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Coert Visser
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Psychologist, co-founder of the progress-focused approach
Psychologist, co-founder of the progress-focused approach

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Study: the effects of autonomy support by managers
In two Chinese government schools some central ideas from self-determination theory were tested ( Nie et al., 2017 ). What was specifically tested were the effects of perceived autonomy support by managers on the motivation of employees (266 teachers) and o...

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Self-determination theory in organizations
In a new article Deci et al. (2017) give an overview of research within self-determination theory which is relevant for work and organizations. Among other things, they describe the important distinction between autonomous and controlled motivation (see mor...

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Why is controlled regulation so prevalent?
A training participant asked me recently: "Why is controlled regulation so popular when it is clear that an autonomy supportive way of working is so much more effective?" I'll try to answer this question below. Before I do, let me give you a brief summary o...

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The instability and malleability of personality
When I was educated as a psychologist, in the 1980's, the dominant way of thinking in psychology tended to what we would now call a fixed mindset . Roughly, as students, we were taught that both intelligence and personality are hardly malleable from a certa...

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Equality-Based Respect: Key to Social Progress
The need for autonomy is a universal basic need of people. When it is satisfied we feel better and we function better in all kinds of ways ( view this ). Therefore it is wise to support other people's need for autonomy in all kinds of contexts. This can be ...

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Brain training works but there are only a few good providers
For some time there has been a debate about the question whether neuroplasticity, the capacity of the brain to keep developing, isn't largely just a hype. In this post I discussed some of the criticisms brought forward. Most of the skeptical remarks against...

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