According to cognitive evaluation theory (Deci, 1975), people are sometimes intrinsically motivated to complete tasks. That is, they feel that some tasks are inherently enjoyable, challenging, or significant. They do not merely feel obliged to complete these activities. When individuals feel intrinsic motivation, they tend to be more persistent. Burnout and exhaustion typically diminish.
In contrast, people are sometimes extrinsically motivated to complete tasks. That is, they complete these tasks merely to secure some reward or benefit. When individuals feel extrinsically motivated, their persistence and wellbeing declines.. . .