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About the Instrument

The Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation-Behavior (FIRO-B) is a highly valid and reliable tool that assesses how an individual's personal needs affect that personŐs behavior towards other individuals. This highly valid and reliable self-report instrument offers insight into an individual's compatibility with other people, as well as providing insight into that person's own individual characteristics.

The FIRO-B measures a person's needs for:

  • Expressed Behavior (E) - what a person prefers to do, and how much that person wants to initiate action.
  • Wanted Behavior (W) - how much a person wants others to initiate action, and how much that person wants to be the recipient.

The instrument also measures a person's needs for:

  • Inclusion (I) - recognition, belonging, and participation.
  • Control (C) - influence, leading, and responsibility.
  • Affection (A) - closeness, warmth, and sensitivity.



(Revised January, 2015)