Do intrinsic motivations exist?
No matter how much we describe the function of the brain to illuminate how people learn, the biggest mystery is what causes people to want to learn. Typically when someone dives into why certain people excel at learning they come back up with “intrinsic motivation.” However, this explains nothing as an intrinsic motivation is simply another way of saying a person has as a strong internal drive. What causes this drive?
Let’s step back from the realm of learning to answer this question, “Why are people motivated to do anything?”
Typically it is because:
- they think they must do it, or they will suffer
- they believe they will gain from doing it
- everybody else is doing it, and they want to fit in
Thinking that one must do something is accompanied by threat of loss. For example a man believes he must have a job because otherwise he would suffer…
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