While transpersonal psychology has been on the periphery for a long time, its significance may be increasing. It is becoming increasing important for us to explore the "farther reaches of human nature."
Empathy is more than just "putting yourself in someone's shoes." It can stem from the ability to actually sense what another person is experiencing; the ability to "feel with" another person in a way that transcends separateness.
One of Steve's research interests is 'awakening experiences', moments when our normal awareness intensifies and we feel a sense of connection and meaning. What causes these experiences? Is it possible to control them? Steve's work also examines the sources of psychological suffering - why is it that human beings find it so difficult to be contented? His research also shows that many awakening experiences are triggered by intense psychological turmoil, such as depression and loss. www.stevenmtaylor.com