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In psychology, the aggregate of all the individual motives, needs, and drives operative in a person at any given moment that influence the will and cause a given behavior.
[ML. motivus, moving]


Etymology: L, movere, to move
conscious or unconscious needs, interests, rewards, or other incentives that arouse, channel, or maintain a particular behavior.


a nursing outcome from the Nursing Outcomes Classification (NOC) defined as the inner urge that moves or prompts an individual to positive action(s). See also Nursing Outcomes Classification.


Vox populi The drive to perform a task. See Neuromuscular motivation, Positive motivation.


Psychological force that moves a person to act to meet a need or achieve a goal.
See also: motive
[ML. motivus, moving]


the internal state of an animal prior to a specific behavioural act.


the internal and external drives and forces that energize, direct and regulate behaviour. Motivation is often conceptualized in terms of direction (the behavioural goal) and intensity (the level of motivation from low to high). Extrinsic motivation motivation directed towards the attainment of rewards that are separable from a behaviour or activity itself. For example, an athlete who engages in sport just to win medals would be extrinsically motivated. intrinsic motivation motivation driven by the pleasure and satisfaction inherent in engaging in a behaviour or activity. For example, an athlete who engages in sport purely for fun and enjoyment would be intrinsically motivated.


Aggregate of all individual motives, needs, and drives operative in a person at any given moment that influence the will and cause a given behavior.
[ML. motivus, moving]


n the stimulus, incentive, or inducement to act or react in a certain way. Purposeful behavior is motivated behavior, which means that either physiologic or social stimuli activate or motivate a person to do something.
motivation, external,
n incentive that accrues as a result of influence from outside sources; inducement to act or change based on the expectations and examples of other people.
motivation, internal,
n incentive that accrues from within an individual; inducement to act or change based on an inherent or intrinsic desire.


see drive.

Patient discussion about motivation

Q. How do you motivate yourself to exercise? I have a problem- I can easily get myself to go to work and other strenuous things, but when I need to get myself out for some exercise, which is only for me, I don’t find the energy for that. Does anyone have any tips how to encourage myself?

A. Try to change to an exercise you enjoy. You can also exercise with a friend, and the commitment to him may give you another push. Another option is to join a regular exercise program in a gym. Good luck!

Q. How to get my motivation back? Hi, I’m 22 years old girl, and since high school I’m 132 pounds stretched over 5’2’’. About two years ago, when I started college I gained another 20 pounds, that made me understand I’m overweight, and then I started a diet – mainly thinking before I eat something. I already lost those extra pounds, an I wish to lose another 10 pounds, but I feel I lost my motivation to restrict myself. Suddenly I find myself eating way too much, which makes me down, which makes me eat again… Any advice?

A. If you feel a craving for food, you can try to go to sleep – it helps me.
Good luck!

Q. What benefits have you recieved from nutrition and fitness What step did you take to begin and stay motivated perticularly if you were depressed and/or addicted

A. Today, after working in the gym for more than a year, I feel much better, I have a anew interest that challenges me and sets goals for me every time, and also let me find new people with this common interest. Of course, I look much better now, and it really improves my feeling and general well being.

If you suffer from depression or addiction, exercise may help you, although consulting a professional, as before starting any exercise program may be necessary.

Take care,

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0]: we suppose that averages of studied motivation factors (required, current) in terms of maximum of10 years of seniority are equal to averages of studied motivation factors in terms of more than 10 years of seniority and at the same time we suppose that the difference between them, if any, is caused only owing to the random variation of results.
Besides simple comparison of descriptive characteristic values regarding the selective data collection were proceeded to the examination of equality of means and standard deviations of basic samples to prove statistical significance of differences in means and standard deviations of individual motivation factors of studied selected samples so that the fact that detected differences of descriptive characteristics at the selected level of significance a were not caused only by the mistake made from representative sampling was eliminated.
As seen in Table 1, except for fallback career, all motivation factor scores reported by prospective elementary school teachers for the teaching career are above midpoint, which is 4 out of 7, ranging from M=4.
Catholic teachers had higher mean scores than non-Catholic teachers overall and on each item on the Ministry Motivation and Catholic Motivation factors, while non-Catholic teachers had higher a higher mean score than Catholic teachers on Professional Motivation.
For female students, both national examination results and the motivation factor predicted test results, while students with higher levels of motivation had lower results in tests.
It should be noted that very few volunteers in this study gave monetary incentives as motivation factors.
The author regressed the independent variables (the three motivation factors and the three distraction factors) against the dependent variable (student performance in each of the three accounting courses).
Apart from trying to help the adult learner feel safe, educators of adults must bear motivation factors in mind.
The five motivation factors produced several interesting correlations with the LOGO scale (See Table 3).
Qu and Ping (1999) studied the motivation, satisfaction and sociodemographics of Hong Kong cruise travellers and found the major travelling motivation factors were to escape from normal life, the social gathering, and the beautiful environment and scenery.
The purpose of this investigation was to explore motivation factors of Michigan dental hygienists when choosing to join the Michigan Dental Hygienists' Association (MDHA).
This study aims to state expressly what type of motivation factors according to the students' grades affects the students of German Language Teaching Departments (Turkey) negatively or positively.