Why We Do What We Do: The Dynamics of Personal Autonomy

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Edward Deci, one of the country's outstanding social psychologists, writing with former New York Times science and health editor Richard Flaste, offers some bad news and some good news: Rewards and punishments do not make workers perform more effectively, or students learn better, or families function more smoothly - that's the bad news. Indeed, it is the deadening of interest and commitment, from too much control, from overreliance on rewards and threats, that keeps people from peak performance. But the good ...
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Overview

Edward Deci, one of the country's outstanding social psychologists, writing with former New York Times science and health editor Richard Flaste, offers some bad news and some good news: Rewards and punishments do not make workers perform more effectively, or students learn better, or families function more smoothly - that's the bad news. Indeed, it is the deadening of interest and commitment, from too much control, from overreliance on rewards and threats, that keeps people from peak performance. But the good news is that people have an innate energy, interest, and excitement about the world that can be encouraged, and when they find greater satisfaction in what they do, they are more effective. Deci shows us how people work more efficiently, learn more intelligently, and treat each other better when their sense of autonomy is encouraged. Give students the reasons why they need to learn something boring, bring workers into the decision process whenever possible, avoid the use of threats, and amazing results will ensue, because people are inherently interested in the world, and they perform optimally when their autonomy is supported. While this good news is a call for autonomy, it is not a call for anarchy. People need limits and structure, but the way these are provided makes all the difference. Reading this book will revolutionize the way we think about motivation - and will give readers insight into what makes us tick.
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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. (June)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780399140471
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/26/1995
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.22 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Authority and Its Discontents 1
2 I'm Only in It for the Money: Early Experiments on Rewards and Alienation 17
3 The Need for Personal Autonomy 30
4 Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation: The Yields of Each 44
5 Engaging the World with a Sense of Competence 57
6 The Inner Force of Development 77
7 When Society Beckons 91
8 The Self in a Social World 109
9 When Society Corrupts 124
10 How to Promote Autonomy 141
11 Promoting Healthy Behavior 159
12 Being Autonomous Amidst the Controls 177
13 The Meaning of Human Freedom 199
Notes on Works Cited 213
List of Research Articles 217
Index 223
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