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4 Jun 2012

Have you ever thought that there might be something wrong with human beings, even that we might be slightly insane? Why is it that so many human beings are filled with a restless discontent, and an insatiable desire for material goods, status and power? Why is it that human history has been filled with endless conflict, oppression and inequality?

In this ground-breaking and inspiring book, Steve Taylor shows that we do suffer from a psychological disorder, which he refers to as humania, or ego-madness. This disorder is so close to us that we don't realize it's there, but it's the root cause of all our dysfunctional behaviour, both as individuals and as a species. This book explains the characteristics of humania, where it stems from and how it leads to the madness of materialism, status-seeking, warfare, inequality and other symptoms of our insanity. But equally importantly, Back to Sanity shows how we can heal this mental disorder and allow the fleeting moments of harmony that we all experience from time to time to become our permanent state of being.

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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House UK (4 Jun 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848505477
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848505476
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Steve Taylor is the author of several books on spirituality and psychology, including The Fall, Out of the Darkness, Waking From Sleep and Back to Sanity. He is also the author of The Meaning, a book of poetic and spiritual reflections. Eckhart Tolle has described his work as 'an important contribution to the global shift in consciousness' while Ervin Laszlo has called Waking From Sleep 'the most enlightening book about enlightenment I have ever read.' Steve is a lecturer in psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University. He was included (at no. 31) in Mind, Body,Spirit magazine's recent list of the '100 most spiritually influential living people.'For more information see

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Taylor is right: humans are mad as cheese. Back to Sanity shows us how to make a sandwich out of our madness and enjoy the meal. (Oliver James, author of Affluenza and Contented Dementia)

Insightful, confronting and liberating... I recommend Steve Taylor's brilliant new book to everyone. It is destined to be a modern classic. (Robert Holden PhD, author of Shift Happens!)

A book with a massive scope which opens our eyes to a new way of understanding the world, and is also a pleasure to read. (Christopher Ryan, author of the New York Times bestseller Sex at Dawn)

For page after page, as I read this book, I kept saying inwardly to myself, "Yes... Yes!" over and over... Back to Sanity continues Steve Taylor's admirable series of books nudging us - individually and collectively - towards wisdom and enlightenment. We should all hope that sales are massive, and that huge numbers of people take their contents to heart. (Larry Culliford The Network Review)

The real joy of Back to Sanity is in seeing our own loopiness. (The Sunday Times Style 2012-06-10)

About the Author

Steve Taylor PhD is a senior lecturer in psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University and the bestselling author of several books on spirituality and psychology, including The Fall, Waking from Sleep and Out of the Darkness. He lives in Manchester with his wife and three young children.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by Steve Taylor 18 Sep 2012
A few years ago Steve Taylor captured my attention with his first book the Fall, in which he tried to understand the genesis, limitations and dangers of our `ego-separateness'. Since then he has continued to surprise me with new titles - about one every year - in which he has shown how deep this ego-separateness touches us in our daily lives, and how necessary and spiritually enriching it is to leave this ego-separateness behind. I was amazed that the theme could inspire Taylor to yet another book. And again, it is a great book, a welcome addition to his other titles, written again in his fluent, lively style, which makes the book accessible to both the academic specialist and the general reader. I am impressed by the way Taylor as an academic continues to make a big effort to reach the general public with his ideas, and by the way he dares to be fully open to the world of spirituality - a world that in academia is still very much frowned upon, and often not considered worthy of any serious scientific interest.

In Back to Sanity Taylor sets the problems that everyone in the Western world is facing today - from loneliness to acquisitiveness to competitiveness to warfare and to environmental destruction - in a clear perspective and he argues convincingly that behind these problems one root cause can be identified. Taylor has labeled this root cause humania, a state of `psychological discord', that is caused by our ego-separateness. This psychological discord manifests in our daily lives as a continuous `thought chatter', a kind of mental fog that blocks the full experience of reality around us and makes us feel incomplete.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Instructional and inspirational 28 Jan 2013
I found `Back to Sanity' a very rewarding read. Many of us have recognised the madness of modern day living. Steve Taylor eloquently explains the source of this madness and gives an 8 point solution or tool box to reclaiming one's `piece of mind' and finding harmony and balance with the world. In the book he suggests a way of living that allows us to protect our souls from the madness created by the social pressures to acquire the maximum amount of wealth, friends, influence and status.

