Unusually appropriate song, as you will see if you keep reading: Part two of my exercises to investigate your motives continues.
Possibly dangerous offer: if anyone is willing to post some of what they come up with (whatever they feel comfortable with, of course), I will take a shot at interpreting it live...or at least LiveJournal...assuming there aren't too many.
I'll stick to the Three Social Motives, which can be found of course on my website. Either post your lists here, or send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If there is something you don't want posted, say so; otherwise I assume it is fair game!
And now, exercise #2...
Remember that motives what you spontaneously tend to think about, if all else is equal, because such thoughts are more satisfying, fun, emotionally engaging, or whatever. So:
2. What do you daydream about? Can you write it down in some detail? Not just “win a prize for my writing,” but “I picture myself going up and picking up the Hugo in front of a room full of cheering fans." Get past the simple fact and explain what makes this daydream fun, if you can. This is a clue to where your thoughts tend to go!
Note that everyone does have all three motives; it's a question of degree, not yes/no. Some people have some stronger than others. Generally all three are evenly distributed (though Affiliation is somewhat more common, which makes sense from an evolutionary perspective). It is more likely to have one strong one than two, etc.
One more part to go, and then maybe we'll discuss some examples!