WHAT ARE THE THE DRIVES IN MENTAL HEALTH?

ACCREDITED SENIOR PSYCHOTHERAPIST / COUNSELLOR -Dr.Fawzy Masaoud-LONDON, ENGLAND

1-The Definition of Drive

A drive
was at first defined as a state of arousal that results from a biological need.
The drive motivates the individual to fulfil that need.

Example: A need refers to a state of biological or tissue
deprivation, such as hunger, causing an internal imbalance. A drive on the
other hand refers to the psychological consequences of the need (eg. the drive
to seek food).

A drive is a state of arousal which is aimed at
restoring a physiological imbalance.

Whilst we can objectively observe a
need, a drive is not accessible to direct observation; we infer that it exists
by watching an individual’s ‘response behaviour’ to a need.

For example, if we see someone looking
for water, we can assume that they are thirsty.

Nevertheless, the concept of need and
drive was still based in a biological approach to behaviour rather than a
psychological…

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