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Motivation from a social perspective

By nature, human beings are social creatures. They have social needs, such as safety and belonging that have allowed them to band together and thrive. For millennia, humans have been motivated by these needs to survive adverse conditions. Today, most people desire more than mere survival; they are motivated by social needs, like achievement, affiliation, intimacy, and power. Persons with high desires for achievement or power may become leaders of business, politics, or other fields. Individuals with high affiliation needs may seek membership in many groups and desire approval and close relations with those around them. Individuals with high intimacy needs often seek strong emotional attachments. Thus, different needs produce different motivators and different behavior.

To prepare for this discussion, select a social need from the following list: achievement, affiliation, intimacy, and power. Consider how this need influences motivation.

Please provide an explanation of how the social need you selected might influence motivation and provide an example to illustrate your point. Support your response with references to the Learning Resources.

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Please provide an explanation of how the social need you selected might influence motivation and provide an example to illustrate your point. Support your response with references to the Learning Resources.

The following is an example:

Geiger and Cooper (1996) wrote a research article using Vrooms expectancy theory (1964) as a framework to analysis and understand what motivates some students to achieve high levels of academic excellence. I have selected academic excellence as my social need and I will explain how it connects to motivation.

It is a well known fact that some people have the ability to achieve academically and out of the group some students excel while others fall behind. People first have to satisfy their basic need ...

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