Basically, there are 4 types of motivation in life, and they all exist to help us humans stay focus and forge ahead to become successful in hard times.

These 4 types of motivation either begins externally or internally; and are defined by action and non-action.

Understanding these 4 types of motivation is very important for an individual and organization; who are seeking for higher performance or goal achievement in life.

The 4 types of motivation in life are: extrinsic, intrinsic, introjected and identified motivation.

1. Extrinsic motivation.

This kind of motivation is seen as an external influence which compels people to act or behave in a particular way.

Example is to accomplish a task or job.

It can also be seen as a personal goal, example the losing of weight.

External influences may include awards, rewards, promotions, prices etc.

Where a body like FIFA might reward a football team with a cup for winning a tournament.

The problem with extrinsic motivation is that whenever there is a reward for doing something, people tend to see it as a part of the effort, and not the reward proper.

Because the expectations was already established.

There also exists the problem of extrinsic motivation not having a meaning.

Because even if there is a compensation for a particular work or task, individuals still do not perform to the expectation.

2. Intrinsic motivation.

This kind of motivation is seen as an internal motivation; and it usually occurs when the actions align with the value or pleasure of performing a task.

The key to understanding this kind of motivation lies in the relationship of what motivates the individual internally; based on their values or desires.

For instance, people tend to place high value on people recommending them for a job well done, than to receive an end of year bonus.

Human beings develop the willingness to put in more effort to work when they have the knowledge that people are seeing and loving it.

However, intrinsic motivation is somewhat subjective, and very difficult to balance depending on the work force and what will appease the labourer.

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3. Introjected motivation.

Same as intrinsic motivation, but in the negative form.

It results from non-action, for example a person unable to carry out a task or failing woefully in it.

Though this form of motivation comes from negative reinforcement, the stimulus which motivates the individual is internal rather than external.

This type of motivation is very common and occurs in many ways; such as a teacher making a bad comment about the poor performance of a student in class.

Although the intention of this kind of comments is to make the student feel guilty and motivate himself to perform better. It however might anger or confuse the person who might react negatively.

Bullying is a good example of this type of motivation.

4. Identified motivation.

This type of motivation occurs when 9ne has an understanding or feels the need to perform or accomplish a task; but fails to act fast.

This type of motivation is very powerful and prepared the individual for the action at hand.

Often times people feel that behavioural influencers like reward or punishment are enough to motivate an action; without realizing that most times, motivation takes some time to build up.

For example, if the risk of getting lungs cancer can motivate someone to quit smoking, many people would not be smoking today.

But then, the desire to quit smoking occurs bit by bit, until if the reality of the cancer hits the individual when he falls sick.

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Last modified: October 12, 2021

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