillar of the Core Values Index psychometric assessment.

Pillar 2: Education and Learning

Everyone learns in a particular way that is optimized for them. Some people like to experience things in a hands-on manner, while others prefer to absorb information in written form. Some learn by collaboratively communicating with others.

Your CVI profile describes your optimal learning style. Your brain receives, processes, and stores information based on how you are hardwired.

By understanding your psychometric profile, you not only gain great insights about the way you learn most effectively, but you can also predict with surprising accuracy the best educational path toward a career (more on that below).

Wouldn't it be great to find out when you're a teen what career would be the most fulfilling for you? Your CVI profile goes way beyond merely learning if you are a logical or creative person, if you are right- or left-brained. It lays out with surprising accuracy the kind of activities and ways of working that will guide you toward the most fulfilling and enriching path for you.

The CVI isn't an IQ test, nor does it measure ability. Instead, it determines and describes the inherent path you will find most satisfactory through life. It won't directly say, "You'll make a great chef or physical therapist." But it will describe the way you think and see the world and the ways you like to communicate and learn, and that will guide you in your educational path toward career fulfillment.

Pillar 3: Relationships

One of the first insights people learn after they take the Core Values Index psychometric assessment is:

You see the world through the lens of your CVI profile.

You view others based on your own perspective. If you are a logical, rational-minded person, people who are creative and free-thinking will sometimes be a challenge. They may confound you, or make you wonder how they can function in life.

Creative free-thinkers, on the other hand see rational, logical-minded folks and think, "Lighten up. Don't be so serious."

Once you read your full CVI report and truly understand yourself, the next phase of your core values knowledge begins to kick in. You start to learn more about the other core value energies that play a minor role within you.

The CVI helps you understand how other people think and see the world.

Remember when we said everyone sees the world through their own CVI lens? This knowledge is profound, because it gives you the ability to understand the perspective of others.

If you are in a relationship with someone who has a radically different CVI profile than you, learning about their core values will help you process their actions, intentions, and perspective on the world.

This applies to romantic relationships, friendships, co-workers, supervisors, clients — anyone with whom you interact.

Conversely, have you ever met someone who seems to have the same brain as you? You both think the same way, see the world the same way, and just seem to jive in how you function? They likely have a similar CVI profile to you.

There are huge opportunities for individuals to use the CVI to improve communications and relationships.

The fun part is when you start to guess other people's CVI profiles when you first meet. You'll even start doing it with characters from books, TV shows and movies.

Pillar 4: Employment

A good job. A fulfilling career. Work that not only sustains us, but enriches us and makes us feel worthy and valued.

These are consistent themes that are almost universal regardless of where we come from or who we are.

The first three pillars of the Core Values Index all lead to this, perhaps the most common and desired reason for taking the CVI psychometric assessment: a good job.

When we learn about our own CVI profile, and expose ourselves to the core values of others, we enhance our ability to communicate effectively. We understand why we see the world the way we do, and by understanding why others see the world through their own CVI lens, our ability to communicate is enhanced.

Our core values profile tells us the kind of work that aligns with how we are hardwired. This informs our educational track and, using our new-found knowledge of our optimal learning style, we are well on our way toward achieving a fulfilling career.

Through our enhanced insights about ourselves and others in our lives, we empower our relationships with others. By not only knowing on an intellectual level that everyone sees the world through their own CVI lens (knowledge), we learn and appreciate the core value energies of those around us (wisdom). We gain the ability to understand and respect the contribution of others, for everyone is a genius and a high contributor in their own unique way.

The first three pillars of communications, learning and relationships contribute to the fourth pillar of the CVI, our ability to identify the work that will make us feel fulfilled and empowered.

All four of these pillars combine in a magical way that contributes to the one thing everyone seeks: happiness.

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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