Understanding IndigoPathway: Motivators

All the Motivators

IndigoPathway measures 6 motivators.  It is based on the work of Drs. Eduard Spranger and Gordon Allport in their study of human value, motivation and drive. Motivators describe why people do things. For example, Aesthetic indicates a desire for harmony and beauty.  In comparison, Theoretical describes those who learn for the sake of knowledge.  Motivators correlate with career choice, college major selection, and finding fulfilling activities.

IndigoPathway measures six motivators:

  • Aesthetic – Desire for form, harmony, balance, or beauty.
  • Individualistic – Desire for independence, visibility, rank, or power.
  • Social – Desire to help others or solve society’s problems.
  • Theoretical – Desire to learn for the sake of knowledge.
  • Traditional – Desire to live by a personal set of principles, standards, or beliefs.
  • Utilitarian – Desire for a return on investment of time, energy, or money.

How Are You Motivated?

The What Motivates You tab of your IndigoPathway results ranks your relative passion for each of the six motivators. Your highest motivator is on the left and your lowest on the right.  This page ranks your results in order from the most important to the least important to you, with the 1st being the motivator with your highest score and the 6th being the motivator with your lowest score. The motivator score is a number between 1 and 100, listed below the icon.

First, look at your ranking (ranking is the order in which they appear). Whether the numerical score is very high or around average, the top two are the most important. Additionally, if the third motivator is high, it is generally worth thinking about.

Next, notice where your score is close to 0 or 100. This reveals areas where your scores may be outside the mainstream and could lead to passion or conflict.

The further a score rises above mainstream, the more you may feel passionate about that motivator. If you have very high scores, think about how they might stand out in your life and how you can use your passion in practical ways. 

The lower your score is, the more negative you probably feel about that motivator. Essentially, this is a “de-motivator”. What turns you “off” is just as valuable to notice as what gets you jazzed. It can sometimes explain why some people don’t like certain activities or can’t get along with people who opposite results.

If you want to take the IndigoPathway survey, go to indigopathway.com/survey
For more information, visit indigopathway.com 

Related Articles


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *