The Three Insights Within Your Core Values Index Psychometric Profile Share:

Steve Williamson, Dir. Product Development, eRep, Inc.
Monday, June 10, 2019

Most people are introduced to psychometric assessments as part of the job application process. Myers-Briggs, The DiSC, and more recently, the Core Values Index, have become big names in the Human Resources and business productivity space. Even financial luminary Ray Dalio highlighted the value of psychometric assessments in his recent book, Principles.

"Knowing how one is wired is a necessary first step on any life journey. It doesn't matter what you do with your life, as long as you are doing what is consistent with your nature and your aspirations."

Those who take their assessment, get the job, and move on without another glance at their results are missing a huge opportunity for personal growth and empowerment. A solid psychometric assessment can give you more useful and actionable information about yourself than a dozen motivational speakers ever could.

A solid psychometric assessment like the CVI can provide you with three key insights about yourself:

  1. How you see yourself
  2. How you see others
  3. How your behavior is governed by your psychometric profile

Before reading the rest of this article, we encourage you to take the Core Values Index psychometric assessment. It takes just 8 minutes to complete and you will have instant access to your results (which includes a 17-page report customized specifically for you, plus a lot more).

With your report in hand, read on. We will discuss the specific ways your Core Values Index psychometric profile can help you understand how you see yourself, how you see the rest of the world, and how it shapes and determines your behavior.

How you see yourself

In a sense, your psychometric profile determines who you are. The Core Values Index clarifies and defines the way you think and how you feel about yourself and the world around you. Specifically, it determines how you see yourself.

We are all instinctively drawn to others like ourselves. When we meet someone who behaves and thinks in the same manner as we do, we unconsciously perceive that as validation that our own behavior is correct. There's an old saying in the business world, "Dress like the person that can promote you." That advice recognizes this implicit validation.

We spend more time within our own brain than anywhere else. Our inner dialog is the voice we hear more than any other. In a way, we have a relationship with ourselves longer than we do with anyone else.

That relationship is guided and shaped and filtered by the lens of your CVI profile. You see yourself from the perspective of your profile. This seems somewhat circular, but it strongly guides your self image. It is also the foundation of how you will navigate through life.

How you see others through your CVI lens

It is natural to view others based on your own perspective. If you are analytical and someone you meet is emotional, you may find their choices and actions to be confusing or contrary to the way things ought to be.

Everyone sees the world through the lens of their own CVI profile.

Those with CVI profiles of "Merchants" will instinctively and intuitively understand and get other people with similar profiles (this is true of all CVI profiles, not just Merchants). They will have similar communication styles, both verbal and non-verbal, and the way they think and process will align quite closely. If someone with a "Banker" CVI profile participates in a conversation with two Merchants, even if it's about a subject for which they themselves are very familiar, it will seem disorganized, perhaps even chaotic.

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The Merchants, on the other hand, might view the Banker as boring and tedious. They can feel impatient, eager to move on after just a minute or two.

Both the Banker and the Merchants in this scenario have something to add to the conversation, but they will have completely different priorities and communication styles as the discussion continues. Neither the Banker nor the Merchants are correct or incorrect. They simply see the conversation through the lens of their own CVI profile.

Because everyone sees the world through the lens of their CVI profile, anything that is outside of that perspective will require a certain amount of inner translation. At first this can be confusing or even frustrating, especially when they don't know much about profiles other than their own.

Those mature in their Core Values Index profile, and knowledgeable about how other profiles think and act and see the world, will be able to make that translation on the fly. Obtaining that knowledge of yourself and knowledge of others will be very powerful in your personal and professional life.

How your behavior is governed by your CVI profile

Your priorities and values, and the way you speak and act, are determined by your CVI profile. People view you and develop perceptions of you because of how you act. Your CVI profile determines your outward persona.

The most accurate way to witness your CVI psychometric profile in action is to reflect on how you instinctively respond to both positive and challenging situations in your daily life.

For example, let's assume you are asked to attend a business meeting and without notice or preparation, the meeting coordinator asks you to stand up and give a five minute presentation to the group on a subject you were familiar with a few years back.

Your response to this situation will be determined by your primary and secondary CVI profile. For example, if you are a Builder/Merchant, you would likely stand up confidently and begin speaking with authority and confidence, even if your facts and experience are a bit rusty. If you are a Banker/Innovator, you would probably ask to schedule your presentation for a later date, giving you time to research the topic in greater detail and prepare slides (probably a lot of them).

This is all assuming, of course, that you didn't pass out on the spot because of your overwhelming fear of public speaking. That is something most people share regardless of their CVI profile.

Every time you react instinctively to a situation, key components of your CVI profile are revealed. Thinking back on your life so far, you might be able to piece together clues about your personality's DNA to construct a very loose model of what your psychometric profile might be. Or, read your full CVI report and get the same information in a matter of minutes.

Tying it all together

If you can understand how you see yourself, you can more easily understand how you see others. You will also understand how others see you. These insights can dramatically improve how you achieve the goals and expectations you set for yourself, as well as radically increase your ability to navigate your personal and professional relationships.

Understanding that your behavior is governed and shaped by your psychometric profile is the third and final insight you gain when reading your Core Values Index report.

If you haven't yet taken the CVI, go to right now. It only takes 8 minutes to complete but the benefits will last a lifetime.

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 - Dir. Product Development, eRep, Inc.

Steve has a career in information technology and software development 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 motorcycle adventure touring and buzzing around the skies in his home-built flight simulator.