Anaylasis of Positive Affect

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Analysis of Positive Affect Sherrie Anderson PSY/320 January 31, 2011 Nathan Kositsky Analysis of Positive Affect Motivation is a study that explores and reveal what people want (Reeve, 2009). Many theories seek to understand what motivates people and why they are motivated. These theories show what is common in all humans. Some of those commonalities are hunger, thirst, sex, and pain. Some of what motivates people “are leaned through experience and socially engineered through cultural factors” (Reeve, 2009, p. 18). The positive affect theory is discussed in this paper. Positive affect key concepts include competence, relatedness, and aspirations (Isen, 1987), reflected in the “reward-driven appetitive motivation system” (Reeve, 2009, p. 324). The other end of the spectrum is negative affect, punishment-driven, and aversion. Positive affect makes people feel good and affects their behavior or mood. To have a positive affect is to have a general state of feeling good. This is in everyday life, shown in the way people smile more often or even talk more excitedly. These feelings are typically subconscious, making positive affect subtler. Positive affect influences the information processing flow, what people think about, their creativity, decisions, and so on (Reeve, 2009). The positive affect relates well in the workplace. Positive affect translates to be willing to help others and be creative problem solvers. People who exhibit positive affect are persistence even when faced with failure, make decisions more efficiently, and show high motivation (Reeve, 2009). They will be successful at work and home and their health tends to be better. In the workforce the positive affect can be seen as high morale. People who exhibit positive affect are on time or usually early to their place of work. They are cheerful and willing to start work right

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