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Self-directed Growth

Last updated Mar 2, 2023 Edit Source

See also: the-fools-who-dream

How do we give the tools to people so learn for themselves? To treat growth as if it was play? To me, self-directed growth is the continued exercise of taste

# Self-Determination Theory (SDT)

When our social environments, including the places where we receive health care, are more supportive of these psychological needs, the quality of our motivation is more autonomous. Alternatively, when our psychological needs are not well met or even thwarted through our social interactions, the quality of our motivation is more controlled

Self-determination theory suggests that all humans have three basic psychological needs, which when met, help us be more intrinsically motivated in our actions (more internal locus of control)

  1. Autonomy: the feeling one has choice and agency in their own lives
  2. Competence: experience of mastery and being effective in one’s activity
  3. Relatedness: need to feel connected and belongingness with others

See also: In Over Our Heads, burnout, taste

# Practical Principles for Self-directed Growth

From Recurse Center

directing yourself means doing things that are motivated by your joy and curiosity, instead of by external pressures and fear

When you have the freedom to explore things you’re interested in, and to explore them in the ways that make sense to you, you learn them more deeply and retain them for longer. When someone forces you to learn something that you’re not interested in, it doesn’t stick nearly as well.

  1. Work at the edge of your abilities
    • Some call this flow:
    • Also recognizing that abilities are in flux on a day to day: “On a low day, it’s better to do what you can than to beat yourself up for failing to meet some hypothetical level of productivity that was never actually in reach, and on good days you can push yourself and really get to know the difference between what is impossible and what is just really, really hard.”
  2. Build your volitional muscles
  3. Learn generously