Simfish/InquilineKea's Thoughts

stable activities and the J curve
April 6, 2008, 11:50 am
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I previously commented on the difference between “intrinsic” behavior and “externally motivated” behavior, with the consideration that “externally motivated” behavior can only come through some form of evangelicism, which could include coercion (psychological or physical). Of course, sometimes it is difficult to measure which form of behavior is desirable but when one tries to change the behavior of another, it’s usually a form of external motivation to change an intrinsic behavior.

In any case, we can say that intrinsic behavior is behavior that falls under a steady state. Externally motivated behavior can also fall under a steady state (but you cannot 100% convince a person that the NEW behavior will necessarily be a steady state for HIM). Of course, this steady state also explains why some intrinsic behavior can be less efficient than externally motivated behavior (and why people may have convictions in the efficacy of their intrinsic behavior [and thus resistant to modifying their behavior to another desirable behavior with a more potentially stable “stable state”])


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