Kenneth F. Green
May 9, 2012
Barbara Ann Fuselier
Sources of Motivation
Meeting up with a lifelong friend after years apart the conversation explores the happenings in each other’s lives. The lifelong friend reveals he has just received his Master’s degree. He indicates several reasons for pursuing his college education and suggested it is worth it. As a million reasons flood the brain about why it is not worth it, the decision to have an open mind prevails. The friend insists conducting research into motivation, such as define motivation, identify two sources of motivation, explain the relationship between motivation and behavior, and examine how behavior exhibits motivation. Define Motivation
According to dictionary.com, LLC (2012), motivation defined as “the act or an instance of motivating, or providing with a reason to act in a certain way” (p. 1). Identify Two Sources of Motivation
Two sources of motivation are internal and external (Deckers, 2010). Internal sources include biological and psychological and external sources are environmental (Deckers, 2010). “Biological variables refer to material characteristics of the body and brain that serve to motivate behavior” and “as a general rule, as biological indicators of hunger increases, the motivation for acquiring, preparing, and eating food increase” (Deckers, 2010, p. 8). An example of the biological variables, as a retired member of the military one learns quickly what biological variables mean when going through survival training, one will learn to hunt, capture, prepare, and eat whatever to survive. “Psychological variables refer to motives and are studied indirectly through measurable indicators” and “as a general rule, as indicators of a psychological need increase, the motivation for need-relevant incentives, consummatory behaviors, and associated feelings increase” (Deckers, 2010, p. 8). An example of the psychological variables,...