Hartman Value Profile Original Part 1

By Robert S. Hartman, Ph.D. and Mario Cardenas Trigos, M.D.
On the right you will find 18 words or phrases. Each of these phrases (or words) represents something on which individuals may place different “values” (good or bad)—depending on their own feelings about how good or bad it is.

Read all the phrases carefully. (If there is a word you do not understand, ask what it means.)

Write the number “1” in the circle in front of the phrase which represents the highest (most) value as far as you are concerned—that is, the one you feel is the best.

Write the number “2” in front of the phrase which represents the next best (second best) value.

Number all of the phrases in the same way, to show the order of their respective values to you. Use a different number for each of the 18 phrases (3, 4, 5 and so on). The number “18” should be in front of the word or phrase that represents the lowest (least) value to you—that is, the one you feel is the worst.

Do not judge the expressions by the importance but only by the goodness or badness of their content.

Decide quickly how you feel about each of the phrases. There is no time limit, but most people are able to complete numbering all the phrases in about ten to twelve minutes. You may begin.

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A good meal

A technical improvement


A fine

A rubbish heap

A devoted scientist

Blow up an airliner in flight

Burn a heretic at the stake

A short-circuit

“With this ring, I thee wed”

A baby

Torture a person in a concentration camp

Love of nature

A madman

An assembly line


A mathematical genius

A uniform

After you have finished, please CHECK to make sure that you have used all the numbers from 1 through 18, with repeating any. (Start with number 1 and find each number up through 18).

Cross out numbers used: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18.
Continue to Part II.

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