There are many theories of motivation each with something to offer. Biological theories center on instinct. For example should you step on a sharprock while walking in bare feet you pick your foot back up and quickly! Behavior isnt always that simple though. You arent taking this course out of instinct so something else must be motivating your behavior. Abraham Maslow felt individuals behaved in ways to satisfy needs. His theory centered on a Hierarchy of Needs in which basic needs like food and water had to be met before higher needs like esteem and approval of others.Questions:1) Maslows theory seems to fit for much of behavior but what about people who go on hunger strikes to meet higher order needs or who risk their own safety to protect their children?2) Describe the person in your family who has the highest achievement motivation. How do you think he or she got this way?

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