Doris McIlwain’s writings

Link to Doris’s selected writings by theme.

Associate Professor Doris J.F. McIlwain, who was my partner as well as my collaborator, died in 2015. This page collects all her research works for open access use as she wanted.

To find some of Doris’s favourite pieces on specific topics (art, skill, charisma, personality, religion, psychoanalysis, etc) go to this page of Doris’s selected writings by theme.

Or for Doris’s fantastic series of talks on The Philosophy of Psychoanalysis, listen to the podcast available at buzzsprout, spotify, apple podcasts, or iTunes. Season One (the first 18 episodes, plus 2 bonus episodes) was on the philosophy of psychoanalysis. Season Two is on Personality Psychology.

Please contact me John Sutton at if you have any questions or comments.


Misia Temler, Amanda J. Barnier, John Sutton, & Doris J.F. McIlwain. Contamination or natural variation? A comparison of contradictions from suggested contagion and intrinsic variation in repeated autobiographical accounts. JARMAC: Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition 9, 108-117. Citations: 2.

Penny van Bergen, Amanda J. Barnier, Elaine Reese, & Doris J.F. McIlwain. ‘There were spooks in the park’: children’s reminiscing with parents and siblings following a staged Halloween event. JARMAC: Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition 9, 96-107. Citations: 0.


John Sutton, Doris J.F. McIlwain, Wayne Christensen, and Andrew Geeves. Embodying thought in skilful action. Partial reprint of ‘Applying intelligence to the reflexes’ (2011). In Jill Bennett & Mary Zournazi (eds), Thinking in the World: a reader (pp. 79-114). London: Bloomsbury.

John Sutton, Doris J.F. McIlwain, Andrew Geeves, Kath Bicknell, & Kellie Williamson. Sustaining Elite Performance: emotional skills and the mental game in Australian professional cricket. Research Report. Macquarie University and the Australian Cricketers’ Association (ACA). Pp. 108. 40,000 words. ISBN 978-0-85837-001-2.

Kim Woodward, Doris J.F. McIlwain, & Jonathan Mond. Feelings about the self and body in eating disturbances: the role of internalized shame, self-esteem, externalized self-perceptions, and body shame, Self and Identity, 18 (2), 159-182. Citations: 18.


Madeleine Ferrari, Doris J.F. McIlwain, & Geoffrey Ambler. A qualitative comparison of needles and insulin pump use in children with type 1 diabetes. Journal of Health Psychology 23 (10), 1332-1342. Citations: 9.


Wayne Christensen, John Sutton, & Doris J.F. McIlwain. Cognition in skilled action: meshed control and the varieties of skill experience. Mind & Language 31 (1), 37-66. Reprinted in Massimiliano L. Cappuccio (Ed.), Handbook of Embodied Cognition and Sport Psychology (pp. 165-198). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2019. Citations: 175. (This is the most-cited paper in this journal since 2015: the next highest has 71 citations).

Andrew Geeves, Doris J.F. McIlwain, & John Sutton. Seeing yellow: ‘connection’ and routine in professional musicians’ experience of music performance. Psychology of Music 44 (2), 183-201. Citations: 13.

Sarah Pini, Doris J.F. McIlwain, & John Sutton. Re-tracing the encounter: interkinaesthetic forms of knowledge in Contact Improvisation. Antropologia e Teatro 7, 225-243. Citations: 2.


Steven Bindeman, Belinda S.L. Khong, Scott D. Churchill, Edwin Hersch, Doris J.F. McIlwain, & Louise K.W. Sundararajan. Medard Boss’s dialogue with Heidegger, Freud, Sartre, Buddha, and Jung: on being authentic. Hakomi Forum 27, 3-11.

Gerhard Bronn & Doris J.F. McIlwain. Assessing spiritual crises: peeling off another layer of a seemingly endless onion. Journal of Humanistic Psychology 55 (3), 346-382. Citations: 18.

Wayne Christensen, Kath Bicknell, Doris J.F. McIlwain, & John Sutton. The sense of agency and its role in strategic control for expert mountain bikers. Psychology of Consciousness: theory, research, and practice 2 (3), 340-353. Citations: 35.

Wayne Christensen, John Sutton, & Doris J.F. McIlwain. Putting pressure on theories of choking: towards an expanded perspective on breakdown in skilled performance. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 14 (2), 253-293. Citations: 59.

Catherine Deans, Doris J.F. McIlwain, & Andrew Geeves. The interpersonal development of an embodied sense of agency. Psychology of Consciousness 2 (3), 315-325. Citations: 7.

