ERIC Number: ED150118
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Some Thoughts on the Matter of Self-Determination and Will.
Deci, Edward L.
"Will" is defined in this paper as the capacity to decide how to behave based on a processing of relevant information. A sequence of motivated behavior begins with informational inputs or stimuli. These come from three sources: the environment, one's physiology, and one's memory. These inputs lead to the formation of motives or awareness of a desirable future state, and motivation leads to subsequent action. Intrinsic motivation is based in the need of the individual to be competent and self-determining. The process of willing or the process of deciding how to behave is energized by intrinsic motivation. The fact of deciding, i.e., of being delf-determining, provides gratification of one's intrinsic needs. Denial of self-determination has serious consequences for the individual's physical and psychological well-being. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the Psychomotor Learning and Sports Psychology Committee of the Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Convention (Banff, Alberta, 1977); Presented to Society for Experimental Social Psychology (Austin, Texas, 1977)