Human Motivation can be defined as Motivation can be defined as “Is the push of the mental forces to accomplish an action. Unsatisfied needs motivate. On the biological level basic human needs of food, shelter and survival are powerful motivators. On the psychological level people need to be understood, affirmed, validated and appreciated. On the business level motivation occurs when people perceive a clear business reason for pursuing a transfer of knowledge or practices”. (Harper, 2007)
However, there are two kinds of motivation as learning perspective.
Learning play a tremendous role in motivation when an individual desire and willing to do something. A motivated person strives for a long-term goal such as becoming a professional HR Manger or for a short-term goal like learn how to respond a particular situation.
In other sense, motivation is of peculiar interest to educational psychologists because of the essential role it plays in student learning.
Motivation in education may have different impacts on how one student learns and shows his or her behavior towards a particular subject matter. In this regard, it can be, direct behavior toward complex goals, leads to increased attempt and energy, increase start of, and perseverance in, activities, Increase cognitive processing, opt what consequences are reinforcing, and lead to better performance. To take this example one can easily understand the importance of learning in motivation, as discussed above students are not always internally motivated; they frequently need located motivation, which is determined in environmental conditions that the counselor or teacher creates.
When one desires something and gets it, the later feeling of satisfaction reinforces and enhances the strength of that particular desire when it returns. On the other hand, during motivation process learning inveterate unsatisfied wants and may decrease the strength of motivation. Merely, people need a sense of motivation while learning, a selfless purposes to live a hopeful life for our immune system to function orderly. Interestingly, not many people do belief that human being is genetically created to be happy and have a sense of altruistic purpose. Human beings are part of a selfless society that get pleasure from doing things for the benefit of others and being able to interact with each other in a pleasing way.
In this areas of study, in job factors of happiness enhances a person’s abilities and work output. Moreover, happiness gives an individual a room to feel and learn in a better way. For example, a child who works hard and gets good grades is satisfied with his efforts and experiences happiness because of his results. This happiness plays an important role in motivating him to learn more and get good grades again. On the other hand, if a child works hard but does not get good grades, he becomes sad rather than being happy. Afterwards, this sadness will definitely reduce his motivation to learn more next time. Therefore, one can say that improved happiness can lead to an increase in motivation to learn.
“Esteem needs include both self-esteem and the esteem of others. Self-esteem is the feeling that one is worthwhile, competent, and independent”. (Maslow and Abraham H, n.d.)
According to Maslow, most people motivated through learning when they engage themselves to achieve recognition and have an activity or activities that give an individual a sense of share. However, any kind of instability at this motivation level can lead in low self-esteem and complex situation. Nonetheless, there are two main levels to self esteem. The lower of the levels denote to elements such as respect, renown and glory. The higher level is depending on concepts such as confidence, competence, and accomplishment. The lower level in this regard considered as less advanced and more external; and it is also differ from one person to another.
In this regard, Individual with low esteem needs respect from others. “One can seek fame or glory, which again are depending on others. Maslow in this respect also believes that, humans have the need to increase their intelligence and thereby chase knowledge. Cognitive needs are the expression of the natural human need to learn, explore, discover and create to get a better understanding of the world around them. Based on Maslow’s beliefs, one can say that, people need beautiful imagery or something new and aesthetically pleasing to continue up towards self-actualization in motivation process”. (Maslow’s hierarchy of needs – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
Furthermore, while learning, the improvement in one’s self esteem will push an individual to feel safe and better, as a result of this, one not only will have sheer confidence in his or her skills, powers, and abilities bus also his or her level of motivation will be highly enhanced. This enhancement in one’s personality will improve his or her life and self esteem. For example, if an individual does not have motivation to go to work each labor day; and does not like annoying and tedious job; that is affecting one’s self esteem.
“Stress works in a strange way to motivate, like reverse psychology, when under stress and difficult situations, a person feels pressured. This may trigger feelings of under-achieving, which results in a reverse mindset, to strive to achieve. This is almost sub-conscious. The net amount motivation under stress may motivate a person to work harder in order to “compensate” for his feelings. Psychologists differentiate between this constructive form of stress, called eustress, and the unhelpful state of distress”. (Maslow’s hierarchy of needs – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
For example, a graphic designer may come under stress if he cannot design websites as per the requirements of his boss. This stress may motivate him to learn new programs through which he can design websites in a more efficient manner. In the meanwhile, if he gets another job that gets him out of stress, he will not be motivated anymore to learn new programs. This shows that stress may increase a person’s motivation to learn.
Conclusively, as described by three aforementioned examples, learning play an important role in motivating an individual towards a particular goal. Learning also enhances an individual horizon. Most importantly, the pursuit of learning assists an individual to challenge him or herself so he or she can become a better person. In other words, learning fresh and different skills and knowledge may also make one person a more interesting person, which will in turn, helps him or her in new relationships.
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