Let me start off by saying I was highly motivated to take this motivation course. I was excited to find out reasoning behind the actions of myself and others. I read the book from cover to cover and learned more than I ever thought I would. A person should definitely take this course if they want know how people’s actions are influenced by external incentives and internal motivations. If you know someone struggling with addiction, chapter 8 could give insight into what caused the addiction and some ideas on how to reverse it. If you’re constantly fatigued by stress, chapter 7 can teach you how to inventory your stressors and manage them more easily. There’s a chapter, concept, or theory for almost everything you can think of in this book. It was a very good choice in reading material along with all the wonderful Powerpoint note slides that Dr. Berg provided us. Included in the Powerpoint slides were not only notes from our book, but also some videos that examined some real life situations related to the course material. The best part of this course was the blog. After reading blog posts from people who are also taking the course like me, it seemed that all the material we covered was being experienced by everyone all the time even if we didn’t realize it.I'm sad that my motivational sequence for this course is ending.
My favorite topic in the book was how we are motivated by internal needs. In chapter 2, we learned that there are primary (viscerogenic) needs and secondary (psychogenic) needs. Primary needs refer to physiological needs such as water, air, food, and sleep. Secondary needs refer to mental or emotional satisfaction based upon our primary needs. All of our physiological needs are the same, and our mental needs vary, but all of our motives and up being fairly similar. In chapter 3, universal motives were introduced. Universal motives occur in all countries and cultures even if they are expressed differently. Universal motives are based upon Bronislaw Malinowki’s list of basic needs. I thought the list was a great way to separate the stems of motivation. It made it easier to understand why people crave food, go on vacation, move away, have children, build houses, and perform many other universal actions.
I sometimes wonder why I am studying to be a psychologist. Psychologists do make good money, but why wouldn’t I shoot for a career with higher pay such as a pharmacist or an engineer? What is my motivation for wanting to be a psychologist? Well, in the video below there is something called a purpose motive. The reward of having a purpose is higher than the reward of a monetary incentive. I will enjoy a career where I help people and make a difference more than I would enjoy a career that has higher pay but is strictly using mechanical skills. The video below explains EVERYTHING that I mean. If you think it’s too long to watch the whole length, trust me that it is worth it and you will not want to stop watching.