Tobias Brocher

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Hans Heinz Tobias Brocher (born April 21, 1917 in Danzig ; † October 30, 1998 in Munich ) was a German psychiatrist , psychoanalyst and social psychologist . He expanded psychoanalysis to include the socio-psychological aspect, turned to group therapy as one of the first analysts and co-founded the magazine “Group Dynamics”.


Brocher studied in Berlin psychology, education, medicine and philosophy and graduated in 1942 with state examinations and promotion for Dr. med. from. He then completed further training in psychoanalysis . After the Second World War , he opened a private psychoanalytical practice in Ulm , where he founded a “parents 'school” (a family and parents' counseling service) that was widely regarded at the time in 1954 and which he directed until 1962.

In 1949 Brocher founded the German Society for Psychotherapy and Depth Psychology ( DGPT ; today: German Society for Psychoanalysis, Psychotherapy, Psychosomatics and Depth Psychology eV ), of which he was chairman from 1964 to 1968, together with Viktor von Weizsäcker , Wilhelm Bitter and Alexander Mitscherlich . 1956 Brocher became chairman of the institute for psychotherapy and depth psychology in Stuttgart . In 1963, together with Donald Nylen , he organized the first group dynamics seminar (“Schliersee Seminar” for teachers) in Germany.

From 1962 to 1970 Brocher was Professor of Social Psychology at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University and visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh , USA. Also from 1962 he was deputy director of the social psychology department of the Sigmund Freud Institute in Frankfurt am Main . He was an honorary member of the German Psychoanalytical Society and was also part of the board and advisory board of the Humanist Union . He taught and researched at the Menninger Foundation , a foundation in Topeka, Kansas that operates medical facilities.

Parts of his book From the Difficulty To Love were quoted by Heinz Körner in his bestseller Johannes .

Works (selection)

  • Hans-Heinz Brocher: The whitening preparation: About the methods of whitening surgical specimens. 1942 (dissertation, University of Berlin, July 20, 1942).
  • A small parent school. Klett, Stuttgart 1962.
  • Plea for the abolition of § 175.Suhrkamp , Frankfurt am Main 1966.
  • Group dynamics and adult education. On the problem of developing conformism or autonomy in working groups. Westermann, Braunschweig 1967.
  • The unknown me. An introduction to the psychology of everyday life (= rororo tele. Volume 9). Rowohlt, Reinbek near Hamburg 1969, ISBN 3-499-60009-9 .
  • From the difficulty of loving. Kreuz, Stuttgart 1975, ISBN 3-7831-0465-3 .
  • Stages of life. Kreuz, Stuttgart 1977, ISBN 3-7831-0503-X .
  • When children mourn. Rowohlt, Reinbek near Hamburg 1985, ISBN 3-499-17950-4 .
  • Group counseling and group dynamics. Rosenberger Fachverlag, Leonberg 1999, ISBN 3-931085-23-6 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Blurb of: From the difficulty to love. 6th edition 1981.