Beyond cognition: Broadening the emotional base of motivational interviewing

TitleBeyond cognition: Broadening the emotional base of motivational interviewing
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsWagner, CC, Ingersoll, KS
JournalJournal of Psychotherapy Integration
PublisherEducational Publishing Foundation
Place PublishedUS
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number1053-04791573-3696
Accession Number2008-07214-004. First Author & Affiliation: Wagner, Christopher C.
KeywordsEmotional States, motivational interviewing, positive emotions, Positive Psychology, Psychotherapeutic Processes, Psychotherapy, psychotherapy theory

Motivational interviewing (MI) techniques have been described in cognitive and behavioral terms, as means to positively resolve tension created by unresolved ambivalence about change. This view of motivation is consistent with a negative reinforcement model, in which behaviors are performed to escape from negative states. In contrast, the concept of positive reinforcement involves seeking positive states through behaviors that lead toward more satisfying conditions. From this perspective, motivation involves a desire to experience positive emotions. This paper focuses on the potential role that emotions may play in MI, particularly positive emotions. The authors posit that MI elicits positive emotions of interest, hope, contentment and inspiration by inviting clients to envision a better future, to remember past successes, and to gain confidence in their abilities to improve their lives. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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