Why We Do What We Do
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Why We Do What We Do

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What motivates us as students, employees, and individuals? 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
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Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 128.52 x 201.68 x 11.68mm | 172.37g
  • Penguin USA
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0140255265
  • 9780140255263
  • 44,769

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
Index
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About Edward L. Deci

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.
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