A grand theory of motivation: Why not?
Reeve, Johnmarshall. (2016). A grand theory of motivation: Why not? Motivation and Emotion. 40(1), pp. 31 - 35. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11031-015-9538-2
Baumeister asks what a grand theory of motivation might look like, and he identifies the key problems, challenges, and opportunities that need to be considered in its pursuit. I address four of these challenges—how to define motivation, whether motivation is a state or a trait, the primacy of motivation in psychology, and the necessity to not only manage motivational conflict but also to vitalize motivational assets. I focus primarily, however, on the key obstacle that prevents a grand theory—our non-shared assumptions about the nature and dynamics of motivation. I suggest we capitalize on new advances in statistics, methodology, and technology to test what used to be untestable assumptions about motivation. Shared assumptions are necessary for a coherent science, and only a coherent science is capable of constructing a general theory.
|Keywords||grand theory; mini-theories; motivation; emotion|
|Journal||Motivation and Emotion|
|Journal citation||40 (1), pp. 31 - 35|
|Publisher||Springer International Publishing|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1007/s11031-015-9538-2|
|Page range||31 - 35|
|Research Group||Institute for Positive Psychology and Education|
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|Place of publication||United States of America|
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