In early June I wrote about motivational interviewing as a positive way to affect change. Berating yourself to change a habit usually doesn’t work, so why do we think that doing that to others will be any different?
How can we find more motivation to make positive changes in our lives?
MI practitioners use their counselling skills, such as open-ended questions and ways to reflect, to evoke what’s called change talk – a conversation about what clients are unhappy about and how they’d like to change. Through an accepting, collaborative and guiding style, this approach seeks to strengthen the person’s commitment to goals they identify for themselves.
This is the best summary I’ve read about the approach. Now we just need, as Ash says, the motivation to do it.