3. Think of an exception, a situation in which the theory will not work or where another theory might be more effective.
Although the humanistic theory is effective in describing what motivation is needed for a school to function daily, the psychoanalytic theory may better describe a child’s desire to learn and other parts of a school. According to the psychoanalytic theory, we are motivated to perform tasks to ensure our survival and to prevent our own destruction. When considering the motivation to learn under this theory, a student might be unconsciously and intrinsically motivated to learn so that they have the skills they need to survive through what they learn at school. At school, children also learn how to interact with one another, through which children may learn how to predict the tendencies of others in order to prevent their own destruction and aid them in their survival. Students may also be motivated to do their homework, follow the rules and behave in class in order to prevent the destruction of their grades and ‘survive’ the school year. Teachers may be motivated to teach under this theory simply because of the income related to the job, which ensures their financial survival needs will be met.