The Reiss Motivation Profile®
Developed by the brilliant Dr. Steven Reiss (1947-2016), the Reiss Motivation Profile® (RMP) is the first scientific test that provides a concrete, detailed image of a person’s individual basic desires, motives, and values.
The online test of 128 multiple-choice questions (takes about 15 minutes) produces a one-page visual graph and a detailed report. The RMP is capable of producing several billion variations that, unlike similar psychological tests that merely categorize behavior, provides a personality profile as unique as your own fingerprint!
The RMP is the only personality test that meets the five criteria of scientific validity for Construct Validity, Measurement Reliability, Social Desirability, Concurrent Validity, and Criterion Validity.
Read why Reiss Profiling® outperforms other personality-typing assessments.
Reiss Profiling vs Personality-typing
The RMP is a powerful tool for leaders, managers, coaches, teachers, counselors, therapists, and facilitators of all types. Not to be confused with popular personality tests that merely stereotype behavior, (like MBTI, DiSC, StrengthFinder, and many others), Reiss Profiling is scientifically-derived and validated.
Point of Difference
It is important to note the most significant and profound difference between them is that personality-typing is limited to understanding How people behave differently whereas Reiss-profiling explains Why people behave as they do, which provides the most accurate means of predicting their future behavior.
What scientific praise or criticisms exist for both assessments?
MBTI fares poorly against essential scientific criteria. Many behavioral scientists have questioned the validity of the MBTI. The tool has been negatively evaluated by both the US Army and by the Education Testing Service. The main problem is the lack of evidence for the 16 personality types the MBTI is supposed to assess. Some of the 16 types may not exist.
In contrast, the RMP is the first scientifically valid personality assessment tool that meets the standards of scientific criteria in Construct Validity, Measurement Reliability, Social Desirability, Concurrent Validity, and Criterion Validity.
How do the assessments deal with individuality and avoid stereotyping?
Because MBTI classifies people into types, inaccuracies occur because peoples’ behavior
In contrast, the remarkably accurate RMP is capable of producing over 2 trillion outcomes and delivers a detailed personality profile as unique as a fingerprint. By the nature of its concept and design, the RMP is an exercise in individualism fully capable of managing the range of human individuality.
Have the assessments been scientifically validated by independent researchers?
In 3 studies, the Reiss Profile was shown to possess good test-retest and internal reliability and concurrent and criterion validity. Ten independent samples of adults (n = 764) and a comparison group (n = 737) participated in these studies. How people self-reported their trait motives correlated with how they behaved in the “real world.” The Reiss Profile can be used to study motivational traits.
Dr. Reiss videos on YouTube here
Steven Reiss New Method 4:03
Steven Reiss 16 Desires 8:33
Dr. Steven Reiss On His New Book 3:27
Three Pillars of the Reiss Profile®
Walkthrough of the Reiss Motivation Profile – Agile People Sweden
Steven Reiss Religion 7:57
Reiss Motivation Profile in Sports 7:53
The Normal Personality intro Steven Reiss
More on RMP Science here
November 2, 2015 radio interview with Ann Fisher on WOSU (89.7 FM) discussing Professor Steven Reiss’s new book, The 16 Strivings for God: The New Psychology of Religious Experiences. Click here to listen.
Professor Steven Reiss reviews the new scientific methodology he used to discover what makes people tick. Click here to view.
Professor Steven Reiss explains in detail each of the 16 basic desires of human nature. Click here to view.
Professor Reiss discusses what motivates spirituality and why some people find meaning in religion. Click here to view.
Professor Steven Reiss’s address, “Three Pillars of the Reiss Profile®,” presented to the World Society of Motivation Scientists and Professionals, October 5, 2011 in Vienna, Austria. Click here to view.
Scientific Articles You Can Download
Froiland, J. M., Mayor, P., & Herlevi, M. (2015). Motives emanating from personality associated with achievement in a Finnish senior high school: Physical activity, curiosity, and family motives. School Psychology International. (Click here to download.)
Havercamp, S. M., & Reiss, S. (2003). A comprehensive assessment of human strivings: Test-retest reliability and validity of the Reiss Profile. Journal of Personality Assessment, 81, 123-132. (Click here to download.)
Reiss, S. (2009). Six motivational reasons for low school achievement. Child and Youth Care Forum, 38, 219-225. (Click here to download.)
Reiss, S. (2004). Multifaceted nature of intrinsic motivation: The theory of 16 basic desires. Review of General Psychology, 8, 179-193. (Click here to download.)
Reiss, S., Wiltz, J., & Sherman, M. (2001). Trait motivational correlates of athleticism. Personality and Individual Differences, 30, 1139-1145. (Click here to download.)
Other Scholarly Articles
Engel, G., Olson, K.R., & Patrick, C. (2002). The personality of love: Fundamental motives and traits related to components of love. Personality and Individual Differences, 32, 839-853.
