The Psychology of Motivation

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Motivation plays a major role in the success of an individual.To date, there are five chief theories of motivation.

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The Psychology of Motivation

  1. 1. The Psychology of Motivation www.helpingpsychology.com
  2. 2. Motivation plays a major role in the success of an individual. http://homeshowpartysales.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/home_show_party_plan_motivation.jpg www.helpingpsychology.com
  3. 3. Psychological professionals have developed a number of theories in an effort to better understand the psychology of motivation. http://kristinaugust.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/enthusiasm.jpg www.helpingpsychology.com
  4. 4. To date, there are five chief theories of motivation www.helpingpsychology.com
  5. 5. The first theory of motivation is Humanistic Theory, which suggests that human beings are able to achieve anything that they want, unless obstacles should get in the way. http://robertfinkelstein.files.wordpress.com/2009/07/motivation6.jpg www.helpingpsychology.com 1
  6. 6. Financial problems, illness and lack of education are examples of obstacles that may hamper a person’s ability to be successful. http://factoidz.com/wp-content/themes/gabtheme/images/is-your-down-time-bringing-you-down.jpg www.helpingpsychology.com
  7. 7. This theory is best explained by Abraham Maslow’s pyramid of needs. http://kenosisdown2earth.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/maslows_hierarchy_of_needs.png www.helpingpsychology.com
  8. 8. Second theory is the Psychoanalytic Theory, which suggests that human beings are motivated by two things: the need to survive and the need to avoid destruction. http://itlanet.com/images/Worried%20man%5B1%5D.jpg www.helpingpsychology.com 2
  9. 9. Individuals may pursue higher education in order to make more money so that they will be able to have better health care, avoid financial problems and meet all of their needs. http://www.selfmademiracle.com/images/posts/motivation101.jpg www.helpingpsychology.com
  10. 10. The third theory of motivation is the Drive Reduction Theory, which suggests that human beings are motivated by the forces that drive them. http://crossfitunlimited.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54fd64bd78834011168a401be970c-500wi www.helpingpsychology.com 3
  11. 11. For example, hunger is a driving force that causes human beings to search for food. http://prisonplanet.com/images/june2009/260609top2.jpg www.helpingpsychology.com
  12. 12. In order to maintain a state of stability and calmness, certain drives must be reduced such as competitiveness and greed. http://www.energysystemsgroup.com/img/panel-img/higher-education-image.jpg www.helpingpsychology.com
  13. 13. The fourth one is Arousal Theory where a certain amount of arousal is needed in order for human beings to remain comfortable. http://www.advantage-plus.com/Library/images/rotating-home/looking-out-window.jpg www.helpingpsychology.com 4
  14. 14. Because human beings want to feel comfortable, they have a level of tension that drives them to accomplish this state-of-being. http://www.credit.com/article/image/7034854-some-men-may-be-more-worried-about-job-security-than-women-custom.jpg www.helpingpsychology.com
  15. 15. The fifth and final theory, Instinct Theory of motivation, suggests that there are certain behaviors that are based on a person’s will to survive. http://www.upvery.com/attachments/images/200912/20091207045334.jpg www.helpingpsychology.com 5
  16. 16. Examples of instinctual motivation include avoiding temperatures that are too hot or too cold, searching for food and finding shelter. http://www.recurve.com/images/houseasasystem.jpg www.helpingpsychology.com
  17. 17. These theories provide an understanding of the psychology of motivation and also provide an in-depth understanding of certain aspects of human behavior. http://www.effortquest.com/graphics/content/eqphilosophy.jpg www.helpingpsychology.com
  18. 18. www.argosy.edu www.HelpingPsychology.com Helping Psychology Is Sponsored By

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