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May 2nd, 2005
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Attention and Motivation

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From:whytcrow
Date:May 3rd, 2005 11:30 am (UTC)
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Wow, that explains much about what I went through a year or so ago. (Not saying I haven't seen that elsewhere in my life, but I was going through a huge amount of stress because of some unusual things in my life and confused is one way to put it).

BTW, I did some of the motive assessments in your book, and so far I have yet to find any one of them that is far and above the others. (The "what do you like to do" test put them exactly equal!). I'm going to play more with the picture test, part of which we did in my writing group (Cat Vacuuming Society). People freaked out when I suggested that they were strong in Power motive (it sounds scary, apparently), but then I nagged them to read the book. I'm trying to get a better handle on what motivates me since I'm going to be doing nothing but writing this summer (I'm going to the Odyssey workshop in Manchester, NH) and will need to keep myself from being stressed and staying motivated.
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From:stevekelner
Date:May 3rd, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC)

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I've started calling the Power motive the "Influence" motive to avoid freaking people out. In English-speaking countries "Power" is a negative term. It isn't everywhere (it isn't in French, for example).

It is possible to be high in all three motives, you know...as indeed I am! Do try the Picture-Story Exercise, however--it's hard to score on your own, so I'd suggest getting the CVS together and share stories, because it is easier to score someone else's than your own. (Especially if Power scores high!)

There is that section in my book on having all three motives high--in some ways I've expanded on it here, but I probably wrote more clearly in my book!

Good luck on the workshop--read the workshop section; it might help.
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From:whytcrow
Date:May 14th, 2005 08:23 am (UTC)

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We did the picture story exercise in combination with the hobbies/et al chart in the book. It was very interesting! (I scored equally in all three in both types of exercise). Some people were very surprised to see their results. It was fascinating.
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From:stevekelner
Date:May 14th, 2005 09:05 am (UTC)

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Aha! So you are in the "confused" category, eh? I am delighted that people were surprised to see their results--that probably means it was working! Nonconscious motives and conscious values have no relation to each other, but people know their values. If they got different answers from what they expected, it probably did indeed tap into their motives.
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