1. Motivation and the Goal Theory of Current Concerns

  1. W. Miles Cox1 and
  2. Eric Klinger2
  1. Eric Klinger2 and
  2. W. Miles Cox1

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470979952.ch1

Handbook of Motivational Counseling: Goal-Based Approaches to Assessment and Intervention with Addiction and Other Problems

Handbook of Motivational Counseling: Goal-Based Approaches to Assessment and Intervention with Addiction and Other Problems

How to Cite

Klinger, E. and Cox, W. M. (2011) Motivation and the Goal Theory of Current Concerns, in Handbook of Motivational Counseling: Goal-Based Approaches to Assessment and Intervention with Addiction and Other Problems (eds W. M. Cox and E. Klinger), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470979952.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 1

    School of Psychology, Bangor University, Bangor LL57 2AS, UK

  2. 2

    Division of Social Sciences, University of Minnesota, Morris, 600 East Fourth Street, Morris, MN 56267, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    School of Psychology, Bangor University, Bangor LL57 2AS, UK

  2. 2

    Division of Social Sciences, University of Minnesota, Morris, 600 East Fourth Street, Morris, MN 56267, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 15 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470749265

Online ISBN: 9780470979952

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Keywords:

  • basic concepts and theories - motivation and goal theory of current concerns;
  • behavior and experience - organized around pursuit and enjoyment of goals;
  • goal pursuits, varying and whether a goal - being an approach or avoidance goal, time frame for action;
  • motivational structure (pattern of goal striving) - sense of one's life being meaningful, and self-regulation;
  • processes, driving goal striving - collectively called motivation, in psychology;
  • centrality of brain and mind motivation - motivational processes, in works of Antonio and Hanna Damasio and colleagues;
  • motivational states versus motivational traits - distinctions, keeping motivation in mind;
  • field of motivational research - distinguishing between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation;
  • goal pursuits, intertwined with emotions - crucial roles in choosing goals;
  • goals and cognitions, influences operating - two-way street, goal-related cognitions into goal pursuits

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Motivation Formally Defined

  • The Centrality of Motivation in Brain and Mind

  • Important Distinctions Regarding Motivation

  • Goal Pursuits and the Concept of Current Concern

  • Goals and Emotions

  • How Goal Pursuits Begin

  • How Goal Pursuits Unfold

  • How Goal Pursuits End

  • Motivational Structure

  • Incentives, Goals, Well-Being, and the Sense that One's Life is Meaningful

  • References