“Motivational Interviewing is about inspiring people to
change…respecting them and looking up to them in such a way that they remember
to look up to themselves…”
Wagner, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, USA, MINT member
Compassion is a key component of the MI “Spirit”. Our warm
and empathic way of being with ambivalent individuals teaches them self-love
We model this way of being for the individuals we serve. We
normalize ambivalence while quelling the inner critic and instilling hope for
change. When we affirm the individuals we serve with observations of their
strengths and resources, we open them up to making the choices that bring them
closer to who they really want to be in the world.
This gift is worth its weight in gold.