DEFICIENCY MOTIVE By Nugent, Pam M.S. - April 7, 2013 A tendency to satisfy a need in order to alleviate an efficiency. Compare abundancy motive. DEFICIENCY MOTIVE: "The deficiency motive means we will only eat to satisfy our hunger." Related Psychology Terms APPRAISAL MOTIVE PHYSIOLOGICAL MOTIVE SOCIAL MOTIVE LINK ANALYSIS INTERNATIONAL MILITARY TESTING ASSOCIATION ABUNDANCY MOTIVE AUGMENTATION PRINCIPLE DEXTRALITY FIRE-SETTING BEHAVIOR FLIGHT INTO ILLNESS Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "DEFICIENCY MOTIVE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/deficiency-motive/ (accessed January 17, 2019).