Types of motivation

Motivation is the drive that propels a person to engage in a particular behaviour. Motivation can be divided into two categories:

  • Intrinsic motivation is self-motivation that originates from within the individual. This motive can also be mistaken for a need. An individual’s intrinsic motivation is the force driving their behaviour. Intrinsic motivation is characterised by biological needs such as hunger, sleep, and thirst and internal fears and wants such as the fear of rejection and the desire for power.
  • Extrinsic motivation arises and exists outside of the body of the individual. It has both positive and negative impacts on the doer. Extrinsic motivation qualities include incentives, merits, distinction certificates, promotions, demotions, etc.

However, there are other sorts of motivations, such as achievement, attitude, fear, and power motivation.