Well, it is actually a conceptual map to deconstruct motivation in two different dimensions providing some insight into different kinds of motivations. Understand better how your motivation works applying your own experiences into the map.
Intrinsic - Extrinsic: Have a value for its own sake because it is interesting and satisfying in itself versus receiving some kind of reward that is external to the process or activity.
Internal - External: Coming from by yourself versus imposed by external factors.
The highest level of intrinsic motivation is known as flow. Flow is typified by complete immersion in an activity to the point that nothing else seems to matter. Hungarian psychologist Professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has led much of the work in this exciting area. During flow, you lose self-consciousness and become one with the activity.
All extrinsic motivations emanate from intrinsic motivations. The degrees at which we measure them make them appear as being intrinsic or extrinsic. At the end of the day all actions and behaviors are intrinsically motivated.
- You have pressure from your family to do something. You are motived to do it because you want to be accepted within the family values, which in the end define who you are (self-actualization).
- You want to win a competition because the team has worked very hard and deserves it (altruism).
- A "bad" path: Working just for the money, which has a very low intrinsic value.