Lecture 9e - Module 39, Motivation at Work

Lecture 9e - Module 39, Motivation at Work - Module 39...

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- 1 - Module 39 Motivation at Work (DVD: Scient Amer, #11 “Cockpit Confusion”) I. How can you tell whether someone is psychologically well? A. Sigmund Freud: “Liebe und Arbeit” (“love and work”) B. Self-image: two factors 1. I am competent; I can meet standards. I am capable. 2. I am lovable. I don’t have to meet standards. II. Work can contribute to psychological health. A. Montessori: “Il lavoro ci normalizza.” (“Work makes us normal.”) 1. schedules, goals, a sense of predictability and safety 2. a child engaged in work involving a developmental challenge is truly intrigued a. the conservation of mass (Piaget): the tall skinny glass and the short fat glass b. the child is deeply engaged, and begins to repeat the water pouring exercise c. deep concentration is the therapeutic element in truly engaging work 1) the child’s repetition strengthening neural pathways which otherwise would not grow 2) this has a direct impact on memory and mood d. “The child works and works, and emerges refreshed.” B. Czikszentmihalyi (chick-sent-mee-high) created a name for this transformative level of work. He called it “flow.” 1. An experience of “flow” is an experience of “optimal arousal.” 2. The experience of flow increases one’s sense of well being and one’s self-esteem. 3. Following an experience of flow, people are emotionally more resilient, and are also more likely to engage in “altruistic behavior” (acts of kindness and helpfulness). 4. For most people, “flow” occurs once in a great while. a. For truly inspired artists, “flow” occurs much more frequently. b. In the schools that Montessori designed, she intended children to encounter “flow” two or three times in the course of every morning, and then once again after lunch. c. In her own life, Montessori sought therapeutic “flow” not only in her ingenious professional work, but in her friendships and even in her housework. 1) cooking for her students 2) washing the kitchen floor, scrubbing every tile until she lost herself in the scrubbing: “Canta che ti passi” (“Just sing your heart out, until it all goes away.”)
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- 2 - 5. Experiences of “flow” are much more likely to occur when a. the rewards of the work are primarily intrinsic b. when the work itself is more satisfying than praise c. when the “locus of control” is internal d. when the worker has a sense of “personal efficacy” (effectiveness and control) III. Industrial-organizational (I/O) psychology is a fast-growing profession that applies psychology’s principles to the workplace. This is paradoxical work, because it must reconcile basic issues of self-control and personal satisfaction with extrinsic performance standards, impersonal organizational priorities and the self-interest of investors, customers and others who have little or nothing to do with the work itself. A.
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