The Need for Achievement

  • Beverly Hills 90210 Donna Struggles With Her SATs

    In the first half of this clip from the original Beverly Hills 90210, Donna gets upset when her friends discuss college, and then has a hard time taking an essay test. Test anxiety is a mixture of heightened physiological arousal (nervousness, sweating, pounding heart) and excessive worry. What are some good strategies to overcome it? How is test anxiety related…

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  • Everest: Beyond the Limit

    In this trailer for the new season of Everest: Beyond the Limit from the Discovery Channel, conditions progress from picturesque to terrifying. Even given the extreme danger, climbing Mt. Everest is seen as a huge accomplishment. If given the resources and know-how, would you be motivated to climb Mount Everest?

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  • Extreme Base Jumping in Wingsuits

    This clip features interviews with base jumpers and a great deal of footage of their feats. At the beginning of the clip, one of them states that just staying clear of the mountains and cliffs was getting boring, so now they challenge themselves to get as close as possible without actually crashing. What is the Sensation Seeking Scale? What types…

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  • The Most Inspiring Thing Ever Said

    In this very brief clip from The Office, Michael asks Dwight what the most inspiring thing hes ever said to him is. The answer may not be something you would think of as motivational. If you were the boss, how would you go about motivating your employees? How does work motivation factor into someones needs?

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  • Thematic Apperception Test

    The Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) is a projective test that requires subjects to respond to vague, ambiguous stimuli in ways that may reveal personal motives and traits. The stimulus materials for the TAT are pictures of people in ambiguous scenes open to interpretation. Participants are asked to write or tell stories about whats happening in the scenes and what the…

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  • Stewie Griffin Meets Wall Street

    Please note: This clip features language you may find objectionable. At first glance it might not seem like Stewie Griffin and Gordon Gekko have a lot in common, but after watching this video mash-up, you may think otherwise. In particular, both have a seemingly insatiable need for power. How is that need displayed here? Are the need for power and…

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