Ch 4: Personal Goals, Motivation & Well-Being

About This Chapter

The Personal Goals, Motivation & Well-Being chapter of this Positive Psychology Study Guide is the simplest way to master the use of goals and motivation in psychology. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the essentials of goals, motivation and well-being in positive psychology.

Who's It For?

Anyone who needs help learning about the relationship between goals, motivation and well-being will benefit from the lessons in this chapter. There is no faster or easier way to learn the key concepts. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning about motivation (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about personal goals
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra psychology learning resources

How It Works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Personal Goals, Motivation and Well-Being chapter exam.

Why It Works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Personal Goals, Motivation and Well-Being chapter exam to be prepared.
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  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a goals, motivation and well-being unit of a standard psychology course. Topics covered include:

  • Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs
  • The relationship between goals and motivation
  • Values, morals and ethics
  • Different types of achievement
  • How goals contribute to well-being

13 Lessons in Chapter 4: Personal Goals, Motivation & Well-Being
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How Personal Goals Impact Motivation

1. How Personal Goals Impact Motivation

Our personal goals give our lives meaning, but whether we achieve those goals depends very much on our motivation. Through this lesson, you will learn about the connection between motivation and goals and explore some ways to successfully achieve your own goals.

Hierarchy of Personal Goals

2. Hierarchy of Personal Goals

Identifying and organizing our personal goals can be difficult, but there are some existing models that can help. Through this lesson, you will explore ways to create a hierarchy of goals that can improve chances of success.

Theories of Motivation: Instinct, Drive Reduction & Arousal

3. Theories of Motivation: Instinct, Drive Reduction & Arousal

Motivation is a word we've all heard: whether we're asked if we're feeling motivated or, even, what our motivations are. Where does the desire to do something come from? This lesson presents and explains three of the main theories on motivation.

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: Definition, Theory & Pyramid

4. Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs: Definition, Theory & Pyramid

Why is it that when some of our needs aren't met, it's almost impossible to concentrate on other ones? Psychologist Abraham Maslow spent his career looking for these answers. Watch this lesson to learn about some of his most important conclusions.

What Are Values, Morals & Ethics?

5. What Are Values, Morals & Ethics?

In this lesson, learn the differences between ethics and morals. Consider how these terms can mean different things to philosophers compared with the general public and how values factor into the conversation.

How Goals Contribute to Well-Being

6. How Goals Contribute to Well-Being

Setting and achieving goals has a major influence on our well-being, but it's a process that's sometimes easier said than done. In this video, you'll learn how goals affect well-being and explore some ideas to help you succeed in achieving your own goals.

Identity Achievement: Definition & Example

7. Identity Achievement: Definition & Example

Do you know anyone who has a well-defined sense of what their values and goals are in life and are highly committed to making them happen? If so, you that person has reached identity achievement. Learn more about identity achievement from this lesson and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Student Achievement: Definition, Factors & Research

8. Student Achievement: Definition, Factors & Research

What is student achievement? This lesson provides a general definition of student achievement, defines factors that impact a student's ability to achieve and explains what research shows about successful student achievement.

Achievement in Early Adulthood: Work & Socioemotional Success

9. Achievement in Early Adulthood: Work & Socioemotional Success

During your twenties and thirties, achievement is a major driving factor. In this lesson, we'll take a look at both career and socioemotional achievement, including what they are and factors that can lead to success in those areas.

Achievement in Late Adulthood

10. Achievement in Late Adulthood

For young people, achievement generally centers on work and raising a family. But what happens when you're retired and your family is grown? In this lesson, we'll look at the three types of achievement in late adulthood.

Maladaptive Perfectionism: Definition & Causes

11. Maladaptive Perfectionism: Definition & Causes

Perfectionism has two types - adaptive and maladaptive - and this lesson discusses the definition and causes of the maladaptive type of perfection. The lesson begins with a definition of perfectionism as a general concept, then delves into how people often turn that into a negative factor in their lives.

Maladaptive Perfectionism: Symptoms & Treatment

12. Maladaptive Perfectionism: Symptoms & Treatment

Perfectionism can hinder people from performing at the top of their capability, and also challenge social and intimate relationships. This lesson discusses maladaptive perfectionism, its traits, and ways to start resolving this behavior.

Adaptive vs. Maladaptive Perfectionism

13. Adaptive vs. Maladaptive Perfectionism

This lesson centers on perfectionistic behavior. After defining perfectionism, both adaptive and maladaptive perfectionism will be discussed. Finally, some ways to overcome perfectionism will be reviewed.

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