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However, they failed to agree on an operational definition of conation, or a model that integrates conative, cognitive, and affective processes (Kanfer, 1988).
Snow (1994) categorized individuals as having high- or low-conative ability, but if conation is a shaping force that dictates different patterns of action, quantifying it as "high" or "low" is meaningless.
Again, this is a misuse of the term: Conation is not goal-setting motivation or achievement, but the way in which a person with any degree of motivation or goal orientation goes about acting on that motivation and achieving those goals.
Given the pitfalls in the centuries-old academic debate on conation, it is hardly surprising that social work theorists have not yet focused on conation as a useful concept.
In the remainder of this article, we summarize Kolbe's model, describe its use in social work, and make suggestions for further research on conation.
The following is an example of how this oppression can occur and how it can be defused when the individual and those in the environment understand conation.
The concept of conation could be immensely helpful; in fact, assessing, celebrating, and building on peoples' strengths cannot be complete without a consideration of this key component in individual and group life.