Why We Do What We Do by Edward L. Deci

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Arguing that human motivation is driven more by autonomy than a system of rewards and punishments, a guide for parents, teachers, and managers offers insight into how to promote learning and effectiveness by instilling freedom-based practices.
 

About Edward L. Deci

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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.
 
Published August 1, 1996 by Penguin Books. 240 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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At times, this results in conclusions that seem self-evident, e.g., ``People who are more autonomy oriented have higher self-esteem and are more self-actualized.'' Deci and Flaste thus develop a fairly good case for autonomy's key role in increasing motivation--particularly in helping peop...

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of Rochester psychology professor Deci and Flaste, former science and health editor for the New York Times, here compile decades of experimentation and research on human motivation conducted by Deci and his colleagues.

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