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    • RPS says:

      I strongly relate to this blog post. When I was deciding what program to apply to after high school, all my friends and family members suggested that I go into Fine Arts. Considering that I love drawing and painting they thought it would lead me on a career path towards doing what I love everyday. Oddly enough, I didn’t want to pursue my artistic talent in school because I was afraid it would kill my “flow”. I feared that it would turn an activity that I absolutely loved into something that I did simply because I was good at it and would get good grades. In other words, I didn’t want my intrinsic motivation to turn into a motive that was interjected regulated.

      • Jessica Mills says:

        I did the same thing with literature! Reading is a lot of fun and I figured I would lose all enjoyment of it if I was forced to read non-stop about a variety of topics for which I didn’t care for. I feel as if its the right decision to keep doing the things you love because you want to and not because you have to!

      • JJ says:

        I find this response very interesting because when I read this blog, the first thing I thought of was things I like to do outside of school. I am still not absolutely sure what I would like to study in university but now I am going to start connecting school with intrinsic motivation factors, rather than extrinsic and hopefully that will help me determine my final decision regarding what field of study I would like to continue in.

      • MichaelSelinger24 says:

        Hey RPS!
        Your post actually made me think of something along the same lines that dreaded program choice. For most of us, we’re probably in the midst of applying for university and I’m sure many of us are just as unsure about what to go into as some of us were when applying for college.
        A little piece of advice that has always personally helped me out when making choices like this:
        Ask yourself what you love doing and make a list of all of those things. Then slowly go through them and imagine yourself waking up in the morning to go to work for whatever each of those things are. Then imagine the progression of your life based on what you’re doing. A lot of the time, you’ll find yourself realizing that some of your greatest passions will have you feeling not so passionate if you were to pursue them as a career.
        It has helped for me and I’m certain it will help for you guys!

  1. Peace&Love says:

    I agree with what was said above because I can relate to this throughout my daily life.I feel that an activity that is controlled (external regulation) would be going to my Phys Ed. class because I am not motivated to participate much in the class. I basically just go to it and do the work because it is required for me to graduate. Extrinsic motivation in my life would also be studying and doing homework as well. An example of Intrinsic motivation in my life would be hanging out with my friends and participating in daily yoga practices.

    • Dumbo13 says:

      I agree with what you said. We chose the profile that we want in cegep, but this comes with classes that sometimes only seldom interest us. For example, I am in psychology, and many classes I’ve had to take I ended up loving, such as anthropology, abnormal psychology, sociology. I would almost consider these classes as intrinsic motivation. If we were not tested or graded, I would still attend those classes. However, I’ve had classes that I would automatically put in the extrensic section, such as gym class (like you), quantitative methods, and economics. However it is good that we have all that range of classes offered to us because maybe another student will love the classes I do not like, and hate the classes that passionate me. So there are some for every type of people.

      • Stephane Gaskin PhD says:

        It does so happen that sometimes we have to do something we don’t like to eventually reach our goals. But at the same time there is very often à way to find some interest in what you never thought you would.

  2. Gabrielle Lesage says:

    I find it fascinating that we can categorize motivation simply by what we expect to see in the end (or maybe not, for that matter).

    After reading this article, I though about the different things I do now and whether they are considered intrinsic or extrinsic in nature. For example, going to school to become a social worker might be considered Introjected Regulation and Integrated Regulation (extrinsic in nature) because it is something that I really want to do in life; I want to help others. An example of an intrinsic motivation would be me reading many fiction novels: I love discovering all new stories and escape my everyday life (which is filled with lots of school and work!).

    But maybe I can also consider going to school to be as intrinsic because I love it and I put a lot of dedication into my studies.

    Can it be that a motive be intrinsic AND extrinsic in nature at the same time?

    • Dumbo13 says:

      I find it interesting that you wondered if an activity can be considered both intrinsic and extrinsic, because I was asking myself the same question. I am currently in the school’s student union, and I enjoy doing it, however I also find it rewarding because it makes me feel like I have a purpose and it makes me feel useful. So I was wondering if it can be both at the same time.

