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Department of Psychology

Associate Professor Doris McIlwain

Name: Associate Professor Doris McIlwain

Phone: 02-9850-9430

Room: C3A 406


Position: Senior Lecturer

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I'm a personality psychologist interested in affect, unconscious processes and expert movement in yoga practitioners. My research explores affective profiles of personality styles characterized by failures of empathy and a capacity to treat others as thinking objects. Exploring narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism enables me to see the roles that empathy plays in social potency and charisma. A subsidiary interest is in the consequences of social marginalization for personal identity, coping and resilience. I explore these through gender and cultural groupings.


McIlwain, D. (2011). Transplanting life: the distributed media of embodied selves. . Artlink, 31, 54-56.

Zoe Given-Wilson, Doris J.F. McIlwain, & Wayne Warburton (2011). Meta-cognitive and interpersonal difficulties in overt and covert narcissis. Personality and Individual Differences , 50, 1000-1005.

Doris McIlwain (2009). Impatient for Paradise: Charisma, Personality & Charismatic New Religious Movements: VDM - Verlag.

Doris McIlwain (2009). Living Palely: On the Rationality of a certain fullness of feeling. Artlink, 29 (3), 15-23.

Doris McIlwain (2008). Cascading constraints : the role of early developmental deficits in the formation of personality sty. In Simon Boag (Eds.), Personality Down Under: Perspectives from Australia (pp. 61-80). New York: Nova Science publishers. .

Tychsen, A., Hitchens, M., Brolund, T., McIlwain, D., & Kavakli, M. (2007). Group Play: determining factors of gaming experience in multi-player role playing games. . ACM Journal of Computers in Entertainment

Tychsen, A., McIlwain, D., Brolund, T. & Hitchens, M., (2007). Player-Character Dynamics in Multi-Player Role Playing Games.. Proceedings of DIGRA (Digital Games Research Association), 40-48.

Doris McIlwain (2007). Pleasure in Mind: Tomkins� affect theory in aesthetics, personality theory, and culture. . Theory & Psychology, 17 (4), 499-504.

Doris McIlwain (2007). Rezoning Pleasure: drives and affects in personality theory. Theory & Psychology, 17 (4), 529-561.

Doris McIlwain (2006). Substitute Objects and Substitute Acts: Freudian dream theory, dream bizarreness and the disguise-ce. Journal of Neuropsychoanalysis, 8 (1), 42-47.

Doris McIlwain (2006). Already Filtered: affective immersion and personality differences in accessing present and past. Philosophical Psychology, 19 (3), 381-399.

Warburton, W. and McIlwain, D (2005). The Role of Early Maladaptive Schemas in Adult Aggression.. Psychology, Psychiatry, and Mental Health Monographs , 2, 17-34.

Doris McIlwain (2004). Therapists with Fur. Meanjin, 63 (4), 167-171.

McIlwain, D. (2003). Bypassing Empathy: Mapping a Machiavellian Theory of Mind and Sneaky Power. In Betty Repacholi and Virginia Slaughter (Eds.), Individual differences in theory of mind: Implications for typical and atypical development New York:Psychology Press.

McIlwain, D. (2002). Sigmund Freud. In Neil J. Salkind & Lewis H. Margolis (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Child Development (pp. 155-156). MI, USA:MacMillan Reference USA.

McIlwain, D. (2001). The Dynamic Unconscious Revisited. In John R. Morss, Niamh Stephenson & Hans V (Eds.), Theoretical Issues in Psychology (pp. 379-392). Boston, USA:Kluwer Academic Publishers.

McIlwain, D. (1999). Losing Ourselves: the Burden of Consciousness in the Writings of Jenny Diski (Eds.), Corporealities: Energies, Affects, Selves -- Collected Papers Number 4 Sydney, Australia

McIlwain, D. (1997). Relationships, Identity and the flow of Knowledge: Aboriginal Cultures in Australia . International Society for the Study of Personal Relationships Bulletin, 14, 12-14.

McIlwain, D., Sutton, J. & Cooke, S. (1996). Stress and Social Connectedness: Urban mental health in Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women. In Dianna Kenny (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Congress on Stress and Health (pp. 156).

Westbrook, M.T. & McIlwain, D. (1996). Living with the late effects of disability: A five year follow-up survey of coping among post-polio survivors . Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 46, 60-71.

Doris McIlwain (1996). Libido ergo sum: Review of Passion in theory by Robyn Ferrell. Australian Journal of Feminist Studies, 13 (28), 367-369.

Doris McIlwain (1995). The Gods are Libido: a review of Richard Noll, The Jung Cult: Origins of a Charismatic Movement, . Metascience, New Series, 212-215.

McIlwain, D. (1994). A personality approach to involvement in new religious movements. In Boele de Raad, Willem KB Hofstee & Guus (Eds.), Personality Psychology in Europe (Volume 5) (pp. 235-242). Tilburg:Tilburg University Press.

McIlwain, D. (1994). Exiles at home: a psychological profile of affiliates to innovative, imported new religious movements in Australia. In Bouvy, A.M., van der Vijver, F.J.R., Bos (Eds.), Journeys into Cross-cultural Psychology (pp. 216-236). Amsterdam:Swetz & Zeitlinger.

McIlwain, D. (1994). Embedded Women: The Freudian Legacy and women's self-image and morality in the work of Gilligan and Brown. Proceedings of the Pacific Meeting of Women in Psychology

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