Doris J.F. McIlwain & John Sutton. Methods for measuring breadth and depth of knowledge. In Damian Farrow & Joe Baker (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Sport Expertise (pp. 221-231). London: Routledge. Citations: 6.

Vince Polito, Flavie A.V. Waters, & Doris J.F. McIlwain. Sense of agency: theory, methods, and application. Psychology of Consciousness 2 (3), 207-209. Citations: 4.

John Sutton & Doris J.F. McIlwain. Breadth and depth of knowledge in expert versus novice athletes. In Damian Farrow & Joe Baker (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Sport Expertise (pp. 95-105). London: Routledge.

Wesley Tan & Doris J.F. McIlwain. The experiences of survivors of human trafficking in Australia and Singapore. International Psychological Applications Conference and Trends (pp. 411-415).


Beatrice Alba, Doris J.F. McIlwain, Ladd Wheeler, & Michael P. Jones. Status consciousness: a preliminary construction of a scale measuring individual differences in status-relevant attitudes, beliefs, and desires. Journal of Individual Differences 35 (3), 166-176. Citations: 15.

Anthony Arcuri & Doris J.F. McIlwain. Skilled handling of sexual attraction in therapy: a grounded theory of what makes the difference. In Maria Luca (Ed.), Sexual Attraction in Therapy: clinical perspectives on moving beyond the taboo – a guide for training and practice (pp. 153-172). Oxford: Wiley Blackwell. Citations: 3.

Andrew Geeves, Doris J.F. McIlwain, & John Sutton. The performative pleasure of imprecision: a diachronic study of entrainment in music performance. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 8 (863) October (15 pages). DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00863. Citations: 11.

Andrew Geeves, Doris J.F. McIlwain, John Sutton, & Wayne Christensen. To think or not to think: the apparent paradox of expert skill in music performance. Educational Philosophy and Theory 46 (6), 674-691. Reprinted in David Simpson & David Beckett (Eds.), Expertise, Pedagogy and Practice (pp. 111-128). London: Routledge. Citations: 60

Doris J.F. McIlwain. Resilience as scaffolding embodied affectivity Invited talk at the 3rd Annual Conference, Westmead Psychotherapy Program for Complex Traumatic Disorders: Roads to Resilience: from trauma to well-being (Doris’s last major public talk, September 2014)

Doris J.F. McIlwain & John Sutton. Yoga from the mat up: how words alight on bodies. Educational Philosophy and Theory 46 (6), 655-673. Reprinted in David Simpson & David Beckett (Eds.), Expertise, Pedagogy and Practice (pp. 92-110). London: Routledge, 2016. Citations: 34.

Doris J.F. McIlwain. Knowing but not showing: achieving reflective encounter with desire – a relational psychoanalytic perspective. In Maria Luca (Ed.), Sexual Attraction in Therapy: clinical perspectives on moving beyond the taboo – a guide for training and practice (pp. 53-66). Oxford: Wiley Blackwell. Citations: 2.

Kim Woodward, Doris J.F. McIlwain, and Alan Taylor. Development of the Disturbed Eating Characteristics Scales (DECS). Journal of Eating Disorders 2 (supp.1).


Doris J.F. McIlwain. Contained fear: living in geological time. Artlink 32 (4), 28-31. Citations: 1.

Doris J.F. McIlwain. Book review of Paul Valent, In Two Minds: tales of a psychotherapist. Australasian Journal of Psychotherapy 30 (1), 61-65.

Doris J.F. McIlwain, Jess Evans, Eleni Caldis, Fred Cicchini, Avi Aronstan, Adam Wright, & Alan Taylor. Strange moralities: vicarious emotion and moral emotions in Machiavellian and psychopathic personality styles. In Robyn Langdon & Catriona Mackenzie (Eds.) Emotions, Imagination, and Moral Reasoning (pp. 117-146). London: Psychology Press. Citations: 22.

Jonna K. Vuoskoski, William F. Thompson, Doris J.F. McIlwain, & Tuomas Eerola. Who enjoys listening to sad music and why? Music Perception 29 (3), 311-317. Citations: 302


Zoe Given-Wilson, Doris J.F. McIlwain, and Wayne Warburton. Meta-cognitive and interpersonal difficulties in overt and covert narcissism. Personality and Individual Differences 50, 1000-1005. Citations: 67.

Celia B. Harris, Paul G. Keil, John Sutton, Amanda J. Barnier, & Doris J.F. McIlwain. ‘We remember, we forget’: collaborative remembering in older couples. Discourse Processes 48 (4), 267-303. Citations: 253.