    • MichaelSelinger24 says:

      I believe that it is quite possible for an activity to be both intrinsically and extrinsically motivating because the result of the activity can be both personally valuable as well as externally valuable. School can definitely be both intrinsically and extrinsically valuable. SOme people enjoy the aspect of learning as well as getting the good grades. Well, one sort of leads to the other and who doesn’t love good grades. But the idea is that some people could not enjoy school and simply do the work for the pass while others do the work because they love it and as a result get the good grades that follow.

  3. Jessica Mills says:

    Extrinsic motivation is currently ruling my life. I’m doing everything I can to improve my chances of getting into university. This includes doing the letters of intent, finding references and keeping my grades up. It’s a form of integrated and identified regulation. As form intrinsic motivation I can relate it to how when I’m just dancing around my house working on some new moves I feel motivated to continue practicing because I enjoy it and time just flashes by. Generally I tend to be very intrinsically motivated because I have a very strong hatred for being bored or unhappy. I find its always better to want to do something that to do something because of an outside factor.

    • LingLi says:

      Yah, is fun to do what we like to do, especially when it comes to passion. I remember back in the days, I was taking youtube lessons to learn some basics of pop and lock, and it really got it going because nothing motivates me more than the will to learn something that i enjoy.

  4. Peace&Love says:

    It’s not surprising that its generally more common to prefer being on the intrinsic side but I feel that many people of our generation or just doing what they have to do to get by in life. Not mainly because they want to do it but because they have no choice but to do it if they want to be successful in life. Ex. Waking up early and going to school everyday. This supports the concept of identified regulation which I find in fact quite interesting.

    • CThompson says:

      I think a lot of people of our generation do things “just to get by in life” because they dont yet know what they really want to get out of their lives. I know this was my problem. I was just doing what I was told to do to get by. Only when I finally decided what I wanted out of life did my motivation change.

      • GCriniti says:

        I agree with you,
        I have the same problem! for me i’m in the social science program and I have one class that I attend just because I need it to graduate I dont look forward to it but I go to it anyway just because I have too, but it’ll pay off in the future I could do what I want to be doing in university! sometimes the thing we dread doing pays off in the end….

    • Gabrielle Lesage says:

      I totally agree with that. By living in a society where there are so many expectations to do well and to have a really good job, our lives are almost completely ruled by extrinsic motivation, and by being consumed by this particular motivation it can sometimes be difficult to just take time to relax and enjoy doing something like reading a book or watching a movie (intrinsic motivation).

    • Javier Gutierrez says:

      I totally agree with you, I feel most of the people I know go to school simply because it is stated by the society that it is good and also it will provide you later on, for example: it is said that you will have a good job and you will be well paid, and I feel that because of those factors people get lost in translation with school, they never find what they really like, they are just interested in the paycheck that they will get later on, I’m not saying going to school is bad not at all, what i’m trying to say is people are too much concentrated into extrinsic motivation and often forget about what would really make them happy.

      • James Tognarini says:

        I don’t think that people necessarily have to choose between one or the other. Yeah, it’s much easier to look at this from a job perspective, but intrinsic motivation can be just a hobby that you enjoy doing, and that is enough to make you happy. If someone told me they’re not really too happy with their job as an accountant, but love to paint, I don’t think the right thing to do would be to tell them to become a full time painter instead. It is too bad however, that CEGEP tends to be little more than a waste of time, throwing courses at you that have no relevance to the field you actually want to study. I think if there was more direct ways of studying what you really want to, it would help for motivation.

        • Stephane Gaskin PhD says:

          True….what you are passionate about and that you so with intrinsic motivation does not have to be your career. However, having activities that you are intrisically motivated in is related to happiness and well being.

          • Gabrielle Lesage says:

            I re-read the article again, and I was asking myself if it was possible that something can be intrinsic and then later in life become extrinsic, and vice versa…. what if something is intrinsic for a person now, and because they’ve pursued it so much that it just turns out extrinsic? Maybe there is something that happens that changes how we look at something (intrinsic or extrinsic), and what was once something done for fun is now only goal-oriented…

          • Stephane Gaskin PhD says:

            Yes it is possible….there is something called the undermining of intrinsic motivation. That is when you start getting a reward for doing something you already love doing for Its own sake. It suddenly becomes controlled (now a job). Happens in professional sports all the time. But people also can find intrinsic motivation in something that was previously only extrinsically motivated.

