Motivation in the Making

Sarah Perkett
August 2, 2012
James Narlock
Motivation in the Making
Motivation.   J. Ormrod defines motivation as, “something that energizes, directs, and sustains behavior; it gets people moving, points them in a particular direction, and keeps them going”. (Ormrod. 2014). However, motivation is not a characteristic that comes naturally, especially when life events can dictate a positive or negative motivational outcome.
In scenario one, Caitlin’s lack of motivation seems to stem from the divorce of her parents, in addition to moving to a new area with her mother, which resulted in attending a new school. The lack of motivation to be engaged in the classroom is certainly understood, however, the potential to become motivated can be accomplished through understanding, compassion, and being educated on motivational approaches by Daran Brown.
Abraham Maslow’s “Theory of Human Motivation” includes five layers of needs, which he concluded are very similar to personal instincts (Cherry.2013). Since they are similar, they seem to play a major role in motivating one’s behavior. The five layers, designed in the shape of a pyramid, begin with the lowest level which includes one’s basic needs, concluding with the more complex needs situated at the top. The lowest level is the physiological need which includes needs that are important to survival (breathing, eating, and sleep). Second, is the personal security need. This need includes safety and security. Some examples include, a steady job, health care, a safe environment, and shelter. Level three is the love or belonging need. Sometimes this can also be referred to as the social need.   These needs include a feeling of belonging, love, affection, friendship and family.   Level four addresses the esteem need. This need addresses things that reflect self-esteem, personal worth, confidence, and respect of and for others. At the top of the pyramid is the need of self-actualization. At this level people are...