Dr Steven Taylor, Senior Lecturer

Dr Steven Taylor

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Steve Taylor teaches on the Social Psychology BA and Interdisciplinary Psychology MA. His interests include Consciousness Studies, Spirituality, Positive Psychology and Transpersonal Psychology. He is the author of many best-selling books on psychology and spirituality.

Steve's background is in Transpersonal Psychology and Positive Psychology. He has published 14 books, including Waking From Sleep, The Leap and Extraordinary Awakenings.

Steve's journal articles have been published in many academic journals, magazines and newspapers, including The Journal of Humanistic Psychology, The Journal of Consciousness Studies and The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology. His work has been featured widely in the media in the UK, including The Daily Mail, The Daily Express, on BBC Breakfast, BBC World TV, Radio 4 and 5, and in The Guardian and The Independent. He is a member of the British Psychological Society and past chair of its Transpersonal Psychology section.

Current Teaching

  • Social Psychology (BA)
  • Interdisciplinary Psychology (MA)


  • Positive Psychology
  • Consciousness Studies
  • Peace Psychology
  • Transpersonal Psychology

Research Interests

In recent years, Steve's research has focused on 'transformation through turmoil,' as discussed in his 2021 book Extraordinary Awakenings. This deals with the transformational effects of intensely stressful and challenging experiences, such as bereavement, serious illness and addiction. This may create a shift in identity which is equivalent to a spiritual awakening.

Steve is also researching 'awakening experiences,' when people experience a temporary expansion and intensification of awareness. In addition, he has a longstanding research interest in 'time expansion experiences,' when time seems to slow down drastically or even disappear (such as in accident situations.)

Steve is also interested in parapsychology, including topics such as near-death experiences and precognition.

Dr Steven Taylor, Senior Lecturer

Ask Me About

  1. Psychology
  2. Religion
  3. Spirituality
  4. Therapy

Selected Outputs

  • Taylor SM (2012) Agony to Ecstasy: The Positive After-Effects of Turmoil and Trauma. In: Van Leeuwen T; Brouwer M ed. Psychology of Trauma. New York: Nova Science Publishers,

  • Taylor SM (2011) The Outsider: From Existentialism to Enlightenment. In: Stanley C ed. Around the outsider: Essays Presented to Colin Wilson on the Occasion of His 80th Birthday. Southampton: O Books, pp. 60-78.

  • Taylor S (2012) Back to Sanity: Healing the Madness of Our Minds. London: Hay House Pub.

  • Taylor S (2011) Out of the Darkness. London: Hay House, Inc.

  • Taylor S (2010) Waking from Sleep: Why Awakening Experiences Occur and How to Make them Permanent. London: Hay House.

  • Taylor S (2007) Making Time. London: Icon Books.