Univ. of Rochester psychology professor Deci and Flaste, former science and health editor for the New York Times, here compile decades of experimentation and research on human motivation conducted by Deci and his colleagues. The product is an insightful and provocative meditation on how people can become more genuinely engaged and successful in pursuing their goals?in school, the workplace and relationships. Concerned with what makes people want to succeed, Deci conducted extensive studies demonstrating that when subjects are encouraged to pursue a task for its own sake, they do it better and enjoy it more than those told to do it for a reward or informed that they will be punished if they don't do it correctly. These results lead to his conclusion?amply illustrated through anecdotal and scholarly evidence?that authoritarian motivational strategies such as the reward/punishment systems commonly used in American schools and businesses alienate people from their work, make them less productive and leave them less fulfilled. Deci calls for "autonomy-supportive" behavior from those in positions of authority to encourage motivation emanating from within.
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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.
Great info. It has me seriously rethinking my sales comp plans.Published 4 days ago by Robert Zamora
This was a good book, full of interesting ideas and studies. I just wish it did a better/easier job of providing citations for each study.Published 10 days ago by Alanna O'Brien
I'm a big fan of Edward Deci's work, along with Richard Ryan. I learned about them from Daniel Pink. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alice Giraud
Written by a scientist for other scientists - very hard to stay engaged in reading it.Published 2 months ago by Douglas F. Bennett
I actually bought another copy of this book to give to a family member. The theories are sound and there are documented studies to back it up.Published 3 months ago by kahn ren
I bought this book as part of the preparation for a theory analysis. I chose Self-Determination Theory and this book, along with many articles published by the author and his... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amy Childers