FIRO Theory

Fundamental Interpersonal Relations Orientation

FIRO® is a comprehensive and widely-used theory of interpersonal relations created by Will Schutz, Ph.D. Introduced in 1958 in the book FIRO: A Three-Dimensional Theory of Interpersonal Behavior. Schutz originally devised the theory to measure and predict the interaction between people for the purpose of assembling highly productive teams.
Human Element solutions use a variety of FIRO-based instruments to expand awareness for making positive change.

Over the years, FIRO Theory has been heavily researched and has proven to be:

Simple

Easy to use in helping individuals, teams, and organizations; easy to incorporate into training, consulting, and coaching.

Powerful

For understanding human behavior and motivation in a wide variety of situations.

Comprehensive

The three basic dimensions—inclusion, control, and openness—describe the dynamics of individuals, pairs, teams & organizations, eliminating the need for multiple models.

FIRO theory describes three levels of human interaction:

Behavior

Element B: Behavior
(originally FIRO-B)

inclusion
Inclusion

control
Control

openness
Openness

Feelings

Element F: Feelings
(originally FIRO-F)

significance
Significance

competence
Competence

likeability
Likability

Self-concept

Element S: Self-concept

aliveness
Aliveness
Self-significance

self-determination
Self-determination
Self-competence

self-awreness
Self-awareness
Self-like

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The Evolution of FIRO-B to Element B

Learn how Will Schutz transformed his groundbreaking research tool into our premier training tool.

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