The Theory Of Self Determination

851 WordsNov 6, 20154 Pages
Through the years psychologist have had deep discussion on human potential and what it derives from. Due to this discussion the early humanistic psychologists were able to develop the theory of self-determination, which has provided us with great insight on what drives/motivates us as individuals. Using the theory of self-determination we are able to see how this form of motivation provide the skills a person needs such as competence, relatedness, and autonomy to thrive, especially in regards to students with disabilities. Keywords: self-determination, competence, relatedness, autonomy, and student with disabilities In psychology there has been great discussion on human potential and whether it is inherited based on a person’s surroundings or if it derives internally. According to both Maslow and Rogers, they felt that “a person has an inherent tendency toward growth and development, which will lead them to actualize their human potential and in turn become the best they can be” (p.109). To get a better understanding of human potential we have to look further into to the history of self-actualization and self-determination and what these terms mean. It is also important for one to know why self-determination is important and how it plays a part in students with emotional, behavioral and learning disorders. By looking at each of these factors we will be able to learn what self-determination is and how it plays an important role in each of our lives. The notion of
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