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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]
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Vox populi The drive to perform a task. See Neuromuscular motivation, Positive motivation.
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Psychological force that moves a person to act to meet a need or achieve a goal.
See also: motive
[ML. motivus, moving]
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the internal state of an animal prior to a specific behavioural act.
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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]
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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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TABLE 1 Summary of the Three Motivation Theories Aspect of Theory Theory X Assumption Humans must be threatened with punishment before they act.
The possible feedback of previous behaviors and outcomes on future motivation is an important aspect of motivation theories because it has consequences for the modeling of the causal order of the two constructs.
Recent reviews of work motivation theories have suggested that any model of work motivation should contain the underlying processes that explain how goals affect work motivation (Kanfer 1992; Katzell and Thompson 1990; Mitchell 1997).
The central point of all the motivation theories is desire; enticement or expectation of reward compels a person to perform a work.
Research on groups could also benefit from drawing on a broader range of motivation theories. For example, little is known about how groups form perceptions of expectancies, instrumentalities, or valences.
In contrast to the traditional work motivation theories, the effects of self-efficacy on work-related performance is well documented.
This article attempts to address this matter by asking employees "What factors motivate you in your jobs?" Their responses are particularly applicable to the content motivation theories discussed in the previous section.
Perhaps we could bring Bennett back for a limited assignment to do a takeover of a dozen public schools, giving him a chance to test his management and motivation theories.
In studies from various foreign language learning contexts in Asian countries, researchers investigate the cross-cultural validity of existing language learning motivation theories in Asian contexts and compare motivations of Asian students of foreign languages across cultures.
Some topics explored include social processes of organizational leadership, role motivation theories, the role of emotions in transformational and charismatic leadership, and charisma and the narcissistic personality.
Motivation theories are among the most important aspects of psychology and language education (Guilloteaux & Dornyei, 2008).