conation. (p. 714) (For full reference, see here.)
I studied philosophy, which included philosophy of mind, but not psychology. I have also been misled by the similarity between the words "conation" and "cognition" and therefore thought that "conation" meant "knowing." The Wiki article (see the above link) differentiates three parts of the mind:
conative, volitions -
- but I have also heard "affective" called "volitions" and "emotions" called "emotions" so there is no consistent terminology.
Before studying philosophy, I was taught that the (immaterial) soul comprises intellect and will. These would correspond to intelligence and volitions.
I now think that, both as a species and as individuals, we were active organisms long before we became reflective subjects. Life, when analyzed, already contains both the consequences of past actions and a tendency to continue acting in the same way even though this has been problematic. Indian philosophy rightly emphasizes "karma," action, and analyzes consciousness into subtler categories than "intellect" and "will."