Jon Mills (psychologist)

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Jon Mills is a Canadian philosopher, psychoanalyst, and clinical psychologist. His principle theoretical contributions have been in the philosophy of the unconscious, a critique of psychoanalysis, philosophical psychology, value inquiry, and the philosophy of culture. His clinical contributions are in the areas of attachment pathology, trauma, and psychic structure.

Academia and clinical credentials[edit]

Mills is Professor of Psychology & Psychoanalysis at the Adler Graduate Professional School in Toronto,[1] and runs a mental health corporation[2] in Ontario, Canada. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University, his Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology-Chicago,[3] and was a Fulbright scholar in the Departments of Philosophy at the University of Toronto and York University.[4] He is a Diplomate, Fellow, and is board certified in Psychoanalysis and Clinical Psychology with the American Board of Professional Psychology,[5] and is a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.[6]


Mills has been referred to as "a focused and iconoclastic scholar"[7] and "one of the most scholarly psychoanalytic thinkers of our time."[8] In 2008 he received a Significant Contribution to Canadian Psychology Award, won a Goethe Award[9][10] in 2013 for best book, and was the 2015 recipient of the Otto Weininger Memorial Award[11][12] for lifetime achievement from the Section on Psychoanalysis and Psychodynamic Psychology of the Canadian Psychological Association. In 2006, 2011, and 2013, Mills also won a Gradiva Award for his scholarship given by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis in New York City,[13] which has been in more categories than any other recipient in the history of the prize[14] including best article, book, and TV series, The Talking Cure.

Books and reviews[edit]

  • Mills, Jon (2016). Inventing God: Psychology of Belief and the Rise of Secular Spirituality. London: Routledge.
  • Naso, Ronald C. & Jon Mills (Eds.) (2016). Ethics of Evil: Psychoanalytic Investigations. London: Karnac.
  • Naso, Ronald C. & Jon Mills (Eds.) (2016). Humanizing Evil: Psychoanalytic, Philosophical, & Clinical Perspectives. London: Routledge.
  • Mills, Jon (2014). Underworlds: Philosophies of the Unconscious from Psychoanalysis to Metaphysics. London: Routledge[15][16][17][18][19][20]
  • Mills, Jon (2013). L'inconscient et son lieu. Genèse de la réalité psychique. Montreal: Éditions Liber[21][22]
  • Mills, Jon (2012). When God Wept (a novel). Washington, DC: The Humanist Press.[23][24][25]
  • Mills, Jon (2012). Conundrums: A Critique of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. New York: Routledge.[26][27][28][29][30][31][32][33]
  • Mills, Jon (2010). Origins: On the Genesis of Psychic Reality. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press.[7][34][35][36]
  • Mills, Jon (Ed.) (2006). Other Banalities: Melanie Klein Revisited. London: Routledge.[37][38][39]
  • Mills, Jon. (2005). Treating Attachment Pathology. Lanham, MD: Aronson/Rowman & Littlefield.[40][41][42][43][44]
  • Mills, Jon (Ed.) (2005). Relational and Intersubjective Perspectives in Psychoanalysis: A Critique. Lanham, MD: Aronson/Rowman & Littlefield.[45][46]
  • Mills, Jon (Ed.) (2004). Psychoanalysis at the Limit: Epistemology, Mind, and the Question of Science'. Albany: SUNY Press.[47][48]
  • Mills, Jon (Ed.) (2004). Rereading Freud: Psychoanalysis through Philosophy. Albany: SUNY Press.[49][50][51][52]
  • Mills, Jon (2002). The Unconscious Abyss: Hegel's Anticipation of Psychoanalysis. Albany: SUNY Press.[53][54][55][56][57][58]
  • Mills, Jon, (Ed.) (2002). A Pedagogy of Becoming. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi.[59]
  • Mills, Jon, (Ed.) (1999). The Human Aspect: Selected Works in Psychoanalysis, Behaviorism, and Existential Phenomenology. Long Beach, NY: Whittier.[60]
  • Mills, Jon & Janusz A. Polanowski (1997). The Ontology of Prejudice. Amsterdam/Atlanta: Rodopi.[61][62]


