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Much of the scientific literature in psychology is concerned with proposing and empirically testing theories. However, if you are a practitioner you are interested in how you can apply these ideas to achieve applied goals. This requires that you understand the support for various scientific ideas and that you are able to apply them to a specific situation. ...


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Assuming the specific case of being "motivated towards a career" rather then simply getting a job to make ends meet, there can be several factors. Social status is probably the most common pursuit of a career. Enjoyment, which is the ideal reason for pursuing a career. Usually a career sought for enjoyment is referred to as 'pursuing one's dream'. ...



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