Nouns denoting goals

phaneromania
an irresistible desire to pick at superficial body parts (as in obsessive nail-biting)
 
logomania
pathologically excessive (and often incoherent) talking
 
alcoholism
an intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess
 
kleptomania
an irresistible impulse to steal in the absence of any economic motive
 
ethical motive
motivation based on ideas of right and wrong
 
incitation
something that incites or provokes; a means of arousing or stirring to action
 
obsession
an irrational motive for performing trivial or repetitive actions, even against your will
 
Christ Within
a divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul
 
irrational impulse
a strong spontaneous and irrational motivation
 
acathexis
(psychoanalysis) a lack of cathexis; a condition in which significant objects or memories arouse no emotion in an individual
 
dynamic
an efficient incentive
 
mental energy
an actuating force or factor
 
itchy feet
very strong or irresistible impulse to travel
 
deterrence
a negative motivational influence
 
irrational motive
a motivation that is inconsistent with reason or logic
 
life
a motive for living
 
signal
any incitement to action
 
occasion
reason
 
wherefore
the cause or intention underlying an action or situation, especially in the phrase `the whys and wherefores'
 
libidinal energy
(psychoanalysis) psychic energy produced by the libido
 
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