Motivation Evaluation

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Motivation Evaluation: Bill Clinton Because of my age, the presidency that I remember most is that of former president Bill Clinton. Having spent two terms in office, he was around long enough for me to really understand what was going on behind the controversy that he caused. During those 8 years, he made some choices that not only hurt his family, but they reflected badly on our entire nation. Even though he held the highest position in the country, his action demonstrated how fallible humans are and how the motivators we may not even be aware of can override our good intentions.

Because of President Clinton's indiscretions, he came very close to losing his job, reputation, and his family. According to Freud's psychoanalytic theory, sexuality and aggression are the underlying motivators of human behavior. It's possible that because of the continual stress the President was under, he may not have been in complete control of his own faculties at the time.

Freud also mentions three parts of the mind; the id, the ego, and the superego. If you look closely at the driving forces behind each, you can see that the id, being pleasure driven, was at work in Clinton's case with no help from the ego or superego.

If we look at President Clinton's action from Roger's humanistic view, it seems that Clinton was "striving to actualize and perfect the self," even though most would agree he didn't go about it in a very wise way. On the way to becoming a fully functional, self-actualized person, the inner striving to advance and gain respect from others is a huge part of what a person needs to feel good about themselves. President Clinton looked for these things in Monica Lewinsky. She was an impressionable young woman that also made some...