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Wants / Motivation Theories: Conclusion on Motivation



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Each of the above motivation theorists has some valid points.  They provide some useful guidance that will be applied when I write specific want satisfaction dynamic equations in the simulations. But, in general the most important issue is to recognize the small number of biobehavioral wants as the basis of all motivation.

I need to insert biobehavior wants per J.D. Glass and ask if they are complete.  I think they are not.

            The most powerful drive in the ascent of man is his pleasure in his own skill.  He loves to do what he does well and, having done it well, he loves to do it better.
                                                            JACOB BRONOWSKI, 1973
                                                            - quoted by Daniel Dennett [1991, 209]

Figure 6.1: Comic on Stimulation - - Taken from the San Francisco Chronicle - -

Perhaps, wants result from the nature of the brain to be active, constantly seeking stimulation, and the combination of learned behaviors.  From this perspective some of the temperament parameters can be seen as a measure of the extent to which a person is motivated to seek the stimulation of social interaction and personal growth.

A broad historical review across time and culture tend to indicate that some of motivational memes change, implying that the motivation structure of an individual within a group context is an evolving structure, and is in part learned.

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