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Motivational Interviewing: Helping Others Change through Questions

Motivational Interviewing: Helping Others Change through Questions

We can't change others, but we can motivate them to change by using motivational interviewing:

  1. Ask open-ended questions
  2. Engage in reflective listening
  3. Affirm the person’s desire and ability to change

The goal is not to persuade but to look for...

  • sustain talk, and
  • change talk.

When you identify change talk, you may ask questions that help people go deeper to motivate them to change.

To be a good motivational interviewer, you must cultivate a genuine desire to help people reach their goals.


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Motivational interviewing starts with an attitude of humility and curiosity.

We don't know what mint motivate someone else to change, but we're eager to find out.

The goal isn't to tell people what to do; it's to help them break out of overconfidence cycles and see new possibilities.

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