Dieter Nitzgen, M.A., Degree in philosophy, literature and psychology, University of Freiburg/Breisgau. Group analyst, training group analyst and supervisor of the IGA/H Heidelberg and full member of the German Group Analytic Society (D3G). Member of the Association of Freudian Psychoanalysis (AFP). Past Foulkes Lecturer 2008. Head of the psychotherapy department of Rehaklinik Birkenbuck, a treatment centre of addictive disorders, and working in private practice as a group analyst, psychoanalyst and organisational consultant.
According to Erich Fromm (1947) it is impossible to understand human beings and their mental disorders without understanding the nature of values and moral conflicts. Roger Money-Kyrle, a Kleinian psychoanalyst sharpened this vision when he envisaged mental illness as the result of unconscious moral conflict (1981). The author considers this nexus with regard to the group analytic situation as described by S.H. Foulkes, firstly by pointing out some philosophical implications of group analytic thinking. Then expounds what kind of moral experience or rather: experiencing is facilitated by the particular multipersonal setting of the group which as we know may exert a strong influence on the member´s values and their sense of morality (cf. Nicholas, 1993). To illustrate this, the novel Night Train To Lisbon (1994) is referred. Now this novel is a major film too, directed by Bille August. It was written by Pascal Mercier alias Peter Bieri, a Swiss writer who in his professional career until recently taught philosophy at the university of Berlin.