The support of autonomy and the control of behavior.

  title={The support of autonomy and the control of behavior.},
  author={Edward L. Deci and Richard M. Ryan},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={53 6},
In this article we suggest that events and contexts relevant to the initiation and regulation of intentional behavior can function either to support autonomy (i.e., to promote choice) or to control behavior (i.e., to pressure one toward specific outcomes). Research herein reviewed indicates that this distinction is relevant to specific external events and to general interpersonal contexts as well as to specific internal events and to general personality orientations. That is, the distinction is… CONTINUE READING
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