Emotions Profile Index (EPI)

The Emotions Profile Index is a personality test designed to yield information about certain basic personality traits and personality conflicts in an individual’s life. It reveals problem areas and provides the examiner with insights into the nature of the difficulties.

A circular profile is used to display the relative strengths of the basic personality traits. This profile allows the examiner to compare these traits, to see their relative importance for the individual, and to identify major conflicts between traits. The circular profile thus provides a concise, dynamic description of some of the major forces acting in the personality. A Bias score is included which indicates the subject’s tendency to describe himself in socially desirable or undesirable ways.

The EPI has been used in a variety of contexts. These include: clinics, mental hospitals, vocational guidance centers, classroom demonstrations, counseling and psychotherapy, diagnostic evaluations and research. The basic personality traits measured by the EPI may be described by the following sets of bipolar terms:

Timid vs.     Aggressive
Trustful vs.     Distrustful
Controlled vs.     Dyscontrol
Gregarious vs.     Depressed

The EPI is a 62 – item forced – choice test. It is composed of 12 trait items, which are paired in all possible combinations (four pairs are omitted because of a duplication of scoring of measurement categories).

The person taking the test is simply asked to indicate which of two paired words is more descriptive of him; for example, is he more shy or more gloomy? The choices are scored in terms of the emotions implied by the trait word; for example, shyness implies fear, while gloominess implies sadness.

Designed for adolescents and adults, the test provides norms based on 1,000 normal men and women. Data are also given for special groups. The test takes only 10 – 15 minutes to complete, and it can be hand scored in less than 5 minutes.

This is an excellent tool for counseling and guidance, therapy and diagnostic evaluations.