Unconscious motivation helps us overcome challenges

   Oct 16, 3:11 pm

Washington, Oct 16 (ANI): A new study has suggested that apart from will power other mechanisms are required to motivate people to continually perform at a high level.

Researchers found that internal, unconscious motivation can significantly improve our performance capabilities.

Prof. Hugo Kehr from the Chair of Psychology at Technische Universitat Munchen said that there are three components to motivation.

The first is our conscious objectives and desires. Second is the unconscious, implicit motive, which is deeply rooted in our emotions and can include the desire to do things well, have an impact on and control over others, and engage in interpersonal relationships. While the third motivational component builds on the skills and capabilities that we bring to a role.

To research the effect of the unconscious motives, the researchers gave their subjects a task that required them to overcome a certain challenge. They then looked at how much willpower they had left for a second challenge.

In the first part of the study, subjects were shown a key scene from the movie Dead Poets Society, in which an overbearing father emphatically forbids his son from being an actor. One group of participants was asked to re-enact the scene, taking on the role of the father.

In the second part of the experiment, the experimenter showed the participants one of the funniest scenes from the animated film Ice Age and asked them not to smile or laugh.

They discovered that participants with a stronger power motive found it easier not to laugh during the Ice Age scene.

"We can conclude from this that they were able to draw on their internal motivation while completing the first task - and so they had more willpower left for the second task," Kehr explained. (ANI)

Study claims wives' qualification no longer reason for divorce Jul 28, 1:40 pm
Washington, July 28 (ANI): A new study has found that wives with more education than their husbands no longer face a higher risk of divorce than marriages in which husbands are more educated.
Full Story
Audi fans enjoy Q-series off-roading experience in Noida Jul 28, 1:20 pm
New Delhi, July 28 (ANI): Fans of German automobile manufacturer Audi experienced the superlative style, performance and Quattro technology of the Audi SUVs, namely Q3, Q5 and Q7, recently in Noida.
Full Story
Couples who believe to be 'soulmates' prone to be unhappy: Study Jul 28, 1:20 pm
Washington, July 28 (ANI): A new study has revealed that thinking you and your partner were made in heaven for each other can hurt your relationship.
Full Story
How people feel sharing their life events on social media? Jul 28, 12:06 pm
Washington, July 28 (ANI): A new study has investigated about people who share their life events via media particularly social media and texting and how they feel when they share these events in mediated environments that lack nonverbal cues like hugs or high-fives.
Full Story
Comments

LATEST STORIES
TOP VIDEO STORIES
PHOTO GALLERY