AVOLITION By N., Pam M.S. - April 7, 2013 n. refers to a marked failure to engage in goal-directed behavior. This occasionally occurs in severe major depressive episodes. AVOLITION: "A person struggling with avolition would likely fail to engage in any types of goal-directed behaviors." Related Psychology Terms SADNESS BIPOLAR DISORDERS UNIPOLAR DEPRESSION INTERMISSION UNIPOLAR MANIA RETARDED DEPRESSION CONTRACT PLAN RAPID CYCLING CUTTING ANXIOUS DEPRESSION Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "AVOLITION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/avolition/ (accessed August 20, 2019).