Avolition is defined as lack of initiative or motivation. In schizophrenia or schizophreniform disorder, when avolition is so severe as to prevent a person from doing ordinary things such as work, hobbies, reading, or taking care of oneself, it is considered a "negative" symptom of the condition.
- Being unable to start or complete paying bills
- Staring at an assignment without getting to work on it
- Just sitting for hours doing nothing