Self-Determination Theory and the Relation of Autonomy to Self-Regulatory Processes and Personality Development

Christopher P. Niemiec, Richard M. Ryan, Edward L. Deci

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64 Scopus citations
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Personality and Self-Regulation
PublisherWiley Blackwell
Number of pages23
ISBN (Print)9781405177122
StatePublished - 15 Jan 2010


  • Autonomy to self-regulatory processes and personality development
  • Concept of autonomy - central to SDT
  • Concept of basic psychological needs - unifying principle in SDT
  • Concept of will - topic of discussion in philosophy and psychology
  • Importance of freedom and self-governance - components of healthy development
  • Operant psychology - control over action in contingencies of reinforcement
  • Phenomenology perspective - within experience of a person
  • Relation of autonomy to self-regulatory processes
  • need for relatedness - deep connections with important others
  • self-determination theory (SDT) - for volition and choice and forces

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