Rainer Diriwächter, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

Email: rdiriwae@callutheran.edu
Office: Swenson 207
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Dr. Rainer Diriwächter is a native of Switzerland and has a strong background in the history of German psychology. He has published several articles and book chapters that highlight the contributions of “Ganzheitspsychologie” - the German holistic approach to psychology.

Book publications include the international volume "Striving for the Whole: Creating Theoretical Syntheses” (2008, Transaction Publishers) and “Innovating Genesis: Microgenesis and the Constructive Mind in Action” (2008, Information Age Publishing).

Dr. Diriwächter is also the editor of the Journal of Integrated Social Sciences (JISS.org) and currently serves as editorial board member for the following peer-reviewed journals: Culture & Psychology, Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science (IPBS), and the Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology (JSEC).

At CLU, he is the faculty advisor to Psi Chi (the international honor society in psychology) and the Interdisciplinary Research Council (IRC).



Diriwächter, R. & Valsiner, J. (Eds.) (2008). Striving for the Whole: Creating Theoretical Syntheses. Somerset, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

Abbey, E., & Diriwächter, R. (Eds.) (2008). Innovating Genesis: Microgenesis and the Constructive Mind in Action. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, Inc.

Book Chapters & Journal Articles:

Diriwächter, R. (2013). Structure and Hierarchies in Ganzheitspsychologie. In L. Rudolph (Ed.), Qualitative Mathematics for the Social Sciences: Mathematical models for research on cultural dynamics (pp. 189 - 226). New York, NY: Routledge Publishing.

Diriwächter, R. (2012). Völkerpsychologie. In J. Valsiner (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology (pp. 43 - 57). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Diriwächter, R. (2009). Idiographic Microgenesis: Re-visiting the experimental tradition of Aktualgenese. In J. Valsiner, P.C.M. Molenaar, M.C.D.P. Lyra, & N. Chaudhary (Eds.), Dynamic Process Methodology in the Social and Developmental Sciences (pp. 319-352). New York, NY: Springer Publications.

Diriwächter, R. (2009). Heimweh or Homesickness: A nostalgic look at the Umwelt that no longer is. In R.I. Sokol Chang (Ed.), Relating to Environments: A new look at Umwelt (pp. 163-184). Somerset, NJ: Transaction Publishers.

Peshek, D. J., Kraus, M. L., & Diriwächter, R. (2009). Construction and internalization of prayer practices to cope with transitional life periods. In S. Salvatore, J. Valsiner, S. Strout-Yagodzynski, & J. Clegg (Eds.), YIS: Yearbook of Idiographic Science (pp. 135-162). Rome, Italy: Firera & Liuzzo Group.

Diriwächter, R. (2006). The wandering soul in relation to time. Culture & Psychology, 12(2), 161-167.

Diriwächter, R. & Valsiner, J. (2005, December). Qualitative Developmental Research Methods in their Historical and Epistemological Contexts [53 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research [On-line Journal], 7(1), Art 8. Available at: http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/1-06/06-1-8-e.htm [Date of Access: December 30, 2005].

Valsiner, J., & Diriwächter, R. (2005). Qualitative Forschungsmethoden in historischen und epistemologischen Kontexten. In G. Mey (Ed.), Handbuch Qualitative Entwicklungspsychologie. Köln, Germany: Kölner Studien Verlag

Valsiner, J., Diriwächter, R., & Sauck, C. (2005). Diversity in Unity: Standard questions and nonstandard interpretations. In R. Bibace, J. Laird, K. Noller, & J. Valsiner (Eds), Science and medicine in dialogue (pp. 289-307).Westport, CT: Praeger-Greenwood

Diriwächter, R. (2004). Ganzheitspsychologie: The Doctrine. From Past to Future, 5(1), 3-16.

Diriwächter, R., Valsiner, J., & Sauck, C. (2004, November). Microgenesis in Making Sense of Oneself: Constructive Recycling of Personality Inventory Items [49 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research [On-line Journal], 6(1), Art. 11. Available at: http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqs-texte/1-05/05-1-11-e.htm [Date of Access: November 30, 2004].

Diriwächter, R. (2004). Völkerpsychologie: The synthesis that never was. Culture & Psychology, 10(1), 85-109.

Strough, J., & Diriwächter, R. (2000). Dyad gender differences in preadolescents' creative stories. Sex Roles, 43(1/2), 43-60.

  • Ganzheitspsychologie (German Holistic Psychology)
  • History of German Psychology
  • Emotional Experience
  • Cultural Psychology
  • Microgenesis
  • Ph.D. in Psychology from Clark University - Worcester
  • M.A. in Psychology from Clark University - Worcester
  • B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) in Psychology from WVU - Morgantown