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Prof. Dr. Michael B. Buchholz

International Psychoanalytic University (IPU), Berlin
External Senior Fellow
January - February 2018

Phone +49 (0)761 203 97354
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Dipl.-Psychologe 1975 in Heidelberg (Prof. Dr. Carl Friedrich Graumann); 1980 Promotion am Institut für Psychoanalyse der Universität Frankfurt (Prof. Dr. Herrmann Argelander), 1990 Habilitation in Sozialwissenschaften an der Universität Göttingen (Prof. Dr. Hannes Friedrich, Prof. Dr. Klaus Mollenhauer). 1995 apl. Prof. in Göttingen. Von 1995 bis 2009 verschiedene Vertretungsprofessuren in Wien, Frankfurt am Main, Klagenfurt, Innsbruck, Kassel. Seit 2010 ordentlicher Professor an der IPU (Berlin) für Sozialpsychologie.

  • Ausbildung zum Psychodramatherapeuten, Gesprächstherapie, Psychoanalytiker (1991), Ernennung zum Lehranalytiker der DPG 2006.
  • 1985-1990 wiss. Mitarbeiter an der Abteilung für Familientherapie Univ. Göttingen (Prof. Dr. Eckard Sperling)
  • Von 1990-1999 Leiter der Forschungsabteilung des Krankenhauses für Psychosomatik und Psychotherapie „Tiefenbrunn“
  • Wissenschaftliche Interessen: Qualitative Sozialforschung (Metaphernanalyse, Konversationsanalyse), von therapeutischen Dialogen und Supervisionsprozessen; mikroanalytische Gewaltforschung


Selected Publications

  • Buchholz, Michael B. (2014): Patterns of empathy as embodied practice in clinical conversation - a musical dimension. In: Front. Psychol. 5. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00349.
  • Buchholz, Michael B.; Reich, Uli (2015): Dancing Insight. How a Psychotherapist uses Change of Positioning in Order to Complement Split-Off Areas of Experience. In: Chaos and Complexity Letters 8 (2-3), S. 121–146. Online verfügbar unter ISSN: 1556-3995.
  • Buchholz, Michael B.; Spiekermann, Jane; Kächele, Horst (2015): Rhythm and Blues - Amalie's 152nd session. From Psychoanalysis to Conversation and Metaphor Analysis - and back again. In: Int. J. Psychoanal. 96 (3), S. 877–910.
  • Buchholz, Michael B. (2016): Conversational Errors and Common Ground Activities in Psychotherapy - Insights from Conversation Analysis. In: IJPS 8 (3), S. 134–153. DOI: 10.5539/ijps.v8n3p134.
  • Buchholz, Michael B.; Bergmann, Jörg R.; Alder, Marie-Luise; Dittmann, Michael M.; Dreyer, Florian; Kächele, Horst (2017): The Building of Empathy: Conceptual 'pillars' and Conversational Practices in Psychotherapy. In: Makiko Kondo (Hg.): Empathy - An evidence-based interdisciplinary perspective. 1 Band. Open Access: InTech. Online verfügbar unter


FRIAS Project

Conversation Analysis – an evaluative tool? Comparing pair dynamics before and after treatment

In psychotherapy process research therapeutic conversations are evaluated by trained raters or by applying questionnaires – evaluating 3-5 min snippets of a session or from session to session. We want to make an attempt to use Conversation Analysis as a tool for evaluative purpose. A young couple talks in front of the camera about their present problems – before and after treatment. How can we decide if their relationship improved or not? Which dimensions do they consider as relevant? What can be observed by CA?

The project is part of the FRIAS research focus „Synchronization in Embodied Interaction“