Motivation can be both psychological and biological. Psychologically our motives can be external (extrinsic) or internal (intrinsic) factors. Are we driven by a goal we want for our selves, or do outside factors influence our motives? I am intrinsically and extrinsically motivated to graduate college. Intrinsically, I want to graduate to feel a sense of accomplishment intellectually. Extrinsically, I want to graduate because I want to attain a financially secure and enjoyable occupation. A teacher I once had gave me a poster saying, “Who you are begins with what you do.” This quote is a strong belief of mine and I will stop at nothing to achieve my goals, so I will be able to feel a major sense of purpose in life. Biological motives are innate in human beings because these aspects help a person function. Biologically people are motivated to eat and to sleep to maintain energy levels in the body. I really enjoyed this course because I did not realize before how complex the topic of motivation is.
Although this topic was not covered in class, one of my favorite topics comes from chapter 13. With the winter approaching, I found it appropriate to discuss seasonal variation. Our mood varies with the seasons of the year and some people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder are similar to other depression disorders, but the symptoms begin in the winter and people may experience an increased appetite for carbohydrates. I do not have Seasonal Affective Disorder, but do feel more emotional during the winter time. After Christmas time, I am broke and during the winter time there are not as many activities to do. I like to see, learn new things, and be outside. When I am unable to do so I feel depressed. During the winter months I also tend to want to eat more because the cold air gives me an appetite and because of the lack of activities available outside.