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Instincts and Motives

What is the relationship between instincts and motives? Provide an example.

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1. What is the relationship between instincts and motives? Provide an example.

Instinct theory suggests that motives are driven by instincts. For example, my motive to eat is based on the survival instinct.

Instincts are defined as a pre-lingual bodily impulse that drives our actions. In other words, all our motives are driven by instinct. For example, we are driven to eat because we are hungry. We are motivated to sleep because we have a need to sleep. Motivation is defined as the study of the directional and energizing aspects of the behavior. Likewise, all animals experience motivation according to their environment. Humans also experience different kinds of motivation and needs depending on our situation and surrounds. (http://www.drmillslmu.com/Evolpsyc/spr2004/gaulin-summary-3-11-04.htm)

According to Freud:

"makes a distinction between instinct and the antithesis, conscious/unconscious; an instinct is pre-lingual and, so, can only be accessed by ...

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By discussion and example, this soluion explores the relationship between instincts and motives.

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