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Please help me to understand two ways in which cultural norms may influence motivation. Then, explain which motivational theories are more universal and which are more culturally relative.

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Social aspects can have a major influence in motivation. Peer pressure can be a great influence, as well as cultural values and norms. For example, if one child grows up in a poor family, and a poor neighborhood, chances are that child will not have much motivation to succeed. Whereas, a child in a rich, well-educated family would be more motivated to get good ...

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Explanations as to how cultural norms can influence motivation.

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There are different ways to talk about culture, and each way is more or less useful within specific contexts. Culture can be thought of in the "high culture" sense, which might include the artistic, literary, and musical achievements of a culture. It can be thought of in the anthropological sense, which relates to a set of beliefs, practices, and values to which a group of people adhere and that characterize them. It can also be thought of as an ever-evolving pattern of learned behavior, language, and beliefs shared amongst a group of people.

In the context of psychology, it may be most helpful to think of culture as an evolving landscape of learned behavior and socialization that are characteristic of an institution, organization, or group. Thinking about motivation, specifically, consider how, if the cultural norm is one of passivity, you might motivate leaders. If a culture values conformity, how might you motivate independence? If the cultural norm is one of maintaining the status quo, how might you motivate originality?

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