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While individual motivations vary from person to person, the number one thing is to find a way to make something personally relevant. This makes the motivation unique to you. That can mean having it become something that has to do with your major, your life, you goals, and so on.
Lets take computer science (CS) as a major or great interest and pysch as the pain in the anatomy class. How could those two tie together to make psych more interesting? Well, psych uses the scientific method, as does CS. So learning psych can improve skills needed for CS. Pysch uses all sorts of imaging systems, statistical models, and other tools that are computerized. This makes psych a way to look at practical applications of CS. Artificial intelligence development in CS has taken its largest strides through the practical application of the psychology of learning.
You can dig into almost any two topics and find some relationships. Psych covers so much it can have something to do with anything! Want to know more about pets? Phych has it. Want to understand your significant other, the opposite sex, parents, kids, and so on? Psych. Interested in philosophy? Psych has a ton to do with the philosophy of the mind. Want to know why magic tricks work? Guess what covers that! On and on, look through your interests and find how they relate to psych. Then you are studying about something related to what you want, and not just some random topic.
Even though we're not supposed to do your homework for you or anything like that,
we can still explain basic concepts for you, and make them easier to understand.
We can also explain how different things that you learn, in class, relate to real-life situations.
It could make things a bit more interesting.
All you need to do is ask.
Apply what you learn in the lecture in social situations, try to observe behaviour of people around you... Share those results in this forum, You will find the results very fascinating and the question of 'being motivated' will disappear ;) All the best!
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I agree with Abhimanyu(Abi). Attempt to apply the psychology to the people you observe around you. I can guarantee you that it is fascinating.
Um, as an aside note. It may be best not to assume that your conclusions are correct, though. XD
@lncognlto I agree completely with taking things with a grain of salt, especially when you study Freud! His contributions were amazing, but there are two issues. 1: I know a number of Germans who have commented that Freud is poorly translated and his topics were made more complex in English than they are in German. 2: Pretty much half the things he said have been disproved, especially when it comes to women.