If you feel nervous, dissatisfied or unhappy, it is very likely that your needs are not satisfied.

RMP is, in a sense, a measure of life satisfaction, or a list of factors required for us to feel happy. If we find out what they are, we will know what specifically stimulates us to take action and what makes us happy.

The RMP method was developed in 1998 by Professor Steven Reiss, an expert in psychiatry and clinical psychology at Ohio State University. The main assumption was to reach out to the internal motivation determining the way each person acts and thinks. For this reason, Professor Reiss, using modern theories of psychology of mo-tivation, selected 500 factors influencing motivation and the achievement of goals in people. His research team sent out questionnaires to 25000 people living on 4 conti-nents, asking them to mark the motivations that steer them. After several years of research, computer screenings and in-depth interviews, Professor Reiss’ team finally arrived at a list of 16 universal motives, typical to the entire human population. He then developed questions verifying these areas, or desires, as accurately as possible (a scale from -2 to +2 was adopted). The answers to the RMP questions allow us to calculate to what extent we should realize a given desire (motive) in order to achieve fulfilment.

If you want to get to know your algorithm of fulfilment, all you need to do is answer 128 questions on a seven-step scale. The result is the essence of your abilities, pre-dispositions, ways of thinking and acting. It also indicates to the personal hierarchy of values of a given person, and through which values this person filters reality.

16 motywatorów RMP

Motywatory życiowe to uniwersalne, potwierdzone naukowo impulsy, które motywują do działania i określają indywidualną osobowość. Ich uniwersalność oznacza to, że motywują one wszystkich ludzi. Każdy z nas w większym lub mniejszym stopniu jest motywowany przez wszystkie 16 motywatorów, ale w innym natężeniu.


is a scale of ambition, the need to have impact on the surroundings, a measure of responsibility; it indicates which is more important: leadership or providing services and performing tasks.


Harmony or competing with others? Indicates the need for competition and retaliation


Shows a great role played by a tidy surroundings and clear rules.


A measure of self-confidence; shows how important the acceptance of others is to us or in which situations we are able to calmly go without it.


Indicates how important it is for us to start our own family, care for our loved ones, having children; it sets out the parameters of patience


An indicator of aesthetic sensitivity, innovation, creativity and sensuality.


Indicates the preference to be a member of an elite group or the absence of such desire.


Indicates how emotional stabilization and safety affects our life satisfaction.


Indicates how much loyalty to principles we have.


Informs of how important it is to gather and possess things.


makes us aware of the purpose for which we gain knowledge and why we want to learn.

Physical activity

Indicates to what extent physical exercise influences our fulfilment.


Informs whether we need mental closeness with others; is a measure of human rela-tionships and connections.

Social Contact

determines whether we need other people in life or if we prefer to function alone.


Indicates to what extent food is just a biological necessity or whether it is pure pleas-ure.


An indicator of engagement into social matters and pro bono activity.

What does the RMP look like?

Reiss Motivation Profile is an assessment presenting the unconscious aspects of internal human motivation in an accessible and illustrative way.

The result is displayed in the form of a graph as a unique, individual combination – the inner spine of our life, consisting of 16 desires pursued to a different extent.

The graph uses different colours to highlight the difference in the intensity of motives:

  • low value (from -2.00 to -0.80)
  • average value (from -0.79 to +0.79)
  • high value (from +0.79 to +2.00)

Most people achieve results ranging from -0.79 to +0.79 (marked with yellow in the graph) for the majority of the motivators. Results marked in the graph with blue and navy are less frequent and therefore more characteristic If we find them in our graph, they definitely are the stimuli for our motivation.

A Sample Report

Would you like to view a sample report? Click here to see what information is con-tained in one of the available versions of the report (an individual report).


12 reasons why RMP is a reliable tool

Motivation psychology defines the personality of an adult as a set of habits acquired in order to satisfy one’s intrinsic psychological needs, values and ambitions.

The 16 Reiss motivators are a comprehensive list of areas specific to each individual. Each of us is motivated by the same set of needs, but we want to pursue them to a different extent, depending on what our mind needs.


RMP is the first psychometric tool to assess a person’s intrinsic motivation.


RMP is the only motivation survey in the world based on scientific methods. Empirical research was conducted by a team conducted by Prof. S. Reiss from Ohio State University. Publications.


The reliability of the 16 RMP measurement scales is between 0.69 and 0.88. „The reliability and validity results”.


The internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha) of the 16 RMP measurement scales varies from 0.71 to 0.92.


The Polish version of the RMP questionnaire was prepared based on answers given by 2100 respondents.


RMP is not vulnerable to social desirability bias, that is a measure of how much the test subjects are able to influence their results (the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale - MCSDS < 3%).


The RMP test includes a so-called confirmation scale, which is basically a de-ception scale.


The RMP only describes individuals – it does not group, categorize or intro-duce typologies. A number of potential motive combinations ex-ceeds1,000,000,000.


The RMP does not describe behaviours. It only examines why and how they happen.


RMP allows you to learn about your natural predispositions and potential re-sulting from your individual system of values.


RMP describes which motivators and values are important to the people you work with, which allows you to select individual, most effective methods and tools of motivation.


The RMP report presents its results in a simple and easy to interpret way.

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Your Benefits

Benefits to Organizations:

Managers receive reliable and accurate information about individual employees and entire teams. This allows them to regulate the level of commitment in order to achieve the expected results.

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Benefits to Individuals (Every Person)

Anyone who got to know their motivational profile (their values, need and potential) is able to understand themselves and other people better. This allows them to plan their actions in order to achieve happiness and fulfilment in professional, private and rela-tional life.

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Benefits to the Youth

RMP may prove useful to young people making one of the most important decisions in their life – the choice of education and profession. It allows them to plan their life path based on their intrinsic potential.

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