Portrait of the WSG member Dr. Wolfram Domke

Dr. Wolfram Domke was a research assistant at the Psychological Institute of the University of Cologne from 1986 to 1994, which was headed by Wilhelm Salber. In 1993 he received his doctorate with an empirical work on reader letters. Since 1995 Domke has been working as an impact researcher in the field of market and media. He is a lecturer at the Adolf Grimme Institute, the University of St. Gallen and a visiting lecturer at the International School of Management in Dortmund and the Berlin University of the Arts.

Dr. Domke also works as a psychotherapist in private practice and in the training of the Scientific Society for Intensive Care (WGI) as a self-experience leader, supervisor and lecturer. For many years, Dr. Domke has headed the renowned rheingold Academy.

As we have learned, his private life is determined, among other things, by his family, his dog, extensive reading and a connection with 1 FC Köln that has existed for decades.

WSG Member Dr. Wolfram Domke

Dr. Domke, what do you wish for the future of the WSG?

It would be nice if the WSG could bring together the shape and transformation of morphology in such a way that our favourite psychology remains a 'living thing'. This immanent liveliness seems more important to me than broader recognition.

Which area or phenomenon of human life should be morphologically investigated?

I still find the exploration of everyday life appealing. Certainly, morphology has already discovered a lot here, but there is still much to discover in the realm of our lived matter-of-course. This is evident in our daily work, both in market research and in psychotherapeutic hours.

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

From my early childhood on I read a lot and enjoyed reading and regarded it mostly as a nice leisure time activity beside what was important as the 'seriousness of life'. As a searching student morphology crossed my path and opened an unexpected connection to psychology. A Salber seminar on Cervantes' Don Quixote then gave me a whole new concept of reading, which has upset my previous picture of mental reality. In the morphological concept of 'lived literature', the fantasy of reading a book and the realism of the life led formed an inseparable unity. Somehow I had a vague idea of this mostly tragicomic unity, but to see it now scientifically confirmed as 'fantastic realism' was the decisive point of contact with morphology.

Which psychological book do you use from time to time?

The "fairy tale analysis" of Wilhelm Salber. A book that speaks of fairy tales in a completely different way than we are used to from everyday life or other psychology. For a while it was therefore still a book with seven seals for me, but in 30 years of dealing with it, it became more and more a valuable visual aid for the other, dreamlike side of the soul. Similarly much read: "Everyday life is not grey" by the same author. A book in which we as students participated with our diploma theses. The psychological highlight: a newly set hyphen helped to rediscover that wholeness that is always hidden in the seemingly banal variety of forms in our everyday life: the everyday.

Which country would you like to visit one day?

The country where Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn live. So not the geographical country, but the soul landscape from Mark Twain's description. This has been on my desk for some time - in a new translation - and is waiting for a second reading journey after more than 50 years.

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 would love to turn into Heinz Flohe on April 29th 1978, the day he led 1 FC Köln to the German championship with a 5-0 away win at FC St. Pauli. As fans, we almost went crazy at that time, because our permanent rival Borussia Mönchengladbach, who had the same number of points, scored one goal after the other against Borussia Dortmund at the same time. That resulted in a suspiciously high score (12:0), which has never been seen before or since in the history of the Bundesliga, and we on the radio couldn't do anything about it. In between, everything seemed to be lost, but Heinz Flohe kept his nerve: Schoss took the lead goal bravely, dragged his teammates along to four more goals and finally managed to lift the championship bowl - with only three goals ahead!

Dr. Domke we thank you for your answers.