Hartman Value Profile, Standard – Part 1

By Robert S. Hartman, Ph.D. and Mario Cardenas Trigos, M.D.


Each phrase on this profile represents something on which individuals may place different “values” (good or bad). You must rank them according to your 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.)

Position first in your list the phrase that represents the highest (most) value as far as you are concerned—that is, the one you feel is the best. Second in your list should be the phrase that represents the next best (second best) value

Rank and position each phrase according to the order or degree of its respective goodness or badness as you see it. The last item on your list should be the word or phrase that represents the lowest (least) value to you—that is, the one you feel is the worst.

Judge these items 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 ranking all the phrases in about ten to twelve minutes. You may begin.

The Robert S. Hartman Institute.

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

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