Explain achievement motivation, and explain how this characteristic influences an individual's behavior.

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Achievement motivation theory claims that the desires for achievement and recognition are primary motivating factors for all human beings. Theorists are interested in cross-cultural studies of how groups reward their more successful members. They have found that in all societies, more successful individuals are rewarded with material wealthy, dominance in the social hierarchy, and cooperation and subservience of others. Achievement motivation theorists also examine different domains of achievement: artistic, commercial, political, religious and social. They examine the way in which social identity – including factors like gender, ethnicity, class and nationality – influences how people value achievement.