Ann Addison

It is a real pleasure and a challenge to be offered the opportunity to take on the role of Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Analytic Psychology at this time.  I have always felt the Journal to be a central pillar of Analytical Psychology.  The richness of its ideas and scholarship and the vitality of its conferences make it an important foundation in the post-Jungian world supporting the dissemination of ideas, clinical understandings and theoretical dialogue.  The challenge is to adapt to a post-pandemic world in which society is in flux and new modalities of knowledge dissemination are taking over.  My hopes are to deepen and expand the reach of the Journal, and to create a forum for lively ongoing discussion and interchange of post-Jungian ideas in our fractured world.  I look forward to this slightly daunting task and am very glad to be sharing it with Arthur Niesser, Nora Swan-Foster and the deputy editors and Journal Editorial Committee.

My arrival at this point is via a varied career path involving a first degree in mathematics, a career in Intellectual Property, which is probably where I learnt my writing and editorial skills, and a training with the Society of Analytical Psychology, where I am a Training Analyst with a Private Practice in London.  My lifelong interest in the arts led me first to a teaching role at the Central School of Speech and Drama on their Sesame MA in Drama and Movement Therapy and later to a role as a guest lecturer at Birkbeck teaching seminars respectively on ‘Jung and research’ and ‘Jung and the visual arts’.  A puzzling clinical event, which I did not at first understand at all, encouraged me to begin to wonder about the relationship of body and mind in psychoanalysis, and thence informed my PhD at Essex University on A study of transference phenomena in the light of Jung’s psychoid concept.  Since receiving my PhD in 2016, I have maintained my links with Essex University and am now undertaking teaching and research there as a Lecturer in the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies (PPS). 

PPS is a lively department where ideas thrive, and I hope this can be a fruitful resource for the Journal.  There is a strong base in childhood studies, gender and sexuality studies, refugee care, and Jungian and post-Jungian studies to name but a few areas of specialisation.  In particular, PPS is committed to exploring the extent to which depth psychological ideas may be applied to diverse subject areas to deepen our understanding of, and engagement with, our respective societies and cultures.  My own research interests here lie in the history of Jungian thought, in comparisons of the ideas of Jung and Bion, in the field of cultural complexes, in exploring the notion of implicit theories in the consulting room (what actually happens at the coal face), and in an investigation into the possibility of dialogues between law and psychoanalysis as an applied area of our work.  I am also interested in ecology, spirituality, music, walking/trekking and sailing.


Addison, A. (2019). Jung’s psychoid concept contextualized. London: Routledge.

Addison, A. (2022). ‘Jung, Bion and social phenomena: Intra-psychic dynamics, inter-psychic dynamics or something else?’ Funzione Gamma. In process of publication.

Addison, A. (2022). ‘Underlying Assumptions in Analytical Psychology’. In Underlying Assumptions in Psychoanalytic Schools: A Comparative Perspective’ edited by B. Huppertz. London: Routledge.

Addison, A. (2017). ‘The nature of process’. In Kyoto 2016 Anima Mundi in Transition: Cultural, Clinical and Professional Challenges: Proceedings of the 20th IAAP Congress. Einsiedeln: Daimon Verlag.

Addison, A. (2017). ‘Jung’s psychoid concept: an hermeneutic understanding’. IJJS 9:1-16.

Addison, A. (2016). ‘Jung’s psychoid concept and Bion’s protomental concept: a comparison’. JAP 61: 567-587.

Addison, A. (2012). ‘Psychoid processes and archetypal images’. In Montreal 2010 Facing Multiplicity: Psyche, Nature, Culture: Proceedings of the 18th IAAP Congress. Einsiedeln: Daimon Verlag.

Addison, A. (2009). ‘Jung, vitalism and ‘the psychoid’: an historical reconstruction’. JAP 54: 123-142.

Addison, A. (2008). ‘L’expérience du Soi: Individuation ou imitation perverse’. Cahiers Jungiens de Psychanalyse 125: 47-59.

Addison, A. (2015). Book Review: HILLMAN, J. & SHAMDASANI, S. (2013) Lament of the Dead: Psychology after Jung’s Red Book, New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc. JAP 60: 281-285.

Addison, A. (2005). Journal Review: FIGLIO, K. & JORDANOVA, A. (2005) ‘The first formal reaction to C.G. Jung’s departure from psychoanalysis: Sandor Ferenczi’s review of ‘Symbols of Transformation’, Psychoanalysis and History, 2005, 7: 51-79. JAP 50: 551-552.

Addison, A. (2003). Book Review: BEEBE, B. & LACHMANN, F. M. (2002) Infant Research and Adult Treatment: Co-constructing Interactions, Hillsdale, New Jersey:  The Analytic Press, Inc. JAP 48: 395-397.

Addison, A. (2001). Book Review: GREEN, A. (1999) The Fabric of Affect in the Psychoanalytic Discourse, Routledge: London. JAP 46: 236-238.