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Transcript of Motivation

Thesis Statement
The decisions we make are not determined by a single factor, they are driven by multiple factors such as emotions, needs and/or feelings.
Why people do the things they do
- Stimulus that moves a person to behave in ways designed to accomplish a specific goal
Can't be seen or measured
Deals with why's of behaviors
- Condition in which we require something we lack
Biological and Psychological
- Force that motivates an organism to take action
By: Vero M.H.R, MAri Gracia, Stephanie
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Theories of Motivation
Instinct Theory
- Behavior patterns genetically transmitted from generation to generation
Fixed-action patterns
Drive-Reduction Theory
1930, Clark Hull --> learning + motivation
Homeostatis - Tendency to maintain this state of balance in the body
Humanistic Theory
Conscious desire for personal growth/artistic fullfilment (desire drive > needs drive)
- Need to become what one believes he/she is capable of being
Doing something meaninful = Essential (food, water, air, etc...)
Personality Quiz:
What Motivates You
Do you care more about others?
Would you help?
'Be the change you want to see in the world' instead of 'We're all in this together.'"
Maslow's hierarchy of needs
Love and Belonging
(Mcdougal, Holt).
(Mcdougal, Holt).
fun fACTS
Effects on psychology
Special issues
Stimulus motivators (THEORIES)
Sensory Stimulation
Stimulus motives - Desires for stimulation
People seek sensory stimulation
Exploration and Manipulation
Motivated to explore their surroundings
Both people and animals (natural)
Achievement Motivation
People who are driven to get ahead, tackled challenging situations and to meet high personal standards of success
"Some people are willing to tolerate pain, hunger and other kinds of tension to achieve their artistic and political goals."
-Abraham Maslow
(Mcdougal, Holt).
Types of Goals
Extrinsic Rewards
- Good grades, good income and respect from others
Intrinsic Rewards
- Self-satisfaction
Reducing tension
"Psychologists have found that whenever you're in a bad mood, you can make yourself feel better just by forcing yourself to smile" (PsyBlog).

Anger is in fact a positive energy and can be used as powerful motivating force towards achieving your goals

"Fantasies about the future reduce motivation" (PsyBlog).
Cognitive Consistency Theory
People seek to think/behave in a way that fits what they believe and how others expect them to think/behave
Balance Theory
People need to organize their perceptions, opinions and beliefs in a harmonious manner
Cognitive-Dissonance Theory
People are motivated to reduce their inconsistency
Thoughts and attitudes (cognitions) consistent with their actions
Desire to join with others and be part of something larger than oneself
Can also change one's perception
People aren't always motivated to do good things

Different forms of motivation have different effects on different people

Sometimes people are motivated by the wrong reasons

Social media deprive us of accomplishing things
"A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others."

-Ayn Rand
J.K. Rowling
Divorced, on government aid
Manually typed out each version of Harry Potter for publishers - got rejected
Still kept trying to get published and finally did

Jim Carrey
@ 14 yrs, father lost job --> had to work in a factory
@ 16 yrs, quit school to focus on comedy
First big break --> Dumb and Dumber
• More Achievements
• Self- Efficacy

• Testing of Personality
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