Steve Taylor, PhD

Steve Taylor, PhD



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Steve Taylor, PhD, is a senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Beckett University, and the author of several best-selling books on psychology and spirituality. He is a past chair of the Transpersonal Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society. He has published 14 books, including studies of spirituality and psychology and three books of spiritual poetry. His latest book is DisConnected: The Roots of Human Cruelty and How Connection Can Heal the World. His other books include The Clear Light, Out of the Darkness, Back to Sanity, The Calm Center, The Leap and Spiritual Science. His books have been published in 20 languages, while his articles and essays have been published in over 100 academic journals, magazines and newspapers. He regularly appears in the media in the UK, and has been recently featured on Radio 4’s The Moral Maze, BBC Breakfast, Radio FiveLive and TalkRadio. He writes blog articles for The Conversation and Psychology Today. Eckhart Tolle has described his work as ‘an important contribution to the shift in consciousness which is happening on our planet at present.’ Steve lives in Manchester, England, with his wife and three young children.

Research interests

Steve’s main interests are spiritual transformation and awakening experiences. He has coined the term ‘transformation through turmoil’ to describe transformation linked to types of psychological turmoil such as addiction, serious illness, bereavement and so on. His books Out of the Darkness and Extraordinary Awakenings are about this. Steve is also interested in what he calls ‘time expansion experiences’ – he is writing a book about them at the moment. More tangentially, Steve is interested in psychic phenomena such as precognition and after death encounters.

Key publications

Taylor, S. (2021). Transformation through loss and grief: A study of personal transformation following bereavement. The Humanistic Psychologist, 49(3), 381–399.  

Taylor, S. (2018). Spiritual science. Watkins Publishing.

Taylor, S. (2017). The leap: The psychology of spiritual awakening. New World Library.

Taylor, S. (2005). The fall: The insanity of the ego in human history. O Books.

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