The intrinsic qualities of something have to do with its nature. An intrinsic quality of dogs is that they're loyal.

Anything intrinsic comes from within. Doing a job for only money is not intrinsic. Doing a job because you love it is intrinsic; the motivation comes from within. It's good to treat people as having intrinsic value. If you like someone for intrinsic reasons, then you have no other motivation. The opposite of intrinsic is extrinsic, for things that come from the outside instead of from the inside.

Definitions of intrinsic

adj belonging to a thing by its very nature

“"form was treated as something intrinsic, as the very essence of the thing"- John Dewey”
inalienable, unalienable
incapable of being repudiated or transferred to another
basic and fundamental
built-in, constitutional, inbuilt, inherent, integral
existing as an essential constituent or characteristic
inner, internal, intimate
innermost or essential
not forming an essential part of a thing or arising or originating from the outside
inessential, unessential
not basic or fundamental
associated by chance and not an integral part
added or derived from something outside; not inherent
alien, foreign
not contained in or deriving from the essential nature of something
external, extraneous, outside
coming from the outside
not essential
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adj situated within or belonging solely to the organ or body part on which it acts

intrinsic muscles”
happening or arising or located within some limits or especially surface

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