Motivation is the force that initiates, guides, and maintains goal-oriented behaviors. The meanings of motivation involve motive and incentive. The motives push a person into action toward a goal and the incentive pulls a person toward a goal. An example would be, “I am motivated to go to school and my incentive is the degree that I will receive after I graduate.” I really enjoyed the Addictions and the Economic of Motivation chapters/lectures.
The Addictions chapter spoke about how the end result in using drugs or drinking alcohol is what motivated people to use the substance and then get addicted to it. I know that after a long week, I do enjoy a drink. Alcohol produces euphoria and releases social inhibitions. My brother is a very quiet person, but when he drinks alcohol he becomes a social butterfly. He finds it easier to talk to people especially women when he is drinking alcohol.
The Economics of Motivation chapter discussed how there is a cost to satisfying a need to achieve a goal and to satisfy that goal it requires resources. The costs for motivated behavior may involve money, time, response costs, physical energy costs, psychological energy costs, and opportunity costs. It costs both money and time to complete a degree in college. We also spoke about choice overload. I never actually gave it a thought that we have way to many choices to chose from. Choice overload is when a person cannot make up his mind because there are too many available choices. When choosing classes for spring semester, there are so many classes to pick from that I become confused. When I go to Acme, there are so many brands of each product that I feel choice overload. I enjoyed Motivation Psychology. I learned a lot in the class that explained how different things work.