Peter J. Larson, Ph.D.
Assessment in Every Day Life
Assessment in many forms can impact life and motivate behavior change:
• Has a cholesterol or blood pressure check ever led to changes in your eating habits or lifestyle?
• Have you ever stepped off the scale and made a decision to start watching what you eat?
• Did a poor grade on an exam ever motivate you to study harder?
• Have you ever glanced at the speedometer of your car quickly reached for the breaks once you realized how fast you’d been driving?
Looking at the list above, anyone can tell you that a balanced diet, good study habits, and safe driving are healthy choices to make. Unfortunately, head knowledge often doesn’t correlate with behavior. Various types of assessment personalize feedback and are often the very thing needed to increase personal awareness and motivate behavior change.
But how does this translate to my work with couples?