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“Deep down, what motivates you? What aspects of your life are most meaningful to you? What goals drive your behavior?

Professor Steven Reiss answered these questions in a unique way — scientifically.

He asked thousands of people from different cultures and diverse backgrounds about their intrinsic motives.

This research produced the Reiss Motivation Profile®, the first comprehensive, standardized measure of what motivates an individual.

In SK+INQUIRY, the OPPOR+UNITY offered by the RMP is at the root of WHO WE ARE, and how the “problems of our personality” persist to create deep and profound happiness, significance and Wellth (wellbeing and wealth)… as well as serious challenges!

Dr. Reiss once remarked… ”there is no real evidence that intrinsic motivation even exists.”

Reiss has developed and tested a theory of motivation that states there are 16 basic desires that guide nearly all meaningful behavior, including power, independence, curiosity, and acceptance. Whether you agree there are 16 desires or not, he said there is not any way to reduce all of these desires to just two types: intrinsic or extrinsic motivation.

“For example, some people have said that wealth and materialism lead to inferior quality happiness, but there is no real proof of that,” he said.

“Individuals differ enormously in what makes them happy — for some competition, winning and wealth are the greatest sources of happiness, but for others, feeling competent or socializing may be more satisfying. The point is that you can’t say some motivations, like money, are inherently inferior.”

“There are many children for whom the important reward to them is the grades they get, the competition among classmates,” Reiss said.

“This goes against what some psychologists say, who think competition is bad and a non-competitive attitude is good, and that learning and curiosity are intrinsic values that everyone shares. They are pushing their own value system on to everybody.”

People are different and our motives guide our thinking and feeling about those differences as well as design when we are aware.

Next? Strengths.


Reiss Profile

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Mike R. Jay

Mike R. Jay is a developmentalist utilizing consulting, coaching, mentoring, and trusted advice emergent from dynamic inquiry as a means to cue, scaffold, support, lift, and protect; offering inspiration to aspiring leaders who are interested in humaning where being, doing, having, becoming, contributing, protecting, and letting go help people have generative lives.

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