Differences between Extrinsic and Intrinsic motivation


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Differences between Extrinsic and Intrinsic motivation

Intrinsic motivation is an inspiration that comes from personal enthusiasm, arouses from one’s desire or excitement enjoyed. Extrinsic motivation is a push that makes us execute, conduct or involve in an activity to earn a reward or to avert punishment, it does not necessarily mean that one is enjoying it, but find it pleasing because you will be receiving a reward in return or avoid something unlikable.



In intrinsic motivation, you don’t feel over-labored and pushed by someone or an external factor to do so. It’s a push that comes from the inside of an individual to get something done. While on the other hand,

Extrinsic motivation involves doing something out of self-will that is, you are not willing but being pushed to do it, to earn reward, compensation or avoid being punished.


What motivates me to learn as an intrinsic learner

I don’t like been left out when it comes to learning. I want to learn to match up anywhere I find myself.  I am an intrinsically motivated learner, desire to learn and acquire more knowledge is what I always wished for, as soon as the opportunity comes, I quickly grab it coupled with the fact that I’m an adult and don’t need to be pushed, I own the privilege knowing what I want for myself and work on motivating myself when it comes to learning. Being motivated from within me, always yield a long-lasting and better result than when being pushed to do it by someone or external factor I may give up along the way; essentially, the result yielded may not be long-lasting with extrinsic motivation. The high achieving learner, is a  student that has the higher mindset of intrinsic motivation to learn with higher degrees of independence and proficiency than low accomplishing learners. The intrinsic learner is more motivated by the need to broaden understanding and the necessity to have accomplishment feeling.


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  1. Intrinsic motivation is always more sustainable and effective, in my opinion. You have more success when you want to do something rather than when someone wants you to do something.

    1. Absolutely, intrinsic motivation comes from the inside, and one is not been pushed or forced to it to avoid punishment or to earn reward.

  2. Bright snow Loveland

    Am seriously inspired by your post. Both Extrinsic and Intrinsic motivation makes a great balance. Great work.

  3. i never knew what type of motivation i need but it seems like from your description that i am an intrinsic motivator.

  4. I think I have been a freelance writer for so kong that if I did not have intrinsic motivation then I would completely suck at my job. LOL. Thankfully, I do alright with that. It is not easy to teach that skill to kids though, is it?

    1. It’s not easy, but trying to know their personality would help, words of encouragement does help a lot including supports, however, there are some that really need a push, even we as adult need a push to do some things sometimes if not most of the time.

  5. Nkem

    I’ve been working from intrinsic motivation my whole life, I think, but nowadays I value more extrinsic motivation.

  6. These types of blog posts, sometimes psychological, are my favorites. On the one hand, they allow me to reflect on myself, but on the other, of reason on concepts that I can then apply.

  7. Hayley

    I definitely think I’m a more of an intrinsic learner. I love the accomplishment feeling!

  8. I feel like I may be a perfect balance between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. I am pretty good at self motivation. But I am also pretty easily inspired by others.

  9. Steven

    I am more of an intrinsic learner too. When you do something you really want to do it is always easier.

  10. I definitely know my blogging goals come from my intrinsic motivation. So good to get the clarity!

  11. I never knew, or to be honest – never really thought about the different types of motivation. But you learn something new everyday right? 🙂

  12. Wow! This is the first time I knew that there are different types of motivation. It’s very informative! Thanks!

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