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# 185 Critical Self-Talk

  I was asked recently what to do when we hear clients criticizing themselves. What is a motivational-interviewing-consistent way of addressing this phenomenon?

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# 184 Impostor Syndrome

The familiar phenomenon called impostor syndrome occurs when you believe that you’re inadequate and a failure in the face of evidence that you’re skilled and quite successful. At least 70% of people experience this feeling at some point.

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# 183 Amplified Reflection of Sustain Talk

  All clients will voice their reasons to not make changes. This is normal. It simply shows us that ambivalence is present. In Tip #101, I described sustain talk, and in #174, I explored some effective ways to respond when

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# 182 Home Visits

  There are many reasons to conduct nutrition counseling in a client’s home. The most obvious is that homebound patients can’t come into your office. If you work for an infusion company, you may consult in the home for TPN

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#181 Gratitude

Gratitude is the feeling of appreciation for something. It emerges naturally when we are glad for something we have received. It implies acceptance.

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#180 Getting Out of the Way: Part Two

This Tip is a continuation of a theme begun in Tip #173. Here we take a slightly different perspective.

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# 179 Motivational Interviewing in Brief Contacts

  I am often asked how to use the effective skills and spirit of MI in brief health settings. In Tip #126, I shared a simple format based on MI called Brief Action Planning. This format keeps you focused and

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# 178 Repairing a Mistake

(This is a revision of Tip #83, first published in 2009) Nobody’s perfect. We have all goofed at times and regretted something that cannot be taken back. Some examples: You gave the wrong information to a client. You double-booked or

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#177 Addressing Critical Self-talk

We often hear very critical self-talk from our clients: “I am so stupid.”  “I’m a pig.” “I’m lazy,” “I was bad this week,” “I hate that I ate that ice cream,” or “I should have stopped at one serving.” It’s

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# 176 Acceptance and Change

Wanting to change a behavior generally begins with disliking or even hating the behavior. This often gets mixed up with hating ourselves. Ironically, hating ourselves does not support the process of change. It has the opposite effect and keeps us stuck.

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