Portrait of the WSG board member Dipl.-Psych. Carl Vierboom from Hennef


Carl Vierboom comes from the lower Lower Rhine, the "borderland" between Germany and the Netherlands. After graduating from high school, he studied psychology and social sciences at the University of Cologne. Already during his studies, various jobs and internships, also collaboration and independently conducted projects in market and opinion research, resulted in a closeness to the economy and companies - to applied psychology. The counterpart to this were topics and theoretical discussions in the field of morphological psychology, combined with contributions to the journal "Zwischenschritte". After graduating in psychology, he initially worked as a research assistant on a one-year position at the Federal Highway Research Institute (Bergisch Gladbach) in research planning and accident research. In 1986 he started a cooperation with Dr. W. Wagner and J. Schlösser under the name Transform GbR in Cologne with contract and accompanying research in the fields of health, traffic and marketing. A few years later he changed from research and analysis to consulting and implementation and became a project consultant at EVOLOG Beratungsgesellschaft für Personal und Unternehmensführung (Cologne). Since 1995 he has been working as an independent business psychologist, with projects in the transition between market and impact research on the one hand, and consulting and organizational development on the other. He has many years of experience, particularly in the fields of agriculture/nutrition, mobility/transport psychology and the health system.

Carl Vierboom is married and has lived with his family in Hennef an der Sieg since 1992. He enjoys travelling and hiking with his wife, family and friends. Books, movies and music are indispensable food for him. With some fun he also takes care of house, garden and repairs. And something else is important to him: the 1st FC Cologne. "You can regularly practice suffering at the love of this club."

Mr. Vierboom, what do you wish for the future of the WSG?
Several things. First, the practical: more members, e.g. also from the cultural or economic field and from certain schools of thought, such as sociology, ethnology or political science. Quiet also higher income and higher spending possibilities for events and publications. Second, that the WSG continues to move forward with trying out different kinds of approaches, formats, and loosening exercises and figuring out what works best for her. Another wish for the WSG: that it has a conversation about what image it follows. It needs an image. WSG is also of this world.

Which area or phenomenon of human life should be morphologically investigated?
I would like to mention two things in this regard. It seems to me that it is time to pay more attention to how huge state-political and economic entities with their dynamics and crises affect our lives. Consider how "Corona" (no one knows exactly what that means at the moment and who all benefits from it) is crumbling the small units of everyday life and reassembling their genetics, as it were. If I understand it correctly, psychoanalysis anthropologically advances the generational relationship as a precondition for culture. Morphology, on the other hand, takes a different approach: that the soul only exists in everyday life - everyday life and its relations, in other words, as an anthropological precondition for culture and development. In essence, morphology thus positions itself. This is its achievement and its pleasure, but it also brings with it a concern for everyday life. Perhaps it is time to redefine the object formation "unit of action" and from there to look anew at the units of action of everyday life.

Personally, my favorite thing would be to have much more time for music; to play and listen to music. It would be nice if in the future morphologists would continuously and institutionally deal with the experience of music. One of the ways I think you can gauge the state of psychology is whether there are classical chairs in music psychology. So: in the future, a morphologist should develop and occupy such a chair.

Through which points of contact did you get to know the psychological morphology?
When I came to Cologne from the provinces to study, I first did all kinds of things, even collected a few credits, but only studied formally. My very first address in Cologne was the jazz club "Subway" on Aachener Straße; I'd had it on my mind for years, from Saturday jazz broadcasts on WDR3, listened to on a small transistor radio with a bad antenna. Salber and the morphology I only really started to get after a couple of semesters. Actually, that came about because everyone was going to Salber. Following the herd instinct once in a while here and there doesn't always have to end badly. But then the interesting and exhausting thing was that it didn't continue with the herd model, but many moments of attraction and repulsion followed. That's the kind of thing you have to get a taste for. While I'm describing this, it occurs to me that on occasion I have the image of morphological porcupines in mind. They too, like most living things, crave bonding, joining, and growing larger. The next moment, however, they deny themselves too much feeling, become methodical again, and take distance from each other. Sometimes they can get beastly with each other. So much for touching points.

Which psychological book do you use from time to time?
Of course, this includes writings by Wilhelm Salber: the "Wirkungseinheiten", the "Seelenrevolution" and the Alltags-Buch. Also important for me is the book by Friedrich Heubach on conditional life - a kind of supplement when talking about transformation becomes too much for me. I would like to mention a very great, material-rich book by Georges Devereux: "Fear and Method in the Behavioral Sciences". Devereux is currently worthwhile for anyone who, as a psychologist, wants to think about research and treatment settings in light of Corona. You could always have with you "Psychology for your Vest Pocket" by Linde Salber. Another tip: the book "Gekaufte Zeit" by sociologist Wolfgang Streeck, about the malaise we are in with our system. Those who love books know how painful it is not to be able to name other authors and books at this point, or to have others named.

Which country would you like to visit one day?
Argentina. Actually, I know almost nothing about the country. But somehow it has stuck in my mind that Argentina is the country where you can experience Latin America and European influences or a mix of bourgeoisie and mythology at the same time; where there are great landscapes, the tango and lots of opportunities to look at the sea. So: Argentina.

Gestalt and transformation is the central primal phenomenon of psychological morphology: into whom or what would you like to transform yourself for a day?
That's where I come back to the music and would need a time machine for that. I would have loved to be at one of the concerts where Charlie Parker, Horace Silver, Miles Davis, Django Reinhardt or Cannonball Adderley developed jazz in the 40s to 60s. Just to be there, as a listener, or even as a waiter, to be able to play a few dilettantish notes on the piano early in the morning at home, dead tired and hyper - "close enough for jazz".

Mr. Vierboom, thank you for your answers.