RMP is a scientific method
of measuring intrinsic motivation

Reiss Motivation Profile® is the first online psychometric tool that shows precisely what drives a person and influences their behaviour.

It diagnoses unconscious internal needs, that is, motivators that influence your everyday behaviours and decisions. Once satisfied, they allow you to achieve full professional effectiveness and personal happiness. If you feel demotivated or burnt-out, it is highly probable that your motivators are not satisfied.

What is the RMP study?

The RMP measures the key motivators that govern people’s professional and personal decisions. Anyone who wants to find out their RMP motivation profile fills in an online form with 128 statements. It takes just 25mins and the result is generated automatically.

After filling in the form, you receive a report with your strengths, development tips and a number of other pieces of information which are important for your professional and private life:

  • What is the best working environment for you?
  • What objectives will motivate you?
  • What is your strongest driving force?
  • How are you perceived by other people?
  • What are your values?
  • What is your comfort zone?
  • How to achieve FLOW?

You discuss the results during an individual development session with a certified RMP Master who helps you understand what affects your behaviour the most and why and helps you decide about what to do next.

This is what the RMP
looks like:

It is clear and simple. It shows your intrinsic motivation in the form of a chart. It is a unique combination of 16 needs with varying intensity.

The RMP Profile

Colours indicate the intensity of the need: orange is neutral, dark blue means high intensity and light blue – low intensity of the need. At the same time, the closer to the right or left side, the more the motivators affect a person’s behaviour.

small need

(-2.00 to -0.80)

neutral need

(-0,79 to +0,79)

large need

(+0,80 to +2,00)

We focus on the blue needs, because they drive people to act and affect their behaviour most.

16 needs that all people share to varying degrees



the desire for influence
of will


the desire for self-reliance


the desire for understanding


the desire for positive self-regard


the desire for structure and stability


the desire to collect things


the desire for upright character


the desire for social justice

Social Contact

the desire for companionship with peers


the desire to raise children and spend time with siblings


the desire for respect
based on social standing


the desire to confront those who frustrate or offend us


the desire for aesthetic experiences


the desire to consume food

Physical Activity

the desire for muscle exercise


the desire to avoid experiencing anxiety and pain

6 reasons why RMP a reliable tool

The RMP presents a taxonomy of 16 basic human needs. It is an innovative and unique complex psychological tool studying motivation that meets all five scientific criteria of psychometric studies: validity, reliability, standardisation, objectivity and normalisation.

Crucially, the RMP motivation profile is relatively stable over time, which means that it can only change to a limited degree. You are born with these needs and over time they crystalise through influence from your parents, surroundings, and life experience:

1. The Reiss Motivation Profile® is the first online diagnostic tool that discovers intrinsic human motivation in a simple way.

2. The Reiss Motivation Profile® is the only scientific method of studying intrinsic motivation. The RMP test was developed on the basis of empirical research conducted by Professor Steven Reiss’ team at the Ohio State University. The results have appeared in 17 expert publications, including three in prestigious APA Journals.

3. The Reiss Motivation Profile’s® reliability and stability over time has been confirmed by four weeks of reliability studies and test-retests. The reliability assessment of all 16 measurement scales varies between 0.69 and 0.88. The Alfa Cronbach internal consistency varies between 0.71 and 0.92. Values above 0.7 indicate that the scale has good psychometric characteristics. You can find out more about the method and test-retest in scientific publications by Professor Steven Reiss.

4. The method is not sensitive to the “social adjustment” effect, that is, distorting responses on purpose in order to influence the result and obtain desired answers. This is measured by the Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale (MCSDS) and amounts to less than 3%, which is very low.

5. The Reiss Motivation Profile® describes human individuality. It does not group, categorise nor introduce any personality typology. There are > 6,000,000 > possible combinations of motivators.

6. As opposed to personality tests the Reiss Motivation Profile® does not describe or evaluate behaviours. It studies why and how they happen. The RMP helps identify our natural predispositions and potentials which result from an individual value system.

Do you want to find out more about the RMP?

The RMP in scientific publications

Do you want to learn about the scientific basis for the RMP? Do you like reading scientific studies? You can find publications and articles here.

RMP for business

On the basis of the RMP, we have prepared an innovative development program - Management by Individualization - which allows clients to achieve business objectives faster. This is possible thanks to an individual approach to people.

Companies and organisations which implement the Management by Individualization know exactly how to talk to, communicate with and motivate employees and make it natural for them to support the development functioning of the company.

The RMP for trainers, coaches, managers and HR

Reiss Motivation Profile® is a powerful tool for raising awareness, but also building precise processes that allow customers or employees to achieve goals while maintaining deep commitment and high productivity. All this in accordance with individual needs, i.e. without fear of discouragement, burnout or frustration.

RMP Master certification is the only development programme of this type prepared by practitioners, for practitioners. The certification process covers a several stages and is focused on the practical application of the tool.

The RMP for individuals and couples

People who know their motivation profile know how to act to be in harmony with themselves and better communicate with others.

The RMP for young people

If you get to know your motivation profile before you choose your university or profession, you will be able plan you career in a more conscious way, on your terms.

Spoken testimonies about the RMP

A short history of the Reiss Motivation Profile®

In 1998 Professor Steven Reiss, a recognised expert in psychiatry and clinic psychology from the Ohio University developed the RMP method. The main objective was to scientifically understand human motivation, that is, the intrinsic motivators which influence people’s thinking and behaviour.

Using contemporary theories of motivation psychology, Reiss selected 500 factors which influence motivation and goal attainment. His scientific team sent surveys to 25,000 people on four continents, asking them to specify their motivations.

After a few years of studies, computer assisted analyses of results and in-depth interviews, Professor Reiss’s team ended up with 16 motivators that are appropriate for the whole global population. Next, questions were developed to verify these needs/motivators as precisely as possible. This is how Reiss’s motivation profile was created. In 2014, we brought the RMP method to Poland.

Profesor Steven Reiss autor Reiss Motivation Profile