Dr David Tacey is Associate Professor and Reader in Arts at La Trobe University in Victoria, where he teaches literature, spirituality and Jungian psychology. He is the author of five books on spirituality and culture, including Edge of the Sacred and Re-Enchantment: The New Australian Spirituality.
Recently he was interviewed on ABC’s The Spirit of Things about his latest book God and Diseases. Here’s the “blurb” for the interview: “The secular world is killing us, says David Tacey. The Jungian scholar and author of Gods and Diseases believes that living an entirely rational existence seeks its opposite in intoxicants and other forms of escape, which lead to depression and self harm. The mid-life crisis is another casualty of a life devoid of spiritual fulfillment. Aboriginal initiation rituals, he believes, offer a clue for renewal.”
You can download or listen to the interview here.
While not without criticism (and you can be critical) I always find Tacey an interesting and stimulating ‘conversation’ partner, so any chance to hear him, as in this interview, is a delight. He offers some interesting thoughts of sexuality & spirituality; mental health; psychotherapy; and mid-life. See what you think.
Gods and Diseases: Making Sense of Our Physical and Mental Wellbeing. Published 2011.
“…There are many problems in today′s society that cannot be resolved by the applications of reason, logic or medical science. These include child abuse, alcoholism, drug addiction, and suicide. Numerous mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, and phobias, are rising dramatically and there seems to be no solution in sight. In this book, David Tacey argues that the solution lies in breaking free from the confines of modern medicine. Instead we must turn to spirituality, and to what Tacey calls ′meaning-making′, to make sense of our physical and mental wellbeing.”
Have a look inside the book.