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POI Personal Orientation Inventory
by Everett L. Shostrom

Quick Facts

Range: High school, college and adults
Length: 150 items
Norms: College and adult
Administration Time: 30-45 minutes
Scoring Options: Hand-scoring with overlay keys or machine-scoring by ERAS Language: English, Spanish, French 

POI Personal Orientation Inventory ScalesThe POI Scales

  • Time Ratio
  • Support Ratio
  • Self-Actualizing Value
  • Existentiality
  • Feeling Reactivity
  • Spontaneity
  • Self-Regard
  • Self-Acceptance
  • Nature of Man
  • Synergy
  • Acceptance of Aggression
  • Capacity for Intimate Contact

Read further description of the POI Scales 

Assess the Attitudes and Behavior of Self-Actualizing Adults

The Personal Orientation Inventory (POI) measures the attitudes and values of normal to high-functioning adults in terms of the concept of "self-actualizing." When used in counseling or as a pre- and post-therapy measure, the POI provides a picture of an individual's level of positive mental health.

In addition to therapeutic applications, the POI is useful in research, as well as employee development and studies of consumer behavior.

New Norms Are Now Available for the POI

A new profile sheet is now available. These new norms are based on 242 individuals from 10 sites across the United States and Canada and consist of 77 female and 165 male college students.

Please specify whether you would like the new college profile sheet when you place your order or if you would like to incorporate this normative comparison group with your testing program. A subset of this sample with self-actualizing scores was selected to create the new Time and Support ratios that are currently reflected on the profile sheet.

POI Materials

Item Code & Quantity Price
Reusable Test Booklets POI-RBK-025
  • 28.75
Answer Sheets
  • 19.50
  • 191.75
Answer Sheets
(machine-scoring for
ERAS processing)
  • 19.25
  • 190.00
Profile Sheets
(for use with
answer sheets)
  • 16.75
  • 134.50
Hand-Scoring Stencils
(set of 14)
  • 57.50
Handbook for the POI
  • 31.25
Manual POI-MAN
  • 7.25
Specimen Set
(Manual and
one copy of all forms)
  • 12.00
(per examinee)
  • 1.90


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