Motivation, let’s get real for a moment.

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Andrzej Marczewski

Andrzej Marczewski

Gamification Consultant with Motivait. I love to write about it, talk about it and bore people to death with it! If you really want to get to know me, check out the About page.

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  1. Totally agree with this. Intrinsic motivation is often portayed a bit too stereotypically as far superior to extrinsic. In some articles one might have even an impression of intrinsic and extrinsic being equivalents of good vs bad, desired vs unhealthy. I think that the great answer on how it really is can be found in the world of sport. You will find players who just want to do their job as best as poss or ski-jumpers who repeat in every interview that they just want to make two good jumps in a row. But many researchers in sports psychology indicate that the majority of the best players in the world has extremely strong instrinsic and extrinsic motivations. This is when it works the best: synergy and symbiosis.

    Hence, in gamification, it is mostly about balancing them in a way they stop contradicting themselevs and start being complementary. At least this is what I think it should be about.

    • Well put. I must admit, even when I am writing I put it across that extrinsic is evil – just look at the names I have used for extrinsically motivated users in my user types. The thing is, the names fit very well lol. I even use red for extrinsic motivation and green for intrinsic in my diagrams. Totally subconcious!! http://marczewski.me.uk/user-types/

      • Haha, indeed! And not only you. When I was studying psychology this was my and my friends’ way of thinking until we did sports spec and experienced genuine WTF moments, interviewing players for whom the silver medal was a failure. It is so easy to sink in this subconscious thinking. I think it stems from the fact that intrinsic has that feel of nobility, a kind of vibe which seems to be the hope against consumptionism, rat race and stuff for all humanity. But in reality it is not green and red, it is mostly a matter of proportions and balancing things.

  2. So, the bottom line: Only if used in a balanced ratio extrinsic & intrinsic motivators are effective. Rule #1: An Intrinsic motivator has to be complementary. It’s not a substitute.

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