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6 Jan 2014

Three Key Emotional Triggers (Pt 4): Novelty of Experience

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Three Key Emotional Triggers

Manifestation of Needs

Novelty of experience is often expressed as newness and growth. The purchase of new products or those that make us feel young are manifestations of this need.

The second key emotional trigger I will explore from the aspects of behavior, thought and emotion is growth, formally novelty of experience. I express as growth since every step in the growth process is a new experience. I use the keywords start, education and creation to express how growth manifests itself in people’s behaviors, thoughts and emotions respectively.

When growth is important, our behavior orients around starting new things, ideas, hobbies, relationships or self-improvement.  Starting many new things but perhaps not finishing them because the finishing process is too repetitive reflects this too. Surprises, even negative ones such as slowing or stopping to view accidents, are too. Traveling is a very common behavioral manifestation of this need as is looking youthful. The idea of freshness helps us grasp this.

In our thoughts, growth orients around education and learning. This can take the form of new perspectives, ideas, projects or writings as well as more traditional forms as taking a class, getting a degree, going for training.  Again, traveling, especially to different or exotic places that stimulate digesting different perspectives, is a mental manifestation of a growth need.

Emotionally, growth reflects as creation. It’s about feeling young, refreshed and new. “I’m a new person,” is a common refrain. Frequent moving, changing and rearranging because “It’s something different,” are other manifestations. Hobbies allowing constant creating such as cooking, gardening, crafts, writing and the arts satisfy growth needs. Simply relating with younger people and “living through our children” does this too.

Again, all will need and want growth; it’s a matter of preference over the other needs. Two people could interpret the same experience differently, one with a security emphasis the other with a growth. The long run will display their tendencies.

Who do you know would enjoy learning this?


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2 Responses

  1. Interesting trio. When I was researching job satisfaction (a long time ago) I came up with four key elements: territory, community, change, and meaning. I think we would find several commonalities between the first three, and your three. One of the nice things about ‘my’ quartet is that they play out at all levels of being: physical, intellectual and spiritual as well as emotional.

    In fact, it seemed to me that ‘meaning’ was the most powerful of the four. What’s your experience with that?

    1. Mike Lehr

      Yes, Marilyn, meaning is the most powerful. As clarification, I am not presenting these as core motivators for life. These are different. They are base emotional needs. In the context of your four key elements, these emotional triggers would help us understand the decisions a person makes regarding those elements.

      For example, someone with a strong emotional need for security would choose a territory that is safe, protective. Someone with a high need for new experiences would likely choose a territory that provided excitement or something new. For the one needing emotional recognition, the territory would need to have her feel special, exclusive or unique in some way. It might have some status attached to it.

      Additionally, I present these as triggers because outsiders can tap these for manipulative purposes. For example, almost all advertisements try to tap one of these triggers. When they talk about strength, fear and power, that’s security. When they talk about youth, adventure,excitement and health, that’s novelty of experience (growth). Talking about uniqueness, specialness, exclusivity, luxury items and status that’s emotional recognition.

      Next time you view an ad, try to assess which trigger it is trying to touch. That might help put these in the right perspective.

      Again, they are not as purposeful as yours. So, I really consider these quite different from your elements. These emotional triggers will help us predict the decisions people will likely make regarding your four elements.

      Thank you for visiting. As always I enjoy your insights. ~Mike

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