Some Comments on the “Why” of Behavior

  • Edward L. Deci


The most frequently asked questions about human behavior are undoubtedly “why” questions. “Why is Ken playing tennis?” “Why did Judy fail her exam?” “Why does Sandy keep touching everything?” People seem particularly interested in knowing the causes of behavior. They want answers to “why” questions.


Mechanistic Approach Thought Process Human Motivation Personal Knowledge Humanistic Psychology 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward L. Deci
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of RochesterUK

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