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The Psychology of Being a Millennial

I am a millennial. Whew, that feels good to get off my chest. I’m proud to be a millennial! According to the Pew Research Center, millennials are defined as those born between 1981 and 1996. Gen X-er’s were born between 1965 and 1980. Millennials tend to get a bad rap: we’re “lazy”, “moochers”, and “job-hoppers”. Even if this is true, we should be asking “why?” I hope this post gives everyone insight into this amazing and large population and why we should all be proud. The Facts And yes, there is a lot to be proud of! We, millennials, are the most likely generation to use public libraries (even in the age of technology) We’re more likely to go to college (and complete a degree) We’re more

The Psychology of Intrinsic Motivation

As I mentioned briefly in my blog on the subject of Educational Psychology, motivation is something I have studied extensively. What makes humans do what they do, and why? Though my studies have revolved around motivation in education, these motivational theories can be applied to any human behavior. There are two main types of motivation: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic motivation is an outside force that creates incentive to do something. Easy real life example: getting paid to do your job! Intrinsic motivation is an internal dynamic that encourages action. For example: I enjoy helping students learn. I feel good when someone learns something new, opens their mind a little, or has an “a

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