I would not for anything dispense with this compass on my psychological voyages of discovery.— Carl Jung

The GiftsCompass™ Inventory (GCI) and Psychological Types

GCI Results

The GiftsCompass™ Inventory (GCI) is derived from the remarkable work of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung who, among his prodigious and insightful explorations, developed a simple and elegant model of psychological types.

Building on Immanuel Kant's meticulous inquiries into the nature of consciousness, Jung observed that we rely on four ego functions that enable conscious experience. They are common to us all, though we tend to rely on them differently.

So far as my experience goes, these four basic functions seem to me sufficient to express and represent the various modes of conscious orientation—these four basic functions are seldom or never uniformly differentiated and equally at our disposal. As a rule one or the other function occupies the foreground, while the rest remain undifferentiated in the background. (CW 6, par. 900,901)

Jung labeled these functions: intuition, sensation, feeling, and thinking. He also coined two other terms to indicate how these functions are applied: introversion and extraversion. Introversion directs the functions inward to the "inner object"—the images of the inner life; extraversion directs the functions outward to the "outer object"— the world at large. Applying introversion and extraversion to the four functions produces eight composite "types" of functional modes.

In the public reports—those given to clients and the public at large—we refer to these eight types as gifts. The GCI registers a person's preference for each of the eight types (gifts) and produces a comparative profile illustrating preferences for all eight. The report for use by clients is approximately 25 pages long and includes information about the preferred Compass Heading. Each of the pages under the "applications" tab in the menu bar provides additional information for clients related to their preferred compass heading.

GCI Advisors receive a much more detailed assessment of a client's results. The Advisor Report is approximately 50 pages and assesses preferred orientations, headings, and types in addition to "shadow" types that play a key role in personal development. The Advisor Report uses Jung's terminology; the GCI certification training and the book, Jung's Compass of Psychological Types, explain all of the terms used in the Advisor Report.

The GCI: A Compass of Psychological Types

GCI Results

The orientations of the four functions constitute the four cardinal points of the GCI compass. Jung also conceived of the functions as a compass, one that he considered indispensible to his "voyages of discovery."

The four functions are somewhat like the four points of the compass; (CW 6, par. 958)

Preferences for each of the eight types are depicted at the center of the GCI compass diagram as Gifts. Compass Headings at the four compass quadrants depict groupings of the eight types that normally function together.

GCI Results

Your clients can learn more about their GCI results when they point to their preferred Compass Heading on this graphic icon; the icon appears on each of the twelve pages under the "applications" tab. The individuals featured in each of the quadrants are discussed as representatives of the eight types, in the book Jung's Compass of Psychological Types (see Resources/Books.)


The GCI was designed to help individuals get their bearings—to understand their preferences—for the eight types. Knowing one's preferences can be especially useful when making important life choices. Some of the life applications where the GCI can be useful are depicted under the "applications" tab.

The GCI could be thought of as a navigational tool for charting a course of robust personal development. Though we may prefer a few gifts over others, we are not imprisoned by those preferences. In the process of more fully expressing unique personality—individuation as Jung referred to it—we are called upon to stretch into a life of "wholeness." The gifts that might have been less accessible earlier in life come into the light of consciousness later. The aim is to develop all the gifts of the compass, not to rest on our initial preferences. In this sense, the GiftsCompass™ Inventory is also a compass for individuation for it depicts not only a person's core preferences, but also the gifts that are destined to unite with them through vigorous personal growth.

The above quotes are excerpted from Volume VI of the Collected Works, Psychological Types, by C. G. Jung. Princeton University Press, 1971.