Self-determination theory and basic need satisfaction: Understanding human development in positive psychology

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Positive Psychology has focused attention on positive human experiences and healthy outcomes, which is an important step toward a fuller understanding of human functioning in the social world. We argue, however, that the positive psychology movement has not gone far enough in specifying a meta-theoretical basis for a true positive psychology and that a full understanding of optimal experience and healthy development can not be achieved without relating those processes and outcomes to non-optimal experiences and diminished functioning. In this article we discuss self-determination theory, specifying an organismic-dialectical meta-theory and suggesting that the concept of basic psychological needs provides a useful basis for predicting whether the social environment will support optimal functioning or will, alternatively, promote maladaptation and ill-being. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
  • ... These inbuilt needs can be divided into three categories: relatedness, competence, and autonomy (Ryan & Deci, 2000a). Competence can be referred to as the confidence in one's abilities (Ryan & Deci, 2000a), and also the need to feel useful in one's surrounding, the feeling of efficiency when one attempts to interact with their world (Deci & Vansteenkiste, 2004). An individual can achieve a proper feeling of competence, through either competition with others or with oneself, and this could be as a result of increased intrinsic motivations. ...
    ... The feeling of belonging to a social group or unit is referred as Relatedness (Ryan & Deci, 2000a), also the act of feeling linked to and having care for other people (Deci & Vansteenkiste, 2004). ...
    ... The ability to self-regulate one's behaviours and actions in the process of achieving proposed goals is referred to as Autonomy (Ryan & Deci, 2000a). Autonomy frequently displays itself in one's abilities to "act in accord with [one's] integrated sense of self" (Deci & Vansteenkiste, 2004). Every individual experience varying motivation based on their opinioned relationship to the three domains. ...
    Throughout the 21st century, change has been a predominant theme in the workplace. Increased technology and globalization are two key contributors to the changing landscape. The costs of occupational health and well-being are increasingly being considered as sound “investments” as healthy and engaged employees yield direct economic benefits to the company. The concept of work engagement plays a vital role in this endeavour because engagement entails positive definitions of employee health and promotes the optimal functioning of employees within an organizational setting. The present article reviewed existing human resource management and leadership literature and then proposes a framework that links employee engagement, workplace spirituality and ethical leadership. Drawing on self-determination theory (SDT) that proffers workplace spirituality as an arbitrator in the relationship between employee work engagement and ethical leadership. A set of propositions that represent an empirically driven research agenda are presented.
  • ... Bu kişiler kendi amaçlarını tanımlayabilir ve amaçlara ulaşmak için sorumluluk alabilir, sorumluklarını yerine getirebilirler. Böylece birey yaşamı üzerinde kontrol sağlayabilir ve hayatını kendi düzenlemeyi başarabilir (Deci ve Ryan, 1985, 2000Deci, Vansteenkiste, 2004). Özerkliğin aileden ayrılma ve bağımsızlaşma anlamına gelmediği ve evrensel bir yapıda olduğu yapılan kültürler arası çalışmalarla tespit edilmiştir (Schwartz, 1994;Vansteenkiste, Zhou, Lens, ve Soenens. ...
    ... Yeterlik; bireyin yaptığı aktivitelerde yeteneklerini kullanabilmesi ve geliştirebilmesidir (Deci ve Ryan, 1985;Ryan ve Deci, 2000). Yeterlik bireyin yaşadığı çevrede etkin bir biçimde eylemde bulunabilmesi ve çevresiyle başa çıkmada kendini yeterli hissetmesidir (Deci ve Ryan, 1985, 2000Deci, Vansteenkiste, 2004). Bu bireyler içsel bir motivasyon ile kendilerini aşmaya çalışır, çevrelerini keşfetmek ve etkilemek isterler. ...
