Dr. Roderick Main

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Roderick Main
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Director, Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies

Research interests:

  • Historical, philosophical, religious and cultural contexts of analytical psychology;

  • Depth psychology, religion and modernity;

  • Synchronicity;

  • Myth.


Additional information:

I am currently supervising the following PhD students:

  • Kevin Lu Simultaneity and Sequence: A Jungian Approach to the Past

  • Mathew Mather A study of the alchemical Mercurius, from the perspective of Analytical Psychology

  • Christina Sjöström To what extent is New Age Spiritual Development Qualitatively Similar to Jungian Individuation?

  • Teodora Velletri Mircea Eliade and Depth Psychology

  • Marcel Van Den Akker The concept of Renunciation in Religion and analytical Psychoanalysis

I have supervised the following successful doctoral theses:

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  • Christine Driver, 'The God Representation and the Shadow' (2009, D. An. Psych.)

  • Lloyd Keane, 'Routes of Wholeness: Jung and the Western Esoteric Tree of Life' (2006, PhD)

  • Trudy Bendayan, 'Ecce Mulier: Nietzsche and the Eternal Feminine—An Analytical Psychological Perspective' (2005, PhD)

  • Lucy Huskinson, 'Nietzsche and Jung: The whole self in the union of opposites' (2002, PhD, co-supervised with Professor Simon Critchley)



Recent Publications

Main, R., 'Jung as a Modern Esotericist', in G. Heuer (ed.) Sacral Revolutions (London and New York: Routledge, 2009).

Main, R., 'Religion, Science, and Synchronicity', in L. Storm (ed.) Synchronicity: Multiple Perspectives on Meaningful Coincidence (Pari, Italy: Pari Publishing, 2008).

Main, R., 'Revelations of Chance', Watkins Review (2008) p. 18.

Main, R., 'Psychology of religion: An overview of its history and current status', Religion Compass 2:4 (2008) pp. 708-33.

Main, R., 'Secularisation and the "holistic milieu": social and psychological perspectives', Religion Compass 2:3 (2008) pp. 365-84.

Main, R., 'Synchronicity and analysis: Jung and after', European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling 9:4 (2007) pp. 359-71.


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Main, R., 'Ruptured time and the re-enchantment of modernity', in A. Casement (ed.), Who Owns Jung? (London and New York: Karnac, 2007), pp. 19-38.

Main, R., Revelations of Chance: Synchronicity as Spiritual Experience, SUNY Series in Transpersonal and Humanistic Psychology, (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2007).

Main, R., 'Synchronicity and Jung's critique of scientific rationalism', Network Review: Journal of the Scientific and Medical Network 91 (2006) pp. 10-13.

Main, R., 'Numinosity and terror: Jung's psychological revision of Otto as an aid to engaging religious fundamentalism' in A. Casement and D. Tacey (eds.), The Idea of the Numinous: Contemporary Jungian and Psychoanalytic Perspectives, (London and New York: Routledge, 2006), pp. 153-70.

Main, R., 'The social motivation of C. G. Jung's critique of scientific rationalism', Transpersonal Psychology Review 10:1 (2006) pp. 3-13.

Main, R., 'The social significance of synchronicity', Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society, 11 (2006) pp. 36-53.

Main, R., 'New Age thinking in the light of C. G. Jung's theory of synchronicity.' Journal of Alternative Spiritualities and New Age Studies, 2 (2006) pp. 8-25.

Main, R., 'Carl Jung', 'I-Ching', 'Yin-Yang', in P. Clarke (ed.), Encyclopedia of New Religious Movements, (London: Routledge, 2006), pp. 263-4, 290-1, 632-3.

Main, R., 'Psychology of religion', in R. Segal (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to the Study of Religion, (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006), pp. 147-70.

Main, R., 'Religion', in R. Papadopoulos (ed.), The Handbook of Jungian Psychology: Theory, Practice and Applications, (London and New York: Routledge, 2006), pp. 296-323.

Main, R., 'The role of synchronicity in Jung's critique of science', AIP News: Newsletter for the Association of Independent Psychotherapists, 4:1 (2004) pp. 6-9.

Main, R., The Rupture of Time: Synchronicity and Jung's Critique of Modern Western Culture, (Hove and New York: Brunner-Routledge, 2004).

Main, R. (ed.), 'An interview with Kathleen Raine. Edited by Roderick Main', Harvest: International Journal for Jungian Studies, 49:1 (2003) pp. 132-58.

Main, R., 'Analytical psychology, religion, and the academy', in R. Withers (ed.), Controversies in Analytical Psychology, (Hove and Philadelphia: Brunner-Routledge, 2003), pp. 190-202.

Main, R., 'Religion, science, and the New Age', in J. Pearson (ed.), Belief Beyond Boundaries: Wicca, Celtic Spirituality and the New Age, (Aldershot: Ashgate and Milton Keynes: Open University Press, 2002), pp. 173-222.

Main, R., 'Putting the Sinn back into synchronicity: some spiritual implications of synchronistic experiences', 2nd Series Occasional Paper 28 [refereed], (Lampeter: Religious Experience Research Centre, 2001).

Main, R., 'Carl Gustav Jung', in Arne Hassenbruch (ed.), Reader's Guide to the History of Science, (London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001), pp. 391-2.

Main, R., 'Religion, science, and synchronicity', Harvest: Journal for Jungian Studies, 46:2 (2000) pp. 89-107.

Main, R., 'Magic and science in the modern western tradition of the I Ching', Journal of Contemporary Religion, 14:2 (1999), pp. 263-75.

Main, R., 'Synchronicity in Jungian analysis: A survey by the Synchronicity Committee', The Umbrella Group Newsletter, 3 (1998) pp. 17-18, 38-39.

Main, R., 'Synchronicity in Jungian analysis: A survey by the Synchronicity Committee', International Association for Analytical Psychology Newsletter, 18 (1998) pp. 146-49.

Main, R. (ed.), Jung on Synchronicity and the Paranormal: Key readings selected and introduced by Roderick Main, (London: Routledge, 1997; Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1997).

Main, R., 'Synchronicity and the I Ching: Clarifying the connections', Harvest: Journal for Jungian Studies, 43:1 (1997) pp. 51-64.

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