        • Vanessa Caucci says:

          I agree with you, that it isn’t totally right. You can get paid for going one of your favourite hobbies. There are many people that work for jobs that they love. Which means yes they are being rewarded however they are still doing what they are most passionate about. This can go both ways, where as you can have a hobby for fun or you can be paid/rewarded for doing it.

        • MichaelSelinger24 says:

          Very well stated James!
          I will have to agree with you here because like i had mentioned in my message earlier about making a choice on what program to go into in university, a lot of the time, things that you are absolutely passionate about become less intrinsically motivating when deadlines and pay-checks and all of the politics behind having a full-time job in a certain field have. They can sometimes cause you to get overly stressed about what once was a passion and turn it into a responsibility.

  5. NadiaDT says:

    I can relate a lot of things in my life to what is being said about motivation. Most of the things that I do that have to do with school are extrinsic motivations. I do my school work and attend school because in order to get any where in life you need an education. Although school is not something I have much motivation for, the future carrier that I would like to pursue I have nothing but intrinsic motivation.

    • Jessica Mills says:

      I’m the same! School is just a step that’s needed in where I want to go in life. It is a long process I find and definitely not as enjoyable as the things that I am intrinsically motivated to do.

  6. Dumbo13 says:

    I’m not sure if it can count as something that can go in the intrinsic category, but the first think I thought of that I can relate in my life is reading. I read a lot and it makes time pass by without me noticing, it also gets me out of my own head. Although I do not have control over my actions, since it is not really an act. Reading is very rewarding for me because it expands my vocabulary, enhances my imagination and even helps with my every day spelling mistakes.

  7. Peace&Love says:

    I find that this blog post was very informative because its not something that we really look into. Mainly because most of us are occupied and too busy doing other things. But I think that it’s very important to look at these things in our lives because our struggles and difficulties can be solely weighted on these theories on either being extrinsic/intrinsic. Figuring ou where the root of the problem may guide us in gaining sight to the bigger picture.

  8. Sereena Pigeon says:

    It’s true that today we, especially students, often put tasks that are extrinsically motivating before intrinsically motivating since we live in a fast paced society that requires hard work to get ahead. It’s hard for me to think of something I do that’s intrinsically motivating because during a semester I spend most of my time doing school work and working at my job on weekends. The only intrinsically motivating thing I do is spend time with friends and family because I find that’s quite important. Then again on days when I’m exhausted by all else, that sometimes feels like Identified Regulation since I’m only doing it to make my family/friends happy.

    • LingLi says:

      Agree, schooling has come to a phase that students requires to obtain great grades in fields that they are completely unrelated in order to pursuit their passion for a certain carrier. The system systematically chooses whoever is the best in class, even if they potentially only get good grades and remembers nothing of the materials. This consequently brings students to the mentality of getting the better grade extrinsically, because all we need is good grades in order to go to higher education.

  9. CThompson says:

    Over the past few months, I have worked hard on only doing things which are intrinsically motivated. Last year, I was doing things I wasn’t inlove with, but did them because of the pressure I felt to do them. They were being externally regulated, you could say.
    Since cutting those activities out, I have found a lot more happinness than I thought I ever could. Not only do I feel better about myself, but my relationships with other people have improoved as well.
    Is it a bad ting to live your live sompletely extrinsically motivated?

  10. Javier Gutierrez says:

    Now that i’ve read this article i can organize my motivations in such a way that I know which goal is more important than the other.

    i’ve never been interested in school, I just go over there as a plan B, as a child i found it rewarding for myself watching movies and reading books all day, now i want to be a screenwriter, and it’s something that i do since i’m Young and I would probably do it for free, it is what i do everyday, So I would consider that as my intrinsic motivation,

    School and work would be my extrinsic motivation, I just go to school to please my parents and get a degree because I know it is something important now days, and also for self- image because someone who does not go to school loses credibility most of the time. Work is something i’m intereste din because of the paycheck i will receive at the end of the week.

