Prof. Dr. Meike Watzlawik

Professorin für Entwicklung & Kultur
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Meike Watzlawik is a Professor for Development & Culture at the Sigmund Freud University, Berlin, Germany. Before, she was a visiting professor at the University of Osnabrück, Germany, Department of Development & Culture (2011-2014). In addition to this 50% position, she was the CEO of a private career counseling institute in Bremen, Germany, working with adolescents and emerging adults (2010-2015). From 2008 to 2009, she was a visiting scholar (Feodor-Lynen Awardee of the Humboldt Foundation) at Clark University, Worcester, MA, USA. There, she supervised her own research project (identity development in traditional and non-traditional families) and became part of the international network of cultural psychologists initiated by Prof. Dr. Jaan Valsiner. She studied psychology at the Technical University Braunschweig (diploma). Doctoral degree 2003 (Lower Saxony Stipend), Habilitation 2008 (project funded by the German Research Foundation), both in the Department for Developmental and Differential Psychology (TU Braunschweig, mentor Prof. Dr. Werner Deutsch). She completed the basic training in Client-Centered Therapy and is certified career counselor (Triadic Counseling). She is part of the editorial board of Culture & Psychology. Examining different aspects of identity has been the focus of her research (e.g., sexual identity development of adolescence, the impact of sibling relationships/twinship on identity development, couple identity, occupational identity).

Selected Publications


Watzlawik, M., Kriebel, S. & Valsiner, J. (Eds.).(2016). Particulars and Universals in clinical and developmental psychology: Critical reflections. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishers.

Watzlawik, M. (Hrsg.) (2013). Kreative Entwicklung – Beschreiben, verstehen, fördern. Ein Werk für und mit dem Entwicklungspsychologen Werner Deutsch. Marburg: Tectum.

Watzlawik, M. & Heine, N. (2009). Sexuelle Orientierungen. Gegen das Denken in Schubladen. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. [mit Vorwort von Prof. Dr. Udo Rauchfleisch; ISBN 3-525-40418-2]

Watzlawik, M. (2008). Sind Zwillinge wirklich anders? Geschwister im Jugendalter. Marburg: Tectum. (ISBN: 978-3-8288-9607-9)

Watzlawik, M. & Born, A. (Eds.) (2007). Capturing Identity – Quantitative and Qualitative Methods. Lanham, MD: University Press of America. (ISBN: 0-7618-3734-5)

Watzlawik, M., Ständer, N. & Mühlhausen, S. (2007). Neue Vaterschaft – Vater-Kind-Beziehung auf Distanz. Münster: Waxmann. (ISBN: 978-3-8309-1848-6)

Watzlawik, M. (2004). Uferlos? Jugendliche erleben sexuelle Orientierungen. Aachen: Jugend-netzwerk Lambda NRW. (ISBN: 3833410728)

Book Chapters (selected)

Watzlawik, M. & Sobiech, W. (2016). Schwul, lesbisch, bi, hetero oder nichts von alledem? Sexuelle Identitätsfindung innerhalb und außerhalb von Kategorien. In P. Genkova & T. Ringeisen (Hrsg.), Handbuch Diversity Kompetenz. Berlin: Springer.

Watzlawik, M. (2015). Zwillinge und Mehrlinge – Eine besondere Geschwisterdynamik. In I. Brock (Hrsg.), Bruderheld und Schwesterherz. Geschwisterschaft als Ressource. Gießen: Psychosozialverlag.

Watzlawik, M. (2015). Temporality, lifetime, and the afterdeath: Case studies from hospice patients. In L.M. Simão, D.S. Guimarães, & J. Valsiner (Eds.), Temporality: Culture in the Flow of Human Experience. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishers.

Watzlawik, M., Schachter, E. & Cunha, C. (2015). Exploring exploration as a recursive process. In Z. Beckstead (Ed.), Cultural Psychology of Recursive Processes. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Watzlawik, M (2013). Culture and identity – Concepts not easily grasped in theory and research. In N. Chaudhary, S. Anandalakshmy, & J. Valsiner (Eds.), Cultural Realities of Being: Abstract Ideas within Everyday Lives. Oxford: Routledge.

Watzlawik, M. (2013). Jugend: entwicklungspsychologisch. In T. Rauschenbach, M. Corsa, M. Freitag, Y. Kaiser & M. Spenn (Hrsg.), Handbuch Jugend. Evangelische Perspektiven (S. 25-30). Opladen: Budrich.

Watzlawik, M. & Valsiner, J. (2012). The Making of Magic: Cultural constructions of the mundane supernatural. In J. Valsiner (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology. New York: Oxford University Press.

Journal Articles (selected)

Watzlawik, M. & Mazur, L. (2016). Debates about the scientific status of psychology: Looking at the bright side. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Sciences. DOI 10.1007/s12124-016-9352-8

Watzlawik, M. & Kullasepp, K. (2016). Career as affective journey: How constant flux challenges the search for career pathways and counseling. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science. DOI 10.1007/s12124-016-9349-3

Watzlawik, M. (2014). Homo-, bi- oder heterosexuell? Identitätsfindung in, zwischen und außerhalb der Norm. Sonderheft der Zeitschrift für Inklusion [Online Journal]. Abrufbar über

Watzlawik, M. (2014). The “art” of identity development — Graffiti painters moving through time and space. Culture & Psychology, 20 (3), 404-415.

Hofmann, J., Watzlawik, M. & Richter-Appelt, H. (2014). Comparing Women and Men’s Experiences with Kallmann Syndrome. Open Journal of Medical Psychology, 3 (1), 1-17.

