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What is the arousal theory? Give an example of how you have experienced arousal theory in your own life.
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Psychology, 2nd Edition (Minter, Elmhorst, Ciccarelli, White)

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According to the arousal theory of motivation, each person has a unique arousal level that is right for them. When our arousal levels fall outside of these personalized optimal levels, we seek some sort of activity to get them back within our desired ranges.

Examples of arousal theory include:

If our arousal levels drop too low, we might seek stimulation by going out to a nightclub with friends.

If our arousal levels become too elevated and we become overstimulated, we might be motivated to select a relaxing activity such as going for a walk or taking a nap.

Arousal can be mental (cognitive), emotional (affective), or physical—sometimes referred to as the three parts of arousal theory or the three types of arousal.
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