  11. LingLi says:

    As today’s class you said the flow of video gaming is negative flow, because it does not bring any of value, thus is useless. However, passion comes from direct contact with a subject and it would take time to master such and become an expert. Many people are very interested in video games and are intrinsically motivated to acquire a degree in such field of interests, which in result creates a market. This market consist of professionals of all ages and do not seems to be hindered from this negative flow. It is true that people do not pursuit a career in such field and only play it as a hobby. Consequently it would not bring anything useful but a new pair of glasses. However, it is not the issue of the subject, but the user. If one play video games for hours end, yah it’s bad. But if one plays video games, while making friends, which lead to socialization, or videos on video games, which can be a lucrative and educational alternative, video game cannot really be under the category of negative flow, in fact nothing should be under such category, because it is always the initiator that causes the subject and not the way around. Time flies fast if we do what we enjoy, but we cannot objectively categorize what is useful and what is not. I personally do not understand coin collectors who enjoy collect some piece of metal that has monetary value, but maybe they find positive flow in them.

    • Stephane Gaskin PhD says:

      Hey Ling
      Yes! People can find passion in just about anything. I was just trying to point out that certain things go into the category of time wasters when taken to the extreme. I have nothing against gaming except when it starts to take over time for more important things in life but that is relative to the individual and can be said about many activities.

  12. James Tognarini says:

    The thing I have trouble with at this point in my life is that constant battle between following my passion, which without a doubt is intrinsically motivating for me, and getting through something that is just extrinsically motivating.

    I am a provincial/state strength and conditioning coach and I work with several athletes in Canada and parts of the United States. Coaching and training athletes is something that I really love doing and that I have done in the past for free just because I enjoy doing it so much and seeing my athletes succeed. I can see a definite career path in front of me with this but the problem is that there is this constant dwelling on the importance of school. It is not that I am against school, in fact I do want to go on to get my degree in sport psychology, but the fact remains that I am not nearly as motivated to work hard in school as I am when I am coaching.

    So far, I do my best to balance both, even though when it comes time to read things, I would rather be reading some obscure text translated into english from an old Russian weightlifting coach than anything else.

    • Stephane Gaskin PhD says:

      Find purpose and meaning in your schooling. What will it so for you? What will it say about you once you get through it?

  13. Rachel Mayer says:

    I agree with all these comments. Living in a society like nowadays puts pressure on us. There are so many expectations that people believe that you need to find a perfect career to be successful and so on. And it is ruled by our extrinsic motivation. An example of this is, the other day I was applying for university online and I was looking at the various programs I can apply too. My brother kept on saying “ no Rachel don’t take that you wont do anything with your life” and I find it so annoying that society is only focused on the amount of how much you will get paid at the end of the day. People are way to concentrated into extrinsic motivation and they tend to forget about what really makes them happy.

  14. James Tognarini says:

    My paradox with this would be about pursuing a job that you are intrinsically motivated to do, however, you are barely getting by as to paying your bills. Although you feel happy doing this job and you are excited every morning to go to work, you also cannot be very comfortable in your life. In this case would you be happier at your dream job, or at one that you is monotonous but pays your bills?

    The answer to this would be to find a hobby or activity you can do outside of work that is intrinsically motivating for you to balance it out, but say you did not have one, what would be the answer here?

    • Stephane Gaskin PhD says:

      James….intrinsic motivation does not necessarily come from your carreer (while this may be ideal). I understand that this may not always be conducive to your livelyhood. It can come from different activities in your life… Extrinsic motivation , by the way is not all bad, look at the higher levels of it, understanding the importance of something and doing something because it is in line with your morals and values. These are higher level motivators close to autonomy.

  15. amber jonas says:

    I completely relate with Jessica. These days, the future is all that I can think about; mainly because university application deadline is quickly approaching and the truth of the matter is that I don’t know what I want to do. I like to think that whatever I end up doing will feel less like work and more like my passion. This is why I have chosen to apply to an acting program, because acting is my passion and I believe that if I do end up pursuing it, I’ll do it solely for the enjoyment and not the pay. I’d rather have an acting job and make very little than a job that stresses me out and that I loath but that pays well. I’d rather be happy doing what I love instead of ending up miserable and rich.

