Nouns denoting goals

deterrence
a negative motivational influence
 
sense of duty
a motivating awareness of ethical responsibility
 
phaneromania
an irresistible desire to pick at superficial body parts (as in obsessive nail-biting)
 
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
 
account
grounds
 
signal
any incitement to action
 
alcoholism
an intense persistent desire to drink alcoholic beverages to excess
 
inducement
a positive motivational influence
 
adience
(psychology) an urge to accept or approach a situation or an object
 
libidinal energy
(psychoanalysis) psychic energy produced by the libido
 
life
a motive for living
 
urge
an instinctive motive
 
Thanatos
(psychoanalysis) an unconscious urge to die
 
Christ Within
a divine presence believed by Quakers to enlighten and guide the soul
 
compulsion
an urge to do or say something that might be better left undone or unsaid
 
sense of right and wrong
motivation deriving logically from ethical or moral principles that govern a person's thoughts and actions
 
wanderlust
very strong or irresistible impulse to travel
 
incitation
something that incites or provokes; a means of arousing or stirring to action
 
kleptomania
an irresistible impulse to steal in the absence of any economic motive
 
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