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The Complete Guide to Motivation | Scott H Young

The six levels of motivation

  • A-motivation. An utter lack of motivation to act.
  • External regulation. When you're motivated to act based on external rewards and punishments.
  • Introjection. Your motives to act come primarily from guilt/shame. Even when contingencies are removed, you may perform it, such as going to a medical school because your parent's desire it.
  • Identification. When you agree to the behaviour and identify personally with the reasons.
  • Integration. When identification becomes a part of your identity.
  • Intrinsic motivation. When you spontaneously engage in the activity for its inherent value.

The experience of actions starting from oneself is a matter of degree. Some actions are controlled, while others feel spontaneous. Most are somewhere in-between.

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