Motivation - certain direction. This motivating mechanism...

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Motivation and Emotion - In this section, we will examine motives, motivation, and some related theoretical perspectives. Then, we'll look at Emotions, some of the components or elements to emotions, and some theoretical perspectives. Motivation Some "Why" questions: Why do you go to class each day? Why did Cain kill Abel? Why do students study for hours (sometimes even days) to pass examinations (and don't say, "to pass examinations")? Why do professors teach students, and why do they test students? Why did you pick out those shoes or those pants to wear today? Each of these questions has an answer. ..there is some motive for engaging in those behaviors. We may define a motive (or motivation)as a need, want, interest, or desire that propels someone (or an organism) in a
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Unformatted text preview: certain direction. This motivating mechanism can be called many things--a habit, a belief, a desire, an instinct, a need, an interest, a compulsion, or a drive--but no matter what its label, it is this motivation that prompts us to take action. Indeed, the motivation comes from the verb "to move." Some Introductory Psychology books define the field of motivation as the study of goal-directed behavior. With this definition in mind, are humans the only type of living organism that can have motivation? (this is for you to think about, not a question I am going to answer for you at this point)...
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