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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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The internal motivation subscale consists of 11 items, the negative motivation subscale has eight items and the external motivation subscale consists of five items.
Assessing correlation between internal motivation scores at the beginning of rehabilitation and the change of independence during the course of rehabilitation, a significant and statistically important (p<0.05) moderate (r=0.72) correlation was observed.
O'Shea and his predecessor [27] showed that animated visual images provided by a computer hold an attraction that is related to students' internal motivation. This is in addition to other factors related to the computerized, such as color, image, sound, and movement, all of which increase motivation to learn English.
Deci, Koestner and Ryan (1999) found autonomy (the freedom to direct the course of one's life) to also be vital to internal motivation and learning.
Throughout the course of the CDE season, the use of both external and internal motivation was the key to the success of the teams.
Table 3: The relationship between internal motivation and utilization of HIV services Utilization of HIV/AIDS services Yes Never Total Internal motivation n % n % n % Strong 19 38 9 18 28 56 Weak 7 14 15 30 22 44 Total 26 52 24 48 50 100 Spearmen rho, p = 0.011, r = 0.358.
Internal motivation to respond without prejudice derives from internalized, personally important, non-prejudiced beliefs (Devine, Plant, Amodio, Harmon-Jones, & Vance, 2002).
Fourth, external measures do not work without internal motivation. For instance, countries have sent people to prison for possessing and consuming drugs or alcohol.
If kids are going to excel -- whether in academics, sports, theater or music -- they need an internal motivation, even a passion, to sustain them over the long run.
But, students who find internal motivation to engage in their learning tend to have the most lasting success.
These important skills, which are confirmed as the most important factors for determining plans and making decisions in modern challenging environment by most of the entrepreneurship elites are: application & utilization of risk management techniques, basically planning, decision making, intra organizational relations, internal motivation, creativity & innovation, and influence and encouragement.

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