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What is motivation psychology?

I have been tasked by our professor to do a PowerPoint presentation about the psychology of motivation and emotion. I guess I will need to present about motivation psychology and what it is all about. Additionally, he mentioned about self improvement motivation. Someone, please assist me on how I need to present these motivation issues in class. Should I do them on different topics or should I try to find the connection between all of them? Help me with the descriptions and their significance at work, in education, and in life. Thanks a lot in advance.

Jan Berry

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Victoria Fowler on July 30, 2018

I guess your professor just needs you to give an insight into these three motivation issues. He is probably going to teach about these topics later in your course. You can handle them differently.
When examining the psychology of emotion and motivation, Alleydog.com looks into motivation, motives and the relating theoretical perspectives. You can try that site for some helpful info.

Motivation is a process that takes place inside a person making them move towards a set objective. Like intelligence, motivation cannot be observed directly. Instead, you can only infer motivation by observing the behavior changes in a person. In a bid to explain the motivation of a person, researchers proposed Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and the drive reduction theories. You can look at these two theories in trying to explain the psychology of motivation.

Drive and needs theories say that many of human behaviors are driven by biology. Sleep, water, and food are most of the biological needs that drive human behavior. The needs drive theory fails to account for some behavior since not all behaviors are driven by biology. The need for career progression may not be driven by hunger. Instead one could be looking for security. This gap is where Maslow's hierarchy of needs comes in. According to Maslow's theory, once someone satisfies a need, he moves on to the next one in the list of preference. This attendance to needs in preference is what made Maslow to groups needs into classes. While shelter and food are at the bottom of the pyramid since they are essential for survival, other needs are higher up in the hierarchy since they are of less importance. Before less basic needs are aroused, the most basic needs must be met first.
You can then discuss the psychology of emotions. Explain that all people have emotions and yet very few can explain what they are and why they have them and ways of controlling them. Describe the various components of emotions: physiological, cognitive, and behavioral components.

You can read ten self-improvement motivation tips by Norman Arvidsson. Some of the best tips for self-improvement include writing down your accomplishments and associating yourself with positive people. With a list of accomplished tasks, you will feel that you have achieved something. Besides, you will have something to look at when you feel discouraged or frustrated. Move with people or colleagues who can help you learn.

Kurt Price7 months ago

Excellent response to motivation psychology! I would like to add some tips on self-motivation. It is advisable to have small goals that lead to your larger goal. The reason for this is because the satisfaction associated with a high target may be too far since great goals are most of the time long term. Breaking your great goals into small objectives for the short term can bring more satisfaction. Another self- improvement way is learning something new. You can sign up for a course at your community center or register for an online class. Once you know what you want to accomplish be it a course or a target at work, write it down and then turn it into an affirmation. Meditate on your goal and visualize yourself having achieved your goals. Avoid burn out. While hard work is a plus, you should not overwork. It is vital to take care of yourself. 


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