School of Philosophy and Religion
My research interests are principally in the tradition of continental philosophy and its dialogues with psychoanalytic studies and religious belief and experience. I read philosophy for my first degree, and then MA in psychoanalytic studie. Following this I undertook doctoral research on the influence of Nietzschean philosophy on the analytical psychology of C.G. Jung, with particular emphasis on the role of conflicting impulses that underpin their models of self. After completing my PhD in 2003, I became a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex, UK; and later, a research fellow at the Universities of Monash and La Trobe, Victoria, Australia. I was appointed to the Bangor faculty in 2007. During my doctoral and postdoctoral studies I trained as a psychodynamic counsellor (BACP and WPF accredited), and received my qualification in 2005. I am a joint Editor-In-Chief of the International Journal of Jungian Studies, and continue to lecture annually at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex. My spare moments are usually spent watching American football and following its strategic game-play (I follow especially the Cincinnati Bengals, of whom I am a life-long fan; and of course Bangor University’s own team, the MudDogs!).
I am currently writing a monograph, Architecture of the Psyche: How Buildings Make and Break Our Lives (Routledge: London and NY, 2014). This considers the philosophical and psychological relevance of architecture and the design and construction of the built environment.
In 2013 I was awarded the Bangor University ‘Teacher of the Year’, student-led award. I teach and supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
I currently supervise the following research students.
I have supervised the following successful doctoral theses.
Please enquire about my availability for doctoral (PhD) supervision.
I teach the following undergraduate and postgraduate taught modules.
1. Architecture of the Psyche: How buildings make or break our lives. Psychoanalytic Perspectives. Routledge: London and New York. Forthcoming 2014.
2. Introduction to Nietzsche: His Religious Thought, Hendrickson: Massachusetts (2009)/Baker Publishing Group, 2010; The SPCK Introduction to Nietzsche: His Religious Thought, SPCK: London, 2009.
3. Nietzsche and Jung: The Whole Self in the Union of Opposites, Brunner-Routledge: Hove and New York, 2004. [Translated into Persian, Markaz]
1. Analytical Psychology in Conversation with a Changing World (co-edited with Murray Stein), Routledge: London and New York. Forthcoming 2014.
2. Eavesdropping: The Psychoanalyst in Television and Cinema (co-edited with Terrie Waddell) Routledge: London and New York. Forthcoming 2014.
3. Spirit Possession and Trance: New Interdisciplinary Perspectives (co-edited with Bettina Schmidt). Continuum: London, 2010.
4. Dreaming the Myth Onwards: New Directions in Jungian Therapy and Thought, (sole editor) Routledge: London and New York, January 2008.
1. 'Housing Complexes: redesigning the house of psyche in light of Gaston Bachelard's curious mistranslation of C.G. Jung. The International Journal of Jungian Studies, 5:1 (2013), pp.64-80. Download article here.
2. 'The Self as Violent Other: The Problem of Defining the Self', The Journal of Analytical Psychology , 47:3 (2002), pp. 439-60. Download article here.
3. 'The Relation of Non-Relation: The Interaction of Opposites, Compensation, and Teleology in C.G. Jung's Model of the Psyche, Harvest, Journal for Jungian Studies, 46:1 (2000), pp. 7-25.
1. ‘The Viewer ‘In Treatment’: Erotic Transference and captivation of the audience’ in Eavesdropping: The Psychoanalyst in Television and Cinema, above, 2014.
2. ‘Exorcism and Deliverance in Popular Culture’ in Exorcism and Deliverance: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives (eds William K. Kay and Robin A. Parry), Milton Keynes: Paternoster, 2011.
3. ‘Anatomy of Genius: Inspiration through Banality and Boring People' in House: The Wounded Healer on Television (eds. Leslie Gardner and L.J.Hockley), London and New York: Routledge, 2010 [translated into Hungarian, 2012]. Download scan of chapter here.
4. ‘Analytical Psychology and Spirit Possession: Towards a Non-Pathological Diagnosis’ in Spirit Possession and Trance, above, 2010.
5. 'Ordinarily Mythical' in Dreaming the Myth Onwards, above, 2008.
6. 'Archetypal Dwelling, Building Individuation' in Psyche and the Arts: Jungian Approaches to Music, Architecture, Literature, Painting and Film edited by Susan Rowland, Routledge: London and New York, May, 2008.
7. 'Holy, Holy, Holy: The Misappropriation of the Numinous in Jung', in The Idea of the Numinous: Contemporary Jungian and Psychoanalytic Perspectives, edited by Ann Casement and David Tacey, Routledge: London and New York, 2006. Download scan of chapter here.
1. Editor-In-Chief, International Journal for Jungian Studies (ISSN 1940-9052/1940-9060)
2. Guest editor, Behavioral Sciences, 2014 (open access) (ISSN 2076-328X)
3. Editorial board of: Spring, Journal of Archetype and Culture (ISSN 1934-2039/1934-2047); Quadrant (ISSN 0033-‐5010).