Pursues behavior for the pleasureof knowing, the pleasure of accomplishment or the pleasure of stimulation.
Pursues behavior because they symbolize what is important to the personís sense of worth.
Pursues behavior because the outcomes are valued as important to the personís personal goals.
Pursues behavior because of an internalized guilt-related sense of ought or should.
Pursues behavior for pay or reward or because of coercion.
Does not pursue behavior because success is unlikely or impossible - there is no point in trying.
Self-determination theory contends that the primary psychological needs of autonomy, competence and relatedness lead individuals to seek and meet the challenges of life.
The level of autonomy largely distinguishes among the different levels of the motivational continuum.
Reference: Whitehead, J.R. (1997). Self-esteem in Children and Youth: The Role of Sport and Physical Education. In The Physical Self (Ed. K.R. Fox). Champaign:Human Kinetics.