There are many reasons people do things, and often, these motivations are not obvious to the external world. While we tend to portray motivation as the desire to do something, motivation can also represent the desire to return to something.
The concept of motivation as a regressive experience was first discussed by Freud, who introduced the concept of repetition compulsion. According to Freud, repetition compulsion happens for two reasons. While both are unconscious processes, the first is lodged in the patient’s physiology.