Selected Publications


Boag, S. (2017). Metapsychology and the Foundation of Psychoanalsysis: Attachment, neuropsychoanalysis and integration. London: Routledge.


Boag, S., Brakel, L. A. W. & Talvitie, V. (Eds.)(2015).  Psychoanalysis and Philosophy of Mind: unconscious mentality in the 21st century.  London: Karnac. psychoanalysis-and-philosophy-of-mind-unconscious-mentality-in-the-twenty-5279

Boag, S., Brakel, L. A. W. & Talvitie, V. (Eds.)(2015). Philosophy, Science, and Psychoanalysis: a critical meeting. London: Karnac.PSP 2015

Table of contents & introduction: Boag, Brakel & Talvitie 2015

Boag, S. (2012). Freudian repression, the unconscious, and the dynamics of inhibition. London: Karnac. Book review.


Boag, S. & Tiliopoulos, N. (Eds.) (2011). Personality and Individual Differences: Theory, Assessment and Application. New York: Nova.

Boag, S. (Ed.) (2008). Personality Down Under: Perspectives from Australia. New York: Nova.

Journal articles

Richardson, E. N., & Boag, S. (2016). Offensive defenses: The mind beneath the mask of the dark triad traits. Personality and Individual Differences, 92, 148-152.

Boag, S. (2015). Personality assessment, ‘construct validity’, and the significance of theory. Personality & Individual Differences, 84, 36-44. Abstract.

Colace, C. & Boag, S. (2015). Persisting myths surrounding Sigmund Freud’s dream theory: a reply to Hobson’s critique of the scientific status of psychoanalysis. Contemporary Psychoanalysis,  51, 107-125. Open access available here.

Colace, C. & Boag, S. (2015). The empirical study of infantile wish-fulfillment dreams: a reply to response of Allan J. Hobson.Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 51, 132-134. Download paper: Colace & Boag 2015b

Boag, S. (2014). Ego, drives, and the dynamics of internal objects. Frontiers in Psychoanalysis and Neuropsychoanalysis, 5, 1-13.  Abstract    Download paper: Boag 2014 Frontiers

Boag, S. (2014). Psychodynamic approaches to Borderline Personality Disorder. ACPARIAN, 9, 25-28. Boag 2014 BPD

Boag, S. (2012). Identity and disorders of the self. ACPARIAN, 4, 12-13.

Boag, S. (2011). Explanation in personality psychology: ‘verbal magic’ & the Five-Factor Model. Philosophical Psychology24 (2), 223-243.  Abstract    Download paper: Boag 2011 Open Access

Boag, S. (2010). Repression, suppression, & conscious awareness. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 27 (2), 164-181. Abstract

Boag, S. (2008). ‘Mind as feeling’ or affective relations? A contribution to the school of Andersonian realism. Theory & Psychology18 (4), 505-525. Abstract

Boag, S. (2007). Pathological science & the myth of recovered memories: Reply to McNally. Review of General Psychology, 11 (4), 361-362. Abstract

Boag, S. (2007). Realism, self-deception, & the logical paradox of repression. Theory & Psychology17 (3), 421-447. Abstract

Boag, S. (2007). ‘Real processes’ & the explanatory status of repression & inhibition. Philosophical Psychology20 (3), 375-392.  Abstract

Boag, S. (2006). Can repression become a conscious process? Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 29 (5), 513-4. Abstract

Boag, S. (2006). “Freudian dream theory, dream bizarreness, & the disguise-censor controversy”: Response to Commentaries. Neuro-psychoanalysis8 (1), 59-68. Download PDF

Boag, S. (2006). Freudian dream theory, dream bizarreness, & the disguise-censor controversy. Neuro-psychoanalysis8 (1), 5-16. AbstractDownload PDF

Boag, S. (2006). Freudian repression, the common view, and pathological science. Review of General Psychology, 10 (1), 74-86. Abstract. Discussed in Advances in the History of Psychology here.