Froiland, J.M. (2011). Parental autonomy support and student learning goals: A preliminary examination of an intrinsic motivation intervention. Child and Youth Care Forum, 40, 135-149.
Mengel, T. (2012). Leading with “emotional” intelligence – Existential and motivational analysis in leadership and leadership development.Journal on Educational Psychology, 5, 17-25.
Olson, K. R. (2007). Research on fundamental motives. In L. Brown (Ed.), Psychology of Motivation. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, 1-3.
Olson, K.R., & Chapin, B. (2007). Relations of fundamental motives and psychological needs to well-being and intrinsic motivation. In P. Zelick (Ed.), Issues in the Psychology of Motivation. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, 232-243.
Olson, K.R., & Weber, D. (2004). Relations between Big Five traits and fundamental motives. Psychological Reports, 97, 795-802.
Reiss, S. (2005). Extrinsic and intrinsic motivation at 30: Unresolved scientific issues. Behavior Analyst, 28, 1-14.
Reiss, S. (2004). The 16 strivings for God. Zygon, 39, 303-320.
Reiss, S. (2000). Why people turn to religion: A motivational analysis. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 39, 47-52.
Reiss, S., & Havercamp, S. M. (2005). Motivation in a development context: A new method of studying self-actualization. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 45, 41-53.
Reiss, S., & Havercamp, S. M. (1998). Toward a comprehensive assessment of fundamental motivation. Psychological Assessment, 10, 97-106.
Reiss, S., & McNally, R.J. (1985). Expectancy model of fear. In S. Reiss and R.R. Bootzin (Eds.), Theoretical Issues in Behavior Therapy. New York: Academic Press, 107-121.
Reiss, S., Peterson, R.A., Gursky, D.M., & McNally, R.J. (1986). Anxiety sensitivity, anxiety frequency, and the prediction of fearfulness. Behavior Research and Therapy, 24, 1-8.
Reiss, S., & Reiss, M. (2004) Curiosity and mental retardation: Beyond IQ. Mental Retardation, 42, 77-81.
Reiss, S., & Sushinsky, L.W. (1975). Overjustification, competing responses, and the acquisition of intrinsic interest. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 31, 1116-1125.
Reiss, S., & Wiltz, J. (2004). Why people watch reality TV. Media Psychology, 6, 363-378.
Wiltz, J., & Reiss, S. (2003). Compatibility of housemates with mental retardation. American Journal of Mental Retardation, 108, 173-180.
Reiss, S. (2015). The 16 Strivings for God: The New Psychology of Religious Experiences. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press. (Click here for ordering information)
Reiss, S. (2013). The Reiss Motivation Profile: What Motivates You? Worthington, OH: IDS Publishing Corporation. (Available from www.idspublishing.com)
Reiss, S. (2013). Myths of Intrinsic Motivation. Worthington, OH: IDS Publishing Corporation. (Available from www.idspublishing.com)
Reiss, S. (2010). Human Needs and Intellectual Disabilities: Applications for Person Centered Planning, Dual Diagnosis, and Crisis Intervention. Kingston, NY: NADD. (Available from www.thenadd.org)
Reiss, S. (2008). The Normal Personality: A New Way of Thinking about People. New York: Cambridge University Press. (Available from www.amazon.com)
Reiss, S. (2000). Who Am I? The 16 Basic Desires That Motivate Our Actions and Define Our Personalities. New York: Tarcher/Putnam. (Available from www.amazon.com)
Mayor, P., & Risku, M. (2015). Opas Yksilolliseen Motivointiin: 16 Perustarvetta Johtamisen Apuna. Helsinki, Finland: Talentum.
German-Language Books (Available from www.amazon.com)
Brand, M., & Ion, F. K. (2011). Die 16 Lebensmotive in der Praxis: Das Reiss Profile in Training, Coaching und Beratung. (Taschenbuch – September 2011).
Ion, F. K., & Brand, M. (2009). Motivorientiertes Führen: Führen auf Basis der 16 Lebensmotive nach Steven Reiss.
Ion, F. K., & Brand, M. (2008). 30 Minuten für mehr Work-Life-Balance durch die 16 Lebensmotive.
Reiss, S. (2009) Wer bin ich und was will ich wirklich?: Mit dem Reiss-Profile die 16 Lebensmotive erkennen und nutzen.
Reiss, S. (2009). Das Reiss Profile: Die 16 Lebensmotive. Welche Werte und Bedürfnisse unserem Verhalten zugrunde liegen von Steven Reiss.
Reyss. A., & Birkhahn, T. (2009). Kraftquellen des Erfolgs – Das Reiss Profile Praxisbuch. Worauf es im Leben wirklich ankommt und wie Sie die 16 Lebensmotive im Alltag nutzen von Neu kaufen.