The Fundamentals of Human Motivation

The Fundamentals of Human Motivation

The Fundamentals of Human Motivation

The Fundamentals of Human Motivation

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The present book is intended to be a systematic treatment of the facts and problems of human motivation. It attempts to answer certain questions which are of the utmost practical importance in human life, but which have not been adequately treated in available psychological texts. Why do people behave and feel as they do? What are the foundations of impulse, desire, emotion, purpose and habit? How can these processes be controlled? These topics have been discussed in many books and articles, in a fragmentary or a popular way, but I am not aware of the existence of a comprehensive treatment which endeavors to present all of the pertinent facts and theories in a systematic manner. Dr. Morton Prince once said to me that "the problem of motivation is the only important one in human life," and yet I believe that the present book is the first to incorporate the word, motivation, in its title.

The following questions, discussed in the ensuing pages, should be of interest to any conscious human being: (1) our inborn tendencies to action, (2) the means by which we learn, (3) the basis of "pleasure and pain" and the part which they play in learning, (4) the foundations of "happiness" in general, (5) the nature and operation of "instincts," such as that of sex, (6) the physiological meaning of the Freudian "complex," (7) the nature and foundations of emotional experience, (8) the explanation of typical modern interests: automobiles, radio, and the like, (9) suggestions towards a scientific treatment of the problems of ethics. In dealing with these varied subjects, I have endeavored to summarize all significant available facts and theories, and yet to combine them into a doctrine which has some new aspects, and gives unity to a discussion which . . .

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