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in psychology, the power that motivates effort of any kind; the conscious tendency to act.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


The conscious tendency to act, usually an aspect of mental process; historically aligned with cognition and affection, but more recently used in the wider sense of impulse, desire, purposeful striving.
[L. conātio, an undertaking, effort]
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n. Psychology
The aspect of mental processes or behavior directed toward action or change and including impulse, desire, volition, and striving.

co·na′tion·al, co′na·tive (kō′nə-tĭv, kŏn′ə-) adj.
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The conscious tendency to act, usually an aspect of mental process; historically aligned with cognition and affection, but more recently used in the wider sense of impulse, desire, purposeful striving.
[L. conātio, an undertaking, effort]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


The mental processes characterized by aim, impulse, desire, will and striving. The functioning of the active part of the personality. Compare COGNITION and AFFECT.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

Patient discussion about conation

Q. Is there any explanation for this behavior? My son is 7 years old. He has a very uncooperative behavior with all his friends, his teachers and with us as well. He opposes for everything been taught to him by his teachers. He never cooperates with his friends and he always argues with everyone. He is very hostile to us and is always ready to fight. We have discussed about him to a doctor and he said it may be the signs of ADHD. Still he needs to be diagnosed officially which they may start after meeting my son. I was wondering about the reasons which can lead to such a behavior of my child? Is there any explanation for this behavior?


Q. rude/nasty behavior My sister was diagnosed with Bipolar and continues to take medication. She never went to Psychotherapy. Her demeanor is always very negative and her behavior is often critical and rude. My mother's attributes this to her ‘condition’ therefore reinforces her negative behavior. I haven't read anything about Bipolar that states rude/nasty behavior is a symptom. Is this type of behavior attributable to Bipolar?

A. damaez, I totally agree with you. Our bodies are so mal-nourished from the proper neccessities due to the way our foods are prepared that the body doesn't function properly. I believe that so many people are diagnosed with all types of disorders and put on medication and still act the same way with very little improvement. now a days they have a pill for everything. I have never heard of so many disorders in my life time as you hear about now. Bipolar is so easily thrown around that people use this excuse for being rude, disrespectful, and down right mean.You can be in a bad mood go see a doctor and be diagnosed as Bipolar. I work in the field of Human Services in a residential treatment program for DSS Adolescents and just about all that reside are Bipolar it is unreal. Sad but true.The more that is diagnosed the more pills,treatment and MONEY!

Q. What can I do to check on his behavior and make him regular… my 7 year son is seen with ADHD. I am not able to control on his high urges and irregularity and confusion which comes with this ADHD. What can I do to check on his behavior and make him regular…I know if I start now probably he will be better in coming years….

A. Very well……… need to make some strategies for your child. Like create a daily routine for your child. Place your child`s belongings at the same place daily and at same time. If your child is doing anything, please keep the thing away which may distract him. Limit the choices from many things to 2 things only if possible. Describe anything in clear and short way. Make goals for your child like for positive behavior and appreciate him when he does. Please scold less or don’t shout on him for his mistakes at all rather make him understand by reducing on his demands or choices. Help your child to find his talents and make him work on them.

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Things get considerably less clear, however, when one turns to the blameworthiness of those who succumb to temptations--those who demonstrate conational difficulties in acting on the conclusions that are drawn from the beliefs and desires that form the premises of their practical syllogisms.
Still, there will be those who will object that people do not, and cannot, choose their character any more than they choose their physical, cognitive, or conational inabilities.
Because the home country is not accessible, gossip by ISs with or about conational peers may function as place attachment proximity maintenance behavior, providing the sense of security and protection that anchors learning and adjustment, such as sociocultural adaptation (Bowlby, 1988).
U.S.) norms in order to be included in the conational group.
holidays or conational group interactions (e.g., gossip) may remind ISs of missed home country events and function to sustain awareness of inaccessible home country features.
Germans were eager to trumpet the praise of a conational. "Musical Europe" climbed on the bandwagon, ensuring that it had a prominent place among those deemed as the great man's more illustrious successors.
The Kingdom of Serbians Croatians and Slovenes' delegation considered the accepting of the frontiers on Danube and Tisa a permanent danger and a menace towards Yugoslavia and that if the entire Banat had returned to Romania, Belgrade would have been obliged to renounce to its conational people, fact that would have represented a national humiliation for the Yugoslavian people (Demian, 1993: 11).
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