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  3. ^ "Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Chicago". 
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  6. ^ "Search for Member, College of Psychologists of Ontario". 
  7. ^ a b Wheeler Vega, Jason A. (2012-01-01). "Book Reviews". The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. LXXXI (1): 221–232. doi:10.1002/j.2167-4086.2012.tb00491.x. ISSN 2167-4086. 
  8. ^ Thompson, M. Guy. "M. Guy Thompson, Review of Conundrums". Taylor & Francis. 
  9. ^ "Goethe Award for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Scholarship". Canadian Psychological Association. 
  10. ^ "Goethe Award for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Scholarship (for the 2012 publication year)" (PDF). Canadian Psychological Association Section on Psychoanalytic & Psychodynamic Psychology. 2013-10-15. 
  11. ^ "Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Psychology / Psychoanalytique et psychodynamique". CPA Section Related Programs. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Canadian Psychological Association. June 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Jon Mills receives Weininger Award". International Psychoanalysis. 
  13. ^ "GRADIVA® AWARD WINNERS" (PDF). National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-03-05. 
  14. ^ "Jon Mills Receives the Goethe and Gradiva Awards". International Psychoanalysis. 
  15. ^ "Toward a Psychoanalytic Theory of Truth". Archived from the original on 2014-12-17. 
  16. ^ "Reviews: Underworlds". Archived from the original on 2014-12-17. 
  17. ^ Naso, Ronald C. "Division/Review Issue 11 Winter 2015" (PDF). Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association. pp. 6–8. Retrieved 2015-04-25. 
  18. ^ Stam, Henderikus J. (2015). "The never ending fascination: Philosophies and the unconscious". PsycCRITIQUES (Vol 60(16), 2015). 
  19. ^ White, John (2015-11-01). "Book Reviews". Journal of Analytical Psychology. 60 (5): 721–725. doi:10.1111/1468-5922.12189_2. ISSN 1468-5922. 
  20. ^ Gargiulo, Gerald (2015-06-16). "Books". The Psychoanalytic Review. 102 (3): 430. doi:10.1521/prev.2015.102.3.423. 
  21. ^ Boisseuil, Anne (2014-08-30). "Jon Mills, L'inconscient et son lieu. Genèse de la réalité psychique". Lectures [En ligne], Les comptes rendus. 
  22. ^ "Inconscient et son lieu (L')". Éditions Liber. 2013-08-26. 
  23. ^ Seltzer, Leon F. (2012-12-12). ""When God Wept": An Intriguing Fictional Hybrid". Evolution of the Self. Psychology Today. 
  24. ^ "Prominent Psychologist Jon Mills Pens First Novel, When God Wept". American Humanist Association. 2012-09-28. 
  25. ^ Seltzer, Leon F. (2013-04-19). "When God Wept". 
  26. ^ Greenberg, Tamara McClintock (2012-03-13). "Conundrums: Approaches to Psychoanalysis Current Controversies in Psychoanalytic Psychology". 21st Century Aging. Psychology Today. 
  27. ^ de Villiers, Vivian. "Conundrums: a critique of contemporary psychoanalysis Book REVIEW". Contemporary Psychotherapy. 
  28. ^ White, John R. (September 2013). "Book Review". Journal of Analytical Psychology. Wiley. doi:10.1111/1468-5922.12032_4. 
  29. ^ Rosenbaum, Philip J. (2013). "Returning to Modernity?". Contemporary Psychoanalysis. doi:10.1080/00107530.2013.10746536. 
  30. ^ Greenberg, Tamara McClintock. "Review of: Conundrums: Approaches to psychoanalysis Current Controversies in Psychoanalytic Psychology by Jon Mills". International Psychoanalysis. 
  31. ^ Ridenour, Jeremy (Summer 2012). "Conundrums: A Critique of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (Book Review)". DIVISION/Review: A Quarterly Psychoanalytic Forum (APA Div. 39 (Psychoanalysis). Psychoanalysis Division 39 American Psychological Association. 
  32. ^ Greenstadt, William M. (2013-04-01). "Book Reviews". The Psychoanalytic Review. 100 (2): 373–388. doi:10.1521/prev.2013.100.2.373. ISSN 0033-2836. 
