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In my opinion cognitive motivation best represents the type of human behavior that is evident throughout the novel Ordinary People by Judith Guest Simply this type of motivation as defined by Webster is a need or desire that causes a person to act Behavior reflects many influences besides cognition For example external forces have the ability to dictate a persons behavior Plato believed that people do what they perceive to be right based on their ideas of what is right In other words our thoughts determine our actions In the novel Conrad Jarret utilizes this type of motivation in several instances While I do believe that Conrad made his decisions on what he felt was most appropriate to do in certain instances I also believe that the external forces around him had an even greater impact One instance of motivation which I believe proves Conrads desire to be able to control the events that cross his path of life was his intention to commit suicide Plainly Conrad had a desire to alleviate himself of the obligation that was emotionally tearing him apart inside Buck was the golden child who did well in school was a star on the swim team and overall was a person that everyone admired but with the bar set so high Conrad felt it was his obligation to take over for Buck If it werent for the external forces surrounding Conrad he may never have had the desire to kill himself Conrads mother Beth Jarret had the greatest influence on Conrads desire to put an end to his life Her undeniable perfectionism and need for absolute flawlessness put a vast amount of pressure on Conrad and her family to meet her expectations Because of Beths beliefs and moral standards that had to be nothing less than perfect she indirectly and most probably unknowingly dictated Conrads behavior to believe that he couldnt do what was expected of him Furthermore Conrads desire to
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