Intrinsic motivation

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Intrinsic motivation refers to internal reasons for motivated behaviour. This involves the absence of extrinsic factors such as external reward or punishment.

Intrinsic motivation means engaging in a behaviour purely because you want to, because it is naturally rewarding, and regardless of external influences.

Hobbies are often good examples of intrinsically motivated behaviours.

Intrinsically motivated behaviour feels good and often leads to better outcomes than extrinsically motivated behaviours, particularly for more complex tasks.

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