The discovery of ergic structure in man in terms of common attitudes

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It is postulated that drives of man differ in degree, not in kind, from those of lower mammals. It is believed that drives appear as a pattern in attention to stimulus situations, emotional response, and goal seeking behavior. “The innateness of a drive consists not in ‘being born with’ a behavior pattern, but in a relative ease of learning of specific drive patterns compared with random patterns.” To this definition of a drive, the term “Erg” has been applied. A factor analysis of 50 highly varied attitude-interests, “chosen to represent a list of the chief hypothesized ergs and metanergs, has yielded satisfactory simple structure and 9 factors.” 19 references, (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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