Friday, July 29, 2011

Motivation and Connoisseur state

Had a thought...

If Maslow's hierarchy of need gives some indication of the various needs and motivations... what happens when someone fulfills their need to such a state that they are "sated" or cease to have any motivation to try to satisfy that need.  I.e

1. A person gets money to buy food.  Once they get more money and food than they want... then what?
2. A person wants respect... what happens when they have a surplus of respect?
3. A person enjoys wine and is motivated to get it.... what happens when they have had enough?  (Apart from a liver transplant...)

To state it simply, what do you do when you are completely jaded with your subject/resource/satisfying thing?

My thought is that there are two solutions:

1. Give it all up and do something else.
2.  Maintain the "surplus" state but find other aspects or properties of the subject matter to keep it interesting.

I would contend that very few people pick the first solution, I'm sure there are a few and they are probably interesting case studies for many reasons; the current topic however is the second solution set.

My guess is that these are the people who move into the "Connoisser" type of activities.  They become wine buffs or foodies or any of the other categories of people who are no longer trying to "fill the hole" in their lives but have the luxury of having "Enough and more".

So the thought was about what are the ways these people still engage with this subject or resource.  Do they motivate themselves by appreciating other properties of the thing? Do they start keeping score or develop some other abstract game mechanic based on properties of the thing to maintain interest?

Later... found a xkcd cartoon on the same topic... sorta

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