Department of Psychology
Dr Doris McIlwain
Phone: 9850 9430
Last updated April 5
Language, like perfume, circulates to unpredictable effect. [Adam Phillips]
I'm a personality psychologist. I study personality styles, emotion, memory and movement. My research areas span individual differences that make a difference to the way that we negotiate life tasks, and to the way the we experience others and ourselves. In my movement research I am exploring the way that verbal instructions permit us to colonise the body in different ways; in this work I explore yoga practitioners from two traditions and explore novices and experts in their differing approaches to effort and skill, and have a paper coming out on that subject this year.. I am currently looking at the difference between rumination and reflection in accessing the personal past, with an interest in how depression and avoidant attachment might also play a role in making us live life more palely.
I research the links between Narcissism and such personality styles as Machiavellianism and psychopathy, with an emphasis on psychological mindedness; specifically the way that openness to vicarious feelings shapes morality. I research narcissistic leaders, cults and the way that they provoke powerful societal reactions. I am writing about benign and more dangerous forms of charisma with specific emphasis on the role that the uncanny plays in the more explosive forms of charisma An enduring interest is in self-deception and the different forms that takes from the way that we sculpt an image of ourselves to present to others, right down to a motivated lack of insight into the beliefs we hold and the wellsprings of our own actions. I have a book on new religious movements and charisma which came out in December, 2009.
I am currently doing research on rumination and reflection; specifically the content of what preoccupies us in such moments and with what affects they are imbued.
I teach an array of courses at Macquarie University: contributing a guest lecture to PSY
234, a second year course which addresses personality and social psychology.
I run two third year courses relevant to personality: PSY 336 - a Third
year personality course, and a course on the Philosophy of Psychoanalysis
(PSY 353) I was part of the Sydney Silvan
Tomkins Research Group into Tomkin's Affect Theory, and retain a keen interest
in his work. I am a foundational member of the Working Through Psychoanalysis group.
I am a newly invited member of the Centre for Agency Values and Ethics, and the Center for Elite Performance Expertise and Training.
with Anthony Arcuri
Semester One 2012
Check this out!
PSY 353: Philosophy of Psychoanalysis
In the news:
Doris is a regular presenter on Modern Dilemmas - Radio National
The bodily costs of narcissism
What your Profile Picture says about you
Article June 30, 2009 written by Fiona Smith on Charm
Peer talk: talk
Uni in a day - 2010 September 30 Year 11 students
Talks: by Doris
Living palely: reason & emotion (see from 21:21minutes onwards)
Talks by Psychoanalytic Scholars
|Essay Book Reviews||
Semester Two 2012
PSY 336: Personality
Forthcoming April 17
Apartheids of Mind
with Prof Gill Straker, Prof Norman Duncan, Janaki Kozeluh, Dr Anne Monchamp, and Professor Catriona MacKenzie.
Watch this space.
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