Motivation is a funny thing

Motivation is a funny thing.  As you will read in this week’s chapter, we can be motivated by instincts, needs, and wants.  We can be intrinsically motivated, doing right for the sake of doing right, or externally motivated, performing a behavior for a reward.  Sometimes we can also be motivated to simply keep ourselves in balance.  In your reading on Piaget you should remember the idea of cognitive disequilibration, the term used to describe the feeling a child gets when their schema does not match the current information they have learned.  This feeling forces the child to either assimilate the new information into the current schema or make an accommodation and change their schema.  This feeling is also referred to as cognitive dissonance, which is the unbalance one feels when they hold two contradictory cognitive beliefs at the same time.   Often the need to remove this dissonance is enough motivation to actually change beliefs.  Please read the article, Cognitive consequences of forced compliance, and give a quick summary of the study and its findings.  Then I would like you to describe a situation where this idea of cognitive dissonance has forced you or someone you know to change their beliefs.  Just as a general note, it does not have to be a world shattering belief.  I have had this happen many times over rather trivial things..

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