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Achievement Motivation. Motivation and Emotion. Some motivations involve simple human behaviors like eating. What motivates us the more complicated behaviors, like studying for the AP Psychology test? .

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Achievement motivation

Achievement Motivation

Motivation and Emotion








  • Extrinsic motivators sports and all those day to day things that take up our day.  are rewards that we get for accomplishments from outside ourselves (grades, salary etc...).


  • Intrinsic motivators sports and all those day to day things that take up our day.  are rewards we get internally, such as enjoyment or satisfaction. 












Management theory
Management Theory work well in the short run, but for long term performance, one needs intrinsic motivation.

  • Organizational psychologists are the psychologists of the business world and spend the most time studying motivations and how we can use these ideas to increase employee performance in the workplace. 



  • They divide managers into two different styles.  managers (bosses) in the workplace and how they treat the people under them.

  • If you want to make this more applicable to your lives change the word manager to teacher, and the word employee to student- it will make more sense to you.


Theory x

Managers believe that employees will work only if rewarded with benefits or threatened with punishment.

In other words, they believe that employees are only extrinsically motivated.

Theory X


Theory y

Mangers believe that employees are internally motivated to do good work and policies should encourage this internal motive.

Thus these managers believe that employees can be intrinsically motivated.

Theory Y




When motives conflict
When Motives Conflict leadership and are hiring organizational psychologists to help promote intrinsic motivation in the workplace.

  • Sometimes what you want to do in a situation is clear to you, but at other times you no doubt find yourself conflicted about what choice to make.



Approach approach conflict
Approach-approach conflict leadership and are hiring organizational psychologists to help promote intrinsic motivation in the workplace.

  • Approach-approach conflict: occurs when you must choose between two desirable outcomes.



Avoidance avoidance conflict
Avoidance-avoidance conflict friend or dinner with that really cute guy/girl from history class.

  • Avoidance-avoidance conflict: occurs when you must choose between two unattractive outcomes. 



Approach avoidance
Approach-avoidance and you desire neither one you are experiencing an avoidance-avoidance conflict.

  • Approach-avoidance: exists when ONE event or goal has both attractive and unattractive features. 



Multiple approach avoidance conflicts
Multiple approach-avoidance conflicts and you desire neither one you are experiencing an avoidance-avoidance conflict.

  • Multiple approach-avoidance conflicts: here you must choose between two or more things, each of which has both desirable and undesirable features.




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