Hartman Value Profile


When an individual is looking for new results . . .  understanding and changing one’s thinking is the key to continuous learning and improvement. We know that the process of creation is brought about by 1st our thoughts, 2nd our words and 3rd our actions. The Hartman Value Profile gives us a mirror image of our thinking with the accuracy of a thermometer. It is like an MRI of our thinking process.

This profile is an instrument that came about as a result of Robert Hartman’s development of the Science of Axiology.

Using the profile in coaching situations


The coaching process is a powerful conversation, between coach and client. Coaching is a partnership to facilitate the client’s forward movement. Often in a coaching conversation and relationship, shifts occur in a client’s thinking. Those shifts facilitate the client’s ability to proceed with new actions.

In my own experience, coaching since 1994 and using the Hartman Value Profile since 1999, I find that I am a more capable, confident coach using the results of the profile. These results help me to focus my coaching. The profile results tell me why my client does what he does, why he makes decisions in the manner he does.

With this information I know what my client’s strengths are and also where his blind spots are. I am now equipped to feedback to the client, how he is thinking and why his results are what they are. This kind of feedback allows for the client’s greater understanding and acceptance of himself. It also creates potential for more shifts in thinking. There is no good or bad in the profile, just the mirror of where the client has his attention.

As I mentioned the profile is a result of the Science of Axiology. Axiology is the science of value. The word ‘axiology’, is derived from two Greek roots ‘axios’ (worth or value) and ‘logos’ (logic or theory), meaning the theory of value. The development of the science makes possible the objective measurement of value as accurately as a thermometer measures heat. Validity studies are available.

Dr Robert Hartman


The quest for a science of value originated with early Greek philosophers and culminated with the work of Dr. Robert S. Hartman. Dr. Hartman was born in Germany in 1910. Facing the inhumanity accompanying Hitler’s rise to power in pre-war Germany, he envisioned a science which could organize “good” as effectively as the Nazis organized “evil.” Dr. Hartman dedicated his life to the realization of this vision, and after years of research, created a new mathematical system which successfully orders the values of our everyday experiences.

Axiology has many benefits. It generates new knowledge about the everyday world and creates a frame of reference which provides a new way of looking at ourselves and our environment. What’s even more important is the knowledge axiology provides is objective and independent of any one observer.

Mastering a number of languages and dialects, Dr. Hartman collected instances of the meaning of “good.” He examined these instances to find out what was similar and different. He studied the theories and systems of value from Plato to our present day.

Dr. Hartman’s discovery has a multitude of applications in fields as far ranging as psychology, sociology, psychiatry, law, theology, political science, finance, and decision theory. Even though Dr. Hartman died in 1973, his work, both on a theoretical and practical level, has been carried on in the United States, parts of Europe, and Mexico. He laid the foundation for axiology, value science, and, in so doing, began a revolution in thinking which is just now beginning to emerge.

Our vulnerability arises from one of our greatest assets – our uniqueness as individuals. We see the world from our own perspective, based on what we believe is important. We pay attention to some things and leave others out. We see in different ways, using different tools. We often see the same things in different ways. Our decisions are uniquely our own and are based on our interpretations and perceptions of what we see. These interpretations can differ. They often will be different from those of others and they can also be inaccurate.

Dr. Hartman created the profile which measures the general ability to see world values and self values (The Hartman Value Profile).

What the Profile Measures


The Hartman Value profile measures Intrinsic Value which in a person’s world view we label empathy and in a person’s self view we label self esteem.

Empathy is defined as the ability to see and appreciate the inner worth of others; to see and accept others as they are without placing any stipulations or expectations on them.

Self Esteem is defined as the ability to see and appreciate one’s inner worth and unique individuality; to be authentic, honest and sincere; to clearly see and realistically appreciate one’s strengths and limitations.

The profile also measures Extrinsic Value which in the world view is defined as practical judgment and in the self view as role awareness.

Practical Judgment is the ability to see and appreciate practical, common sense thinking, concrete functional and material values; concrete organization; comparative thinking: the ability to see the worth of social organization and expectations and norms; as well as street sense.

Role Awareness is the ability to see and appreciate one’s place and function in society; to feel that one is serving a useful function, is contributing; to feel confident either that one can or is performing; and to feel a sense of satisfaction with one’s actions.

Additionally the profile measures Systemic Value defined as system judgment in the world view and as self direction in the self view.

System Judgment is the ability to see and appreciate system, order, structure, conformity and authority; conceptual, analytical or structured thinking, organizing and planning; rules, regulations, organizational principles and guidelines.

Self Direction is the ability to see and appreciate inner ideas and inner thought; to feel a sense of duty, loyalty and commitment to what one believes is right; to have a clear sense of self direction; to be persistent. Samples of reports.