“Deci and Ryan...are the sun around which all this other research orbits,” Pink says. “They’re true pioneers. Forty years from now, we’ll look back on them as two of the most important social scientists of our time.”
What motivates us? How do we get motivated? And why do we describe some people as motivated and others not?
....we are most deeply engaged, and that we do our most creative work, when we feel that we are acting according to our own will on behalf of goals we find meaningful.
Deci and Ryan [wrote] Intrinsic Motivation and Self-Determination in Human Behavior (1985). In their pathbreaking work, they articulated self-determination theory, a comprehensive repudiation of behaviorist orthodoxy regarding human motivation.
...[T]he theory...maintains that motivation develops from within us...grounded in “competency, autonomy, and relatedness.” Self-determination theory (SDT) holds that we are most deeply engaged, and that we do our most creative work, when we feel that we are acting according to our own will on behalf of goals we find meaningful.
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