#28: Self Determination Theory Part 1

Today's show introduces this concept of the self-determination theory originally written about in a book by two psychologists in 1985. It focuses on how it's so important for our psychological well being that we can do things from a place of wanting growth rather than wanting reward. Self determination theory is a theory of human motivation and personality. That suggests that people are able to become self-determined when their needs for competence, relatedness and autonomy are fulfilled. Check out part 2 for more discussion on this theory and how it relates to physicians and working in healthcare.


Referenced website:

Deci and Ryan,1985 book, "Self-Determination and Intrinsic Motivation in Human Behavior."

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