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Motivation and Habit Formation with Dan Ariely, Ph.D.

Monday September 25, 2017, 12-2 p.m. (arrive at 11:30 a.m. to sign in and for “meet and greet” reception catered by Vimala’s CurryBlossom Cafe)  |  FLYER


As psychotherapists, we strive to help people identify and change unhelpful patterns and to establish more effective, value-congruent behaviors. In this workshop, Dan Ariely will upend some of our operating assumptions about motivation and habit-formation with findings from his research. Participants will be invited to explore their own understanding of what drives us as individuals and to reimagine what it takes to engage in meaningful change.


Dan Ariely, PhD is the James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University and founder of its Center for Advanced Hindsight. His work addresses the way that people repeatedly and predictably make “the wrong decision” in many areas of life, and how research can help change some of these patterns. Dr. Ariely has published extensively in academic journals and makes his research accessible through popular writing and lectures, including TED talks. He is the author of Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality, (both became New York Times best sellers) and The Honest Truth about Dishonesty. He holds doctoral degrees in cognitive psychology from UNC-CH and business administration from Duke University. He is also co-founder of BEworks, a firm that applies behavioral economics to business and policy challenges.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and explain at least 2 behavioral principles that affect motivation.
  • Identify and explain at least 1 behavioral principle that affects habit formation
  • Use at least 2 practices that can enhance motivation and habit formation in psychotherapeutic work.

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