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Key components of the instinct theory
Psychologist William McDougall was one of the first to write about the instinct theory of motivation. He suggested that instinctive behavior was composed of three key elements: perception, behavior, and emotion. [ ]
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What are the similarities and the differences of instinct theories and evolutionary theories.
Weegy: What are the similarities and the differences of instinct theories and evolutionary theories.Under Darwin’s influence, early theorists viewed behavior as being controlled by instincts, [ com- plex behaviors that are rigidly patterned throughout a species and are unlearned. When it became clear that people were naming, not explaining, various behaviors by calling them instincts, this approach fell into disfavor. The idea that genes predispose species-typical behavior is still influen- tial in evolutionary psychology. This perspective searches for the functions of behavior. ] (More)
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Instinct theories similarities and differences
Weegy: Instincts are rigidly patterned, complex behaviors found throughout a species, such as the nest-building behaviors of species of birds. [ Early instinct theorists, influenced by Darwin's theory of natural selection, tried to classify human behaviors as though they were propelled by such instincts. When it became clear that they were naming, not explaining, behaviors, this approach fell into disfavor. The underlying idea that genes predispose species-typical behavior is, however, still influential in evolutionary psychology, which studies behaviors in search of their adaptive functions. ] ] (More)
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According to the instinct theory of motivation, all organisms are born with innate biological tendencies that help them survive. This theory suggests that all behaviors are driven by instincts. Instincts are goal-directed and innate patterns of behavior that are not the result of learning or experience. For example, infants have an inborn rooting reflex that helps them seek out a nipple and obtain nourishment, while birds have an inborn need to build a nest or migrate during the winter.
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