What motivates people to change? Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from youreading,studies, experience, or observations.
What motivates people to change is a relentless and innate desire for self-improvement.Rarely ever has history seen a man or society kick back, relax, and say “Well that about does it.Not much else to do here!” Within every person is the potential to achieve greatness in someform; be it athletically, mentally, spiritually. This inherent potential demands that peoplecontinue to explore and change both their environments and themselves throughout their life’scourse. Never should a man be idle for too long. After acknowledging the changes a man hasalready made to his environment, the pursuit of self-improvement will once again stir withinhis soul and call him to action. This internal desire, this pursuit of challenge and perfection,does not prohibit man from being happy with his status and achievements. On the contrary,the device serves more to allow the man to constantly strive for greater change, newerinnovation. What motivates people to change is the ongoing need to redefine people’s livesand identities –to elevate them to higher levels of eminence and sucess.
A good example of this can be seen in clinical psychology. When patients seek therapy fordifficulties that have encumbered their daily functioning, they most often arrive for treatmentvoluntarily and willingly- they consciously accept the necessity of therapy and soparticipate without any duress. During the course of clinical therapy, the patient’s concerns,anxieties, ideas, emotions, and fears are brought to light. However, the clinician does not try toalter the beliefs, feeling, and sentiments of his client; rather, he simply illuminates them in orderto provide the patient with an accurate view of himself. The process, of raising concerns andideas to the surface of conscious awareness, is known as clarification. Modern psychology isa far throw from the psychoanalysis of Freud’s time, in which psychologists attempted to“interpret” pre-and unconscious feelings that had been repressed by the patient. Becauseclinicians only clarify, and not dissect, alter, or interpret a client’s inner desires and emotions,the client himself is responsible for instituting change. If he is to change, he must dictate thecourse of therapy, and make the conscious choice to improve himself. This widely usedapproach is called “client centered therapy.” If the client’s ennui or ill feelings are due tosituational factors or internal designs as oppose to biological changes that would qualify fora diagnosis of psychopathology, he must change them on his own accordto precipitate change within himself. The therapist will not “cure” him in any way. He alonemust answer the call within himself to refine and redefine his identity and place in society. Thisneed, of self-improvement, also initially brought him to the therapist. He was able torecognize the disorder of his environment and acknowledge his own negative feelings.This in turn brought him to therapy, where he was guided through a process of introspectionthat ultimately enabled him to improve himself, assuage his anxieties, and rightfully continueon his lifelong pursuit of even greater achievements.
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