  16. amber jonas says:

    This article has made me realize that whatever I end up doing with my life in the future, it will have to be something that I consider to be intrinsic. I say this because I just know that I won’t be able to wake up every morning and go into work knowing that I don’t love what I’m doing. I know that I HAVE to do something that will make my soul happy. I need something that will fulfill my being. I will forever choose passion over reward because I honestly believe that at the end of the day, passion is what’s going to make me look back when I’m old and smile, knowing that even though I may not have ended up wealthy, I lived a life doing what I adored and therefore lived with no regret.

  17. amber jonas says:

    After much thought, I have decided that I surprisingly have way more intrinsic motivation than I do extrinsic motivation. My extrinsic motivations are school and work. I go to school in the hope to end up with a good job when I’m older and I go to work to get money to purchase the things I want. My intrinsic motivations are acting, singing, writing, reading and finding the positives in all situations. Acting and singing I have been doing since I was 7 and have loved them both equally. They’re my escape. I do them solely because I love them. Not for money or recognition, but because they make me my happiest. Writing is also an escape of mine that I do just because it really makes me feel better especially when I’m upset and by being optimistic, I do that for no reward other than making sure that I’m always happy. Even when I’m sad, I make sure to find something that’s okay with the world and my life. It helps me live a happier and more fulfilled life in my opinion. I am honestly very proud that I have more intrinsic rather than extrinsic motives because to me, it makes me feel like I am doing a good job living my life.

    • Stephane Gaskin PhD says:

      The things you are intrisically motivated about will get you through adversity.

  18. Caterina Stamoulos says:

    I think most people have a hard time choosing wether they should pursue a career in which is intrinsically motivating or extrinsiclly motivating. I also have trouble with knowing wether I want to follow through with a career in which is very risky, but would be what I love to do, or… Pursue a career in which will make me a lot of money, but will I be happy? Going to work everyday possibly regretting my choice, regretting what if I were doing what I am most passionate about? Maybe I would be a better person? A happier one? These are the struggling questions that many people think about, including myself while trying to think ahead of what the right choice would be.

    • homi says:

      I think that you can still be happy even though you are not in the field you loved being. I am studying in psychology but my passion is painting. i will pursue my education in psychology because there is more chances to get a job. but that does not mean I won’t be able to paint anymore. it can still be a passtime.

  19. Caterina Stamoulos says:

    The things that mostly motivate me intrinsically would be drawing, sketching, sewing (making creative clothing), and playing soccer. I love to do these things as they make me happy, and I really get lost in these activities wether it’s drawing, sewing or playing soccer. Hypothetically creating a career in fashion design would be very risky, especially in montreal. There are not that many opportunities here in that field, so Instead of my mind thinking of pursuing something I try rly enjoy doing without any reward in it, my mind thinks towards a more extrinsic approach where I can go to school get a degree in something that will have a higher chance at reaching a goal where my income will be stable and higher than taking a risk in finding a job in fashion here in montreal. Although whichever job I hypothetically would choose, doesn’t mean I wouldn’t like it.. It just would mean I won’t love it like I love the intrinsic things I do.
    I feel like yes you should do what you like/love in life to make you happy, but there are some other questions you need to think about, for instance, if you are doing what you love but it isn’t making as much money as you need to fufill your wants and needs in life than you need to change your decision within your career in order to fufill those wants and needs. But you can always keep what you love doing as a hobby, on the side, and still be happy !

  20. Caterina Stamoulos says:

    Lastly, I agree with A few people who said that you intrinsic and extrinsic can overlap in the sense that you can do what you love, and also get rewards for it, such as working a job you love.. You get lost in it, forget about all the time you spent doing that job, and still get rewards for it! I have many friends who do the job they love and get rewarded for it ! And it is there intrinsic motivation as well and extrinsic, as they both can overlap at times!

    • JJ says:

      Yes, I agree that they can overlap. Sometimes in order to be able to participate in something that you love (intrinsic motivation), in order to get there, you will have to participate in some things that you don’t love to do (extrinsic motivation). Both of the two types of motivation are important to experience in order to succeed.

