Extrinsic motivation: behavior is coerced by external sources
Intrinsic motivation: behavior is not coerced by external sources
As a young child I struggled with reading. Instead of trying to learn and get help, I would get frustrated and avoid reading as much as possible. Book reports were the worst possible assignment in my eyes. I kept this attitude until I reached high school. It wasn’t until a typical assignment my freshman year in high school of reading a book and presenting the summarized version to the class, that changed my view. It was the first time a book caught my attention to the point where I did not want to stop reading. From the moment I finished that book I found others like it and started to read them for fun. Many years later, I still read books for enjoyment and love learning new things each book has to offer.
Functional Autonomy: outcome of a process that involved the transition from extrinsically motivated behavior to intrinsically motivated behavior.