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Polling Week Three, this time with a (sort of) Theme!
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This time I wanted to stick with one theme, though I guess it's technically a couple of themes.



Poll #2016565 Poll: Motivation, Self-Control, Addiction

Check all of the things you are intrinsically motivated to do (i.e., motivated to do them without external reward such as money).

Eat healthy foods.
7(6.9%)
Exercise.
6(5.9%)
Take care of your appearance (make an effort to wear clothes that look nice, etc.)
8(7.8%)
Read.
17(16.7%)
Write.
9(8.8%)
Create art.
8(7.8%)
Perform.
2(2.0%)
Play sports.
4(3.9%)
Solve math and/or logic problems.
5(4.9%)
Explore.
12(11.8%)
Take care of others (people or animals).
9(8.8%)
Organize.
11(10.8%)
Other.
3(2.9%)
I refuse to even brush my teeth without external reward.
1(1.0%)
None.
0(0.0%)

What's an area where you are lacking in motivation?

When you were a child, what motivated you to focus in school?

Interesting topics.
13(21.0%)
Unique and creative activities.
10(16.1%)
Working with peers in partners and groups.
0(0.0%)
Your teacher's approval.
9(14.5%)
Your parents' approval.
8(12.9%)
The grades you would get on classwork and exams.
8(12.9%)
The grades you would get on your report cards.
8(12.9%)
Some other type of reward system (e.g., parents giving cash all As, a sticker chart at school, etc.)
3(4.8%)
Other.
2(3.2%)
Nothing.
1(1.6%)

Do you feel you have the type of personality that can motivate others?

Yes.
5(27.8%)
No.
3(16.7%)
Maybe.
10(55.6%)
I don't believe that's a thing.
0(0.0%)
Other.
0(0.0%)

Check all of the classic ~motivational~ songs that you enjoy and/or appreciate. (Note: all songs taken from some random internet list of motivational songs.)

What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
5(5.8%)
Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
8(9.3%)
Somewhere Over the Rainbow - The Wizard of Oz
3(3.5%)
Beautiful Day - U2
5(5.8%)
Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
7(8.1%)
Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
7(8.1%)
Imagine - John Lennon
7(8.1%)
Walking on Sunshine - Katrina and the Waves
8(9.3%)
Don't Worry, Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin
2(2.3%)
Perfect Day - Lou Reed
3(3.5%)
We are the Champions - Queen
9(10.5%)
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
3(3.5%)
I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
10(11.6%)
Dream On - Aerosmith
4(4.7%)
Other/None (Please feel free to share any other ~inspiring~ songs we need to be aware of!)
5(5.8%)

Are there any books or movies (or TV shows or plays) that you find to be ~motivational~?

How do you tend to deal with a challenging task (e.g., a big research project or presentation)?

Break it down into steps and take on a bit at a time.
8(32.0%)
Get it out of the way as soon as possible.
5(20.0%)
Procrastinate and do the majority of it right before it's due.
10(40.0%)
Don't do anything at all.
1(4.0%)
Other.
1(4.0%)

On a scale from 1 - 10, where 10 is supremely self-disciplined and 1 is supremely not, where do you feel you fall?

Mean: 6.22 Median: 6 Std. Dev 1.51
1
0(0.0%)
2
0(0.0%)
3
1(5.6%)
4
1(5.6%)
5
3(16.7%)
6
7(38.9%)
7
1(5.6%)
8
4(22.2%)
9
1(5.6%)
10
0(0.0%)

Do you consider yourself to have an addictive personality?

Yes.
5(27.8%)
No.
6(33.3%)
Maybe.
5(27.8%)
I don't believe that's a thing.
2(11.1%)
Other.
0(0.0%)

Following are some common legal addictions. Check all of the ones where you understand what is pleasurable about the activity.

Tobacco.
1(0.8%)
Alcohol.
11(8.9%)
Shopping.
14(11.4%)
Food.
17(13.8%)
Gambling.
4(3.3%)
Internet.
18(14.6%)
Gossip.
7(5.7%)
Video games.
13(10.6%)
TV.
15(12.2%)
Sex.
15(12.2%)
Work.
7(5.7%)
Other.
1(0.8%)
None. I don't eat or buy things and I clearly never use the internet.
0(0.0%)




Thank you for your input!
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This is a neat theme! (and it keeps making me think of the SoulCollage cards I was dabbling in, curiously enough)

I tend to be very bimodal when it comes to self-discipline -- if it's something I HAVE to do, I can be super self-disciplined, but if it's optional in any way, I get really really lazy and sit around doing nothing. I saw something on Facebook the other day about a "type A to Z" personality, which sounded pretty spot on, although I can no longer find a link (and am not sufficiently motivated to look further for one, haha).