  21. Vanessa Caucci says:

    One of society’s biggest paradox would be that everyone wants to be rich, however people still want to follow their dreams. The problem is to most people their intrinsic hobbies wouldn’t “make enough” money for their likings or it is rather hard to blossom in that field. For example many people lose themselves in sports, hockey, soccer, swimming, etc. If you want to pursue your intrinsic hobbies what are the odds youll be a professional athlete, etc.

  22. Vanessa Caucci says:

    Many jobs today are extrinsic – meaning that you get rewarded for doing so. Extrinsic means to do something that has a reward, meaning, moral value, etc. Many jobs today are done in order to pay the bills, for example, many teenagers have jobs which they hate. However they know if they want money to buy clothes, food, drinks, etc they need to go to work. This is an example of extrinsic motivation, I have been working for three years and it is solely for the purpose of making money, not because I love working. So it’s hard to figure out which category you fit into, because I can easily fit both.

  23. homi says:

    Love the information on this blog post. while reading, praying came on my mind. I used to think that i loved praying, that it was natural. Now, I realize that maybe I love praying because it makes me feel good and gives me a chance to talk to my inner self. That means that praying is a extrinsic motivation. i do it just because of the positive outcome.

  24. homi says:

    I am grateful to know that i am aware of the activities that involves intrinsic motication for me. I remember doing a painting of an alien in space. I started around 8 and finaly decided to stop at 3am because i had school in the morning. It is true that while doing an activity that you truly love, you forget about the present time and your surrondings. I love being hypnotize by painting. It makes me feel alive.

  25. Rachel Mayer says:

    The article has made me realize a lot of things. It made my think about the fact that anything I end up doing with my life (my career), will have to be intrinsic. This is because I want to enjoy what I’m doing with my life and not just go to work just to get money. I want to make my surroundings and myself happy. In my opinion, money isn’t the only thing that’s important in the world. Happiness comes first, and it is the decision you make, weather you focus on the intrinsic or the extrinsic that will make you happy.

  26. Rachel Mayer says:

    When starting CEGEP, we choose what program we want to be enrolled in. this comes with classes that might interest others but not myself. People that might be in Psychology, would put an intrinsic motivation to classes that are involved with psychology such as abnormal psychology, development psychology and so on. Nonetheless, there are classes that I don’t like and I would without a doubt put it in the extrinsic section like Research Methods and Macro Economics. Having a large choice can have its positive and negative outcomes because there might be students that really love those classes that I don’t like.

  27. JJ says:

    I love how all these blog posts are so relevant and very relatable. I have classes in school where I have both intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. For the classes that I don’t like very much, I often find myself worrying about grades and marks and not so much about the content of the material. However, for the classes that I love, I am not as worried about grades and I find it extremely easy to go to class and pay attention. Both types of motivation are very important in life because you want to be able to do things you love to do (intrinsic motivation) and you also want to be able to reach your goals and in order to do that you must have extrinsic motivation.

  28. AMC says:

    Like most people, I can relate to this blog post, although contrary to what one person responded, when I go to my Phys. Ed. class, or when I’m playing a sport, is when I’m in the “zone”, or flow, as it’s called in the post. When playing a team sport with your friends it becomes about having fun with your friends, and that in itself is the reward. I think that if we thought about school and studies that way, it would be easier to achieve our academic goals. Like you said in the first or second class, you have to enjoy all the steps on your way to the goal, not just the goal itself when you reach it.

  29. GCriniti says:

    For me my job is an intrinsic motivation a lot of my friends that I talk too hate going to work on the weekends they view it as more of an extrinsic motivation where they dont enjoy what they are doing they just do it for the pay. Me on the other hand I enjoy my job! I look forward to going to work, I would do it without getting paid. It makes me stop thinking about myself, my worries and my concerns and the days always go by so fast! “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”-Confucius

    • AMC says:

      I can totally relate. I love my job, and when I’m there, time just flies by. I work in retail, and the people I work with make it enjoyable. At the same time, I do need the money from the job, so I wouldn’t do it for free, but I’d say it’s “the best of both worlds”. Meaning I really enjoy my job, but at the same time I’m not doing it just because I like it, but also because there is a paycheck.

