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The Millon Index of Personality Styles-Revised (MIPS™ Revised)

by Theodore Millon, PhD, DSc

A brief, well-rounded personality measure for adults presenting as normal.

Designed to assess normal personality styles, the newly updated MIPS Revised test helps address the need for a theoretically grounded instrument that may be administered by a broad range of professionals, including human resource specialists, social work and career counselors, and private practice clinicians.

Addresses Key Dimensions of Normal Personalities

While brief to administer, the MIPS Revised test provides a comprehensive, up-to-date evaluation that encompasses and subsumes many other normal personality assessments, such as the NEO-PI, the MBTI, and the 16PF. The MIPS Revised instrument addresses three key dimensions of normal personalities:

  • Motivating Styles, anchored to Evolution and Psychoanalytic theories, helps to assess the person's emotional style of relating to his/her environment;
  • Thinking Styles, anchored to Jungian theories, helps examine the person's mode of cognitive processing; and
  • Behaving Styles,  anchored to Interpersonal and Social theories, helps assess the person's way of working with and relating to others.

This widely useful test offers a convenient tool to help professionals assist ostensibly normally functioning adults who may be experiencing difficulties in work, family or social relationships. It may also be helpful in career counseling or employment settings. In addition, the test's Clinical Index is useful in helping to screen for the possible presence of mental disorders in persons who present as normal.

How to Use This Test

The MIPS Revised test has proven useful in a variety settings, including:

  • Employee selection, as a pre-offer screening tool
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Leadership and employee development programs
  • Career planning for high school and college students
  • As part of the curriculum for college courses in psychological testing
  • Relationship, premarital, and marriage counseling
  • Individual counseling

Key Features

Developed by Dr. Millon in 1994 and revised in 2003, the MIPS Revised test has strong theoretical and practical backing. Scale names and the profile display have been updated to provide administrators with better information for interpreting test results. With only 180 true/false items, the test can be completed in less than 30 minutes on average. While clinically and theoretically grounded, the MIPS Revised test does not require administration by an advanced-degreed professional. The MIPS Revised test now can readily be administered and scored with flexible, easy-to-use MICROTEST Q™ software. There are no fixed order quantities, enabling administrators to purchase the number of tests best-suited to their needs.


Motivating Styles
1A - Pleasure-Enhancing
1B - Pain-Avoiding
2A - Actively Modifying
2B - Passively Accommodating
3A - Self-Indulging
3B - Other-Nurturing

Thinking Styles
4A - Externally Focused
4B - Internally Focused
5A - Realistic/Sensing
5B - Imaginative/Intuiting
6A - Thought-Guided
6B - Feeling-Guided
7A - Conservation-Seeking
7B - Innovation-Seeking

Behaving Styles
8A - Asocial/Withdrawing
8B - Gregarious/Outgoing
9A - Anxious/Hesitating
9B - Confident/Asserting
10A - Unconventional/Dissenting
10B - Dutiful/Conforming
11A - Submissive/Yielding
11B - Dominant/Controlling
12A - Dissatisfied/Complaining
12B - Cooperative/Agreeing

Validity Indices
Positive Impression
Negative Impression

Clinical Index



"Millon," M-PACI," "MACI," "MAPI," "MBHI," "MBMD," "MCMI-II," and "MCMI-III" are trademarks and "MIPS" is a registered trademark of DICANDRIEN, INC.

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