Doris J.F. McIlwain. Transplanting life: the distributed media of embodied selves. Artlink 31 (4), 56-59.

Doris J.F. McIlwain. Charismatic leaders. In Mark Juergensmeyer & Helmut Anheier {Eds.}, The Encyclopedia of Global Studies. London: Sage.

Doris J.F. McIlwain. Young Machiavellians and the traces of shame: coping with vulnerability to a toxic affect. In C. T. Barry, P. K. Kerig, K. K. Stellwagen, & T. D. Barry (Eds.), Narcissism and Machiavellianism in youth: implications for the development of adaptive and maladaptive behavior (p. 213–231). American Psychological Association. Citations: 13.

Barbara Nevicka, Annebel H.B. de Hoogh, Annelies E.M. van Vianen, Bianca Beersma, & Doris J.F. McIlwain. All I need is a stage to shine: narcissists’ leader emergence and performance. The Leadership Quarterly 22, 910-925. Citations: 198.

John Sutton, Doris J.F. McIlwain, Wayne Christensen, & Andrew Geeves. Applying intelligence to the reflexes: embodied skills and habits between Dreyfus and Descartes. JBSP: Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 42 (1), 78-103. This was one of 20 papers chosen as the ‘Editor’s Pick’ from the journal’s first 45 years (1970-2014), alongside papers by Husserl, Sartre, Mary Warnock, and Gadamer. Citations: 169.


Andrew Geeves, Doris J.F. McIlwain, John Sutton, & Wayne Christensen. Expanding expertise: investigating a musician’s experience of music performance. In W. Christensen, E. Schier, & J. Sutton (Eds.), ASCS09: proceedings of the 9th conference of the Australasian Society forCognitive Science, pp. 106-113. Citations: 5.

Doris J.F. McIlwain. Living strangely in time: emotions, masks, and morals in psychopathically-inclined people. European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 6 {1}, 75-94. Citations: 15.

Doris J.F. McIlwain, Alan Taylor, & Andrew Geeves. Fullness of feeling: reflection, rumination, depression, and the specificity of autobiographical memories. In W. Christensen, E. Schier, & J. Sutton (Eds.), ASCS09: proceedings of the 9th conference of the Australasian Society forCognitive Science, pp. 238-244. Citations: 8.


Doris J.F. McIlwain. Living palely and the rationality of a certain fullness of feeling. Artlink 29 (3), 15-24. Citations: 7.

Doris J.F. McIlwain. Impatient for Paradise: charisma, personality, and charismatic new religious movements. VDM Verlag. Citations: 6.

Doris J.F. McIlwain. Returning by an unused path: charismatic new religions, primary narcissism, and the denied wish. In Impatient for Paradise: charisma, personality, and charismatic new religious movements. VDM Verlag.

Andrew Geeves & Doris J.F. McIlwain. Investigating the reciprocity between body and performance for a professional musician. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Music Communication Science (IComCS2). (pp. 121-124). Sydney, Australia: HCSNet, University of Western Sydney. Citations: 1.

Andrew Geeves & Doris J.F. McIlwain. That blissful feeling: phenomenological conceptions of music performance from one performer’s perspective. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Performance Science (pp. 415-420). Utrecht, The Netherlands: AEC (European Association of Conservatories). Citations: 4.


Karen A. Baikie & Doris J.F. McIlwain. Who does expressive writing work for? Examination of alexithymia, splitting, and repressive coping style as moderators of the expressive writing paradigm. British Journal of Health Psychology 13, 61-66. Citations: 89.

Andrew Geeves, Wayne Christensen, John Sutton, & Doris J.F. McIlwain. Critical review of Chaffin, Imreh, & Crawford, Practicing Perfection: Memory and Piano Performance. Empirical Musicology Review, 3 (3), 163-172. Citations: 7.

Doris J.F. McIlwain. Cascading constraints: the role of early developmental deficits in the formation of personality styles. In S. Boag (Ed.), Personality Down Under {pp. 61-80). Nova Science Publishers. Citations: 1.

Anders Tychsen, Michael Hitchens, Thea Brolund, Doris J.F. McIlwain, & Manolya Kavakli. Group play: determining factors on the gaming experience in multiplayer role-playing games. ACM Computers in Entertainment 5 (4), 10:1-29. Citations: 15.


Doris J.F. McIlwain. Pleasure in mind: Silvan Tomkins and affect in aesthetics, personality theory, and culture. Theory & Psychology 17 (4), 499-504. Citations: 4.