      • GCriniti says:

        I agree with you, I work in retail as well and doing a job that you are intrinsicly motivated for and getting paid to do it is the best of both worlds!

  30. jennacolanzi says:

    I can relate to both Intrinsic Motivation and Extrinsic Motivation. Intrinsic Motivation for me is playing soccer. When I am playing soccer I am concentrated in the moment and have a flow going. I stop thinking about myself and the worries and concerns I have in my life and just enjoy what I am doing.

    • Melissa Synnott says:

      Yes! I agree with you Jenna, Soccer is such an amazing sport once I get in the ”zone” it is just astounding how I can forget about everything around me and just be happy doing what I do. If I have a bad day or problems I always feel more calm afterwards. I think this sport can also be extrinsic by the social rewards provided by the teammates.

  31. jennacolanzi says:

    My Extrinsic Motivation is going to school. I go to school to get a degree because I want to have a stabel and well paying career which without I cannot have a family one day or support myself and the items I need.

  32. Eliana Bucaro says:

    My intrinsic motivation would defiantly be skating I’ve been doing it for 14 years now and its something I do to relieve stress and forget about what ever happened in my day, I wish one day I can have career that I can instrinstcally motivated about. A career that I wouldn’t have to dread everyday and I would wake up in the morning exited and ready to do work.

    • Cloey123 says:

      Yes, Eliana, i know how skating can such a fantastic way to release stress. That is definately something that I do for the simple pleasure of it and not have the desire to achieve a reward. I hope i can find a career that i love as well. Even you don’t know what you want to do now, one day you will find something you love and you’ll feel like you don’t have to work a day in your life! I never want to be at a desk all day, bored and unmotivated, only working because it pays the bills.

  33. Melissa Kamoso says:

    This reminds me of a conversation I’ve often had with my parents in the past. They would often get mad at me for not doing the dishes right away when I got home and we would get into arguments where i would explain that, because I did’t right away see the need to do them, if they didn’t ask, it would take me them telling me to do it for me to do it. They were my extrinsic motivation. However, they would then tell me that I needed to find the motivation within myself and I think that it doesn’t come with the snap of a finger. Now, I do enjoy the dishes and will often do them because I want to and because I want to keep the house clean, rather than them telling me that I should keep the house clean.

  34. Melissa Kamoso says:

    I feel like I often do my best to only do things I feel the most intrinsically motivated to do. However, there’s always an extrinsic motivation in a closely related activity. I love going to school, because I enjoy learning and could do it for the rest of my life whether or not I get a degree out of it, but I do homework and exams in order to pass courses and get to my goal of graduating.

  35. cloey123 says:

    It is very rare that I can get into the “zone,” but when I do I always feel so good afterwards. It makes me feel that what I was doing was a productive way to use my time. That is, doing something useful such as homework, going to the gym and doing other activities that I love. Unfortunately, sometimes I get into the “zone” when I am doing things that are unproductive like watching TV throughout the day or playing online games.

    Most of the things that I do are for the external rewards, such as working and school. So, I really appreciate the intrinsic rewards because I do them simply because I love doing them.

  36. Cloey123 says:

    I definitely show more extrinsic motivation than I do intrinsic motivation because there are very few things that I absolutely love doing. I guess that is why I appreciate the intrinsic, non-rewarding things so much. All of the things I do for external rewards follow under the four points listen in this article. Identified regulation is definitely something I fall under. For example, I understand that school is important because education will get me to where I want to be in life. In addition, external regulation is another one I definitely fall under. I have a fear of punishment so I try to do things that will not get me in trouble Therefore, I try staying organized and doing things by the book.

  37. Sereena Pigeon says:

    I noticed that the classes that are the most enjoyable are the ones that get you into the “zone”. Like if there’s a class that is really interesting to you and time flies by in that class because of discussions or even projects that’s because it’s actually worth going to that class. It would help students a lot if there was some way to make the class content intrinsically motivating for every class because it would make students pay more attention and hold onto the content for longer rather than learn it just for the marks and forget it like LingLi mentioned.

