Why We Do What We Do

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.show more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 127 x 193.04 x 12.7mm | 158.76g
  • Penguin Publishing Group
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0140255265
  • 9780140255263
  • 15,534

About Edward L Deci PhD

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.show more

Table of contents

Why We Do What We DoOne 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 Indexshow more

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