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    Power Motivation

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    This 2 page paper provides an overview of power motivation. The concept is defined and examples are provided. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

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    power through politics. They want to be famous so try to get on reality shows such as Big Brother or American Idol. The desire for power is greater than most  anything else and some men and women are driven by it alone. First, in order to understand power motivation, it is important to understand motivation in general. Banduras Social Learning  Theory (1977) stresses the importance of motivation and competence in a personal sense as well as in a social environment. Thus, the more success a student or worker experiences, the  more likely is that person to become motivated. Yet, motivation comes from a variety of sources. There are many kinds of motivation. Many of the concepts behind individual motivation are  easy to understand. There is a carrot and the bunny is motivated by that, or there is a piece of cheese so a mouse will be motivated to figure out  the way to make his way through a maze. There is that intrinsic motivation where one can integrate new dimensions to a mundane task and become motivated to do it  again and again. And there is motivation that is learned by observing others. Finally, there is the concept of power motivation, which is again simply one type of many that  fall under the motivation heading. Power motivation has been a topic of interest in recent years. Since Murrays (1938 as cited in Freeman, 1994) definition of needs was created,  there has been some research done in respect to the need for achievement, affiliation and power in adults (Atkinson, 1958; McClelland, 1961, 1975; Winter, 1973 as cited in Freeman, 1994).  Freeman (1994) defines motives as "an expectation of an affective change...or a general disposition toward finding a certain set of stimuli attractive" (p.661). While some researchers have suggested 

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