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Portrait of a Young Man as The Artist
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dragonflyknight From: dragonflyknight Date: December 14th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Power, respect, women.

It sounds ridiculously overly macho until you meet me, at which point it becomes silly.

Though honestly, think about it, I go to graduate school because I'm motivated to become a respectable academic who excels in his field. I work towards being the best in my field because that makes me powerful, it allows me to complete the objectives I set out to achieve. I pursue what I want because power and respect are meaningful and useful.

On a base biological level I want to reproduce eventually, and have a meaningful and fulfilling relationship, so women motivate me. I learned to cook, fence, dress, and hopefully (eventually) dance because they are not only interesting, but attractive skills to have. I learned to draw and practice drawing to help express myself and understand my emotional state, so that I could be stable (for relationships). I even strive to continue in an Ivy league environment for all three of my motivations.

Aside from my basic academic interests (which boil down to the respect and power bit) women motivate me to better myself.

On a purely superego level there may be more academic or "pure" motivations, but at the most basic level I am motivated by power, respect, and women. I want to be happy, reproduce, and create a legend.

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