AVOLITION By N., Sam M.S. - 6 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 Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development SEXUAL DEVIATIONS (GENERAL) CHILD PSYCHIATRY SCHIZOPHRENIA (OTHER TYPES) CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY ANTISOCIAL REACTION MANIC-DEPRESSIVE REACTION (GENERAL) MANIC-DEPRESSIVE REACTION (ETIOLOGY) A Comparison of Maternal and Paternal Filicide Counselor's Role in Emergency Teams Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "AVOLITION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/avolition/ (accessed November 27, 2021).