Open Access Mini Review

The Neuroscience of Motivational Interviewing

Papaioannou-Spiroulia A1* and Melikopoulos V2

1Professor-Researcher in Clinical-Cognitive Psychology Specialized Supervisor in Systemic-Multicultural Education and Communication Issues, Greece

2Psychologist, Neuropsychologist, Researcher at “Psychonisida” Center, Greece

Corresponding Author

Received Date: March 22, 2021;  Published Date: April 05, 2021

Psychosocial interventions have found increased success over the last few decades in resolving dysfunctional behaviors addressing malignant cognitions and attitudes, including addictive and compulsive behaviors, anxiety disorders, eating and feeding disorders and patients’ dealing with chronic pain issues [1-3]. Motivational Interviewing (MI) aims to alter dysfunctional attitudes and beliefs with the ultimate goal of changing the clients’ undesired behaviors. Specifically, MI, with verbal interaction as its main tool, focuses on the development and empowerment of the individuals’ motivation to make the desired change [4,5]. In other words, MI is a client-centered directive method for enhancing inner motivation to change negative behavior by exploring and resolving ambivalence [6].

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