Doris J.F. McIlwain. Rezoning pleasure: drives and affects in personality theory. Theory & Psychology 17 (4), 529-561. Citations: 22.

Doris J.F. McIlwain. The pirates’ code of psychoanalysis: moral rules or merely guidelines? Book review of Arnold Goldberg, Moral Stealth: how ‘correct behavior’ insinuates itself into psychotherapeutic practice, Australian Review of Public Affairs.

Anders Tychsen, Doris J.F. McIlwain, Thea Brolund, & Michael Hitchens. Player-character dynamics in multi-player role playing games. Situated Play: proceedings of DIGRA 2007. Citations: 28.


Doris J.F. McIlwain. Already filtered: affective immersion and personality differences in accessing present and past. Philosophical Psychology 19 (3), 381-399. Citations: 12.

Doris J.F. McIlwain. Commentary on Boag, ‘Freudian dream theory, dream bizarreness, and the disguise-censor controversy’. Neuropsychoanalysis 8 (1), 42-47.

Doris J.F. McIlwain. The charisma of fallible leaders and the limits of self-help: book review of Steve Salerno, SHAM, Self-Help and Actualization Movement: How the Gurus of the Self-Help Movement Make us Helpless. Australian Review of Public Affairs.

Wayne A. Warburton, Doris J.F. McIlwain, David R. Cairns, & Alan Taylor. Restoring perceived control with aggression: why, how and who? 17th World Meeting of the International Society for Research on Aggression. Citations: 5.


Wayne Warburton & Doris J.F. McIlwain. The role of early maladaptive schemas in adult aggression. Psychology, psychiatry and mental health monographs: the journal of the NSW Institute of Psychiatry2, 17-34. Citations: 21.


Doris J.F. McIlwain. Therapists with fur. Meanjin 63 (4), 167-171. Citations: 1.

Doris J.F. McIlwain. Can the science of love catch up with common sense? Book review of Deborah Blum, Love at Goon Park: Harry Harlow and the Science of Affection. Australian Review of Public Affairs.


Doris J.F. McIlwain. Bypassing empathy: a Machiavellian theory of mind and sneaky power. In Betty Repacholi & Virginia Slaughter, Individual Differences in Theory of Mind: implications for typical and atypical development (pp. 39-66). Citations: 162.

Doris J.F. McIlwain. Book review of Harold G. Coward, Yoga and Psychology: language, memory, and mysticism. Metapsychology online reviews.


Doris J.F. McIlwain. The dynamic unconscious revisited: the role of motivation, affect, embodiment, and intersubjectivity in catching ourselves unawares. In Niamh Stephenson & John R. Morss (Eds.), Theoretical Issues in Psychology (pp. 379-392). Dordrecht: Kluwer. Citations: 3.


Doris J.F. McIlwain. Losing ourselves: the burden of consciousness in the writings of Jenny Diski. Corporealities: energies, affects, selves. Collected Papers vol.4 of the Literature and Psychoanalysis Conference. Citations: 1

Doris J.F. McIlwain. Book review of Robyn Ferrell, Passion in Theory. Australasian Feminist Studies 13 (28), 367-369.


Mary Westbrook & Doris J.F. McIlwain. Living with the late effects of disability: a five year follow-up survey of coping among post-polio survivors. Australasian Occupational Therapy Journal 43 (2), 60-71. Citations: 28.


Doris J.F. McIlwain. The gods are libido. Book review of Richard Noll, The Jung Cult: origins of a charismatic movement. Metascience new series 7, 212-215.


Doris J.F. McIlwain. Exiles at home: a psychological profile of affiliates to innovative new religious movements in Australia. In A.M. Bouvy, F.J.R. van der Vijver, P. Boski & P. Schmitz (Eds.) Journeys into Cross-cultural Psychology (pp 21636). Amsterdam: Swetz & Zeitlinger.

Doris J.F. McIlwain. A personality approach to involvement in new religious movements. In Boele de Raad, Willem K.B. Hofstee, & Guus L. van Heck (Eds.), Personality Psychology in Europe (pp. 23542). Tilburg: Tilburg University Press.

Doris J.F. McIlwain. Embedded women: the Freudian legacy, and women’s self-image and morality in the work of Gilligan and Brown. Paper presented to the Pacific Women in Psychology Conference, Wellington.


Susan Hayes & Doris J.F. McIlwain. The prevalence of intellectual disability in the New South Wales prison population: an empirical study. NSW Department of Corrective Services. Citations: 62.