Our Motivation course has helped me gain insight into several aspects of human motivation. We have discussed the difference between internal and external motivators, or intrinsic and extrinsic, as well as the role that our personality and emotions play in our behaviors. Biological evidence in support of a physical basis of psychological traits has helped me to understand why some people have, and always will, be "jerks". The most interesting topic discussed to me would have to be the chapter on addictions.
Without going into unnecessary detail, it would be an understatement to say that my life has been strongly impacted by the effects of addiction. Decisions made by certain family members which seemed to be illogical and detrimental have now been cast in a new light. The fear of withdrawal symptoms combined with a growing tolerance and a genetic predisposition have proven to be much stronger than the inexperienced individual might consider. The argument of "why don't you just quit smoking?" is much more complicated than previously considered.