Paul Tholey, one of the most eminent German Gestalt psychologists of the third generation and one of the most important European lucid dream researchers, has died in December 1998.
Paul Tholey was born 1937 in St. Wendel. He studied mathematics,
psychology, and sports at the universities of Munich and Frankfurt. He was Professor
of Psychology at the University of Frankfurt and Professor of Sports Psychology
at the Tech. University of Braunschweig. He has taught in various fields of
psychology and methodology and was the author of numerous articles and books
about Gestalt theory, psychology, methodology, and lucid dreaming, his special
field of research. His articles in books were published in five languages.
Paul Tholey was a member of the international Society for Gestalt Theory
and its Applications (GTA) since its foundation in 1979, member of its board
of directors and Vice-President of the society (1991-1995), member of the Advisory
Board (1979-1998) and co-editor of its quarterly Gestalt Theory (1992-1998).
In 1987 he organized the first european congress for lucid dream research. He was co-founder of the European Association for the Study of Dreams (EASD), member of the international Association for the Study of Dreams (ASD), of the European College for the Study of Consciousness (ECSC) and the Lucidity Association.
We mourn the loss of our former Second Chairman
and co-publisher of
Paul Tholey, PhD
Professor for Psychology and Sport Science
1937 - 1998
He fought without compromise for a psychology that is suitable for the critical-realistic demands of humane research and relevant for creating worthy living conditions, despite the prevailing mainstream which is oriented in a totally different direction. His achievements in investigating human consciousness prove his scientifically convincing loyalty to the "Berlin School" of Gestalt theory ("Gestalt psychology") and make him one of their most distinguished contemporary representatives in line with the founders: Max Wertheimer, Wolfgang Köhler, Kurt Lewin, Kurt Koffka, and their German students Wolfgang Metzger and Edwin Rausch (Tholey's academic supervisor).
Paul Tholey as the Second Chairman from 1991 to 1995 as well as the co-publisher of Gestalt Theory - An International Multidisciplinary Journal decisively advanced and influenced our society.
On behalf of the Society for Gestalt Theory and its Applications (GTA)
Dr. Hans-Jürgen Walter, Chairman
Tholey - Overview of the Development of Lucid Dream Research in Germany
- Lecture at the VI. International Conference of the Association for the Study
of Dreams in London 1989. First published in: Lucidity Letter, 8(2) (1989),
Stephen LaBerge and Paul Tholey in July of 1989, Stephen LaBerge, Paul Tholey,
& Brigitte Holzinger (Ed.) - This interview took place at the 1989 Association
for the Study of Dreams (ASD) conference in London.
Tholey: Applications of Lucid Dreaming in Sports
The Importance of Lightheartedness - Letter to the Editor, Lucidity Letter
Tholey: Conscience et capacités des personnages de rêve observés
au cours de rêves lucides, Rêver n°2
De vaincre un tigre,
lui a ôté la peur - Interview du Paul Tholey par P. van Eersel,
Paul Tholey: Blick-Varianten
im Wach- und Traumzustand (1992)
Paul Tholey: Vom
Träumer zum Krieger - Die Entfaltung des Bewußtseins als ein Weg
zur schöpferischen Freiheit. Bewusst Sein, 1 (1)
Paul Tholey: Haben Traumgestalten ein Bewußtsein? Eine experimentell-phänomenologische Klartraumstudie
Paul Tholey: Bewußtseinsveränderung im Schlaf. Wach' ich oder träum' ich?
Paul Tholey: Klarträumen - Wie geht das?
Paul Tholey: Dialog mit der eigenen Psyche
Paul Tholey Links:
Paul Tholey - Association Oniros : nouvelles
Dites-moi que je rêve! Hommage à Paul Tholey (Patrice Van Ersel)
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