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Psychology, Fifth Edition by Joni E. Johnston

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CHAPTER10

What’s Your Motive?

In This Chapter

  • The needs that drive human behavior
  • The body’s balancing act
  • The dieter’s dilemma
  • Sex, a state of mind and body
  • The thirst for power and the drive to achieve

As a child, Michael Phelps couldn’t sit still, couldn’t focus, couldn’t buckle down. Due to his lack of concentration, his third-grade teacher wondered if he’d ever achieve anything. But on August 18, 2008, he set seven world records and won his eighth Olympic gold medal for swimming the butterfly leg of the 4 × 100-meter medley relay. His former teacher wrote Phelps’s mother, remarking that perhaps Michael had never lacked focus but, rather, ...

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