The Importance Of The Self-Determination Theory

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What is self-actualization? “People have an inherent tendency toward growth and development and that this tendency, under the right circumstances, lead people toward actualizing their human potential, which means to become all that they are capable of being” (Deci et al., 2013). The Self-Determination Theory highlights competence, autonomy and relatedness as needs that are universal for human functioning. Competence is one’s own ability to interact with the environment. This need of competence is not measured by level but by how one views themselves. The view of competence is a notion in many motivation theories. The next need is Relatedness. Relatedness is the need to form emotionally secure bonds with people. This can refer to significant …show more content…
The environment people are in must thwart and support psychological needs for the promotion of autonomy. Intrinsic motivation is precursor to autonomy. Extrinsic motivation can also be helpful in getting people to be proactive with their responsibilities. There are four types of regulation: external, introjected, identified and integrated. External has not been internally regulated, introjected has only partially been internalized, identified are extrinsic behaviors that have choice, integrated is extrinsic motivation that is personally identifiable with a person’s needs and values. Self-actualization is realized when an individual satisfies their psychological …show more content…
Personally when I make decisions about my future and make steps such as going to a university I see my overall mood improve greatly. These ideas could be applied to others. At work there can be slow days where workers can drag on and not perform as well as they could be. A good way to improve worth ethic would be to boost morale. Employers can play music, or offer coffee to employees these gestures would lift overall mood and therefore boost their performance on the job. Relatedness is a need in the Self-Determination Theory. This emphasizes emotional support and connection as a necessity to improve oneself. To help others fulfill themselves and strive towards their goals, one must be a friend; this connection will not only help the other person but you as

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