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Theories of Motivation

What is a motivation theory?
Human motivation is the reason for people’s actions, willingness and goals. The word motivation is derived from the word motive, which means ‘the need that demands satisfaction’. Examples of needs are wants or desires acquired through the influence of society, lifestyle or culture. When it comes to motivation, it entails either intrinsic or extrinsic motivation. The difference is made clear in, among other things, the Self Determination Theory of Deci and Ryan.

What is a motivation theory?
Human motivation is the reason for people’s actions, willingness and goals. The word motivation is derived from the word motive, which means ‘the need that demands satisfaction’. Examples of needs are wants or desires acquired through the influence of society, lifestyle or culture. When it comes to motivation, it entails either intrinsic or extrinsic motivation. The difference is made clear in, among other things, the Self Determination Theory of Deci and Ryan.

In addition, a distinction is made between content theories and process theories. The content theories mainly focus on what it is exactly that motivates people, while process theories focus on how human behavior is motivated. Content theories are the first scientific theories of motivation. In the workplace, these theories have had a major impact on the way management is carried out.

Examples of well-known content theories of motivation include Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Alderfer’s ERG Theory, McClelland’s Motivation Theory, and Frederick Herzberg’s Two Factor Theory. Examples of well-known process theories of motivation include Skinner’s Reinforcement Theory, Victor Vroom’s Expectancy Theory, Locke’s Goal-Setting Theory, and Adam’s Equity Theory.

Over the last decade, interest in motivation theories and methods has grown in business. This is because research has shown that the most productive employees are those who are well motivated. That is why it’s important that the employer improves as many motivator and hygiene factors as possible.
Varioues theories of motivation
What are the most famous and effective motivation theories? How can I use these theories to work on my own motivation? How does my motivation affect my performance and goals? How can I develop motivation in an effective and sustainable way? The articles with the tag motivation theory deal with the different methods and styles of motivation on both a professional and personal level.

Vroom’s Expectancy Theory

June 21st, 2021

This article describes Vroom’s Expectancy Theory by Victor Vroom in a practical way. After reading you will understand the definition and basics of this powerful motivation theory. What is Vroom’s Expectancy Theory? In 1964, Canadian professor of psychology Victor

Daniel Pink Motivation Theory

November 19th, 2020

This article provides a practical explanation of the Daniel Pink Motivation Theory. After reading this article, you’ll understand the basics of this powerful psychological theory. What is the Daniel Pink Motivation Theory? The Daniel Pink Motivation Theory is…

Gestalt Psychology

August 23rd, 2020

This article provides a practical explanation of Gestalt psychology by Max Wertheimer, Kurt Koffka and Wolfgang Köhler. After reading, you’ll understand the basics of this powerful psychology tool. What is Gestalt Psychology? The word gestalt originates from German…

Heider’s Balance Theory

June 15th, 2020

This article will provide an explanation of the Heider’s Balance Theory in a practical way. After reading, you will understand the basic concepts of this powerful model for interpersonal relationships as a form of balance for effective and motivational communication.…

Heron’s Six Categories of Intervention

October 22nd, 2019

This article explains Heron’s Six Categories of Intervention in a practical way. After reading, you will understand the basis of this powerful psychology and motivation tool. What are Heron’s Six Categories of Intervention? Heron’s Six Categories of Intervention serve as…

Operant Conditioning (B.F. Skinner)

May 6th, 2019

This article provides a practical explanation of the Operant Conditioning by Burrhus F. Skinner. After reading, you’ll understand the basics of this powerful motivation tool. What is Operant Conditioning by Skinner? Operant Conditioning is aimed at the motivation of…

Rubicon Model of Action Phases

February 6th, 2019

This article explains the Rubicon Model of Action Phases in a practical way. After reading it, you will understand the basics of this powerful motivation theory. What is the Rubicon Model of Action Phases? The Rubicon model of action phases…

Adams Equity Theory

November 20th, 2018

This article explains the Adams Equity Theory, developed by John Stacey Adams in a practical way. After reading it, you will understand the basics of this powerful motivation theory. What is the Adams Equity Theory? The definition The Adams…

Self Determination Theory (SDT)

April 20th, 2018

This article explains the Self Determination Theory or SDT, developed by Edward L. Deci and Richard Ryan in a practical way. After reading it, you will understand the basics of this powerful Personal Happiness and motivation theory. What is…
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