I'm always self-motivated to read, and usually to write (although having an audience definitely helps a lot) and solve simple math problems/logic puzzles (for anything that would take longer than a couple of minutes, I need some kind of external stimulus, like Tourney of the Hand).

I was such a teacher's pet in school -- that was my primary motivation, although grades were important, too, and interesting topics were their own reward. But the classes that turned me off fastest were those where I did not feel respect for my teachers, especially if the material was not something I was genuinely interested in, and vice versa.

Type of personality that can motivate others -- is totally a thing, because I've seen it with good managers (even more than with good teachers), and I wish I had more of it. Apparently, with sufficient effort, I can sort of fake it if necessary, but it feels like such an uphill struggle to me, and like play-acting a role, badly, I really dislike having to do it. (If I can motivate people in my own way, with charts or goofiness, that feels a little less fake/weird/difficult, but even that feels like hard work.)

Motivational song: "I'll Make a Man out of You"! :D

My MO when it comes to challenging tasks/big projects: think about it for a long time/planning and figuring out what I'll do in which order, making sure I have everything I need (e.g. sticky notes for going over primary materials, cleaning supplies, etc.), do the necessary research, then do all the actual work in a super-concentrated period of time -- I wrote all my college papers/presentations in one night, big things at work in a day or a weekend. I find it easier to work in super-focused concentrated bursts like that, getting into the zone, and it seems to work pretty well.

I am never, ever going inside a casino because I absolutely have an addictive personality, and no matter how stupid an activity, and how much I may rationally realize it is a waste of time, I have a hard time tearing myself away from things, in a kind of terrible inertia.

This actually quite apropos. I'm in the middle of sending out job applications and need all the motivation I can get!

While I enjoy songs, books, movies, whatever with a motivational theme, I've realized that they don't actually ever inspire me in some tangible way. It might put me in a good mood, but that's not sufficient. What works for me is a schedule. If I add it to my daily list of activities, it's more likely to get done. It becomes part of my routine, and if nothing else, I'm a creature of habits.

And once something is routine, I add music. Something with a good beat that keeps me on pace.

But there are somethings that even a schedule can't induce me into doing, like dry cleaning. Ugh. I hate taking care of it, and I don't know why I have as many clothes as I do that are dry clean only. I don't mind doing laundry. I mind having to take care of dry cleaning.

I hope you have a great weekend!

My intrinsic motivation is inextricably linked to what my mental health is like at the point in time. When I'm doing well (stable, no major highs/lows, feeling okay about myself, anxiety controlled, depression symptoms limited), my intrinsic motivation is through the roof and I am super-productive. When I'm not feeling well, I may *want* to do things, but can never seem to actually get them accomplished, and the resulting depression/anxiety from feeling so unproductive slowly eats away at any motivation I have.

When it comes to things like reading and writing for school, I am often motivated to do the work, but my anxiety about *actually* doing the work shows up and the resulting cognitive dissonance is paralyzing, which increases anxiety and saps my energy so I end up doing nothing. Not good.

When I was in elementary school, motivation to complete schoolwork was never even a consideration. I just *did* it, and never even considered not completing my work to the absolute best of my ability. My parents never had to implement any sort of reward system (other than obviously expressing their support and celebrating my accomplishments with me - it's not like they ignored them, haha) and I never had one at school (although that may have been due to the fact that I was in academically-accelerated programs throughout most of my schooling - we were all pretty intrinsically motivated and very competitive!). I miss having that mindset and I have no idea what happened to it. Burnout? Mental illness? Who knows!

I also second hamsterwoman's comment about respect/interesting topics - at this point, if I can't respect my instructor, I don't take the class, because I'll never do any work. Maybe being intellectually respected is part of my motivation?

Edited at 2015-07-11 05:13 pm (UTC)

I have learned over the years that I am almost entirely extrinsically motivated. It kind of sucks because most workplace motivation ideologies these days are all "Woo ~~intrinsic motivation~~ if you don't have it you are clearly not a team player"... but, well, yeah. I just don't have that internal drive for most things. Examples include, but are definitely not limited to video games (I play games three times - one for the story, one for the basic achievements, and one for the rest of them) and work of both professional and house sorts (the only way I get through my work is by saying "If you do this now, you can have/do XX later").

Really, the only area in which I have any intrinsic motivation at all is reading. I gotta work up to do most everything else.

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