Portrait of the WSG member Gerhard Bliersbach

Member of the WSG Gerhard Bliersbach

Gerhard Bliersbach was born in Thuringia in April 1945. His grandparents and his mother had been evacuated there during the war. In 1953 he came to Cologne, where he lived until 1993. He spent a long time in Yorkshire and remained connected to England until today. His current home is his family in Hückelhoven and the world around his desk, which he inherited from his grandfather. There he wrote a series of books and essays on the history of German film, individual film works and current psychological themes. The desk is also the place where Gerhard Bliersbach's personal blog has been created since 2010: Objections. In it he takes a stand on current socio-political issues and examines them "from the (methodical) perspective of the averagely informed newspaper reader".

Bliersbach first gained professional experience in transport policy research and then worked for thirty years, primarily as a group therapist in the psychiatric-psychotherapeutic department of the Düren Regional Hospital. His most impressive experience was in the forensic department with patients who had committed criminal offences and were in a sense sentenced to psychotherapy. Since 1999 he has been working as a forensic expert.

Bliersbach is married for the second time, father of a daughter who is in her last year of Master's studies. He lives in a family that includes his wife's two sons. He also deals with complex family constellations in his latest publication, which is due to appear in November 2018: With child and cone. Guide for Patchwork Families (Psychosozial-Verlag, Gießen). He will present this book during the conversation in the Wilhelm Salber Library on November 12, 2018 at 8:15 pm.

Mr Bliersbach, what do you wish for the future of the WSG?

First of all, I would like to have a lively exchange about the morphological concepts. But I would also like to see more discussion, led by morphologists, about the persistent, deep conflicts of our time. I am thinking here of the growth mania, of distributive justice, of the level of civilizational differentiation and of the inevitable consequences of irreversible changes in our living conditions.

Through which points of contact did you get to know the psychological morphology?

The beginning of my psychology studies at Wilhelm Salber in 1964 plays a major role here. Then a first test of his concept of research with his intermediate diploma thesis on "Erlebensstrukturen zweier NS-Spielfilme" (Experience Structures of Two Nazi Feature Films). Powerful disillusionment about the complexity of research. Then - in a 40-year professional life - experiences of polemical rejection, reapproach and (late) recognition of the radical, sustainable morphological conception.

Which psychological book do you use from time to time?

My body and stomach reading: Erwin Straus' Vom Sinn der Sinne - unbeatably modern.

Wwhich country would you like to visit one day?


Gestalt and transformation is the central primal phenomenon of psychological morphology: into whom or what would you like to transform yourself for a day?

In Helge Braun, the head of the Federal Chancellery. I would like to know if I can learn more than I imagine and fear.

Mr Bliersbach, thank you for your answers.