“Just one more thing…”*

*catchphrase of the eponymous detective in the American crime drama television series, Columbo.

From Wikipedia:

Columbo’s wardrobe was personally provided by Peter Falk; they were his own clothes, including the high-topped shoes and the shabby raincoat, which made its first appearance in Prescription: Murder. Falk would often ad lib his character’s idiosyncrasies (fumbling through his pockets for a piece of evidence and discovering a grocery list, asking to borrow a pencil, becoming distracted by something irrelevant in the room at a dramatic point in a conversation with a suspect, etc.), inserting these into his performance as a way to keep his fellow actors off-balance. He felt it helped to make their confused and impatient reactions to Columbo’s antics more genuine. According to Levinson, the catchphrase “one more thing” was conceived when he and Link were writing the play: “we had a scene that was too short, and we had already had Columbo make his exit. We were too lazy to retype the scene, so we had him come back and say, ‘Oh, just one more thing . . .’ It was never planned.” “.

Anthony Bateman, Peter Fonagy: Handbook of Mentalizing in Mental Health Practice (2012):

“…we have emphasised throughout our writings that the mentalising approach focuses more on cultivating mental processes (I.e., mentalising skills) than on discovering or altering particular mental contents (e.g., specific insights). Fundamental to our approach is a mentalising stance toward mental states in self and others – a nonjudgmental stance of curiosity, inquisitiveness, and open-mindedness. Challenging the view of the therapist as an expert mind-reader, we explicitly construe mentalising as a Columbo-like “not-knowing” stance. Linehan (1993a) advocated a similar stance in relation to inquiring about self-injurious behaviour: “the therapist must play the role of naive observer, understanding nothing and questioning everything” (p.260). As the similarity to Linehan illustrates, in advocating this mentalising stance, we are not claiming anything new; on the contrary, we have characterised our focus on mentalising to be “the least novel approach imaginable” (Allen and Fonagy 2006, p.ix).”

Although our approach is not new, we are convinced that consciously attending to mentalising – and helping patients to do so – has the potential to enhance what we psychotherapists have been doing (less deliberately) all along.”

Ed Catmull: in Chapter 11 of Creativity, Inc. (2014):

How does one make such an assessment? Lindsey (Collins, producer) jokes that she employs “the Columbo effect” – a reference to Peter Falk’s iconic TV detective, who appeared to bumble his way through a case, even as he inevitably zeroed in on the culprit. When mediating…Lindsey feigns confusion. “You say, “You know, maybe it’s just me, but I don’t understand. I’m sorry I’m slowing you down here with all my silly questions, but could you just explain to me one more time what that means? Just break it down for me like I’m a two year old.” “.

From Raman Kapur’s Psychiatric Rehabilitation: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Recovery (2018):

…Foulkes (1964) does not clearly demarcate any specific theoretical constructs (as Yalom and Bion do)…Haigh (2013) describes this approach, particularly in respect of therapeutic communities as:

“…openness…unusual in most adult situations; it refers to the exposure of interpersonal material which is usually left unspoken, maybe communicated non-verbally without full explanation, but normally well beyond where it is possible to allow detailed conversation or scrutiny. Amongst other things, it includes the questioning of motives, the relentless challenging of defences, and inquisitiveness about observable relationships…”.

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