  33. ^ Cohen, Mariam C. (2015-03-03). "Book Reviews". Psychodynamic Psychiatry. 43 (1): 137–178. doi:10.1521/pdps.2015.43.1.137. 
  34. ^ Appelbaum, Jerome (December 2013). "Book Review". The American Journal of Psychoanalysis. Palgrave MacMillan. doi:10.1057/ajp.2013.32. 
  35. ^ Lachs, John. "Origins: On the Genesis of Psychic Reality: Reviews". McGill-Queen's University Press. 
  36. ^ Jackson, Jeffrey M. (July 2014). "Review of Origins: On the Genesis of Psychic Reality". Psychoanalytic Psychology. 
  37. ^ Raubolt, Richard (Winter 2009). "Book Review". Psychologist-Psychoanalyst. APA Div. 39 (Psychoanalysis). 
  38. ^ Rijdt, Lut De. "De ondraaglijke banaliteit van Klein". Tijdschrift voor Psychoanalyse. 
  39. ^ "Reviews: Other Banalities". Archived from the original on 2014-12-17. 
  40. ^ Olson, Trevor R.; MacGregor, Michael Wm. (May 2006). "Review of Treating Attachment Pathology". Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne. 
  41. ^ Daufenbach, Robert (June 2006). "Treating Attachment Pathology". Counseling Today. 
  42. ^ Friedman, Henry J. (April 2007). "Treating Attachment Pathology. By Jon Mills. Oxford, United Kingdom: Jason Aronson, 2005. 366 pp". The Psychoanalytic Quarterly. 
  43. ^ "Treating Attachment Pathology: Reviews". Jason Aronson, Inc. Rowman & Littlefield. 
  44. ^ Haartman, Keith (2008-12-01). "Book Reviews". The Psychoanalytic Review. 95 (6): 1048–1050. doi:10.1521/prev.2008.95.6.1045. ISSN 0033-2836. 
  45. ^ Steinberg, Paul Ian (August 2006). "Book Review". Canadian Psychology. EBSCO online library search engine directory. 
  46. ^ "Reviews". Jason Aronson. Rowman & Littlefield. 
  47. ^ Tarozzi Goldsmith, Marcella (Winter 2005). "Book Review". Psychologist-Psychoanalyst. American Psychological Association Division 39 Psychoanalysis. 
  48. ^ "Summary: Psychoanalysis at the Limit Epistemology, Mind, and the Question of Science". Excelsior Editions. SUNY Press. 
  49. ^ Rothschild, Louis (Spring 2006). "Book Review" (PDF). Psychologist-Psychoanalyst. American Psychological Association Division 39 Psychoanalysis. 
  50. ^ Nissim-Sabat, Marilyn (2007). "Review". Psychoanalytic Quarterly. Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing. 
  51. ^ Chessick, Richard D. (2006). "Review". Journal of American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry. Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing. 
  52. ^ "Summary: Rereading Freud Psychoanalysis through Philosophy". Excelsior Editions. SUNY Press. 
  53. ^ Sabat, Marilyn Nissim (Winter 2005). "Book Review". Psychologist-Psychoanalyst. Psychoanalysis Division 39 American Psychological Association. 
  54. ^ Frie, Roger (October 2006). "Beyond the Dialectic Recognition: A review of The Unconscious Abyss: Hegel's Anticipation of Psychoanalysis, by Jon Mills, Albany, NY: SUNY Press, 2003" (PDF). Contemporary Psychoanalysis. W. A. W. Institute. 
  55. ^ Remley, William L.; Ver Eecke, Wilfried (June 2007). "Review". The Review of Metaphysics. 
  56. ^ Letteri, Mark (Summer 2005). "Book Review". Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences. Wiley Periodicals, Inc. doi:10.1002/jhbs.20084. 
  57. ^ Hewitt, Marsha Aileen (2008). "Book Review". The Psychoanalytic Review. Guilford Press. 
  58. ^ "Summary and Reviews". Excelsior Editions. SUNY Press. 
  59. ^ "CHOICE Review: A Pedagogy of Becoming (Value Inquiry Book Series 116) (Value Inquiry Book, 116)". Amazon. Rodopi Bv Editions. 
  60. ^ Mills, Jon (1999). The Human Aspect: Selected Works in Psychoanalysis, Behaviorism, and Existential Phenomenology. Whittier. ISBN 9781576040935. 
  61. ^ Mills, Jon; Polanowksi, Janusz. "The Ontology of Prejudice". Value Inquiry Book Series 58. Rodopi. Archived from the original on 2014-11-29. 
  62. ^ Byran Crable (2000). Book Review: The Thought of Prejudice and the Prejudice of Thought. Human Studies, 23: 317-323.

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