WILLPOWER: Cognition and motivation in a compassionate context


Dr Frank Ryan considers the role of willpower and working memory in creating lasting psychological change, and the ways in which practitioners can help to maximise these in a psychotherapeutic context.

Summary points

  • Willpower is essential to achieve and maintain good outcomes.
  • The core components of willpower are motivation and working memory.
  • Working memory guides our behaviour from moment to moment and is an important ally in change management.
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