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Published on Oct 17, 2014
Join us at http://www.campstompingground.com this summer for a camp entirely built around these ideals. An excerpt from the opening keynote at The Self-Determination Theory Conference 2013 by Richard Ryan.
Animation by Laura Kriegel www.batfishcreations.com
Research by psychologists Richard Ryan, PhD, and Edward Deci, PhD, on Self-Determination Theory indicates that intrinsic motivation... flourishes in contexts that satisfy human needs for competence, autonomy, and relatedness. -American Psychological Association, July 21, 2004
Our 3 basic needs are autonomy, competence, and relatedness
We have heard somethings about them today but I’m just going to briefly say what they are
For us relatedness is feeling cared for and connected to others
It has to do with a sense of belonging
A feeling that you matter to the other people that are there
And relatedness is enhanced not just by people treating you warming and including you
but its also enhanced by your giving to them and your being able to matter in their lives
Thats part of what helps us feel connected.
So its not a one way street in relatedness it has to do with both and again we will show evidence to that effect
Competence is really commonly studied in psycology.
Most theories of psychology would probably agree with us on this one point which is competence is essential to wellness
to feel effective in your environment, to have some sense of mastery of the things that are important to you very very important
And environments can have a big impact on that experience
And finally relatedness I mean autonomy which as probably been the most controversial
but also the most central of all our psychological needs in the sense of research and our integrated mission so to speak
Autonomy refers to behavior that is self endorsed
That you agree with and find congruent with in yourself
And so autonomy here means you feel choice full self initiating
And when you’re fully autonomous you’re whole heartedly behind the thing that you are doing
And again because of that whole heartedness thats why performance tends to be better when you’re acting out of autonomous motives