Archive of Presentations - 2020

Friday 6 March, 2020
7:00 pm

Canberra Jung Society Inc. Annual General Meeting
and Election of Office Bearers
at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT.

All financial members are welcome, and eligible to stand for office. 
You may nominate someone (including yourself) by email to by 5 February 2020.
The Canberra Jung Society Constitution is available for your perusal here

Friday 6 March, 2020
7:30 for 8:00 pm

Shauna Winram
"The Problem of Thought Insertion"
at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT.

Thought insertion is a symptom in schizophrenia where subjects report experiencing thoughts that are not their own.

One way to interpret thought insertion is that subjects are conscious of thoughts, but these thoughts lack subjectivity. This challenges what is arguably the dominant way to think about consciousness; that is, that consciousness is connected to subjectivity.

I discuss what consciousness is, and why it poses a challenge to science, before exploring the apparent incompatability between subjectivity theories of consciousness and thought insertion. I then address some empirical problems that thought insertion poses. For example, why do subjects form the belief that inserted thoughts are not their own?

I propose two factors that distinguish inserted thoughts from normal thoughts and suggest these factors lead to this inference. Further, I adjust Robert Van Gulick’s (2006, 2015) higher-order global state (HOGS) theory of consciousness to explain these factors. To conclude, I explore the relevance thought insertion has to Jungian ideas about complexes.

Shauna Winram has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a Master of Analytical Psychology degree from Western Sydney University, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from the Australian National University, where she is beginning a PhD in philosophy. She spent many years producing art, and a selection of her work can be found at her website: and at her blog:

Cost: Jung Society members fre
e, Guests $15, Seniors/Concession $10.
Pay by cash at the door or bank transfer or by credit card via TryBooking.

Preliminary dinner with the Speaker et al is at 5:30pm at Lyneham. 
RSVP Trish on (0432) 599 826 for location etc.

We meet from 7:30 pm for tea and coffee and snacks, music, discussion and library.

The Guest Speaker's presentation is at 8 pm for an hour or so,
then we resume for questions and discussion, finishing at 10pm.

Friday 7 February, 2020
Rev. Dr. Professor Bruce Stevens:
"The Unconscious Revisited"

at MacKillop House, 50 Archibald St, Lyneham, ACT.

The unconscious was pioneered by Freud and Jung with relevance for therapy and personal growth. Bruce looked at this concept from a different perspective that of implicit learning which has considerable research backing. This has implications for discovering our earliest spiritual awareness which will also be explored.

Professor Bruce A Stevens (adjunct CSU; PhD Boston Uni 1987) is the founder of Canberra Clinical and Forensic Psychology level 10 AMP Building, 1 Hobart Place. He has 25 years of clinical and forensic experience. He convened the clinical psychology training program at the University of Canberra (2009-2014) and became a research professor at Charles Sturt University (2015-2019).

Bruce is an endorsed clinical and forensic psychologist who offers workshops to train practitioners in Australia and overseas.  He has written ten books the most recent is Before Belief: Discovering first spiritual awareness
 (Lexington, 2020).

Cost: Jung Society members free, Guests $15, Seniors/Concession $10.
Pay by cash at the door or bank transfer or by credit card via TryBooking.

Canberra Jung Society
is a non-profit organisation,
which aims to provide a contact for people interested in the psychological insights of Carl Gustav Jung.
Through monthly meetings, workshops, other activities and our library,
we seek to help people to understand their own inner journey and the world today –
from a Jungian perspective.

PO Box 554,
Dickson, ACT 2602.

Updated by Robert James 6th March 2020