Portrait of the WSG member Uri Kuchinsky

Dipl.-Psych. Uri Kuchisnky

Dipl.-Psych. Uri Kuchinsky was born in Tel-Aviv in 1954. He studied with Wilhelm Salber in Cologne from 1975 to 1982 and was a regular participant of their advanced seminars. Parallel to his studies of psychology Uri Kuchinsky studied philosophy and history. Since 2010 he is the managing director of the Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, Düsseldorf. Before that he was a research assistant at the Foundation for the Promotion of Philosophy. He also held various freelance positions. For example as a psychologist for ifp, Evolog, Tangen-Petraitis Training & Beratung, Rheingold. He published articles on psychological (see journal anders) and other topics.

Mr. Kuchinsky, what do you wish for the future of the WSG?
The closeness that connects us through the name Wilhelm Salber seems to be a matter of course. It forms a common ground, something that is shared with each other. I mean a common ground that is not uniform, not uniformity. When something is very close, it is advisable to keep a distance at times, as when looking at a work of art. In this respect, I wish that we continue to pursue the question of what connects us to a "society" that bears the name Wilhelm Salbers, but also what possibly separates us. This will only become clear with time.

Which area or phenomenon of human life should be morphologically investigated?
From a systematic point of view, I propose to consider the category / dimension and the enigmatic structure of time in the play of all conditions and to include it in the analysis of units of action and works. I consider psychological studies of the systems of political effects to be more topical than ever. For example on the forms of political campaigns in the old and new mass media, the staging of political advertising messages. Or: how politics is made with unconsciously effective images. Or: Can a meaningful model of escalation be developed in the system of psychological morphology? When and how do intensifications get out of control?

Through which points of contact did you get to know the psychological morphology?
I came from philosophy and found many connections to certain philosophical traditions in Salber. Immanence as a resource, what luck! No boredom, no old but also no new metaphysics, but adventurous thinking, at the same time vivid and full of references to literature, film, art and above all the turn to everyday phenomena with their banal ritualizations and surprises, constructions and myths. In addition a coherent theory and method. No convenient psychology, no substitute theology, but an open, mobile system that takes into account that the psychic object develops according to its own rules and versions and functions unconsciously, including wit and delusion.

Which psychological book do you use from time to time?
Most recently I read "Radical Holistic Psychology", Salber's lectures and colloquia from 1992/3.

Which country would you like to visit one day?
Norway. I've never been further north than Kiel.

Gestalt and transformation is the central primal phenomenon of psychological morphology: into whom or what would you like to transform yourself for a day?
Into the Little Witch from Otfried Preussler's book of the same name. Or in her ravens Abraxas. Preferably in both.

Mr Kuchinsky, thank you for your answers.