Nouns denoting goals

occasion
reason
 
kleptomania
an irresistible impulse to steal in the absence of any economic motive
 
onomatomania
obsession with a particular word which the person uses repeatedly or which intrudes into consciousness
 
Thanatos
(psychoanalysis) an unconscious urge to die
 
disincentive
a negative motivational influence
 
libidinal energy
(psychoanalysis) psychic energy produced by the libido
 
why
the cause or intention underlying an action or situation, especially in the phrase `the whys and wherefores'
 
impulse
an instinctive motive
 
dipsomania
an intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess
 
itchy feet
very strong or irresistible impulse to travel
 
sense of right and wrong
motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral principles that govern a person's thoughts and actions
 
acathexis
(psychoanalysis) a lack of cathexis; a condition in which significant objects or memories arouse no emotion in an individual
 
psychic energy
an actuating force or factor
 
abience
(psychology) an urge to withdraw or avoid a situation or an object
 
rational motive
a motive that can be defended by reasoning or logical argument
 
reason
a rational motive for a belief or action
 
wee small voice
an inner voice that judges your behavior
 
signal
any incitement to action
 
irrational impulse
a strong spontaneous and irrational motivation
 
phaneromania
an irresistible desire to pick at superficial body parts (as in obsessive nail-biting)
 
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