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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 influence of extrinsic and intrinsic motivation on long term performance of employees has been explored by various scholars (Deci, Koestner, and Ryan, 1999; Kreps, 1997; Lin, 2007).
To find out the relationship between intrinsic motivation of teacher and students' academic achievement at secondary school level.
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Among the components of extrinsic motivation are: desire for affiliation (to be among the group of students to receive awards and to please parents and teachers); regulatory trends (the habit to be subject to rules and obligations imposed by the family, initially, and subsequently, at school); fear of the consequences of disobedience.
The number one support for employee motivation seems to be the influence of the leader.
Hernandez's (2010a, 2010b) study of twenty 1-semseter SA students showed that motivation and interaction were important factors in shaping the development of speaking proficiency in the TL in both at home and SA contexts.
It could lessen motivation and increase negative approaches towards learning, both of which can result in lower accomplishment7.
After getting approval from the institutional review board, AM values were obtained with the help of Academic Motivation Scale (AMS)-university form.
Learners' variables include, gender, personality, attitude, motivation, self-belief, culture, ability, and age among others (Brown, Robson, and Rosenkjar, 2001; Campbell, 1999; Gregersen and Horwitz, 2002; Wei, 2007; Young, 1991).