Types of motivation

Type I
Extrinisic Motivation holds the premise that individuals will engage in sometimes distasteful tasks to receive tangible rewards such as money, time off, or good grades.The rewards must be greater than the cost to the individual.

Type II
Intrinsic Outcome Motivation leads a person to a task because he or she believes a behavior will bring about intrinsic satisfaction. The activity or task still represents a cost that must be overcome by the intrinsic satifaction of internal validation or external validation from others.  Examples might include service professions or public office.
 Type III
Intrinsic Process Motivation includes activites that are internally driven and are engaged in regardless of extrinsic factors.  Actions based on intrinsic process motivation have the sole expectation of continued enjoyment or pleasure. 


  1. Donna,
    I really enjoyed your blog! You have done a very good job of differentiating between extrinsic motivation and it's role in one's success and the role of intrinsic motivation and it's rolein one's pleasure. Where do you think individuals find motivation for altruistic actions like helping someone less fortunate? Do you think such deeds fit into the category of intrinsic outcome motivation? If so, what do you propose is the most likely source of validation? Dama Stevens

  2. Dama,

    I do believe that acts of service fall under intrinsic motivation. For some individuals, I'm sure there is a combinaton of internal validation and external validation from other people. For others, it's simply knowing that we have an obligation and responsibility to help others in need.