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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.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


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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Initially, the instrument was created based on Motivational Theory of Coping (Skinner et al., 2003; Skinner & Wellborn, 1994), studies on pain in dancers and one of the researchers experiences in dance.
The following two theories, constructivism and motivational theory drive the workshop and provide a direct tie-in between theory and practice.
Upon the conclusion of the exercise and follow-up discussion, students will be able to: (1) Define each motivational theory. (2) Articulate an example of each theory.
Also, Farnham's version of the motivational theory of decision making is too limited - Irving Janis and Leon Mann's hypervigilant model of decision making under stress is the basis for her prediction of defensive avoidance and passivity associated with motivational theory.
Although equity theory was initially described as a motivational theory, with inequity leading to behavior intended to correct the experienced inequity, some research in the 1990s did not examine the inequity-behavior link.
That is, many of the variables or motivators most prominent in extant motivational theory were not prominent in these individuals' interpretations of motivational communication.
The understanding of motivational theory centers on Maslow's hierarchy of needs.
The practical implications of the motivational theory posed no substantial threat to existing organizations or professions.
They typically do not think through how others might react to a situation or why people behave as they do." For those seeking improvement, suggested areas of study are provided, such as sensitivity training, coursework in the psychology of interpersonal relations and motivational theory.