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Self-Determination Theory in the ClinicMotivating Physical and Mental Health$
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Kennon Sheldon, Geoffrey Williams, and Thomas Joiner

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300095449

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300095449.001.0001

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Self-Determination Theory and Its Supporting Research Base

Self-Determination Theory and Its Supporting Research Base

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Self-Determination Theory in the Clinic

Kennon M. Sheldon

Geoffrey Williams

Thomas Joiner

Yale University Press

This chapter follows the rise of the theory of motivation in scientific psychology—a feat that took three decades. This theory is also known as the self-determination theory, or SDT. The sections in this chapter look at ideas of self actualization, advanced thinking of modern evolutionary biologists, philosophers, and dynamic systems theorists. This chapter also discusses the terms “true self,” “free will,” and “healthy values,” and even presents social contexts and the limiting or restraining effect authority communication styles can have on the growth of self-regulated and optimal functioning.

Keywords:   motivation, self-determination theory, scientific psychology, self actualization, true self, free will, healthy values, authority communication

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