Drive Theory

  • Bernard Weiner


In Chapter One it was indicated that there are two major approaches that address the question, Why do people behave as they do? One plan is to postulate a basic principle of action and then account for a wide array of behaviors by appealing to that principle. Freudian psychology, which assumes that individuals are striving to reduce sexual end aggressive urges, is the example par excellence of this theoretical strategy. Dreams, slips of the tongue, war, neurosis, art, and humor are just some of the phenomena that were systematically incorporated into Freudian theory because they allegedly gratify sexual or aggressive needs.


Social Facilitation Habit Strength Drive Level Goal Object Avoidance Motivation 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard Weiner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of California at Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

Personalised recommendations