What Drives us?
I have erlier talked about the book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H Pink. This is a book about what motivates us and what makes us tick. It sums up much about modern science in the psychology behind motivation. It separates motivations into intrinsic and extrinsic rewards. Extrinsic rewards like money and status works best to motivate us for mechanical skills and work. But when some cognitive and creative skills are involved it is intrinsic motivators that make us be productive. As soon as we get payed enough to get money of the table, that is.
The 3 big intrinsic motivators are Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose.
Autonomy is the urge to direct our own life. To chose the way we take on our challenges. To exercise free will.
Mastery is the desire to get better at something that matters. To enhance ones skill to match an increasing challenge. One part is to get into Flow while doing something.
Purpose is the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves. To put things into a greater context.
As you can see from this is that Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose go hand in hand with the 5 principles of PERMA (Positive emotions, Engagement, Relations, Meaning and Achievement) discussed in my previous post.
The emotional human
Much of the research can be found in books like Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely where he goes into how much of our daily decisions are emotional and somewhat predictable. I also discuss more about this and the Elephant and the Rider in this blog.
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Check out this RSA Animate from a presentation about Drive with Danel H Pink. But You should also read the book or listen to the audio variant as there much extra in it.