What is on offer, sanity or relief from mass psychosis, is arguably the greatest treasure for anyone. Yet for many people in the world, it may be more difficult to acquire than any promotion, fortune or fame, especially if they don't even know they are seeking it. Steve Taylor's style is accessible, logical and succinct. If you are looking to heal your `Humania' then this is a must read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Momentous 3 Mar 2013
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This is a momentous book, a must read. I always suspected that we all are indeed mad, but never thought it could be explained in such a simple, well researched and rational way. Inspiring too. Now, once that we know what is happening to us, we can start thinking about what to do about it. Not recommended though for those who think that everything is or will be all right ...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as taken with this book as others 23 Jun 2012
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This book has Parts 1 and 2, but I would characterize it in 3 parts. In the first part, Steve Taylor sets out his invented notion of 'humania', actually a clever term he has coined to describe two core concepts. The first, our 'internal chatter', that phenomenon we all seem to display whereby our mind is constantly in a state of internal flux, our mind wanders incessantly and we have an ongoing dialogue within ourselves. Taylor sees this as a largely negative aspect of broadly speaking white Caucasians. Notice that I am using sweeping terms, something Taylor does a lot. Why do I assume white Caucasians? Because Taylor highlights quite specifically that indigenous peoples around the world do/did not suffer from many of the mental ills that 'we' do, and that in colonizing these good peoples lands (Aborigines, North American and South American Indians, etc) we pretty much wiped them out. So white Caucasians it is. In using historical data to bolster his arguments, Taylor's pick and mix approach to history is somewhat underwhelming. In this first part, my overall impression is that Taylor has taken many of the concepts behind Buddhism and given them an appealing scientific gloss, intermingled with a broad polemic to hang everything together.

In my part 2 (though still part 1 of the book)Taylor tackles consumerism and excessive consumption. In my opinion, this is the most successful section of the book. I would recommend this book on this section alone. Although the arguments have been well rehearsed in recent post-crash years, we can't have enough writers reminding us that profligacy has to come to an end, and that means YOU (and me).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Healing the Madness of Our Minds 2 Jan 2013
This book provides a fascinating and insightful exploration into the workings of the human mind and our collective madness. The origins and workings of this madness are examined, including how it works to influence our thoughts, behaviours, experience of life, and is capable of producing misery in even the most banal or opulent of surroundings, and indeed how this inner discord translates into discord throughout our world.

Steve Taylor lays out a convincing 8-stage pathway for the transformation 'Back to Sanity', towards an inner experience of harmony of being. Pre-conditions of the journey are laid out, and each stage is sensitively described in detail and with nuance so that one may fully understand the purpose and workings of each stage.

I first came across Steve Taylor's work through an endorsement by Eckhart Tolle of a previous book of his entitled 'The Fall', which was a riveting and extremely well researched look into the culture and consciousness human societies in pre-history, and of how our current state of inner turmoil, - 'humania' as Steve terms it - developed from a formerly calm and peaceful inner state, a state which was still present up to modern times in some isolated communities. 'The Fall' is a fantastic book, and with 'Back to Sanity' Steve has returned with another brilliant contribution.

I thoroughly recommend this book and other works by Steve Taylor to anybody who is interested in consciousness, spirituality, optimum human experience, or in creating a better world. As this book has both depth and a clarity which make it accessible, I also feel that it would serve as a great first introduction to spirituality and inner transformation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love Steve Taylor's writings
I love all of Steve Talor's books on this subject matter - he makes it very reader friendly and accessible to interested folk.
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Excellent book, looking at life in different way certainly gives you an insight in to human nature.
I would recommend this book and in fact I have already done so.
Published 19 months ago by J. Mena
5.0 out of 5 stars A step nearer sensibility
This book is a valuable contribution to an understanding of how to 'be' rather than how to 'become'. A worthy study in common sense and highly readable to the unacademic interest.
Published 19 months ago by Richard Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Fulfilling and inspiring
The moment I picked up this book I knew it was going to be an inspiring read. I was not disappointed. I read most of it in one sitting. Read more
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1.0 out of 5 stars back to sanity
thought it was badly concieved pop pychology dragging up the same old stuff-very unoriginal and simplistic
dont waste your time or money!
Published 20 months ago by nina cadzow
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting - but could be shorter!
Steve Taylor presents a novel slant on the human condition. I'm currently two thirds through the book and have found it a bit repetitive - the same message (that most of the... Read more
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