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Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation is fuzzy

by Kathleen Listman
(Oklahoma City, OK, USA)

The line between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation is fuzzy. If I desire acceptance or power and make effort to gain these, I am still working towards something given to me by others, just like receiving a payment or employee of the month. The difference is that my motivation is influence and control, rather than material gain. If I am curious for knowledge that is because learning give me pleasure, just as entertainment or delicious new dish gives someone else pleasure. The difference is not so much internal and external motivators as much as different goals making it appear that I am working based on motivation from within or from without.

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