I like finding descriptions of counselling and ‘motivational interviewing’ in unexpected places.

A couple of years ago Steve Rollnick alerted me to this quotation from Terry Pratchett’s ‘Jingo’

After all, when you seek advice from someone it’s certainly not because you want them to give it. You want them to be there while you talk to yourself.

Then, I was reading some Sherlock Holmes stories and in ‘The adventure of the five orange pips’ I found this dialogue between the great man and his visitor;

MAN     I have come for advice

SH           That is easily got

MAN     And help....

SH           That is not always so easy!

Best of all, I asked a group recently how they would describe motivational interviewing and one of them said;

Well do you know the TV programme, Father Ted? Well you know Mrs Doyle who says ‘Gwan, gwan, gwan...,’ motivational interviewing is the opposite of that!