Essay on Maslow 's Hierarchy Of Needs

768 Words Nov 6th, 2015 4 Pages
Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs is fascinating; there are levels of happiness in a pyramid. To reach the highest level, you must obtain the first. Self-Determination Theory and Self-Actualization are very similar, yet are described in different ways. Self- determination theory uses motivation in triangular structure rather than the needs of basic human life in a pyramidal structure. The two theories are striving for the same thing: self-fulfillment. Everyone wants the ultimate happiness.

According to Deci (2013), Self-Determination theory came from the Early Humanistic theory. They used organismic meta-theory that focused on the nature of growth in people. Although the concept of potential is prevalent, “self-actualization,” is not a term that is used in Self-determination theory. Instead “fully functioning,” is used; it is essentially the same as self-actualizing. Both concepts are geared towards human potential. Self-Determination Theory, or SDT, focuses a lot on self-regulation and the direct path toward well-being and developmental outcomes. Deci (2013) also states that the concept of self is essential for SDT. The person must be satisfied with the basic psychological needs in their life before “fully functioning.” There are three types of autonomously motivated functioning; Intrinsic, extrinsic, and emotional motivation. Intrinsic motivation functions with productivity and is self-sustaining. It is enhanced by social contexts but can unravel with punishment, evaluations…

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