    ... Sosyal ilişki ihtiyacının giderilmesi içselleştirme sürecini kolaylaştırır. Bireyler kendi değer yargıları ve yaşantıları ile benzerlik gösteren kişiler ile yakınlık kurarak sosyal açıdan ilişkili olma duygularını içselleştirirler (Deci ve Ryan, 1985, 2000Deci, Vansteenkiste, 2004;Deci, Ryan, 2010a;Deci, Ryan, 2010b). Diğer bir deyişle bu ihtiyaç sosyal yapı içinde diğer insanlarla sağlıklı ilişkiler kurmanın önemini vurgular. ...
    The need to establish social connections and gain the love and respect of other people is considered as a fundamental requirement. This issue has been examined in the Self Determination Theory (SDT). According to SDT relatedness is a basic need for individuals. A scale was developed in English on the tenets of self-determination theory to evaluate the need of relatedness levels of individuals. This scale was named as “Need for Relatedness Scale”. In order to work on this subject in Turkish studies, valid and reliable Turkish instruments are needed. The aim of this study was to examine Self Determination Theory and adapt Need for Relatedness Scale (NRS-10) to Turkish. The scale determines the relatedness levels of adults in school and similar work environments. NRS-10 is a two-dimensional scale consisting of ten items. The Turkish equivalence study was conducted with a group of 90 senior students from English department of the foreign language school. Turkish form of the NRS-10 was named as the “Sosyal İlişki Gereksinimi Ölçeği” (SİGÖ-10). The study group consisted of totally 390 seniors. In addition to the Turkish version of NRS-10 a questionnaire and Turkish version of the Communal Mastery Scale were also used. Hypotheses testing and confirmatory factor analyses methods were used. Cronbach’s alpha and item-total correlation coefficients were also calculated. As a result of the findings, it was determined that the SİGÖ-10 can be used to collect data in Turkish studies. Similar studies have been proposed.
  • ... There are three basic psychological needs deemed essential for positive psychological functioning and thriving: competence, relatedness, and autonomy (Deci & Ryan, 1985, 2000. These three basic psychological needs are innate, universal, and applicable to all individuals regardless of culture (Chen et al., 2013;Deci & Vansteenkiste, 2004). The need for competence focuses on the idea that people desire to feel competent and capable when dealing with social contexts and their environment (Harter, 1978;White, 1959). ...
    ... There are three basic psychological needs essential to optimal functioning that are universal to all individuals: competence, relatedness, and autonomy (Chen et al., 2013;Deci & Ryan, 1985;Deci & Vansteenkiste, 2004;. According to self-determination theory, a broad framework of motivation, individuals have an innate desire for basic psychological need satisfaction, which requires nourishment from the social environment (Deci & Ryan, 1985;. ...
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  • ... It is assumed that every human strives to feel competent, for example, to acquire the skills necessary to perform a task efficiently. The need for autonomy refers to the feeling of psychological freedom and the need to make self-determined choice in the initiation, regulation and performance of behavior on the basis of one's own values and interests without external pressure or enforcement (Deci & Ryan, 2012; , 1995;Deci & Ryan, 1985, 2000Deci & Vansteenkiste, 2004). ...
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  • ... 적인 사고가 결합되어 나타나는 결과라고 볼 수 있다 (Lee, 2004 (Barron, West, & Reeves, 2007 (Choi, Choi, & Park, 2016 (Deci & Vansteenkiste, 2004;Ryan & Deci, 2000a . 또한 진로 결 정을 하더라도 진로탐색행동을 하지 않는다면 진로목표를 달 성하기 어렵게 되므로 간호대학생의 진로탐색행동에 대한 고 려가 필요하다 (Kim & Lee, 2008 ...
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  • ... Autonomy is the want to have self-control of one's own life and to be someone; however, Deci and Vansteenkiste [27] noted that this does not mean becoming independent of others. In the process of rehabilitation, PWPD faces such barriers as acting independently, their mobility being regulated by external aspects which causes the feeling of being unable to control their own body, self, and life [28]. ...
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  • ... 3. Social relatedness refers to the strong desire to interact with, be connected to, and care for others [9]. It depicts the urge of the individual for coherent integration with the social environment [37,57]. ...
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