Motivation and Behavior

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Motivation and Behavior
Maria Isabel Cota Paredes
PSY355
11 October 2012
University of Phoenix

Motivation and Behavior
Have you ever hear you brain telling you to don’t keep seeing that special person that takes your attention because you already felt in love once and didn’t work, and hurts. In the other side your heart telling you to take the risk because being in love feels amazing, and don’t matter how many times your heart would be broken, it feels amazing to feel alive, to have a reason to wake up every day, to have a friend you can call anytime of the day to tell him or her something funny you saw while walking on the street, or just to feel the warm of a kiss. And if you don’t take that risk you would never find out that sensation could have stayed forever. So my friend that is a popular example of what motivation is. That sensation is what makes you keep trying and taking your preoccupation of a broken heart away. Or if you want a philosophical meaning I can site Shophenhauer who says that “to be motivated is to be moved into action, or to decide on a change in action” (Lambert Deckers, 2010 Pearson education, para. four) which is valid too. Of course in order to be motivated you need to have a reward or an incentive, an incentive is the goal of the motive. Like in the example above, that incentive of keeping dating with that special person is to someday get to feel that butterflies in the stomach, and feel that “true love” of everyone is talking about, and to have that beautiful family that everyone is expecting you to have, etcetera. Internal and external sources

There are internal and external sources that motivate behavior. Internal sources are those biological and psychological variables that determine what will be motivating (Lambert Deckers, 2010 Pearson education, para.17) For example; hunger, thirst, or sex. Let’s take the example of hunger. Hunger is a biological variable that motivates a person to wake up every morning, and...
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