Why We Do What We Do


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Why We Do What We DoOne
Authority and Its Discontents
Part One: The Importance of Autonomy And Competence
I'm Only in It for the Money: Early Experiments on Rewards and Alienation
The Need for Personal Autonomy
Intrinsic and Extrinsic Motivation: The Yields of Each
Engaging the World with a Sense of Competence
Part Two: The Role Of Interpersonal Connectedness
The Inner Force of Developement
When Society Beckons
The Self in a Social World
When Society Corrupts
Part Three: How It All Works
How to Promote Autonomy
Promoting Healthy Behavior
Being Autonomous Amidst the Controls
Part Four: Conclusion
The Meaning of Human Freedom
Notes on Works Cited
List of Research Articles

About the Author

Edward L. Deci, Ph.D., professor of pyschology at the University of Rochester, is director of its human motivation program.
Richard Flaste, former Science and Health Editor of The New York Times, led the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 1987.

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