Trevor Harley

Welcome to my site.

Keyword summary of content

Consciousness, Dreams, Weather, Language, Mental illness, Depression, Anxierty, Meaning of Life, Death

Short biography. I am Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Dundee, Scotland, and a writer, science journalist, public speaker, and comedian. I was formerly Chair of Cognitive Psychology at Dundee, where I was Head of Department and then Dean from 2003 until 2014. I am now a full-time writer and speaker. I am author of several books, including the best-selling text The Psychology of Language, currently in its fourth edition, and The Psychology of Weather. My latest book, The Science of Consciousness has just been published. My research interests are wide, including language, consciousness, sleep, dreams and their meaning, ageing, futurology, and psychology and the weather. I have suffered all my life from severe anxiety and depression, another topic of my research, and write, talk, and blog about it. I provide this site as a resource for people interested in the weather, consiousness, language, and mental illness. In general my research and interests are about how we can maximise and achieve our potential, and why we behave as we do. I hope you find the site useful. Feel free to contact me at the email address below.

Links to my pages

About me. For an extended biography.

Books. For details of my books,including:

The Psychology of Language

Talking the Talk

The Psychology of Weather

The Science of Consciousness

Science and Psychology

My novel Fit for a King, and more.

Language. Material related to my psychology of language books and psycholinguistics research.

Consciousness. Material related to my consciousness book The Science of Consciousness, and consciousness research, particularly sleep, dreams, and higher and altered tates of consciousness. Here you will find additional information, as well as clarifications and any corrections to the text, plus as many resources on consciousness as I have time to add. I have kept a dream diary for many years. I update these pages very frequently.

Weather. Information about severe weather events in Britain, recent weather, the British climate, and material related to my book The Psychology of Weather, including research on the topic of the weather and behaviour. How does weather affect us? Or do you just want to know what the weather was like in a particular month or on a special date? I update these pages at least once a month, usually more often.

Mental illness. My struggles with mental illness. My blog on mental illness, whatisthemeaningofmylife, is now hosted on these pages, and new entries can also be found with here. It particularly deals with depression and anxiety, and how they relate to trying to find meaning in life. I also talk about the meaning of life in general, and my fear of death.

Chess. I am keen (if distinctly average) chess player. I am interested in the psychology of chess playing, particularly at the sub-grandmaster level, and how we can all become better players - at any age. I have written several guest blogs on improving at chess. You can also find information about my suggested chess self-improvement plan.

Coaching and tuition. I offer a limited amounf of coaching, tuition, teaching, on the topics that interest me, including psychology, psychological health, writing, and the physical sciences, for younger and older people.

How to contact me

Email me at:

[email protected]

Like everyone else I get submerged with spam, so if I haven't acknowledged your email within in a week or so the most likely explanation is that I missed it, so please just resend. I will answer all emails that I think are real (and not asking me for money) as soon as possible.

Last updated

3 October 2023.

Privacy policy and other small stuff

This site represents a great deal of work on my behalf. Please contact me if you wish to quote it at length, and please link to or cite it as appropriate:

If you think I have broken copyright in any way, particularly with the use of images, please let me know before sueing me for every penny I have (because I don't have very many). It's not my intention to exploit or offend anyone.

The software I use for putting this site together doesn't have a spellchecker so there are almost certainly typos. I correct them as I find them but life without a spellchecker is surprisingly difficult. Feel free to email me about any particularly egregious ones.

I am an enthusiastic photographer and nearly all of the images on this site are mine. Photography is "painting with light", and the light depends on the weather.

I don't harvest emails or IP addresses or anything like that. I am experimenting with some inobtrusive (I hope) advertising - a chap's got to make a living. Talking of which if you want to support my website and blog you can:


© Trevor Harley 1998-2023.