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Instincts, Arousal, Needs, Drives: Drive-Reduction and Cognitive Theories

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so complex human experiences involve motivation motivation asks the question why why do we do the things we do why do we think and feel the way we do so you've probably heard of motivation in a different context but today I'm going to show you how motivation is thought of as by different psychologists and other scientists so motivation is broken down into five schools of thought or five approaches so the first of these approaches is the evolutionary approach this focuses on the role instincts play in motivation so what do humans do to survive what is not learned and what's just an instinct think about a baby when a baby is born it doesn't know what else to do other than to cry to sleep and to eat these are all basic instincts that all humans know moving on the second theory is the drive reduction theory and that focuses on two main points drives and needs so a need is a lack or deprivation that is going to energize a drive or an aroused State that drive is what is going to reduce a need and that's how we maintain homeostasis or balance think about this scenario you've been at the gym for two hours and you're really exhausted and thirsty but your trainer says to you that you still have to do 50 more lunches you're on one side of the gym and a refreshing cold water bottle is sitting on the other end of the floor and all you want is that water because you're so thirsty but what's standing in between you and this water bottle 50 lunges does not sound like fun in this case your need is water and you are driven by thirst doing the 50 lunges is a means to fulfill that Drive of thirst so drives are typically basic essential and physiological the third theory is the optimum arousal theory people are motivated to reach full alertness or full arousal so why do people pay that ridiculous $70 an amusement parks just to go on a 30-second ride that's really high and scary I'm sure most of us have all done that I know I love roller coasters well the main point here is that the reason we do this is to fulfill our desire to reach full alertness or optimum arousal we get this natural high by doing things that can give us that full arousal and full alertness and we like that state the fourth approach is the cognitive approach and this one's pretty straightforward it focuses on our rationale and decision-making ability just like a light bulb going off in our head and the last approach is Maslow's hierarchy of needs it says that we are motivated to satisfy certain needs in a particular order these needs must be fulfilled from the most basic needs at the bottom all the way to the top so that's what we can use a pyramid to illustrate this hierarchy so knowing all of these approaches is a little daunting but just understand that in reality all of these factors are interrelated they are not mutually exclusive there are just five schools of thought that are going to help us understand motivation a little better