Motives are power. They are the raw force that drives us to act. They are a product of thought fueled by knowledge. What actions are ever done without first existed a motive for such action.
Websters defines it as "something (need or desire) that causes a person to act.
In my short and limited exposure to psychology I noticed that Psychologits are hesitant to claim "Causality" as it is very difficult to prove something like "watching reality TV CAUSES stupidity". There are levels of correlation that they are willing to measure, but it's dangerous to say that any one thing CAUSES another.
But our motives are drivers, in a way causing us to act because that's what we think that we need or know that we desire.
What was my motive to start playing World of Warcraft? The story is a long one and I'm afraid I cannot put it all into one post. What I plan to do is write a series of 3 posts that help to give a deeper insight into not only why I started playing but why I continue to do so.
Sorry, this is a cliffhanger!
Feel free to bring both you and yourself back tomorrow for the start of this journey. Hint: It begins in childhood. I hope I can make it entertaining enough to keep you coming back for more.