What is motivation?
There are many theories of motivation, and I have utilised the ones that I believe are the most useful for myÂ work as a Hypnotherapist and Hypno-PsychotherapiststÂ in my book Motivational Hypnotism. Here IÂ will highlight a few key ideas:
MotivationÂ is about why we do things, what our incentives are, what drives us. We are motivated to act when that action fulfils a need, or moves us in the direction of fulfilling a need. Without this, there is little chance of action.
Letâs look at some specific examples of needs motivating action:
- A woman who needs to be accepted may be motivated to do everything for everybody
- A man who needs to be respected may be motivated to work long hours to earn enough to buy a nice car
- A teenager who needs to feel they are one of the crowd may be motivated to smoke
- A woman who needs to prove herself to her father may be motivated to get a PhD
- A man who needs to feel better about himself may choose to bully his employees
MotivationÂ is about:
- Direction: towards the positive or away from the negative
- Persistence: sticking to a task
- Continuing motivation: long term motivation
- Intensity: strength of the desire for change
All of these can be ascertained by the therapist, and maximised using hypnotic interventions.