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University of Phoenix PSY/110

Indigo Videos

This page contains videos and resources relating to the Indigo Report for the University of Phoenix PSY/110 course.

 

Introduction to Indigo





The Six Motivators

Aesthetic ~ Individualistic ~ Social ~ Theoretical ~ Traditional ~ Utilitarian

Indigo uses motivators to identify your “Why.” Motivators reveal the things you really care about. They are what makes you want to learn, what grabs your heart, and what gets you excited. If someone ignores or dismisses your top motivators you may feel hurt and disengaged.

Motivators are important for major and career choice since motivators correlate directly to fulfillment and meaning. Most people are happiest selecting a major and career based on their top two motivators.

Reading the Motivator Chart

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Focus on your top two motivators. Notice where your score falls above or below the smaller bar (68% of population). This reveals areas where your motivators may be outside the mainstream and could lead to passion or conflict. The further a score rises above mainstream, the more you may feel passionate about that motivator.


Aesthetic

Desire for form, harmony, balance, or beauty.

People who have a high Aesthetic Motivator appreciate nature and beauty in the world. They are typically artistic and seek balance in their lives. High Aesthetics are greatly affected by their physical environment. The atmosphere or appearance of a school or workplace can even affect their grades or performance at work. Therefore it is critical they physically visit prospective workplaces or post-graduate schools.

If  Aesthetic  is one of your top two motivators, ask yourself…

How do you like to express yourself creatively?

What kinds of environments do you enjoy? What environments make you uncomfortable?

When you feel most like your authentic or true self, what are you doing? Where are you?

What are you sensitive to (crowds, noise, colors, people being OK, stress, etc.)?


Individualistic

Desire for independence, recognition, or power.

People who have a high Individualistic Motivator want to be in control of their own future and frequently seek personal recognition and power. It is very important that High Individualistics have choices. Instead of being told what to do, they want the option between two or more choices. They need to make sure they have freedom and choice in their career.

If  Individualistic  is one of your top two motivators, ask yourself…

What do you want to be known or recognized for?

Who do you most want to impress?

How do you maintain independence or control of your own destiny?

What kinds of leadership roles do you like?

What kinds of rewards do you prefer?


Social

Desire to help others or solve society’s problems.

People who have a high Social Motivator are altruistic and love to help people or a cause they care about. Their core question in life is typically, “What is my cause?” If they understand how their education will help them help others, they become much more engaged in academics. If you are a High Social, it’s important for you to figure out where you want to give back and how you can make a difference.

If  Social  is one of your top two motivators, ask yourself…

What is your cause? To what issue do you want to give your time?

What injustice makes you angry? What do you want to fight for?

How can you use your education to gain the skills to make a difference in the world?


Theoretical

Desire to learn for the sake of knowledge.

People who have a high Theoretical Motivator love learning for the sake of learning and exploring their favorite topics deeply. If you are High Theoretical, you might run the risk of going so deep in an interest area that you lose interest in other topics. If that is the case, find a more specialized educational program or job that allows you to dedicate more time to go as deep as possible in your specialty.

If  Theoretical  is one of your top two motivators, ask yourself…

How do you like to learn?

What topics excite you? What do you want to learn about that relates to your other top motivator?

What was your favorite learning experience, project or assignment?

Are there opportunities to learn everything you are interested in through this program?


Traditional

Desire to live by a personal set of principles or beliefs.

People who have a high Traditional Motivator value traditions, are driven by strong beliefs (which could be family, cultural, religious, military, self-determined, or something else), and follow their principles. If you have this motivator, look for opportunities that validate and/or allow you to share your beliefs. Look for employers that align with or value your way of living.

If  Traditional is one of your top two motivators, ask yourself…

What are your guiding principles?  What are your personal rules for living? (This might be a list of “shoulds” or things you believe and hold yourself accountable to.)

Where do your traditional values come from?   Family?   Faith?    Culture?   Something else?

Are you comfortable expressing your principles or values at work and/or in your education?


Utilitarian

Desire for a return on investment of time, energy, or money.

People who have a high Utilitarian Motivator seek practical returns for their efforts, tend to be money motivated, and value efficiency. They tend to be least served in most school environments, because Utilitarian is often the last motivator of educators. Keeping this in mind, if you are High Utilitarian, it’s important you make sure the program/major you choose helps you to achieve your personal goals as quickly as possible.

If  Utilitarian is one of your top two motivators, ask yourself…

How do you strive for more efficiency and productivity in your life? How do you drive towards tangible, practical results?

What kind of rewards do you prefer?

What role does money play in your decisions?

Do you feel like this program will help you reach your goal efficiently?

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