The psychology of self-motivation | Scott Geller | TEDxVirginiaTech

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Scott Geller is Alumni Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech and Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems in the Department of Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the World Academy of Productivity and Quality. He has written numerous articles and books, including When No One's Watching: Living and Leading Self-motivation. Scott will examine how we can become self-motivated in "The Psychology of Self-Motivation."

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25 Kommentare

  1. Balika Kamble sagt:

    Thank you so much Sir.

  2. Adams Salah sagt:

    this guy can do drum roll

  3. Half-Blind sagt:

    How do the cookie thief story related to interdependence?

  4. FilmKnekt sagt:

    Sounds a little like Robert Downey Jr!

  5. Alexis Fedie sagt:

    Im not even motivated to get out of bed in the morning…heck, I’m not even motivated to get motivated…

  6. Reynolds Martins sagt:


  7. Rizwan Mahmood sagt:

    why does he remind me of Walter white(Bryan Cranston) from Breaking Bad… Is it only me ?? 😀

  8. Anshuman Mv sagt:

    A very inspiring video that explains the psychology of self-motivation. We must give ourselves the feeling of empowerment and have the belief in whatever we set out to accomplish. A big boost to being motivated is response efficacy and getting constant feedback on the work we do. It is then that we begin to feel a sense of autonomy and choice. The 4 C’s are very well explained, which are Competence, Consequence,Choice and Community which help us in staying motivated.

  9. Pritika Beerjeraz sagt:

    Inspiring ☺

  10. Disha Sarkar sagt:

    Self motivation begins with empowerment. A person may be motivated by making them empowered. They must be made to feel competent (that they can do the task in hand), aware of the consequences (that the task in hand is worth it), feel confident, given the sense of choice and a sense of community (that they belong and they’re not alone). By fulfilling these 4 Cs, an individual may realise self-motivation.

  11. Robson Seren Linhares sagt:


  12. SolesOfPassion sagt:

    Great messaging and delivery of topic that matters!

  13. Vanessa Mazzoccoli sagt:


  14. Nancy Curtis sagt:

    I love this video

  15. aformonzo sagt:

    anyone else creeped out by the sniffing?

  16. i was like: maybe the man lost his wallet and is hungry… let em eat

  17. Yogesh Patil sagt:

    Thats why i like TED,Right people at right time.Feel impower it really works in any circumstances.

  18. JourneytoYES sagt:

    Get er done!!! I can’t believe nobody caught that- Larry the Cable Guy..

  19. Travis Wise sagt:

    A Great lesson. 3 questions to empowerment.

  20. The Holy Gang sagt:

    Ich bins how delicious is the victory when everyone around was waiting to see you fail

  21. Aragorn Elessar sagt:

    Ich bins,

    It’s human nature to want to see people fail. If we see someone doing better than us, say for instance studies, we call them a „nerd.“ We see what they’re achieving, and know that it’s better than us. All we can do is hope that we have some other strength that they don’t have, and try put them down with that. Ever notice though that when a person excels not only at studies but at sports and social circles as well, people love them? Nerds can’t put him down for knowing nothing and gym rats can’t put him down for being a nerd.

    Yes, people want to see you fail. They want to see it because they want to comfort themselves that they really aren’t as bad as they are. No doubtedly you have seen „fail videos“ on Youtube, huge compilations of people doing stupid things. Many people have, they are a trend. Everyone loves to see someone else fail, they think it is funny. But it’s not „impressive“…it doesn’t leave an image and most of those videos will be forgotten. However you have also no doubtedly seen „people are awesome“ videos, which have also gone viral. People doing things that the average person would never DREAM of doing, whether because of the consequences or because of the amount of effort it would take to get there. THOSE people are remembered. The things that they do are spoken about, and people do ASPIRE to be like those people.

    People want to see you fail. It’s what they expect. It’s their learned psychology from trying something difficult that they have either failed or given up on, though both are the same thing. Accept that people want you to fail, and use that to motivate you towards success.

    Everyone is envious of someone better than them. Don’t let it get you down.

  22. Keep scolling..

  23. mysterious clam sagt:

    Ich bins keep negative think to ur self.

  24. king kweku sagt:

    Ich bins dats very true….

  25. That’s a great speech! But the thing is, what if you live in a society where people want to see you fail? What if teachers or professors want you to see them superior? What if people don’t want you to feel empowered, because they ain’t themselves? -in theory this speech is awesome, but I think this is not the real world…

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