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Assessment Information

We would like to introduce you to Krystallos Pro, our practitioners interface to be used in conjunction with Krystallos, a mobile app designed to help people identify their core values.    Krystallos is based on Shalom H Schwartz’s theory of Basic Human Values. Schwartz’s theory claims that humans have ten distinct values that are universal across cultures and provide the motivation for human behavior. 


The amount of time to get to know a client can be daunting to both parties.  It is an imperative process which can make or break the relationship.  It is also a time when trust is built between client and practitioner.  Taking a client history can provide a significant insight into what has shaped a person, it does not identify how they have internalized those experiences.  It also does not reflect future goals or current road blocks. 


The purpose of this assessment is to determine if this tool provides the appropriate insight to help shorten the rapport building process and give information to the practitioner to better build an action plan.  Our focus is on the user experience along with the information gained by the client completing the Humanistic Tree Approach.


For the Purpose of this assessment the following questions are addressed:


1. Is the user interface suitable for practitioners?  Does it provide the appropriate information in a way that is easy to use and beneficial to a practitioner?

2. Does the information gained help the practitioner get to know the client easier?

3. Does the practitioner find it easier to build trust with the client using this information?

4. Is the information gained adequate and applicable to building action plans for the client?


As part of this assessment, we include our hypothesis:

1. by identifying and structuring a person’s core values into a hierarchical framework, we can improve the building rapport process between practitioner and client.

2. by creating the hierarchical structure for the individual we can highlight actions to improve quality of life.

Definition of Terms

Humanistic Tree Approach- the process developed by Kaleidoscope Axiom used to create the Humanistic Tree

Humanistic Tree- The output, mind map framework created by the Humanistic Approach

Values-  broad motivational goals, stable standards by which we evaluate everything else, including the appropriateness of any norms, attitudes, traits, or virtues that may be suggested to us. [1]

Practitioner- Professional providing services such as guidance, psychotherapy, counselling or coaching to an individual or group.




Theoretical Foundation

Our hypothesis is based on Schwartz’s Theory of Basic Values.  In his theory Schwartz identifies ten values that cross culture lines. He further identifies them as Universal Values based on

“they are grounded in one or more of three universal requirements of human existence with which they help to cope. These requirements are needs of individuals as biological organisms, requisites of coordinated social interaction, and survival and welfare needs of groups.”[1]


The theory specifies six main features of all values, a concept widely accepted by many theorists. These six features are as follows:[2]

1)    Values are beliefs linked to emotion.  When a value is engaged it invokes an emotional response.

2)    Values relate to goals which motivate action.   

3)    Values are not limited to specific actions or situations. 

4)    Values are the standards and criteria we use to evaluate our surroundings

5)    Values are structured in a hierarchy

6)    That hierarchy and relationship to one another determines and guides action.


Schwartz further classifies these values into four dimensions; self-transcendence, openness to change, conservation and self enhancement.  These dimensions identify conflict and congruency within how a person structures their values. To help provide insight into a person’s motivation for behavior, Schwartz also classifies a person’s results into one of the following four categories; personal focus, social focus, anxiety free growth or anxiety-avoidance for self-protection. 


These dimensions have also been linked to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. [3]  Studies have found relationship between these dimensions and deficiency needs/self-actualization needs.


[1]An Overview of the Schwartz Theory of Basic Values (pg4) Https://

[2] An Overview of the Schwartz Theory of Basic Values (pg4) Https://

[3] Needs and Values: An Exploration,AuthorSort%20asc&sr=1









We are seeking practitioners who would be willing to use this tool within their practice with 5-10 of their clients.   As a participant you would have:

·      Free access to Krystallos Pro, a web-based interface

·      The ability to personalize the interface

·      Your clients would have free access to the mobile app version of Krystallos

Participation would require completion of a bi-monthly short questionnaire.  You will have access to Krystallos Pro for as long as you are actively participating in our assessment


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