Portrait of the WSG member Werner Pohlmann

Dipl.-Psych. Werner Pohlmann studied in Cologne with Wilhelm Salber. He is a psychoanalyst in his own practice, training analyst, supervisor at several training institutes. For many years he has been interested in scientific theoretical questions and has brought psychoanalysis and morphology closer together in several publications. Visitors of the talks in the Wilhelm Salber Library still have his excellent lecture on "Erich Rothacker - Wilhelm Salber. "What you inherit from your fathers..." October 2018. On October 14, 2019, Werner Pohlmann will come to the library for a second time and speak on the subject of "intersubjectivity". On December 9, 2019 he will report on his experiences with translating morphology at the same place together with Dirk Blothner.

Mr Pohlmann, what do you wish for the future of the WSG?
I hope that we will continue the exchange that we started with the talks in the Wilhelm-Salber library and that we will also have a greater impact on the public by taking a psychological stand on current issues in politics and culture. That is the special strength of morphology.

Which area or phenomenon of human life should be morphologically investigated?
We should look at the global problem that authoritarian images are becoming increasingly attractive. What is the attraction of these images and why is it becoming less and less possible to develop an attractive image of democracy? What could such an image look like?

Through which points of contact did you get to know the psychological morphology?
I first studied German and philosophy and then met fellow students by chance who studied psychology and told me about Salber. That immediately grabbed me and then I immediately enrolled for psychology. Through Salber's Freud Lecture I then came to psychoanalysis. But morphology didn't let me go and led me to an examination of psychoanalysis, which still concerns me today.

Which psychological book do you use from time to time?
Von Salber again and again the three volumes about Freud. For me the best presentation of Freud's psychoanalysis, but unfortunately only understandable for connoisseurs of morphology, especially the concept of object formation. Salber's works are always a treasure trove for me, allowing me to discover new connections. I have just read "Wanderlust - A History of Walking" by Rebecca Solnit. Not a psychological book at first glance, but on closer examination a book about the psychology of units of action.

Which country would you like to visit one day?
There are no goals for me, I like to be in European countries, especially Italy and France, because I like their way of life very much.

Gestalt and transformation is the central primal phenomenon of psychological morphology: into whom or what would you like to transform yourself for a day?
At the beginning of my studies I liked going to the theatre and I also had the idea of working at a theatre as a dramaturge. That's why a theatre role comes into question. I was fascinated by the production of "Prince of Homburg" by Peter Stein, who had the prince played as a dreamer, and I would like to play that too.

Mr Pohlmann, thank you for your answers.