Why People Do the Things They Do

Why People Do the Things They Do

Building on Julius Kuhl’s Contributions to the Psychology of Motivation and Volition

Edited by: Nicola Baumann, Miguel Kazén, Markus Quirin, Sander L. Koole

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ISBN: 9781616765408
2018, xii/433 pages
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Why People Do the Things They Do

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A unique and comprehensive book by leading researchers looking at motivation and volition.

How can we motivate students, patients, employees, and athletes? What helps us achieve our goals, improve our well-being, and grow as human beings? These issues, which relate to motivation and volition, are familiar to everyone who faces the challenges of everyday life. This comprehensive book by leading international scholars provides integrative perspectives on motivation and volition that build on the work of German psychologist Julius Kuhl.

The first part of the book examines the historical trail of the European and American research traditions of motivation and volition and their integration in Kuhl’s theory of personality systems interactions (PSI). The second part of the book considers what moves people to action – how needs, goals, and motives lead people to choose a course of action (motivation). The third part of the book explores how people, once they have committed themselves to a course of action, convert their goals and intentions into action (volition). The fourth part shows what an important role personality plays in our motivation and actions. Finally, the fifth part of the book discusses how integrative theories of motivation and volition may be applied in coaching, training, psychotherapy, and education.

This book is essential reading for everyone who is interested in the science of motivating people.

Praise for the book

“This is an excellent and valuable volume. It is a wonderful collection of pieces on motivation that serves as an apt tribute to an unusually creative and generous scholar.”
Andrew J. Elliot, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Department of Clinical & Social Sciences in Psychology, University of Rochester, NY, USA

“Finally, a collection of up-to-date and in-depth reviews of motivation and volition by a stellar group of international experts who build on Julius Kuhl’s groundbreaking contributions to this important field. I cannot think of another book that provides such an in-depth, comprehensive overview of this important area of psychology and I am confident that it will stand as a model volume of motivation and volition for years to come.”
Jutta Joormann, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, Yale University, New Haven, CT

“For everyone interested in the groundbreaking theories of Julius Kuhl, this book is a treasure trove of information that shows how Kuhl’s ideas have been developed and elaborated in many different ways and contexts. It is a marvelous compilation by a stellar assortment of important thinkers and writers whose own research has been informed by Kuhl’s work. This is likely to be the definitive source on the topic for many years to come.”
Roy F. Baumeister, PhD, Professor of Social Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Australia; (co)author of Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength.

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