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The Personal Orientation Inventory (POI) is a Nonprojective personality measure. It was developed by E. L. Shostrom and published in (1964) to measure the attitudes and values relating to the construct of self actualization.

Internal reliabilityEdit

There seems to be some reservationas about the reliability of the POI[1]


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