Earlier in the week we covered of motivation, specifically intrinsic motivation and its benefits.
However, there is another form of motivation that also plays a part in getting us up and marching towards our goals and that’s extrinsic motivation.
Extrinsic motivation refers to a behaviour that’s driven by external rewards as opposed to an internal desire. Essentially it’s a version of motivation that hangs onto something tangible such as a specific result, a grade, money. Whilst it’s an effective form of motivation it can unfortunately be short lived. Once you’ve reached your goal, extrinsic motivation can waiver and leave you unmotivated, wondering what might be next for you.
It can also adversely affect your intrinsic motivation. The tendency of extrinsic motivation to interfere with intrinsic motivation is known as the over justification effect. This involves a decrease in intrinsically motivated behaviours after the behaviour is extrinsically rewarded and the reinforcement is subsequently discontinued.
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