Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation

Extrinsicand Intrinsic Motivation

Extrinsicand Intrinsic Motivation

Motivationentails combining effort and concentration to achieve specific goals(Weinstein, 2014, p.268). It arises from the desire and willingnessfor a positive outcome based on the prevention or hate of threateningor negative predictions. However, motivation originates fromsentiments, such as devotion, sympathy, love, or hate amongst otherfeelings. It allows people to act.

Motivationoccurs in two significant forms namely extrinsic motivation andintrinsic motivation. Extrinsic motivation transpires when a personbecomes inspired to participate in an activity or behave in aparticular manner to avoid reprimand or receive a reward (Efklides,Richard, and Sorrentino, 2001, p.23). Examples include studying toobtain a good grade, cleaning a room to prevent reprimand for yourparents, engaging in sports to receive the first prize, or learningmathematics to maintain a high grade to receive a present orrecognition by the math tutor. On the other hand, intrinsicmotivation as denoted by Weinstein (2014, p.268) entails behaving ina certain manner because of its personal rewarding. Examples ofintrinsic motivation include learning mathematics because you enjoysolving equations, playing soccer because you find it stimulating, orwashing your room because you value cleanliness. Therefore, theinternal aspiration of a person to partake an activity motivates hisor her behavior.

Inconclusion, I found the topic of motivation, especially intrinsic andextrinsic motivation, difficult because I did not realize thatmotivation can be classified. I understood motivation as the act ofbeing inspired to do something to attain the set goals. Additionally,I did not think that external factors played a major role inmotivating a person.


Efklides,A., Richard, J.K. &amp Sorrentino, R. M. (2001). Trendsand Prospects in Motivation Research.Berlin, Germany: Springer Science &amp Business Media.

Weinstein,N. (2014). Human Motivation and Interpersonal Relationships: Theory,Research, and Applications. Berlin, Germany: Springer Science &ampBusiness Media.