Motive Definition | Psychology Glossary

A motive, or motivation, is the thing that makes us act and behave a certain way in order to achieve a goal. Its the reason why you do what you do, or the lack thereof for why you don’t do what you set out to do. My motivation in writing this article is to finish a giant list of topics I came up with, and in writing these exact words, am step closer to accomplishing that feat.

The original meaning in Latin is “moving”, which is kind of neat. There’s research out there that suggests our attitudes are often changed after an action or movement, and not the reverse, so maybe the Latins were onto something.