Value systems should not be confused with behavior. People’s behavior is visible in the outside world, and value systems are the invisible driving forces behind this behavior. The values that we deem important (valuable) as a human being largely determine our behavior. We can see the value set that we have (and which we see as the truth) in coherence with a system, a paradigm. A paradigm is a coherent system of values, which form a framework from which the ‘reality’ is analyzed and approached.
The original work by Clare Graves, Don Beck and Christopher Cowan defines 8 unique value systems, which are all color-coded. You can find a graphical representation of the 8 value systems below. Please click on the color of the value system in the main menu to read more about each value system. You can find some general characteristics about value systems below the image.