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motivation (mo-ti-va´shun)

In psychology, the aggregate of all the individual motives, needs, and drives operative in an individual at any given moment which influence will and cause behavior. [ML. motivus, moving]
extrinsic m. the search for satisfaction, or to avoid dissatisfaction, through non-task aspects of the environment such as seeking comfort, safety, and security from others or through the efforts of others.
intrinsic m. derivation of personal satisfaction through self-initiated achievement and behavior.
personal m. an individual's predispositions and expectations that give meaning and direction to personality functioning.


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