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Motivation to Change

The motivations behind thought and behavior change are subjective and enigmatic: That which impels one person to act may have no effect on another. Confounding the challenge of identifying motivation is the fact that the mechanisms of action for each individual can be greatly influenced by factors such as time and environment. The particularity of motivation has made the psychology of change a critical area of interest for practitioners and researchers across a range of professions and academic disciplines. By gaining a deeper understanding of how and why people choose to change, practitioners and researchers can develop tools, programs, and interventions that effectively help populations eliminate or minimize unhealthy behaviors and/or adopt healthy ones.

Motivational interviewing (MI) is a notable tool that has emerged from ...

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