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Volition; the biological need for action

Updated: May 10, 2021

Humans have a fundamental need to act, this coupled with an awareness of our potential creates an inbuilt desire to utilise this power, with failure and/or an inability to use this power resulting in dysfunction and unhappiness. Thus, begins the concept of volition. This fundamental, neurological need for action is the foundation of a person's drive to engage in occupations and encompasses how a person feels about oneself. The volitional cycle is used by Occupational Therapists to enable consideration of how a person anticipates, chooses, experiences and interprets what they do. While, volitional thoughts are used to address what we hold important (values), what we perceive we can / are able to do (personal causation) and what we find enjoyable (interests).

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