The Origins of Competence and Achievement Motivation in Personal Causation

  • Richard deCharms


I am going to take the position of the loyal opposition. I maintain that the state of the art suggests to me that it is time that we stop studying achievement motivation. Like all other psychological variables, achievement motivation is a part of a whole—the whole is a person. It is time that we stopped studying variables and started studying persons in action. Let me explain with a crude analogy about the state of the art of psychology.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard deCharms
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  1. 1.Washington UniversityUSA

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