Avolition Avolition is an inability to start and complete goal-directed behavior. Someone can sometimes misinterpret it as laziness, but it is a negative symptom of schizophrenia . An inability to start and pursue goal-directed activities. When severe enough to be considered, pathological avolition is pervasive and prevents a person from completing many types of activities. Copyright Notice Adapted from Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License 3.0 ; additional terms may apply.