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51+ Inspiring Quotes from the “Motivational Interviewing”

The book “Motivational Interviewing” by William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick is famous in Motivational Interviewing (MI). The book explores the process of behavior change and how to implement the principles of MI in various case studies effectively.

Here are some quotes Quotes From The “Motivational Interviewing” book:

– The foolish is not patient enough to understand, only eager enough to express his personal opinion.

– The only one who can know a person better than anyone else is themselves. No one has known them for longer or has been with them every moment or has gone into their heads. 

– The helper in MI is like a companion who lends a concerned ear and does less than half the talking.

– A person who enters the pain of a person by will and offers support is truly remarkable.

-If you treat an individual as he currently is, he will stay as he is as a primary person. But if you treat the individual as what he could be at his full potential, he will turn into what he could be and ought to be.

– The “righting reflex” is a natural desire to fix people and erase their worries, to set them on a better course and guide them through it. What could ever be wrong with such an instinct?

-Helpers will always want to help the right the wrong things and help people along on the road to health and happiness.

– Ambivalence has been a prominent part of human nature since the dawn of time. It is the feeling of wanting and not wanting something at the same time or wanting two things that are not compatible with each other.

– An exceptional quality every MI helper needs is to sense their patient’s inner world, personal emotions, and struggles as if they were their own but without the possibility of ‘what if.’ Complete understanding without any judgment.

– Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative conversation between a person and their assigned helper to strengthen the person’s motivation and commitment to change and confident life.

– One should honor every person’s absolute worth and full potential as a good human being, no matter how big or small. 

– An individual has complete autonomy to choose their path, and a considerate friend should respect and support that.

One of the admirable qualities in a human being is their ability to empathize and understand another individual’s perspective without the cloud of judgment.

– Practice affirmations with yourself and others. Encourage other’s strengths and efforts as well as yours.

– Always make a client feel welcome and comfortable. Look for qualities you can genuinely appreciate, even the small ones, to help the client feel appreciated and good about themselves.

– Motivational Interviewing is not the solution for uncertainty; it is a powerful ingredient in the fuel that drives good practice. And it is good practice and habits that we are all after.

– Every meeting and every part of the conversation with your client counts. The first meeting is the most important, and the first ten seconds of the first meeting are even more critical. That is when you will set the tone of your interactions.

– Slow down, and progress will be much faster.

– With today’s technology and sequential coding, it is possible to measure the extent to which clinicians can recognize and appropriately respond to talk about change by their clients.

–  Complex reflections on the part of a clinician can add substantial meaning and emphasis to what a client has said and put the client’s words in a new light.

-A clinician can choose to emphasize a certain point a client has said and take the conversation in that direction if they believe it will benefit them in making more precise decisions.

– Clinicians may add quite obvious or subtle content to a client’s words, or they may combine different statements from the client to come to a complex but cohesive conclusion.     

– Resistance and motivation occur in an interpersonal context.

– What kind of therapeutic relationship you have with your client will result in how much your client talks about change versus resistance to change or how open or defensive a client is with you.

-The first of the four most fundamental processes in Motivational Interviewing is to engage a client in a collaborative working relationship where both the client and the clinician can communicate openly.

– Cultivating compassion for others is a developmental process. Please get to know the person, internalize this knowledge, reflect upon it till it becomes conviction, then it will become integrated with your state of mind.

– Practice compassion towards others until it becomes a spontaneous reaction of your mind.

– Support the client’s self-efficacy, encourage their sense of possibility of change.

– Help your client develop discrepancies, help them recognize the gaps between their current behavior and the lives they would like to lead. Then the clients can begin to see the need for change and start working towards it.

– Learning Motivational Interviewing is not learning something new. It is just encouraging our inner ability to help people along with the help of some principles.

-We need to shift from the “next please” factory model culture of service, emphasize monitoring and managing, and focus on care centered on change.  

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