GOAL ORIENTATION By Nugent, Pam M.S. - May 11, 2013 1. Tendency for a person to physically and mentally position themselves toward their goal. 2. Characteristic of a person tending to direct their behaviour toward attaining goals in the long term. GOAL ORIENTATION: "Joe showed goal orientation by striving to attain the job of production manager." Related Psychology Terms GOAL-DIRECTED BEHAVIOR SOCIAL TRAP SELF-REINFORCEMENT SEXUAL INFANTILISM FIRE-SETTING BEHAVIOR AGENTIC ORIENTATION SELF-GUIDE MEANS-ENDS ANALYSIS GOAL MODEL OF EVALUATION SOCIAL SELF Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "GOAL ORIENTATION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, May 11, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/goal-orientation/ (accessed January 19, 2019).