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Motivation is the force that drives behaviors. While people once believed individuals either did or did not possess this trait, thinking has evolved toward understanding how various types of motivation can affect performance, enthusiasm, and attitude. It is easy to determine when someone is motivated, but the force behind that motivation is not always clear. Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation work in unique ways.

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1. What Is Intrinsic Motivation?

An internal force causes intrinsic motivation. The person does not worry about external validation or getting recognized for an achievement; rather, they are driven to perform the activity based on the feeling the action itself imparts. They may be exercising a natural talent, acting on a deep interest, or just genuinely enjoy or recognize the importance of the task at hand.

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