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Motivation, Emotion Control, and Volition

Motivation refers to a person’s desire to attain a goal. Volition refers to his or her control to exert follow-through efforts to attain the goal. Motivation initiates the goal attainment process, and the process does not proceed without motivation. Without volition, the goal cannot be attained. For example, people who want to lose weight begin to pursue the goal of weight loss. The process toward weight loss begins from their desire and when they do not want to lose weight any longer, the process stops. However, motivation alone does not lead to weight loss. Volition to control oneself (e.g., avoid thinking of sweets) and one’s surroundings (e.g., remove sweets from his or her reach) is necessary to overcome obstacles (e.g., binge sweet eating) and attain ...

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