The Anatomy of Achievement Motivation

The Anatomy of Achievement Motivation

1st Edition - January 1, 1967

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  • Author: Heinz Heckhausen
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483271729

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The Anatomy of Achievement Motivation focuses on the study of individual differences in motivations, including the determinants of specific motives and methods of assessing motive strength. The book first offers information on content analysis and evaluative dispositions, as well as the theory of thematic apperception method, experimental method, and sociocultural frames of references and their change over historical time. The manuscript then highlights the important dimensions of experience and conflict. The publication takes a look at the general structure of goals and performance and valence and motive arousal, including psychic distance and discrepancy between a present and a future state. The book then examines goal setting and level of aspiration, performance period, and the origin and development of achievement motivation. The manuscript is a dependable reference for psychologists and readers interested in the facets of achievement motivation.

Table of Contents

  • Contents





    Chapter I. Introduction


    Chapter II. Content Analysis

    I. Early Research

    II. Theory of the Thematic Apperception Method

    III. Experimental Method

    IV. Validation

    V. Reliability

    Chapter III. Evaluative Dispositions (Value Attitudes)

    I. Indicators

    II. Area of Generalization

    III. Sociocultural Frames of References and Their Change Over Historical Time

    IV. Value Systems and Subsystems

    Chapter IV. Important Dimensions of Experience

    I. Focus of the Person-Environment Relationship

    II. Time Perspective and the Nature of the Experience of Time

    III. Levels of Reality

    Chapter V. Conflict

    I. Expectation of Failure

    II. Risk-Taking

    III. Resolution of Conflict after Failure

    IV. Conflicts with Other Motives

    Chapter VI. The General Structure of Goals and Performance


    Chapter VII. Foreperiod: Valence and Motive Arousal

    I. Discrepancy between a Present and a Future State

    II. Psychic Distance between a Present and a Future State

    Chapter VII. Goal Setting and Level of Aspiration

    I. Definitions

    II. Results and Theoretical Review

    III. Relationship of Goal Setting to Motivation

    Chapter IX. The Performance Period

    I. Activation

    II. Feedback about Success and Failure

    III. Endurance and Persistence

    Chapter X . The Postperformance Period

    I. Release from the Task

    II. Zeigarnik Effect

    III. Retrospective Judgment of Success

    Chapter XI. Accomplishments

    I. Motivation and Intelligence

    II. Achievement in School and College

    III. Other Types of Accomplishment

    Chapter XII. Origin and Development of Achievement Motivation

    I. Precursors and First Appearance

    II. General Course of Development

    III. Individual Differences: Parental Influences

    IV. Effects of Family Structure

    V. Effects of the Sociocultural Milieu

    VI. Changes in Adulthood

    Chapter XIII. Concluding Remarks



    Author Index

    Subject Index

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  • No. of pages: 236
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1967
  • Published: January 1, 1967
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483271729

About the Author

Heinz Heckhausen

About the Editor

Brendan A. Maher

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