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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.

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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.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: Examples, Pyramid & Theory

January 26th, 2023

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: this article explains the theory of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in a practical way. After reading about the definition, theory, examples and levels of Maslow’s pyramid, you will understand the basics of this powerful motivation theory.…

Gestalt Psychology: Definition, Principles and Examples

January 15th, 2023

Gestalt Psychology: this article provides a practical explanation of Gestalt psychology by Max Wertheimer, Kurt Koffka and Wolfgang Köhler. This article also contains the general definition of Gestalt Psychology, its principles and practical examples. After reading, you’ll understand the basics…

Kurt Lewin: Biography, Theory, Quotes and Publications

December 8th, 2022

Kurt Lewin (1890 – 1947) was a German-American psychologist, who is known as one of the modern pioneers of social, organizational and applied psychology. He is recognized as the founder of the first study group dynamics and organizational development. Famous…

Deci and Ryan Self Determination Theory explained

November 7th, 2022

Deci and Ryan Self Determination Theory: this article explains the Deci and Ryan 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…
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