Mental Illness and Human Evolution

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Emotional Fossils
Print and electronic copies available in January

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a new theory of mind


a new theory of mind

“In this breathtakingly original book, John Wylie proposes a new theory of mind, one that reconciles evolutionary biology with psychodynamics. This is a great endeavor of the intellect and a deep review of consciousness itself.”  – Andrew Solomon (Noonday Demon & Far from the Tree)

John Wylie holds a BA in history from Yale, an MD from Columbia, and completed a psychiatric residency at Georgetown University. He began his career at a maximum-security prison in Maryland, followed by 35 years in the private practice of psychiatry in Washington, where he served as chair of the department of psychiatry at Sibley Memorial Hospital. Dr. Wylie was a founding member of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society. In 2010 he wrote Diagnosing and Treating Mental Illness: A Guide for Physicians, Nurses, Patients, and Their Families, (second edition, 2012) and Ape Mind, Old Mind, New Mind: Emotional Fossils and the Evolution of the Human Spirit (2019), a memoir about the development of his ideas.

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