Psych M.D. - Intrinsic motivation

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March 2, 2009

Term: Intrinsic motivation
Definition (Myers): A desire to perform a behavior for its own sake and to be effective.
Definition (alternative): working at a job because you get a great feeling of personal satisfaction from it, and you are trying to perform the behavior for its own sake (not for money) *
Contextual explanation: Why do you work or come to class or study for a test? If you are working at a job because you get a great feeling of personal satisfaction from it, and you are trying to perform the behavior for its own sake (not for money), then you are intrinsically motivated. Intrinsic motivation does seem to be more satisfying to people. *
Related terms and concepts:
Extrinsic motivation

This is a comic that compares intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation by through events the character goes through. Intrinsic motivation is motivated by f
actors related to the work itself, not to rewards for work, such as money, status or privilege. *

Intrinsic motivation - The Neuron
Here are four types of motivation.

  1. Intrinsic motivation - satisfaction in the work itself (pleasure, stimulation, learning etc)
  2. Extrinsic motivation - rewards for doing the work (money, promotion, perks etc)
  3. Personal motivation - individual values (a love of knowledge, power, security, self-expression etc)
  4. Interpersonal motivation - the influence of other people (competition, collaboration, commitments etc) *
Intrinsic motivation - The Neuron *
This is a circle that makes people motivated.
Related websites:
http://www.wishfulthinking.co.uk/2009/02/11/motivation-during-a-recession/
->This cite gives detailed explanation about types of motivation and how to make use of them.
http://cgda.nic.in/rt/rtcblr/website/Training%20Material/H%20R%20D/Motivation.htm
-> Approach to motivation, motivation theories, individual and work centered motivations (intrinsic, extrinsic), and many other related subjects are explained in depth.
Edited by: Elaine



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