Motivational Emotion Essay

Look at the human motivations below.  Which of these motivations do you consider the most powerful?  Give an answer in an essay. 

 

Fear – People are most powerfully motivated when they believe they face a loss of a necessity or a loss of the lifestyle to which they are adapted.

Greed – People are most powerfully motivated when they are tempted with more than what they really need. 

Anger – People are most powerfully motivated when they believe that they have been wronged. 

Guilt – People are most powerfully motivated when they believe that they’ve done wrong and that they should do something to make up for it.

Individuality – People are most powerfully motivated when they feel that they need to increase their individuality, uniqueness, or distinctiveness. 

Salvation – People are most powerfully motivated when they feel that they need deliverance, recovery, or escape. 

Curiosity – People are most powerfully motivated when they want to discover new things and new places. 

Status – People are most powerfully motivated when they believe they can rise in society. 

Flattery – People are most powerfully motivated when someone else sweet-talks, praises, or compliments them. 

Belonging – People are most powerfully motivated by the desire to belong to a group, to have companions in a common cause, to feel that others are like them. 

Use this structure to organize your essay:

Paragraph 1: Define your chosen emotion.  Show the importance of this emotion.  Give a clear thesis (answer) at the end of the first paragraph

Paragraphs 2-4: In each of these paragraphs must demonstrate evidence that your chosen emotion motivated people.  To do this, each paragraph may:

·       Give an example from stories you have read, movies you have seen, events observed from real life, or events learned from history.  Providing quotes is excellent. 

·       Give a specific logical argument, reason, or explanations. 

Paragraphs 5: Write a short conclusion reinforcing your main idea. 

Five things to check before you turn it in:

1.     DON’T write the final sentence and just head for the turn-in basket!  Go over it a couple times.  Re-read to make sure your sentences make sense. 

2.     Absolutely do not turn in your paper with the word “you” unless it appears in a quote. 

3.     Unless you are writing autobiography, do not turn in your paper with the words “I”, “me”, or “my” unless they appear in a quote.  Do not use “I think,” “In my opinion,” and so on. 

4.     Your title of your essay must be original – it cannot simply be the story. 

5.     Check that whenever you have written the title of a short story is in quotation marks, and the title of a longer work (such as a movie or book) is in Italics.  Do not put quotation marks around your own title.