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Motivation: Definition and explanation


What is motivation?

Motivation is defined as the “psychological forces that determine the direction of a person’s level of effort and a person’s level of persistence in the face of obstacles”

Motivation is in essence what is considered to be what drive behaviour, action and importantly persistence.

See also:

Extrinsic Motivation, and

Intrinsic Motivation


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Kanfer, R. (1990). Motivational theory and industrial psychology. In M. D. Dunnette & L. M. Hough (2nd ed.), Handbook of industrial and organizational psychology (pp. 75-170). Palo Alto, CA: Consulting Psychologists Press.


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