Components of Motivation

1. Activation = involves decision to initiate a behavior

2. Persistance = Continued effort toward a goal even through obstacles may exist

3. Intensity = seen in concentration and vigor that goes into pursing a goal

Extrinsic Motivation

Motivation that arises from the outside of the individual and often involves rewards such as trophies, money, social recognition, and praise.

Intrinsic Motivation

Intrinsic motivations are those that arise from within the individual, such as doing a complicated cross-word puzzle purely for the personal gratification of solving a problem.

Instinct Theory
Derived from our biological make-up

Drive Reduction Theory
Humans have internal biological needs which motivates us to perform a certain way. These drives are as internal states of arousal or tension which must be reduced.

Arousal Theory
We are driven to maintain a certain level of arousal in order to feel comfortable.

Psychoanalytic Theory

Believed that humans have only two basic drives. According to Psychoanalytic theory everything we do, every thought we do, every thought we have, and every emotion we experienced.

Humanistic Theory

Humans are drive to achieve their maximum potential and will always do so unless obstacles are placed in their way.
RSA Animate - Surprising Truth about what motivates us