Motivation and emotion/Nuggets of truth

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Motivation and emotion:
Nuggets of truth

Edit this page to share your nuggets of truth / pearls of wisdom e.g.,:

  • What are the greatest insights or best ideas you've acquired through the motivation and emotion unit?
  • What have been your most significant learnings about motivation and emotion?
  • What were the take-home message(s) from the chapter and multimedia presentation you created?

2022[edit | edit source]

Motivation[edit | edit source]

  1. Motivations and emotions are closely intertwined.
  2. Motivations and emotions link to other psychological disciplines (e.g., health, organisational etc.), not just clinical psychology.

Emotion[edit | edit source]

  1. Emotions are a big and complex process which deserves as much respect and understanding as thoughts and other mental processes - don't sweep emotions under the proverbial rug; listen to yourself.
  2. Understanding the significance of microexpressions in detecting leakage is essential for emotional intelligence and deception detection. Following the lecture, I began watching the "Lie to Me" series to better understand how the display of personal emotions indicates an individual's intentions in a social situation. U3211603 (discusscontribs) 04:11, 15 November 2022 (UTC)
  3. When we don't get what we want, we produce synthetic happiness; this is similar to learned helplessness. It was fascinating to learn about how immersive feelings can make an individual believe that everything is fine on the inside through the use of synthetic happiness. U3211603 (discusscontribs) 04:11, 15 November 2022 (UTC)

Process[edit | edit source]

  1. Treat the chapter and presentation as one assessment piece. By that, complete both, before the former's due date. In honing the latter, I realised the former's focus wasn't sharpened and articulated well enough.
  2. Start early, and continue researching throughout writing your chapter. Don't just stick to the first couple of articles you found in your first search.
  3. Its okay to completely change your chapter. It may feel big and scary at the time but sometimes its necessary.
  4. Monitor your word limit as you progress through writing the book chapter. I found it so easy to just keep writing as I found new and interesting information however, I ended up having to remove a lot of content as a result of being 2000 words of the limit.
  5. I loved the Grades page for Motivation and Emotion unit as it clearly gave me an idea of the progress on the overall grades. It gave me the motivation to work harder and keep my grades good. It would be super nice if this becomes a standard across other unit pages as well. There won't be any need to do any grade calculation. U3211603 (discusscontribs) 04:08, 15 November 2022 (UTC)
  6. Discussion in the tutorials has assisted me in applying motivation and emotion theories to real-world problems. Thank you Jtneill for those engaging conversations and for assisting in broadening the horizon. U3211603 (discusscontribs) 04:18, 15 November 2022 (UTC)

2021[edit | edit source]

Motivation[edit | edit source]

  1. A lot of motivators in society are extrinsic (e.g., legal systems, schooling etc.)
  2. Using extrinsic motivators to try and foster development can be counterproductive.
  3. Intrinsic motivation is REALLY diminished by extrinsic motivation/incentives
  4. Extrinsic vs intrinsic motivation - how they correlate, also trying to use intrinsic motivators for trivial things like trying to go to the gym.
  5. Autonomy, competence, relatedness. Very interesting and ties into so many things.
  6. Connect with others.
  7. Low and high achievers have differences in taking responsibility for successes and failures - an aspect I wasn't aware of.
  8. Growth mindset vs. fixed mindset - become aware of own fixed mindset and been moving towards a more growth-oriented mindset
  9. Gained insight into how people are primarily driven by what matters to them most - maintaining a consistent self-image (e.g., meaning of having to put in effort academically - in a growth mindset it does not mean low intelligence, but learning).
  10. Learned helplessness
  11. Motivation is 'individualistic' in the sense that a lot of it is self-directed and self-motivated. Even if there are social/cultural influences, a lot of how we understand motivation is based on individual perceptions in relation to those social/cultural factors.
  12. Positive psychology
  13. Unconscious motivation
  14. So many interesting facts about motivation (Intrinsic vs extrinsic) to acknowledge, understand and adopting in real world. It is very fascinating.
  15. There are many elements and factors involved in this area, and all are important and relevant for survival and growth
  16. We like to think that we are rational even when we are not.

Emotion[edit | edit source]

  1. Emotions are a broad topic and there are lots of different types of emotions.
  2. The basic emotions and the specific roles they have; no emotion is unuseful.
  3. Eudaimonic well-being such as life pursuits and quality relationships.
  4. People who experience emotions can be nonverbal and verbal.
  5. Terror management theory: Death and conscious awareness.
  6. Emotions are a great way of expressing feeling from inside your body to outside world.
  7. Humans are not the only ones who experience emotions, it is also present in animals as well! It is such a complex area of study but yet very fascinating.
  8. Optimism by definition describes a certain degree of irrationality in the way we see and think. However, perhaps the only way in which to create a fundamentally better reality is through this irrationality and the corresponding belief that we are good (and getting better)!

Process[edit | edit source]

  1. Experiment with other platforms to see how it's useful.
  2. Find the leaders in the research - to see what they're saying on the topic - reach out for feedback
  3. Re: book chapter - it's great to start from a point of curiousity in selecting a topic as it will likely be most rewarding.
  4. Learning such an amazing artwork such as wikiversity. very rewarding for present and future as well.
  5. Take home message: Never stop learning and putting your ideas out there because you could be the reason a major breakthrough occurs and makes the world a better place.
  6. Career insight: this unit inspired me to consider a job as a professor/lecturer. I loved how exciting the content was and how this was translated into cool assignments. I also now want to write a whole textbook; but maybe one step at a time…

See also[edit | edit source]