The Overshift Pattern:
When the responses to the assessment produce a graph where all of the bars are above the midline, it is called an overshift pattern. While this is a somewhat rare pattern, it occurs occasionally from an individual who may be focusing on several roles simultaneously and, as a result, all themes take a prominent position. It also occurs occasionally when an individual is trying to be all things to all people, and the same result occurs in the bar graph. A third possibility occurs when an individual responds to the instrument with either a feeling of ambiguity of the role, or ambiguity about their position in the role. If the later situation is a possibility, then have the respondent look at the demands being placed on him/her and set priorities. The respondent should deal only with those demands that are most critical and put the rest on hold, or seek assistance with the lower priority demands. In addition, the respondent may decide to retake the instrument when he/she can provide a stronger focus on a specific job or life role.