Regulatory: The 7 Dimensions of Value and Motivation

by | Values Assessment

Dr. Eduard Spranger and Dr. Gordon Allport both conducted research in the value structures that govern people’s lives. Innermetrix has adjusted their original theories to resonate more with current populations. This post will introduce the Regulatory value system.

Someone possessing a high regulatory drive is characterized by a strong adherence to structure, order, and routine. They have an affinity for rules and regulations and strive to maintain discipline, organization, and control in all areas of their lives.

The overriding behavioral traits that are exhibited with this value are conscientiousness, responsibility, and a strong sense of duty. If they commit to something, you can be assured nothing will get in their way until it is complete. They are often meticulous and enjoy well-defined procedures and guidelines. They thrive when given clear instructions and feel a sense of security when they can complete those instructions with accuracy.

Those with high scores in the regulatory category usually gravitate to roles where adherence to rules is important, such as law enforcement, quality, finances, and the sciences. All of these are areas where strict observation of structure and norms are required for success.

High regulatory values can be seen in their strong sense of conviction that the rules and structure provide solace and consistency. You can see their belief in their purpose when they are free to navigate within perceived boundaries. While you may feel this view is restrictive and rigid, folks with high regulatory values find this type of structure comforting.

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