Ivette J. Russo MS in Clinical Psychology
Motivation simply defined is the reason for an action. That which gives purpose and direction to behavior. Motivation is the driving force which help causes us to achieve goals. Motivation is said to be intrinsic or extrinsic. Extrinsically motivated people derive their will to action from external sources as others’ attempt to persuade, cajole, or coerce them to change. In fact, external pressure to change can create a paradoxical decrease in the desire to change. Intrinsic motivation, on the other hand, is the incentive to undertake an activity based on the expected enjoyment of the activity itself, rather than external benefits that might result. Intrinsic motivation does not mean, however, that a person will not seek rewards. It just means that such external rewards are not enough to keep a person motivated. Research shows that people that are intrinsically motivated persist longer and are happier in their lives.