Professor Roderick Main

Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Professor Roderick Main
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    +44 (0) 1206 874842

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    4SB.6.14, Colchester Campus

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    Tuesdays 2 - 3 pm Wednesdays 2 - 3 pm Otherwise by appointment; please email



I am currently supervising the following PhD students: Stephen Claffey, 'Psychological surrender or being moved to give: a phenomenological study interpreted from an analytical psychology perspective' Naoko Nakamura, 'Japanese mentality: subjectivity, consciousness, and ego-self relationships' Luis Moris, 'Post-mortal phenomena, C. G. Jung, and his psychology' John Boyle, 'An investigation into the influence of western esoteric traditions upon psychoanalytic theories of mind' Orsolya Lukacs,'A study on the historical and theoretical connection between Jung and Einstein' (co-supervised with Dr Kevin Lu) Mark Saban, 'The dialectical psyche: opposites and their tensions within Jung's psychology' (co-supervised with Dr Matt ffytche) Huseyin Firat, 'The Jungian process of individuation in Sufism' Xiao You, 'Archetype and archetypal image in Chinese myths and legends' Henriette Heide-Jorgensen, 'Religion and transformation' I have supervised the following successful doctoral theses: Steve Myers, 'Mythology for Christians' (2017, PhD) Valeria Cespedes Musso,'Marian apparitions incultural contexts: applying Jungian depth psychological concepts to mass visions of the Virgin Mary'(2017, PhD) Giovanni Colacicchi, 'Jung and ethics: a conceptual exploration' (2016, PhD) Patrick Schotanus, 'The archetypal market hypothesis: a complex psychology perspective on the market's mind' (2016, PhD; co-supervised with Professor Andrew Wood, Essex Business School) Christian McMillan, 'The image of thought in Jung's Whole-Self: a critique' (co-supervised with Dr Matt ffytche) (2015, PhD) Christina Sjöström,'Searchesfor s/Self: personal and spiritual transformation in Jung's psychology and holistic spirituality'(2015, PhD) Teodora Velletri, 'Mircea Eliade and C. G. Jung:a comparative study' (2015, PhD) Marcel van den Akker, 'To be full of things is to be empty of God: renunciation in Catholicism and analytical psychology' (2013, PhD) Mathew Mather, 'The alchemical Mercurius: esoteric symbol of Jung's life and works' (2013, PhD) David Henderson, 'Apophatic elements in the theory and practice of psychoanalysis: Pseudo-Dionysius and C. G. Jung' (2012, PhD; external supervisor for Goldsmiths College, University of London) Kevin Lu,'Jung and history' (2011, PhD) Christine Driver, 'The Holy Mother and the shadow of death: the psychological impact of conflated shadows and Catholicism' (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)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Historical, philosophical, religious and cultural contexts of the work of C G Jung

Depth psychology (especially Jungian psychology), religion and modernity

Analytical psychology and society


Teaching and supervision

  • The Unconscious: Analytical Psychology, Culture and Society - Jung (PA209)

  • Key Texts of C G Jung (PA971)

  • Jung in Contexts: Historical, Philosophical, Cultural (PA972)


Journal articles (13)

Main, RM., (2017). Panentheism and the undoing of disenchantment. Zygon. 52 (4), 1098-1122

Main, RM., (2017). Myth, synchronicity and re-enchantment. Jaarboek van de C. G. Jung Vereniging Nederland & Interdisciplinaire Vereniging voor Analytische Psychologie. 32, 87-107

Main, RM., (2016). Review of R. Jones (ed.), Jung and the Question of Science

Main, RM., (2015). Theorizing rogue phenomena. Mind and Matter. 13 (2), 249-256

Main, RM., (2015). Review of Jean Kirsch and Murray Stein (eds.), How and Why We Still Read Jung: Personal and Professional Reflections

Main, R., (2014). The cultural significance of synchronicity for Jung and Pauli. Journal of Analytical Psychology. 59 (2), 174-180

Main, R., (2013). In a secular age: Weber, Taylor, Jung. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society. 18 (3), 277-294

Main, R., (2013). Secular and religious: the intrinsic doubleness of analytical psychology and the hegemony of naturalism in the social sciences.. The Journal of analytical psychology. 58 (3), 366-386

Huskinson, L., Hockley, L., Main, R. and Burnett, L., (2012). Editors' introduction. International Journal of Jungian Studies. 4 (2), 85-86

Main, R., (2011). Synchronicity and the limits of re-enchantment. International Journal of Jungian Studies. 3 (2), 144-158

Main, R., (2010). Jung's uncertain separation of psychology from philosophy: a response to Segal. Journal of Analytical Psychology. 55 (3), 385-388

Main, R., (2008). Psychology of Religion: An Overview of its History and Current Status. Religion Compass. 2 (4), 708-733

Main, R., (2008). Secularisation and the Holistic Milieu: Social and Psychological Perspectives. Religion Compass. 2 (3), 365-384

Books (1)

Burnett, L., Bahun, S. and Main, R., (2013). Myth, Literature, and the Unconscious. Karnac books. 978 1 78220 002 4

Book chapters (9)

Main, RM., (2018). Research on synchronicity: status and prospects. In: Research in Analytical Psychology: Applications from Scientific, Historical, and Cross-Cultural Research. Editors: Cambray, J. and Sawin, L., . Routledge

Main, RM., (2018). In a secular age: Weber, Taylor, Jung. In: Contemporary Influences of C. G. Jung's Thought. Editors: Blocian, I. and Kuzmicki, A., . Brill

Main, R., (2015). Archetypes. In: Vocabulary for the Study of Religion, Volume 1. Editors: Segal, RA. and von Stuckrad, K., . Brill. 116- 120. 9789004290433

Main, R., (2015). Psychology and the occult: dialectics of disenchantment and re-enchantment in the modern self. In: The Occult World. Editors: Partridge, C., . Routledge. 0-415-69596-1. 978-0-415-69596-1

Main, R., (2015). Psychology of Religion. In: Vocabulary for the Study of Religion, Volume 3. Editors: Segal, RA. and von Stuckrad, K., . Brill. 161- 166. 9789004290433

Main, R., (2014). The Cultural Significance of Synchronicity for Jung and Pauli. In: Copenhagen 2013 100 Years On: Origins, Innovations and Controversies Proceedings of the 19th Congress of the International Association for Analytical Psychology. Editors: Kiehl, E., . Daimon Publishers. 158- 164. 978-3-85630-755-4

Main, R., (2014). Foreword - The Alchemical Mercurius: Esoteric Symbol of Jung?s Life and Works. In: The Alchemical Mercurius: Esoteric Symbol of Jung?s Life and Works. Editors: Mather, M., . Routledge Mental Health - Taylor & Francis Group. x- xii. 978-0-415-70525-7

Main, R., (2014). Synchronicity and the problem of meaning in science. In: The Pauli-Jung Conjecture and its Impact Today. Editors: Atmanspacher, H. and Fuchs, C., . Imprint Academic

Main, R., (2013). Myth, synchronicity, and re-enchantment. In: Myth, Literature, and the Unconscious. Editors: Burnett, L., Bahun, S. and Main, R., . Karnac books. 978 1 78220 002 4

Grants and funding


One World': Logical and ethical implications of holism

Arts And Humanities Research Council

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4SB.6.14, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Tuesdays 2 - 3 pm Wednesdays 2 - 3 pm Otherwise by appointment; please email