Nouns denoting goals

life
a motive for living
 
irrational impulse
a strong spontaneous and irrational motivation
 
possession
a mania restricted to one thing or idea
 
incentive
a positive motivational influence
 
impulse
an instinctive motive
 
trichotillomania
an irresistible urge to pull out your own hair
 
hedonism
the pursuit of pleasure as a matter of ethical principle
 
pyromania
an uncontrollable desire to set fire to things
 
incitement
something that incites or provokes; a means of arousing or stirring to action
 
itchy feet
very strong or irresistible impulse to travel
 
account
grounds
 
dipsomania
an intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess
 
irresistible impulse
an urge to do or say something that might be better left undone or unsaid
 
mania
an irrational but irresistible motive for a belief or action
 
deterrence
a negative motivational influence
 
adience
(psychology) an urge to accept or approach a situation or an object
 
phaneromania
an irresistible desire to pick at superficial body parts (as in obsessive nail-biting)
 
agromania
an intense desire to be alone or out in the open
 
necrophilia
an irresistible sexual attraction to dead bodies
 
logorrhea
pathologically excessive (and often incoherent) talking
 
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