[This is part three in a series on Self-Determination Theory – the idea that humans have three universal needs to achieve goals: autonomy, competence and relatedness. In part one, I give an overview of the theory and part two is about autonomy.]
What’s Worse Than Believing the World is Flat?
There are a lot of dumb myths out there. Chemtrails. The Earth is flat. Stevie Wonder isn’t actually blind. My favorite dumb myth, however, is one I used to believe in – natural talent. Not only is the myth of natural talent dumb, it’s destructive. Who knows how much scientific discovery, comedy, literature, and popsicle stick sculptures the world has been denied because so many of us thought we weren’t born to do those things. That it’s for other people. Not for us.