Watzlawik, M. (2013). Do you believe in magic? Symbol realism and magical practices. Culture & Psychology, 19 (4), 506-517.

Hofmann, J., Watzlawik, M. & Richter-Appelt, H. (2013). Living with Kallmann Syndrome – Analysis of Subjective Experience Reports from Women. Geburtshilfe und Frauenheilkunde, 73 (11), 1112-1120.

Hofmann, J., Watzlawik, M. & Richter-Appelt, H. (2013). Leben mit dem Kallmann-Syndrom – narrative Erfahrungsberichte von Männern. Zeitschrift für Sexualforschung, 26, 1–23.

Watzlawik, M. (2012). Cultural identity markers and identity as a whole: Some alternative solutions. Culture & Psychology, 18 (2), 253-260.

Watzlawik, M. (2011). Meine Eltern trennen sich! Erlösung oder Katastrophe? Retrospektive Beurteilungen eines kritischen Lebensereignisses. Zeitschrift für Qualitative Forschung, 12 (1), 47-64.

Watzlawik, M. & Clodius, S. (2011). Identity development in different groups of siblings. European Psychologist, 16 (1), 43-47.

Watzlawik, M. (2009). About the danger of relying on common vocabulary. Culture & Psychology, 15 (4), 1-6.

Watzlawik, M. (2009). „Der Weisheits letzter Schluss?“ – Wisdom’s last conclusion? Commentary on “Is Psychology Based on a Methodological Error?” by Michael Schwarz. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 43 (3), 214-220.

Watzlawik, M. (2009). The perception of similarities and differences among adolescent siblings: Identification and de-identification of twins and non-twins. Journal of Adolescent Research, 24 (5), 561-578.

Watzlawik, M. (2009). When a man thinks he has female traits. Measures of central tendency: Potentials and limitations. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 43 (2), 126-137.

Watzlawik, M. (2009). Die Erfassung des Pubertätsstatus anhand der Pubertal Development Scale? Validierung einer deutschen Übersetzung. Diagnostica, 55 (1), 55-65.

Watzlawik, M. (2008). Pubertal development, body satisfaction, and desired body changes. Gender differences in early adolescence. European Journal of Developmental Science, 2 (4), 341-352.

Watzlawik, M. & Clodius, S. (2007). Ich mag dich und du mich (nicht)? Die gegenseitige Beurteilung der Geschwisterbeziehung von Zwillingen und Nicht-Zwillingen. Zeitschrift für Entwicklungspsychologie und Pädagogische Psychologie, 39 (4), 196-205.

Watzlawik, M. (2004). Experiencing Sexual Orientation – A Comparison between American and German Adolescents. Identity, 4 (2), 173-189.


 Watzlawik_Logo_Austellung_kl „Hand to the Heart“ – Living in the Hospice: Photo Exhibit (opened March 2012) to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the hospice in Braunschweig, Germany. Afterwards the exhibition traveled through Germany until December 2014 (joint project of students in Osnabrück and designers in Braunschweig). Website:


 Conference Papers / Presentations (selected)

Watzlawik, M. (2016, September). “Nevermore!” – The multivoicedness of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem „The Raven“ from the perspective of tattoo lovers. Paper to be presented at the Ninth International Conference on the Dialogical Self, Lublin, Poland.

Watzlawik, M. (2016, July). The concept of “identity capital” – A contradiction to identity “in flux”? Paper to be presented at the 31st International Congress of Psychology, Yokohama, Japan.

Watzlawik, M. & Mazur, L. (2015, February). Nature Leaves no Gaps: Has Fantasy Really Fallen through the Cracks? Paper presented at the 3rd Niels Bohr Lectures, Centre for Cultural Psychology, Aalborg, Denmark.

Watzlawik, M. & Fecht, K. (2014, July). Assessing Pillars of Identity – Differences between individuals with and without the Asperger Syndrome. Paper presented at the 23rd Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, Shanghai, China.

Demuth, C. & Watzlawik, M. (2014, July). Small stories and identity construction in transnational young adults. Paper presented at the 23rd Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development, Shanghai, China.

Watzlawik, M. & Clodius S. (2011, September). Uns gibt es nur im Plural. Identität bei Zwillingen. Vortrag im Rahmen der Fachgruppentagung Entwicklungspsychologie der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie, Erfurt.

Watzlawik, M. (2011, June). “How I experienced the divorce of my parents“. Describing adolescents’ individual perspectives by combining qualitative and quantitative data. Paper presented at the Fifth Biennial Conference of the Society for the History of Children and Youth, New York, USA.

Watzlawik, M. (2010, November). Spezifika sexueller Orientierungen in der Paartherapie. Forschungsreferat im Rahmen des Jahreskongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychiatrie, Psychotherapie und Nervenheilkunde, Berlin.

Watzlawik, M. (2010, September). Meine Eltern trennen sich! Erlösung oder Katastrophe? Retrospektive Beurteilungen eines kritischen Lebensereignisses. Forschungsreferat im Rahmen des 47. Kongresses der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie, Bremen.

Watzlawik, M. (2010, May). Exploring sexual orientation: Different paths to identity. Paper presented at the 12th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Adolescence, Vilnius, Lithuania.

Watzlawik, M., Pizarroso, N., Silva Guimarães, D., Guimarães Doria, N., Han, M., Jung, A.J. & Ma, C. (2009, September). First names as signs of personal identity: An intercultural comparison. Paper presented at the 10th World Congress of Semiotics, Madrid, Spain.