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Published:November 19th, 2012 07:54 EST
Australian Psychiatrist Cracks the Mind-Body Cipher

Australian Psychiatrist Cracks the Mind-Body Cipher

By SOP newswire

The Mind-Body Problem Explained: The Biocognitive Model for Psychiatry by Dr. Niall McLaren (Future Psychiatry Press, 2012) explores the scientific and logical bases of the distinction between brain and mind " the topic that has remained at the center of debate and research for centuries and has vital implications for treatment of mental illness, such as depression, anxiety, AD/HD, and other disorders .  

Dr. Niall (Jock) McLaren is an Australian psychiatrist who uses philosophical analysis to show that modern psychiatry has no scientific basis. This startling conclusion dovetails neatly with the growing evidence that psychiatric drug treatment is crude and damaging. Needless to say, this message is not popular with mainstream psychiatrists. However, in this book, he shows how the principles of information processing give a formal theory of mind that generates a model of mental disorder as a psychological phenomenon.

Inside the The Mind Body Problem Explained, readers learn:


  • How, for ideological reasons, modern philosophy misses the point of the duality of mind and body; 
  • How to resolve the mind-body problem using well-defined principles; 
  • Why the entire DSM project is doomed to fail; 
  • Why the ideas of Thomas Szasz have failed to influence psychiatry; 
  • Where we go from here. 

What experts are saying about the book:

"The Mind Body Problem Explained is a thoughtful, insightful and provocative exploration of the nature of the human mind, and sets forth a powerful argument for rethinking the medical model of mental disorders. The current paradigm of psychiatric care has failed us, and Niall McLaren`s book will stir readers to think of new possibilities."

--Robert B. Whitaker, author Mad in America: Bad Science, Bad Medicine, and the Enduring Mistreatment of the Mentally Ill

"It is impossible to do justice to this ambitious, erudite, and intrepid attempt to dictate to psychiatry a new, `scientifically-correct` model theory. The author offers a devastating critique of the shortcomings and pretensions of psychiatry, not least its all-pervasive, jargon-camouflaged nescience."

--Sam Vaknin, PhD, author Malignant Self Love: Narcissism Revisited

Read an excerpt from The Mind Body Problem Explained online at

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About the Author

Born in Western Australia, Niall (Jock) McLaren studied medicine at the University of WA and then psychiatry, graduating in 1977. He has been in full-time practice ever since, including five years in a Veterans` hospital and six years as the Regional Psychiatrist in WA`s remote Kimberley Region, before he moved to Darwin. McLaren writes papers and books with a philosophical bent which are uniformly loathed and ignored by the mainstream of psychiatry. Among his previous publishing credits are books in the Humanizing series: Humanizing Madness, Humanizing Psychiatry, and Humanizing Psychiatrists. Visit his website to learn more about his work and publications.