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- DescriptionEarly in this century, most empirically oriented psychologists believed that all motivation was based in the physiology of a set of n-nervous- system tissue needs. The theories of that era reflected this belief and used it in an attempt to explain an increasing number of phemena. It was t until the 1950s that it became irrefutably clear that much of human motivation is based t in these drives, but rather in a set of innate psychological needs. Their physiological basis is less understood; and as concepts, these needs lend themselves more easily to psycho- logical than to physiological theorizing. The convergence of evidence from a variety of scholarly efforts suggests that there are three such needs: self-determination, competence, and interpersonal relatedness. This book is primarily about self-determination and competence (with particular emphasis on the former), and about the processes and structures that relate to these needs. The need for interpersonal relat- edness, while less important, remains to be explored, and the findings from those explorations will need to be integrated with the present theory to develop a broad, organismic theory of human motivation. Thus far, we have articulated self-determination theory, which is offered as a working theory-a theory in the making. To stimulate the research that will allow it to evolve further, we have stated self-determination theory in the form of minitheories that relate to more circumscribed domains, and we have developed paradigms for testing predictions from the various minitheories.
- Author(s)Edward L. Deci,Richard M. Ryan
- PublisherSpringer-Verlag New York Inc.
- Date of Publication30/05/2013
- SubjectPsychology: Professional & General
- Series TitlePerspectives in Social Psychology
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintSpringer-Verlag New York Inc.
- Content Notebiography
- Weight593 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Edition StatementSoftcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1985
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