Portrait of the WSG's First Chairman Prof. Armin Schulte

Prof. Armin Schulte was appointed First Chairman of the Society by the General Assembly in Cologne on 20 September 2019. He can look back on decades of connection with psychological morphology.

After studying to become a teacher and passing the 1st and 2nd state examinations, Prof. Armin Schulte studied psychology at the universities of Gießen and Cologne. Here he came into contact with Wilhelm Salber and the Psychological Morphology. After two years of freelance work as a clinical and forensic assessor in a therapeutic practice and work at a private institute for psychological impact research, Armin Schulte was a research assistant at the Psychological Institute of the University of Cologne (Chair W. From 1989 to 2003 he was managing director of the Cologne Academy for Market and Media Psychology (kamm), where he developed a 4-semester certificate course in morphological impact research and was also head of training and further education at the Cologne rheingold Institute from 1998 to 2002.

From 2003 to 2004, Armin Schulte was co-founder and partner at a+b.framework, a company for communication research and consulting based in Frankfurt/M and Berlin. From 2004, he developed the concept and curriculum for a bachelor's programme in business psychology in close cooperation with Prof. Dr. Herbert Fitzek. From 2006 to 2009, he was head of the bachelor's programme 'Business Psychology' as a full-time undergraduate course at a private university of applied sciences in Potsdam. Since January 2010, Prof. Armin Schulte has been the head of the Bachelor's program in Business Psychology and the Master's program in Media Psychology (since 2013) at the Business School Berlin.

From 1981 to 2006 Armin Schulte was co-publisher and editor-in-chief of the journal 'Zwischenschritte - Beiträge zu einer morphologischen Psychologie' as well as editor of the book series 'Schriften zur Psychologischen Morphologie'. Today he is editor of the work edition of Wilhelm Salber (since 1998) and since 2012 scientific director of HPB University Press at BSP.

Professor Schulte, what do you wish for the future of the WSG?
The first interested people from overseas who come to Cologne or Berlin for a summer to get to know the morphology (and to study it in more detail) Otherwise, however, 'But the struggle is not yet over' (S. FREUD 1938 in a small article for the BBC [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xujTbG4kA20]).

Which area or phenomenon of human life should be morphologically investigated?
Which one isn't? (One should, however, intensify morphological analyses of contemporary culture as a cultural critique, especially with regard to contemporary forms of [de-]cultivation of the political).

Through which points of contact did you get to know the psychological morphology?
By coincidence: As I could only begin my studies in Cologne in the 2nd semester due to a change of study location, I took over the timetable of a distantly known fellow student who had already decided to study with Salber. The reason for this choice was the motto 'difficult, but interesting'. The first lectures with Salber promised: 'If you (have) understood that, reality is an open book'.

Which psychological book do you use from time to time?
The Essays of MONTAIGNE.

Which country would you like to visit one day?
At my age, the desire to travel is gradually diminishing. Besides, there's a saying by Timothy LEARY that has always been very close to my heart: 'Thinking is the best way to travel.'

Gestalt and transformation is the central primal phenomenon of psychological morphology: into whom or what would you like to transform yourself for a day?
I am actually quite satisfied with my (transformations).

Professor Schulte, thank you for your answers.