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Why We Do What We Do: Understanding Self-Motivation Paperback – August 1, 1996
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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.
- Publisher : Penguin Books; Reprint edition (August 1, 1996)
- Language: : English
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0140255265
- ISBN-13 : 978-0140255263
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Grade level : 12 and up
- Item Weight : 6.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.94 x 5.06 x 0.46 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #61,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This has been a mainstay with parenting, teaching, coaching, and in the business world for the better part of the 20th century and continues to be a prevailing thought today.
Then we have Edward L. Deci and his band of psychologists that say, “Wait, hold up everybody!”
Deci says that motivation is derived from “intrinsic” factors, not “extrinsic” ones. In other words, the carrots and sticks only go so far. In this book, he gives us countless studies that prove his point.
Deci says that rewards and punishments make us feel controlled. He says that we may see some temporary bump in motivation with rewards, such as giving money for good grades on a report card, but that this motivation will be fleeting and when the reward is removed, the drive is gone.
Deci says we want choices. We desire autonomy. We do not wish to feel controlled. He says that when we parents, teachers, coaches, and leaders provide clear communication with the outcomes of certain behaviors and combine that will offering choices, then we will see motivation that comes from inside which is far more sustainable than external factors.
I learned of Deci from Daniel Pink’s book Drive. Pink’s Drive, published in 2012, is an updated and more modern version of Deci’s, published in 1995. They’re both great books and rebuff the previous thoughts of Skinner and show that to really motivate we need to go beyond the carrots and sticks.
This book receives 4.4 stars on Amazon after 60 reviews. Goodreads gives it 3.95 stars after 833 ratings and 62 reviews. I gave it 4 stars. It is a great read for just about anyone, since we all have some responsibility for helping others find drive and motivation.
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Deci outlines the three elements of human motivation with excellent research that comes out of his lab and that of his colleagues. He helps you understand the research and the dimensions of motivation. And, he offers lots of suggestions for how to handle some of the more difficult situations and conversations you might face being a parent and/or leader.
If you read Drive by Daniel Pink, you will appreciate how this goes to the next level. Pink calls upon Deci's research but he's writing for a different audience. Deci helped me realize that there were times when I thought I was "motivating" my kids but it really was just another way of controlling them.
I plan to use this information as a dad, as a little league coach and in my work as an executive coach - great stuff.
* You will be most likely shocked by the concept of autonomous motivation and how is it central to optimum and healthy performance.
* As a parent, you MUST read and APPLY this concept and you will see the difference in the long-term in your kids. I already saw this in my children.
* In any situation where you can control other, think twice before controlling them; it's not only about them, but about you in the first place.
As language learning motivation researcher, the concept of self-motivation is highly regarded in terms of achieving the learning of the second language. We still investigate the positive results come from taking learners perspective in learning and using the language, and it seems of particular importance.
I'm only wondering why this book is not available for Kindle?