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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.


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]


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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The data revealed a number of ways he shifted the locus to internal motivation and a student-driven learning environment.
Internal motivation of the work (refers to the intrinsic satisfaction component resulting from the job performance itself) is related to the personal satisfaction that each one associates to the work performed.
The researchers found that, among five independent variables: (1) social desirability response bias, (2) fear of death, (3) internal motivation to respond without prejudice, (4) external motivation to respond without prejudice, and (5) contact with persons with disabilities, the external motivation variable was the best predictor for Attitudes Towards Disabled Persons Scale--the explicit measure of disability-relevant attitudes.
But about 3 criterions including decision making, interpersonal relations & also internal motivation, the significant prioritization difference was happened, which must be explained and studied.
In later stages, when students become more aware of the importance of knowledge, the role of internal motivations increases.
Researchers have shown that university students who participate in a certificate examination and pass it have higher internal motivation than external motivation; those who do not obtain the certificate have lower internal motivation than external motivation.
A more recent study using an Internet-based program was led by Professor Webber and colleagues to determine if a motivation-enhanced behavioral weight loss intervention resulted in greater weight loss, greater use of the program and greater increases in internal motivation than a standard behavioral weight-loss program.
H3: An individualist culture, high individualism, and independent self-construals will predict more importance placed on internal motivations than external, compared with a collectivist culture, high collectivism, and interdependent self-construals.
Internal motivation would involve nurses staying in order to maintain continuity on the unit, whereas a self-directed statement would involve nurses calculating the pay differential to determine if staying was worthwhile.
If I can just find the right external device I know I can change the person's internal motivation to move, I just know it
When performance is an issue, it may be due to internal motivation pulling the employee in another direction.
Those who pursue excellence and creativity for the fun of it have an internal motivation and internal locus of control.

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