Motivation and Emotion Essay

1507 Words Apr 29th, 2016 7 Pages
shutterstock_141144724You signed up for a fitness class at the gym so you could lose five pounds, took it diligently and dropped the weight.

Your sister signed up for the same fitness class, took it sparingly, and then dropped the class without losing any weight.

What motivated you to go to the class each time, participate in the class, follow through with your fitness plan and lose the weight?

And why wasn’t your sister motivated to do the same?

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What Are Theories of Motivation?

Theories of motivation try to explain why people do the things they do. What makes one
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Theories of motivation attempt to explain why we make the decisions we make to do the things we do. Before we talk about these theories of motivation, though, we have to first understand the meaning of motivation.

What Exactly IS Motivation?

We use the term motivation or motivate often, as in “I was so motivated today I got a lot done!” But what does that term actually mean?

According to, motivation is the ‘act or process of giving someone a reason’ to do something, or it is the condition of being eager to do some type of work.

So when we talk about theories of motivation, we are talking about the theories behind what it is that drives us to do the things we do.

Intrinsic and External Motivation

Motivation may come from the outside, or externally, or it may come from the inside, or internally/intrinsically.

External motivations might include an award at work for completing a particular project or a new purse because you saved enough money after paying the bills.

Intrinsic, or internal, motivation might include reading a novel because you enjoy the feeling you get when you have a great book in your hands and not because you have to memorize the text written between the pages for your English 101 course so you can ace the

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