These ideas are most certainly not my own. These concepts have been distilled through research done by Edward Deci and Richard Ryan. Their research is mentioned briefly in Alfie Kohn's book Beyond Discipline. If you are interested in a greater examination of Deci and Ryan's research and motivation in general, check out Drive by Daniel Pink. Pink's book along with several by Kohn are guiding me on my path to reexamining my method of learning with my students.