Spranger’s 6 Values

There are six values, first defined by psychologist Eduard Spranger, that we all have in varying degrees. They are:

  1. Theoretical (passion for knowledge: These people take an analytical approach to solving problems and believe decisions must be rationally justified.
  2. Utilitarian (passion for money and what is useful)
  3. Aesthetic (passion for beauty, balance, and harmony): These people value the artistic episodes of life and tend to make emotional decisions, based on the way they feel.
  4. Social (passion for service to others)
  5. Individualistic (passion for power and control)
  6. Traditional (passion for finding the highest meaning in life)

Your top two values are what drive you and must be fulfilled for you to achieve happiness in life.

If your top value is someone else’s lowest value, you’re going to have misunderstandings and conflict with that person, because "we don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are." If you can appreciate that values are neither good nor bad – just different, it can help you appreciate other’s point of view and resolve differences.

Source: Annette Estes http://www.buzzle.com/articles/why-people-feel-the-way-they-do.html


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