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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Want to Discover the Secrets to Real Motivation?

HAd Read Daniel Pink’s new book, Drive, last week. Couldn’t put it down. Read it in two days.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi would say that I was “in the flow.”

Believe Pink’s book is a must-read for recreational therapists.

Several recreational therapists work in psychiatric settings so a book on psychology and motivation would be appropriate. Other recreational therapists work in physical rehabilitation, skilled-nursing units, long-term care, parks and recreation, in-home services, group homes, nursing homes and other places. Often, recreational therapists are faced with getting patients, clients, individuals to become motivated.

Based on my experiences as a recreational therapist, I’ve seen several people attempt to motivate children or adolescents with “the sticks and carrots approach.” Pink would called this Motivation 2.0. It is old-school. It is no longer applicable in many settings today. This older approach was designed by B. F. Skinner. It attempts to reward people for doing a certain behavior in order to encourage more of it. It attempts to punish or give time-away from the stimulus in order to decrease other non-desirable behaviors. Alfie Kohn says in his books that this approach might be best suited for a family pet, but not a child. After all, Skinner did all of his research on animals.

Motivation 1.0 was described by Pink as the first motivator. It was humans needs to meet basics: food, shelter, clothing.

Today, Pink reveals that Motivation 3.0 is the most appropriate.

You’ll need to read his book to learn more.

I highly recommend it.

Notice: Using Pink's book as the text for the Theories on Changing Behaviors Course.

Check it out here:

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