Motivation & Goals

In this category, you will find all our science-based articles on motivation, self-determination theory, goal-setting and modalities like motivational interviewing.

Download 3 Free Goals Exercises (PDF)

These detailed, science-based exercises will help you or your clients create actionable goals and master techniques for lasting behavior change.

Readiness for change

How to Assess and Improve Readiness for Change

Clients seeking professional help from a counselor or therapist are often aware they need to change yet may not be ready to begin their journey. [...]

Motivational Enhancement Therapy

What Is Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)?

Motivation is a powerful predictor of change in recovery. In recent years, addiction treatments have shifted away from punitive methods and abstinence protocols toward a [...]

Motivational Interviewing Training

Motivational Interviewing Training: Top 14 Courses

Even if we know changing our behavior is good for us, change involves chartering unknown territories, putting forth effort, and letting go of familiar habits. [...]

Behavior Change

What Is Behavior Change in Psychology? 5 Models and Theories

Why do we behave the way we do? Can the answer to this question help us change our less desirable behaviors? Changing less desirable behaviors [...]

Benefits of motivational interviewing

Is Motivational Interviewing Effective? A Look at 5 Benefits

Have you ever had a conversation with a friend and been persuaded to make a positive change? Think back now. What was it they said [...]

Intrinsic motivation

Intrinsic Motivation Explained: 10 Examples & Key Factors

Intrinsic motivation is a much sought-after quality. “Perhaps no single phenomenon reflects the positive potential of human nature as much as intrinsic motivation, the inherent [...]

18 Best Motivational Interviewing Worksheets & Activities

Helping people change unhealthy or damaging behavior is one of the most significant challenges therapists face (Hall, Gibbie, & Lubman, 2012). When encouragement to stop [...]

Motivational Interviewing Books

15 Motivational Interviewing Books to Help Clients Change

In the absence of motivation, health-related advice is often ignored and behavior change is blocked by ambivalence (Miller & Rollnick, 2013). Motivational interviewing (MI) is [...]

Extrinsic motivation

What Is Extrinsic Motivation? (Incl. Types & Examples)

Some tasks make you feel inspired, stimulated, and raring to go. Other tasks can make you want to curl up in bed, procrastinate on Netflix, [...]

Measuring intrinsic motivation

Measuring Intrinsic Motivation: 24 Questionnaires & Scales

Intrinsic motivation refers to when we feel compelled to do something for internal reasons, such as when a task interests us (Ryan & Deci, 2000). [...]

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