The Undershift Pattern:
When the responses to the assessment produce a graph where all of the bars are below the midline, it is called an undershift pattern. While this is a somewhat rare pattern, it occurs occasionally from an individual who may be focusing on several roles simultaneously, accompanied by potential ambiguity about the roles, and as a result all themes emerge in a slightly lower position. It may also occur when an individual has not been given specific instructions as to what is expected in the job role, ambiguity occurs, and the same result occurs in the bar graph. If the later situation is a possibility, then have the respondent explore the job role in more detail or ask appropriate questions about the demands being placed on the respondent and focus the behavior accordingly. 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.