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The achievement motive.

Author: David C McClelland; John W Atkinson; Russell A Clark; Edgar L Lowell
Publisher: East Norwalk, Conn. : Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1953.
Series: Century psychology series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book contains a summary of research on the achievement motive conducted mainly at Wesleyan University during the period January 1, 1947, to January 1, 1952, under the continuous moral and financial support of the Office of Naval Research. It provides a practicable method of measuring one of the most important human motives, a method, moreover, which in all probability can be applied to other motives with equal  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David C McClelland; John W Atkinson; Russell A Clark; Edgar L Lowell
OCLC Number: 122331588
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. Washington, D.C. : American Psychological Association, 2005. Available via the World Wide Web.
Description: xxii, 384 pages.
Series Title: Century psychology series.
Other Titles: PsycBOOKS.

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"This book contains a summary of research on the achievement motive conducted mainly at Wesleyan University during the period January 1, 1947, to January 1, 1952, under the continuous moral and financial support of the Office of Naval Research. It provides a practicable method of measuring one of the most important human motives, a method, moreover, which in all probability can be applied to other motives with equal success. Secondly, the book contains what we believe to be an important contribution to psychological theory--at least to the theory of motivation. Finally, the book contains a great deal of information about the achievement motive and related variables, and we feel that most readers, being interested in the total problem, will want to read the whole book. For only if they do, will they discover what we have discovered--that concentration on a limited research problem is not necessarily narrowing; it may lead ultimately into the whole of psychology. In personality theory there is inevitably a certain impatience--a desire to solve every problem at once so as to get the "whole" personality in focus. We have proceeded the other way. By concentrating on one problem, on one motive, we have found in the course of our study that we have learned not only a lot about the achievement motive but other areas of personality as well. So we feel that this book can be used as one basis for evaluating the degree to which a "piecemeal" approach to personality is profitable, an approach which proceeds to build up the total picture out of many small experiments by a slow process of going from fact to hypothesis and back to fact again. At the moment it may seem like a poor alternative to immediate, over-all assessment methods, but it is our present feeling that in the long run it will be at least as profitable." (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

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