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For Counsellors and Trainers

Counselling is a supportive measure based primarily on communication, whereas training can creatively integrate a variety of exercises aimed at development and change. The PSI-Functional Analysis is an important tool at a change-relevant level that cannot be achieved by discourse and directive objectives. Changes usually take place unconsciously.

For Therapists

Therapists have many years of experience with PSI-Functional Analysis in psychotherapy. The PSSI (Kuhl & Kazén, 1997), published by Hogrefe, offers practical psychotherapists as well as psychotherapy researchers the opportunity to identify initial reactions or even indications of personality disorders for 20 years. The new DSM-5 requires not only a descriptive but also a function-analytical diagnosis of the disorders. Our instruments are ideally suited for these tasks.

For Human Resources Developers

Human resources developers are confronted with a wide range of tasks. Nowadays, qualified employees are motivated to develop their skills further. Many organisations also want to support this motivation in their own interest.

Customer Feedback

“In student coaching, TOP diagnostics has proven to be extremely useful as an introductory diagnostic tool prior to the coaching process. Thanks to this scientifically based test procedure, the coach recognises the cause of the respective learning and performance disorder and can work with clients more precisely on their wishes for change. Self-management competencies such as self-motivation, self-calming or the constructive handling of failure are specifically strengthened, and personality development is supported. The use of a before/after test can provide proof of the effectiveness of the coaching process. In this way, success can be made measurable and visible.”

“For us, the EOS analysis represents an ideal starting point and basis for trustworthy and appreciative processes in human resources and personality development. It is the only method known to us that can capture personality so individually. Based on the EOS analysis, we have been able to increase the efficiency of our coaching by approx. 50%, as it not only records individual resources but also clearly identifies the fields of action.”

“TOP Diagnostics goes far beyond the usual understanding of mental disorders; it is resource-oriented and opens up new, interesting and sustainably effective solutions that can be developed and implemented together with the patients”.

“I appreciate the PSI theory in my practice because it gives me a sort of compass. I can assess more accurately the mental state a client is in and adjust my approach accordingly”.

“In my practice for vocational guidance, study and career advice and coaching, I professionally accompany young people and adults in their professional and personal development. My aim is to discover, promote and develop their aptitude and interests, their development potential and to get to know their personality. My clients and I no longer want to do without this valuable diagnostic tool.”

“What I appreciate about TOP/EOS Diagnostics is the ability to reliably and holistically record the personality of my clients. In particular, the areas of personal competence, motives and their implementation offer me, as a professional career consultant, as well as my high-profile clients very valuable and helpful support in terms of shaping their future professional careers”.


Functional Analysis of Personality Based on PSI

IMPART means Institute for Motivation, Personality, Assessment, Research and Training. It is not merely a matter of personality diagnostics, but rather, as the abbreviation EOS development-oriented scanning (Entwicklungsorientiertes Scanning) suggests, of the functional analysis of development opportunities.

Here, functional analysis means looking at the interaction and dynamics of a person’s interpersonal systems regardless of descriptions of features and contents. This approach is unique among personality analyses. The functional analysis refers to seven levels of personality as described in detail in the PSI-Theory (Kuhl, 2001).

The core modules of PSI-personality analysis consist of

  • Self-management (SSI)
  • Action orientation (HAKEMP)
  • Conscious motives and implementation of motives (MUT)
  • Unconscious motives and implementation of motives (OMT)

Extension modules are

  • Personal styles and personality disorders under

    – Relaxed conditions (PSSI)
    – Under stress and strain (SEKS)

  • Disorders (BES)
  • Aware of condition

    – Currently (BE1)
    – Continually (BEF 2)

  • Unaware of condition (IMPAF)

Services Provided

Seminars and Functional Analysis

IMPART will show you various possibilities to combine the PSI-Functional Analysis with your practice and your everyday professional life.

IMPART offers training and professional development for trainers, counsellors, coaches and therapists. The aim of these formats is to initiate and support sustainable changes and developments on the basis of the PSI-Theory. IMPART also offers various types of personality analyses:

TOP means training and therapy accompanying Osnabrück personality analysis (Trainings- und Therapiebegleitende Osnabrücker Persönlichkeitsanalyse) and EOS means development-oriented scanning (Entwicklungsorientiertes Scanning). Both variants work with the same test modules but make use of different graphical display modes.



As the meaning of the abbreviation PSI suggests, it is not the structures of personality as such that are relevant, but the dynamics that unfold between the structures. Personality can be envisioned as a multi-level architectural model in which no level and no system acts on its own, but everything is connected to everything else and, above all, interacts reciprocally. These interactions can be fruitful and promote development, but they can also block or develop an undesirable momentum of their own. An example of this would be the emergence of a negative mood, which promotes the perception of discrepancies and which, in turn, has a negative effect on the mood.

PSI-Theory also offers robust explanations and shows ways to change such circular interactions. PSI stands for a holistic view of personality, opening up a meta-perspective that is neuropsychologically sound and shows change-relevant dynamics.

Seminars and Events

The number of our seminars grows with their increasing demand and we therefore adapt our offers accordingly! We differentiate between licensing seminars and further training courses in the field of PSI, coaching, training, therapy and counselling, some of which we conduct with proven cooperation partners from our network.

The IMPART BIENNIAL has become a special highlight, offering networking and inspiration every two years by top-class lectures.

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