The “Personal Values Card Sort” was created by Miller, one of the founders of Motivational Interviewing, along with his colleagues (W.R. Miller, J. C’de Baca, D.B. Matthews, P.L. Wilbourne, University of New Mexico, 2001). This activity is meant to help people identify what their strong values are, toward the effort of living life and taking actions most in line with those values.
These cards each contain words describing values that are important to some people. In this activity, you will sort these cards into five different piles depending on how important each one is to you. For example: some values may not be important to you at all, and therefore you would put those in the “Not Important” pile.