This assignment is
all about you. You can write or type
it. I want to know what really motivates
you? I would hope you would see that I want
you to understand motivation and be able to apply it to real life. You can use the information you learn here and
apply it beyond these walls. We define
motives as specific needs or wants that
both arouse and then direct a person toward a specific goal. Drive-reduction theory does a great job
explaining what biologically motivates us for drives such as hunger, thirst and
sex. Yet, even these most basic of
motives are heavily influenced by our cognitive processes, environmental cues,
and social context. Therefore, I want
you to dig deep for this project.
You are to use the theories/motives below to
explain the motivations behind a
meaningful behavior in your life.
You should have one
behavior for each of the six. This
should be conceived of as a journaling
prompt rather than an essay assignment.
Please note that “meaningful” is highlighted for a reason. The assignment would be mere busywork if it
only served to explain: why you wore jeans instead of khakis yesterday, that
you ate fruit loops instead of Fruity pebbles this morning, or that you want to
go to Florida because you’re cold right now.
Confidentiality is a given.
Staple this to your paper. It needs to be typed and printed out or I
will not grade it.
points on describing a meaningful behavior.
indicate what theory you are using in your paper) You need to apply it to your
behavior not just tell me what the theory is.
You will not get credit if you don’t do that.
Reduction Theory (5 pts.)
Theory (5 pts.)
Theory (5 pts)
Theory (5 pts)
5. Social Motivation (can use Achievement w/David
McClelleland) or Affiliation) (5 pts.)
Hierarchy of Needs (5 pts.)