Maslow 's Hierarchy Of Needs

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Motivation stems from the word motive and is defined as something that causes a person to act in a certain way (Dictionary.com, 2015) and it is further defined as the condition of being eager (Merriam-Webster.com, 2015). In the assigned textbook, the psychology perspective of motivation is defined as “all the processes involved in starting, directing, and maintaining physical and psychological activities” (Gerrig, 2013). The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of motivation theories to encompass both the content and the process perspectives, the author’s experience and an analysis of goals set to include the success, defeat or content status. This paper will also integrate Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs since it is considered to be the first ever developed motivation theory (Maslow, 1943).
The outcome of this paper is to explain how motivation is different for each person and why some factors (cultural and situational) may influence motivation and the effect.
Motivation is a concept that this author struggles on a daily basis but has recently changed in a positive way because the goal (completing a bachelor’s degree) that was started thirty years ago is within reach. The cultural and situational factors has had and continue to have an impact on this author’s motivation and it would be interesting to analyze the cultural and situational factors from thirty years ago and compare them to present day. This introspective analysis will shed light on what

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