Human Motivation

Human Motivation

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Human Motivation, originally published in 1987, offers a broad overview of theory and research from the perspective of a distinguished psychologist whose creative empirical studies of human motives span forty years. David McClelland describes methods for measuring motives, the development of motives out of natural incentives and the relationship of motives to emotions, to values and to performance under a variety of conditions. He examines four major motive systems - achievement, power, affiliation and avoidance - reviewing and evaluating research on how these motive systems affect behaviour. Scientific understanding of motives and their interaction, he argues, contributes to understanding of such diverse and important phenomena as the rise and fall of civilisations, the underlying causes of war, the rate of economic development, the nature of leadership, the reasons for authoritarian or democratic governing styles, the determinants of success in management and the factors responsible for health and illness. Students and instructors alike will find this book an exciting and readable presentation of the psychology of human motivation.
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Preface; Foreword; Part I. Background: 1. Conscious and unconscious motives; 2. Motives in the personality tradition; 3. Motivation in the behaviourist tradition; Part II. The Nature of Human Motives: 4. Emotions as indicators of natural incentives; 5. Natural incentives and their derivatives; 6. Measures of human motive dispositions; Part III. Important Motive Systems: 7. The achievement motive; 8. The power motive; 9. The affiliative motives; 10. The avoidance motives; Part IV. Contextual Effects on Human Motives: 11. Motivational trends in society; 12. Cognitive effects on motivation; 13. How motives interact with values and skills to determine what people do; 14. Motivation training; 15. Milestones in the progress toward a scientific understanding of human motivation; Bibliography; Acknowledgements.
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