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Why We Do What We Do: Understanding Self-Motivation

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If you reward your children for doing their homework, they will usually respond by getting it done. But is this the most effective method of motivation? No, says psychologist Edward L. Deci, who challenges traditional thinking and shows that this method actually works against performance. The best way to motivate people—at school, at work, or at home—is to support their sense of autonomy. Explaining the reasons why a task is important and then allowing as much personal freedom as possible in carrying out the task will stimulate interest and commitment, and is a much more effective approach than the standard system of reward and punishment. We are all inherently interested in the world, argues Deci, so why not nurture that interest in each other? Instead of asking, "How can I motivate people?" we should be asking, "How can I create the conditions within which people will motivate themselves?"

"An insightful and provocative meditation on how people can become more genuinely engaged and succesful in pursuing their goals." —Publisher's Weekly

Synopsis:

In a book that challenges authoritarian thinking about motivation, a distinguished social psychologist offers an alternative to current reward/punishment theory, which, far from anarchy, espouses our ordered, internalized sense of freedom, responsibility, and commitment.

About the Author

Edward L. Deci, Ph.D., professor of pyschology at the University of Rochester, is director of its human motivation program.

Richard Flaste, former Science and Health Editor of The New York Times, led the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 1987.

Table of Contents

Why We Do What We Do One

Authority and Its Discontents

Part One: The Importance of Autonomy And Competence

Two

I'm Only in It for the Money: Early Experiments on Rewards and Alienation

Three

The Need for Personal Autonomy

Four

Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation: The Yields of Each

Five

Engaging the World with a Sense of Competence

Part Two: The Role Of Interpersonal Connectedness

Six

The Inner Force of Developement

Seven

When Society Beckons

Eight

The Self in a Social World

Nine

When Society Corrupts

Part Three: How It All Works

Ten

How to Promote Autonomy

Eleven

Promoting Healthy Behavior

Twelve

Being Autonomous Amidst the Controls

Part Four: Conclusion

Thirteen

The Meaning of Human Freedom

Notes on Works Cited

List of Research Articles

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140255263
Author:
Deci, Edward
Author:
Flaste, Richard
Author:
Deci, Edward
Author:
Deci, Edward L.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Motivational
Subject:
Motivation (psychology)
Subject:
Autonomy (psychology)
Subject:
Autonomy
Subject:
Motivation.
Subject:
Motivational & Inspirational
Subject:
Self-Help : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
68
Publication Date:
19960831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.94x5.06x.46 in. .38 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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