Drive Theory

In psychology, a drive theory or drive doctrine is a theory that attempts to define, analyze or classify the psychological drives. A drive is an “excitatory state produced by a homeostatic disturbance”, an instinctual need that has the power of driving the behaviour of an individual.Drive theory is based on the principle that organisms are born with certain psychological needs and that a negative state of tension is created when these needs are not satisfied. When a need is satisfied, drive is reduced and the organism returns to a state of homeostasis and relaxation. According to the theory, drive tends to increase over time and operates on a feedback control system, much like a thermostat.
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  • Everything You Need to Know About the Psychology of the Call to Action

    …. Yes, “curiosity killed the cat,” but what about this rejoinder: “satisfaction brought it back.” Curiosity is strong because of the promise of what lies beyond — satisfaction. Psychologists have developed several theories to explain curiosity. The drive theory of curiosity states that “curiosity, like standard drives, could be seemingly…

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