Perfectionism and the impact of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation in daily life: A brief report

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Kari Eddington (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Previous research indicates that socially prescribed perfectionism (SPP) and self-oriented perfectionism (SOP) are associated with extrinsic and intrinsic motivation, respectively. However, little is known about the impact of daily intrinsic and extrinsic motivated goals on affect in perfectionists. This daily diary study examined the extent to which perfectionism moderates the relationship between motivation (intrinsic and extrinsic) and affect (including self-conscious emotions). Participants (N = 132) varying in levels of perfectionism completed 14 days of online surveys that included questions about pursuit of daily goals and affect. SOP did not predict the covariation of types of motivation and affect. SPP, by contrast, predicted the covariation of extrinsic motivation and guilt (and pride). Results suggest that for people high on SPP, pursuing extrinsic motivated goals is associated with higher levels of guilt and lower levels of pride. Future directions and implications are discussed.

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Journal of Individual Differences
Language: English
Date: 2019
perfectionism, emotion, intrinsic motivation, extrinsic motivation, daily diary

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