Boag, S. (2005). Addressing mental plurality: Justification, objections & logical requirements of strongly partitive accounts of mind. Theory & Psychology, 15 (6), 747-767. Abstract

Book chapters

Boag, S. (2015). In defence of unconscious mentality. In S. Boag, L. A. W. Brakel, & V. Talvitie (Eds.), Psychoanalysis and Philosophy of Mind (pp. 239-265). London: Karnac.

Boag, S. (2015). Repression, defence, & the psychology of science. In S. Boag, L. A. W. Brakel, and V. Talvitie (Eds.), Philosophy, Science, and Psychoanalysis (pp. 247-268). London: Karnac.

Boag, S. (2011). The role of conceptual analysis in personality research. In S. Boag & N. Tiliopoulos (Eds.), Personality and Individual Differences: Theory, Assessment and Application (pp. 321-330). New York: Nova. Abstract

Boag, S. (2010). Description and explanation within personality psychology research. In R. E. Hicks (Ed.), Personality and Individual Differences: Current Directions (pp. 21-29). Bowen Hills, QLD: Australian Academic Press. Abstract

Boag, S. (2008). Is language necessary for consciousness? An assessment of Freud’s ‘word/thing’ presentation distinction. In S. Boag (Ed.), Personality Down Under: Perspectives from Australia (pp. 81-89). New York: Nova. Abstract

Boag, S. (2008). A brief history of personality and individual differences research in Australia. In S. Boag (Ed.), Personality Down Under: Perspectives from Australia (pp. 7-20). New York: Nova. AbstractDownload PDF

Boag, S. (2008). Making sense of subliminal perception. In A. M. Columbus (Ed.), Advances in Psychology Research (pp. 117-139). New York: Nova. Abstract.  Download PDF


Boag, S. (2012). Freud, patricide, and the birth of the hero. [Review of the book The Letters of Sigmund Freud and Otto Rank: Inside Psychoanalysis]. PsycCRITIQUES-Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 57, 39. Available here. Discussed here.

Boag, S. (2012). Locating consciousness in the material world: Getting closer but still no cigar [Review of the book Phenomenology and the physical reality of consciousness]. PsycCRITIQUES-Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 57, 22

Boag, S. (2011). Transcending the body-culture dichotomy in Jungian thinking? More questions than answers [ Review of the book Body, mind, and healing After Jung: A space of questions ]. PsycCRITIQUES-Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books , 56 (31).

Boag, S. (2011). Freud and free-will: Fact, fantasy, and philosophy [Review of the book Freud, the reluctant philosopher]. PsycCRITIQUES-Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 56 (6).

Boag, S. (2010). Philosophy and psychology: need there be estrangement? [Review of the motion picture Examined Life ]. PsycCRITIQUES-Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 55 (29).

Boag, S. (2009). Does psychology really need another personality textbook? [Review of the book Personality theories: Critical perspectives]. PsycCRITIQUES-Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books54 (41). Discussed here.

Boag, S. (2009). Cognitive Epidemiology and the challenges of understanding the causes of mental ability across the lifespan [Review of the book A lifetime of intelligence: Follow-up studies of the Scottish Mental Surveys of 1932 and 1947]. PsycCRITIQUES-Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 54 (20).

Boag, S. (2009). Reflections on mentalization and a future for psychoanalysis [Review of the book Mind to mind: Infant research, neuroscience, and psychoanalysis].PsycCRITIQUES-Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 54 (14).

Boag, S. (2008). How far have we come since the Age of Enlightenment? [Review of the book Brain, mind and medicine: Essays in Eighteenth-century neuroscience].PsycCRITIQUES-Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 53 (26).

Boag, S. (2008). Re-discovering the embodied self [Review of the book Passions and tempers: A history of the humours]. PsycCRITIQUES-Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 53 (8).

Boag, S. (2007). Decoding the meaning of transference and countertransference: An integrative perspective [Review of the book Transference and countertransference in non-analytic therapy: Double-edged swords]. PsycCRITIQUES-Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books52 (51).

Boag, S. (2007). Maintaining the illusion of love [Review of the book Demystifying love: Plain talk for the mental health professional]. PsycCRITIQUES-Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books 52 (31).


Boag, S. & Turtle, A. M. (2005). Psychology in the Public Eye: The Cartoonist’s History of Psychology. Available here.

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