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The Need for Stimulation

 

Explanations > Needs > Stimulation

Anti-stasis motivation | Stuck in a rutSo what?

 

Try sitting in one spot for a long time, doing nothing. It's boring, isn't it? The need for stimulation keeps us going.

Anti-stasis motivation

Nature has devised a nasty weapon to keep us evolving even when we are safe and comfortable. It's called boredom. The rich and famous will largely attest to its motivational powers as they are forced to come out of their ivory towers to find new and different forms keeping themselves entertained.

Stuck in a rut

Stimulation can be bad when we get addicted to it. There are many ways of becoming addicted, and when we become too fond of one form of stimulation, our lives can go haywire and we can even kill ourselves in the craving that addiction brings.

So what?

If you want someone to stop doing something or become disinterested, then make it boring. If you want them to be interested, then it should stimulate them in some way.

See also

The Need for Arousal, The Need for Novelty, The Need to Learn, Classical Conditioning, Operant Conditioning

 

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