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    Please help me to understand different theories of motivation and the variables that may impact motivation.
    Compare similarities and differences between two theories of motivation. Include how each theory explains both short- and long-term change, why I chose the two theories, and each theory's strengths and limitations.

    Support your Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are to provide a reference list for all resources, including those in the Learning Resources for this course.

    Book Excerpt: Geen, R. G. (1984). Human motivation: New perspectives on old problems. In A. M. Rogers, & C. Scheirer (Eds.) , The G. Stanley Hall lecture series, Vol. 4 (pp. 9-57). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
    Weiner, B. (2010). The development of an attribution-based theory of motivation: A history of ideas. Educational Psychologist, 45(1), 28-36.

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    Humanistic Theory- the belief that our motivation comes from our desire to fulfill biological needs then to achieve 100% understanding of ourselves (self-actualization). You're motivated to be the best person you can be.

    Arousal Theory- you behave a certain way out of desire to increase or decrease levels of arousal. For example, people take a bubble bath to wind down or go running to boost arousal. This theory can explain why people engage in such activities as bungee jumping, watching scary movies, going on scary roller coasters or reading a sad story.

    Drive Theory- you're motivated to do things that will help avoid internal tension that comes from having unmet needs. You're seeking inner calmness. For example, you eat a big dinner before leaving the house to avoid hunger pains or your stomach growling while you're out. Unfortunately, the motivation doesn't always come from physiological needs, such as when people eat out of boredom or just because food is readily available but they aren't hungry. This ...

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    The similarities and differences between two theories of motivation is compared. The impact of motivation is determined.