Self-Determinaton Theory and the Facilitation of Intrinsic Motivation, Social Development, and Well-Being

Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627, USA.
American Psychologist (Impact Factor: 6.87). 02/2000; 55(1):68-78. DOI: 10.1037/0003-066X.55.1.68
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Human beings can be proactive and engaged or, alternatively, passive and alienated, largely as a function of the social conditions in which they develop and function. Accordingly, research guided by self-determination theory has focused on the social-contextual conditions that facilitate versus forestall the natural processes of self-motivation and healthy psychological development. Specifically, factors have been examined that enhance versus undermine intrinsic motivation, self-regulation, and well-being. The findings have led to the postulate of three innate psychological needs--competence, autonomy, and relatedness--which when satisfied yield enhanced self-motivation and mental health and when thwarted lead to diminished motivation and well-being. Also considered is the significance of these psychological needs and processes within domains such as health care, education, work, sport, religion, and psychotherapy.

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    • "H3: Consumers' perceived control of mobile commerce services will be negatively related to impulse buying. The influence of self-efficacy on satisfaction varies depending on how well it satisfies the intrinsic needs of competence (Ryan & Deci, 2000). According to previous research, self-efficacy exerts positive effects on job satisfaction (e.g., Caprara et al., 2003; Smith et al., 2011). "

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    • "Self-determined motivation predicts a variety of psychological outcomes such as self-esteem, intrinsic motivation and general well-being (Deci & Ryan, 1985; Ryan, Deci, & Grolnick, 1995; Tetrick, 1989; Weinstein & Ryan, 2010), cognitive outcomes such as creativity and learning, (Amabile, 1993; Benware & Deci, 1984; Koestner, Ryan, Bernieri & Holt, 1984; Zhou, 1998), and behavioral outcomes such as job performance, satisfaction, engagement, and lower burnout (e.g., Baard et al., 2004; Gagné & Deci, 2005; Rooney, Gottleib & Newby-Clark, 2009; Van Den Broeck, Lens, Witte & Coillie, 2013). SDT posits three " organismic " needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness, contribute to self-determined motivation and provide " nutriments " for individual task engagement, learning, performance, vitality and well-being (Ryan & Deci, 2000; Sheldon, Ryan & Reis, 1996). Autonomy, a necessary condition for self-determined motivation, describes experiencing one's actions as self-determined versus externally controlled. "
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