An Overview of the Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs and a Definition of the Three Theories of Emotion. Motivation Is a Key Component to Individual Goals and Is Different for Everyone.

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An overview of the Maslow's hierarchy of needs and a definition of the three theories of emotion. Motivation is a key component to individual goals and is different for everyone. MOTIVATIONAL PAPER

In psychology, motivation is the driving force or desire behind all actions of living organisms. Motivation is a key element in all aspects of our personal and professional lives. Textbooks define emotion as an internal state or condition that activates behavior and gives it direction, desire or want that energizes and direct goal-oriented behavior. (2003 Motivation) Motivation is centered on emotions, the search of positive emotions, or the avoidance of negative emotions. Motivation is important because it can drive and improve individual performance. There are basic physiology needs for a living organism. These include hunger, thirst and escape from pain. (2003 Motivation) In analyzing these needs with animals, they can make consistent comparisons and will be common. In humans, this physiology needs can be modified by social and cultural experiences and are not consistent. Animals eat to survive or hibernate. Humans eat to survive and for different emotional states of the mind. Sex, parenting, and aggression are other biological needs for humans and are not required for survival. The physiological bases of these are similar in humans and other animals, but the social complexities are greater in humans. (2003 Motivation) They also are motivated for new stimulation. Examples of this are curiosity, exploration, and arousal seeking. These are situational and build up over time. Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology that Abraham Maslow proposed in his 1943. His theory contends that as humans meet their basic needs, they seek to satisfy successively higher needs that occupy a set hierarchy. (2003 Maslows hierarchy) Maslow did not engage in the study of unhealthy people. He studied famous successful people like Albert...
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