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What are the real motives of people helping to each other?

TLDR While I have provided a full answer explaining Karpman's Drama Triangle, you can skip that and go to the last heading (Your question). Basis of my answer If you are approaching this question as a ...
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What is the motivation model behind StackExchange?

The short answer is that anyone who gives you a short answer should be treated with suspicion. ;-p The StackExchange was founded in 2008, and has seen a lot of changes since that time. That has ...
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Why do some people refuse to wear their seat belt while being aware of the risks?

I think this is a rather difficult question to answer. Psychology Today sums up some interesting reasons why people totally aware of the risks involved in not wearing a seat belt (or in smoking ...
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Does suppressing a desire make it more powerful?

First of all, your question title asks about suppression, and your question in the main text asks what empirical evidence exists to support the notion that repressed desires will make them stronger? ...
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Social loafing vs. Free riding

You are correct in that these terms are very close in definition, but terminology is not just about identifying a concept. Terminology is also about identifying the perspective from which you will ...
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Does evidence support Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs?

While many consider Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to be pseudoscientific, there is a paper which suggests there is empirical support for the theory. Maslow's hierarchy of basic human needs provides a ...
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Is there any update on the hypothesis on primary emotions corresponding on "love"?

This hypothesis relies on a number of ideas that are difficult to defend in light of the past decade of emotion research. Most notably, there is almost no evidence of modular "emotion systems" in the ...
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Why our brain can't fool itself to constantly produce dopamine?

Short answer Continuous activation of the reward system leads to habituation and hence a downregulation of the pleasure feelings. Further, a continuous euphoric state is a potentially harmful state, ...
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What hormones stimulate non-sexual intimate behaviour?

But I'm wondering if any of these hormones are linked with physically intimate non-sexual behaviour, like hugs, kisses and cuddles. Kissing is a little messy because it could be characterised as ...
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What is the motivation model behind StackExchange?

Short answer The Stack Exchange model is based on gamification. Gamified environments typically deploy incremental rewards that tap into the brain's reward system, making these applications addictive, ...
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Provable ROI for call center rest periods?

This is the paper you would want to read on this topic. The paper empirically compares four modes of managing interruptions. It is a great (and long) read so I'll try to summarize the bit for you: ...
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Why does clickbait use numbers?

Digital Marketing often produces 'content' for users to consume. That content is ment to catch and keep the attention of the user, in an attempt to make the user trust and follow the sender (usually ...
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Can we really motivate ourselves "on-demand"?

There is not much possibility to talk yourself into being motivated. However, personal narratives can help us redirect our motivations or manage them more productively. To take this more abstractly, ...
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What can reduce the cognitive abilities in a common workplace?

Your question can only be answered if asked to the fields of human knowledge that deal with humans and their activities: ergonomics, psychology, social sciences, human-computer interaction, etc... ...
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Is there research into why people use piercings or tattoos for personal reasons?

This question is far too broad for this forum. In fact, entire books have been written on this topic. An extensive review by Wohlrab, Stahl, & Kappeler (2006) "Motivations for getting tattooed ...
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How can one induce psychogenic death?

I am wondering if it can be induced by desire. Psychogenic death refers to death triggered by psychic stimuli. The individual finds himself in a situation where external forces have lead to a ...
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What term can describe the feeling that a job just does itself?

There is a mental state called flow, similar in ways to trance and absorption, in which mental focus is fully taken by one task. In the case of flow, the usual focus on a particular goal is replaced ...
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Do dissatisfaction with a job and relationships share the same mental mechanism?

In general, personality traits correlate with most measures of satisfaction. Most notably, there is a large literature showing that personality correlates with life satisfaction (see Steel et al). In ...
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"Need" vs "Want" in psychology

Research in neuroscience allowed to distinguish two concepts: "liking" and "wanting". Berridge and colleagues distinguished two different brain mechanisms for that. By injecting a tiny droplet of ...
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Why do many people play Candy Crush without ever buying anything while some spend all their money on it?

The economic concept of marginalism comes to mind. Actors will spend money to buy virtual goods if the marginal cost (price) is lower than the marginal (subjective) utility of the virtual good. If you ...
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Why do some people refuse to wear their seat belt while being aware of the risks?

Despite the neatness of the Hyperbolic Discounting idea in the first answer, I think it extremely unlikely that anyone would find putting a seatbelt on so much of a hassle that the reward gained from ...
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Can the V * I * E theory of motivation explain the motivation of Nelson Mandela?

The VIE theory you mentioned can explain why some people don't give up their goals even if they to live under adverse conditions for a very long period of time, and the theory is very similar to a ...
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Is The Chimp Model really a thing?

(This isn't a complete answer, as I'm not in a position to comment on the neuroscience, but it should provide some useful background for anyone else who is interested in Peters' work.) While The Chimp ...
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What can reduce the cognitive abilities in a common workplace?

One of the most significant factors impairing cognitive abilities in a typical office environment is the noise. It is well-known that quiet environment is essential for good concentration. For ...
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Have ideas of "gamification" been applied to education?

There are a lot of courses and literature about gamification in learning by Karl Kapp. http://karlkapp.com/articles/. Most of them are not scientific articles, but there are also books, courses and ...
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Why do people press elevator call buttons repeatedly?

I suspect it has to do with operant conditioning: behaviours that are rewarded are repeated and very hard to extinguish. We get a little rush of dopamine when something goes our way (eg. the elevator ...
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Why do many people play Candy Crush without ever buying anything while some spend all their money on it?

Summary: From the few papers I've looked at, microtransaction-based games tend to work as suspected/designed. That is, games which rely on frustration to get the player to spend money (like Candy ...
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Are there any modern mechanistic theories of motivation?

I know this is an old question, but I just found it so... My understanding is that Pink is explaining and expanding on the concepts of Self Determination Theory. SDT largely refuted the mechanistic ...
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