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Human Motivation


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N1-viii
  2. Introduction

    1. Bernard Weiner
      Pages 1-6
  3. Need Reduction Theories

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Bernard Weiner
      Pages 9-84
    3. Bernard Weiner
      Pages 85-138
  4. Expectancy-Value Theories

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Bernard Weiner
      Pages 141-178
    3. Bernard Weiner
      Pages 179-228
  5. Mastery and Growth Theories

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Bernard Weiner
      Pages 275-326
    3. Bernard Weiner
      Pages 327-406
    4. Bernard Weiner
      Pages 407-436
  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 437-437
    2. Bernard Weiner
      Pages 439-448
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 449-480

About this book


This book represents a major revision of my earlier work, Theories of Motivation: From Mechanism to Cognition. A number of shortcomings in the p,revious book became increasingly evident to me. First of all, there were serious omissions. Second, there has been much new knowl­ edge since the inception of the prior book, so that it was becoming out­ dated. And finally, I was dissatisfied with some of the writing, feeling that parts of the book were needlessly complex and that certain topics did not deserve the space that they were allotted. A revision, therefore, was initiated. I attempted to fill some of the gaps by including chapters on psychoanalytic, social learning, and humanistic theory. Furthermore, other topics that could have been dis­ cussed within the outline of Theories of Motivation but were neglected are incorporated into the present volume. These topics include, for ex­ ample, social facilitation, arousal, emotions, personal responsibility, and the irrationality of attributions. In addition to this new material, I up­ dated the ideas examined in Theories of Motivation. Little could be altered in-the sections on H ullian and Lewinian theory, for these con­ ceptions are no longer undergoing modification. The discussion of these theories was merely shortened and simplified, bringing them more in line with their current influence in psychology. But achievement and attribution theories have changed in the past years - or at least our understanding in these areas has changed - and discussion of these topics was greatly altered.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of California at Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Human Motivation
  • Authors B. Weiner
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-96118-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4612-9560-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4612-5092-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 0
  • Number of Illustrations 44 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Originally published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1980
  • Topics General Psychology
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