Brief Motivational Interviewing

"Brief Motivational interviewing is a collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person’s own motivation and commitment to change."
- William R. Miller

As mentioned above, Brief Motivational interviewing is a counselling technique in which counsellor use specific questions with an intention to motivate the client to realize the discrepancy in their thoughts, actions and behaviour. This technique also help the client to narrow down their short and long term goals (SMART goals) and steps to attain them. The questions are designed in a manner to enhance client’s self-efficacy, self-discovery and self-inspired behavioural change. Although this psychotherapeutic approach was created keeping addiction clients in mind but it has been observed that it is equally helpful with the clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety, gambling issues, pornography or sexual addictions, prescription drug abuse and illicit drug abuse.

If you are interested in learning more about how to self-motivate yourself or others, watch this YouTube video by Scott Geller. He explained it beautifully in just 15 minutes.

The psychology of self-motivation | Scott Geller | TEDxVirginiaTech