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I thought about this! I do question the kind of motivation we get sometimes. If we are motivated by say bullies or people that manipulate then that probably isn't the best form of motivation? Though certainly it can excite a form of passion.

I have encountered both conflict and encouragement in life. Negativity just promotes ill feelings and I think actually inhibits growth. Though certainly negative motivation can excite a form of passion.

It really is debatable which form is more powerful and I think it does not have an absolute answer?

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Negative motivation usually leads towards hate and destruction. There are people who like to commit sin or follow some kind of destructive path. Even Hitlar had some motivated followers and so do any terrorist organisation today. For some people hate is the source of energy which often leads to an unpleasent outcome.
bukaida on Mon Dec 12, 2011 6:44 am
Personally, I don't think the source of motivation (positive vs. negative) matters as much as our response to it. Good can come from positive reinforcement... but, negativity can lead one to some pretty strong motivation to do good or succeed, to overcome the cause or prove it wrong. Conversely, positive reinforcement can lead to complacency, even rebellion, and negative influences can lead you to sink to their level.

I really don't think either is more powerful (overall), though individuals respond to each differently. Context is quite important when assessing the effects of positive or negative motivation sources.
Ankhanu on Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:08 am
I think negative motivation can be good in a sense that it can help define us who we are. Gets us to think. Too much of the negative is however not good of course.

Negative motivation is a very subjective state of mind. What we see as negative may be an experience of the negative when the motivation is actually positive. From that point of view it could also be a good test so that we can think introspectively about the motivation. And learn from it. Having the positive all of the time can make us grow stale. That is why I also think it is good to have couples who complement one another in a relationship rather than be the same. So that there could be a good mix of positive and negative motivation on the perception side of things. As one does need at least a certain amount of conflict in order to grow out of it. I'm not talking about perpetual conflict here, but we have to at least have a difference in opinion about certain things, and learn to work with those so we can grow. Instead of patting one another on the back to say how much alike we are and what a wonderful couple we are as a result of it. Too much of the same "positive" motivation can be a killer in the long term - sort of gets boring. Perceived "negative" motivation can spice things up and make us grow more as we then get to question things and create new positive motivations.
deanhills on Mon Dec 12, 2011 7:39 am
I think the negative and the positive emotions are like a yin-yang form.
The negative is always there, but you show your positive side, and dont let the negative take over, or overcome the negative.
Everyone has that negativity, and a lot of people project it more than other... because of certain factors or environments that they are in.
Still, its up to the individual to choose what side he wants, and go with that.
You can use the negative emotions to channel the positive ones, like using anger to get just enough adrenaline to exercise or push yourself to do something more productive with the energy that is released through "channelled anger".
I don't know if the above made any sense, but its my thoughts on it.
menino on Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:31 am
Absolutely makes sense to me Menino. Great post .... thanks! Very Happy
deanhills on Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:36 am
Haha deanhills, thanks. Your post is also good, as always. Very Happy
menino on Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:49 am
Usually one positive aspect of negative motivation is that it often leads to prove oneself. Sometimes the relatives, neighbors predicts that " This chap is worthless ". The "chap" may take it as challenge and prove he/she is worthy. The negative motivation is usually used to prove something wrong and hence poses more challenges. Again it depends on how you are viewing the context.
bukaida on Mon Dec 12, 2011 10:10 am
Thank you everyone for the good comments. I'll continue to think about this on a day to day basis with all life challenges. Thanks. Smile
Bluedoll on Wed Dec 28, 2011 3:55 pm
Your Welcome Bluedoll. I think to move from the negative to the positive is easier said than done, and takes a lot of willpower. It takes a first couple of steps which are really difficult, but after those threshold steps, things can smoothen a bit, untill another range of steps.
All along the way, you'll probably be telling yourself "Is it worthed!?"; and that is an answer only you can tell, because along that journey of steps, you might realise things you have never really seen or noticed before, and how you really feel about it in a different light.
So... good luck on your journey.... to all who read and understand this.
menino on Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:20 am
I'd say balance between positive and negative is also a good thing. Too much positive and maybe one can't really have one's feet firmly on the ground. Smile
deanhills on Sun Jan 08, 2012 2:42 pm
It is understandable and as you said a journey that only stops when we stop. Good food for thought menino. You are correct Dean but for me it would take a whole heap of positive before the scales would go the other way. Smile
Bluedoll on Tue Jan 24, 2012 5:23 pm
Right. That's when you get into real quick sand! Twisted Evil
deanhills on Tue Jan 24, 2012 9:47 pm
Ok, have to agree with anything that says it is all about balance. I understand, over confidence meets new challenge.

Fine, I will quickly stack everything that is against me on one side and spend the rest of my time looking for anything to balance it out.
Bluedoll on Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:09 pm

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