  38. Sereena Pigeon says:

    This blog is actually really helpful because after thinking about it for a while I’ve been paying closer attention to what I do during the day and I’ve been making more time for things I find intrinsically motivating. Even though it’s tough to fit into my schedule, just taking a little time for things I love to do makes a major difference in my stress level and it makes everything easier to manage.

  39. AMC says:

    Too add to that, while working, I never find myself thinking of the money that I’ll get, or how big my paycheck is gonna be. That’s why I said it’s the best of both worlds. While working, everything else is out of my mind, I’m in “the zone”, and at the same time I’m getting payed. I’m guessing this is what professional athletes feel like, except they get paid millions.

  40. JoeLupo says:

    Most things in my life are externally motivated but after reading the section on intrinsic motivation, I realize there are two activities that I participate in that are internally motivated. When I am playing soccer, I am playing for my own personal enjoyment and I do not think about anything else going on in my life during the duration of my games. I am also a huge Montreal Canadiens fan which although doesn’t sound like much takes a lot of dedication.It is hard to work a schedule around watching a hockey game but I do it almost without noticing because I enjoy watching my team. When I am watching a game, it is the same as when I play soccer, nothing else around me matters.

  41. JoeLupo says:

    When it comes to extrinsic motivation,the level that the activity is motivated externally varies depending on the activity. For school, I am for the most part motivated by the fact that I know how important schooling is(identified regulation),especially in our generation. When it comes to helping my parents with yard work for example, I am much more motivated at the fact that of not hearing them complain rather than me wanting to do to do it myself(external regulation).

  42. JoeLupo says:

    I have to say at this point in my life since I am not working my career, my job is externally motivated. I go to work with the only reason being the reward of getting payed.The whole time I am at work, I am thinking of when I am going to finish which is an obvious sign that I am externally motivated to go to work. However, I know that once I have my career job, this will change because I will know that it is what I am doing for the rest of my life so ill be more interested in my job.

  43. Melissa Synnott says:

    After reading this article, I think a lot of the activities fall in the grey area. Doing a short list of personal activities motivated an intrinsically, I would say reading and listening to music… Whereas going to school and working would fall both within the intrinsic and extrinsic motivation as I love doing both (my coworkers and learning), but I am also motivated by the rewards (money & grades).

  44. Melissa Synnott says:

    Moreover, I believe both type of motivation are somehow interlinked and can be dependant of each other. For example, realistically, If your goal is to travel the world,then you will need some money to do that so you will use extrinsic motivation to attain a goal or doing an activity that makes you feel happy.

  45. I strongly agree with Amber ! I feel that i have a lot more intrinsic motivation than extrinsic motivation. My extrinsic motivations are the same as hers school and work because i don’t like either of them and I’m just doing them to get a reward at the end of it which is a better job or a career out of it and money to purchase what i need ! There’s a lot of things i would do that requires no reward which are playing soccer, hockey , drawing and designing clothes because thats what i love doing !

  46. I agree with Joey 100% because all i ever do is complain about my job and when I’m there i can not wait to leave and be finished! I feel like this because i don’t like what i do and its not something thats interesting. I know for a fact that once i do get my career job that has to do with fashion or cars that i will wake up every morning wanting to go to work and not wanting to leave because its something that i love !

  47. After reading this blog i can now understand the difference between intrinsic motivation and extrinsic motivation and came to the conclusion that i have a lot more extrinsic motivations rather than intrinsic motivation. Most of the time the things i do every are to get a reward out of it. Theres only one or two things that i really enjoy that i would do free everyday which are playing soccer or coaching kids soccer because I’ve played soccer my whole life and for me its my favorite sport and the second would be designing clothes because i can just spend hours drawing and sketching out new ideas and these things are my intrinsic motivations because I’m not expecting a reward at the end of it !

  48. […] Richard Deci and Edward Ryan, propose that quality of motivation falls in two major categories: extrinsic and intrinsic. This is shown in the figure above. The source of regulation for extrinsic motivation is external […]