The Myth of Normal

The Myth of Normal

With Gabor Maté  •  Recorded Saturday, December 17, 2022

An online community conversation facilitated by Zaya & Maurizio Benazzo

Join Dr. Gabor Maté for an online discussion of his new book, The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture, co-written with his son Daniel Maté.

Over four decades of clinical experience, Dr. Gabor Maté came to recognize the prevailing understanding of "normal" as false, neglecting the roles that trauma and stress, and the pressures of modern-day living exert on our bodies and our minds at the expense of good health. For all its expertise and technological sophistication, Western medicine often fails to treat the whole person, ignoring how the toxicity of today’s culture stresses the body, burdens the immune system, and undermines emotional balance.

Hailed by Bessel van der Kolk as "an epic journey of discovery about how our emotional well-being, and our social connectivity (in short: how we live), is intimately intertwined with health, disease and addictions," The Myth of Normal is a groundbreaking investigation into how modern-day society has accepted behaviors, ways of relating and belonging that breed disease by their very nature. Gabor brings his perspective to the untangling of common myths about what makes us sick, connects the dots between the maladies of individuals and the declining soundness of society, and offers a compassionate guide for health and healing. 

Find out where to get your copy of The Myth of Normal here.

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Dec 17, 2022 10:00am - 11:30am PST

Gabor Maté

Gabor Maté, M.D. is a physician and best-selling author whose books have been published in twenty languages. His interests include child development, the mind-body unity in health and illness, and the treatment of addictions. Gabor has worked in palliative care and as a family physician, and for fourteen years practiced addiction medicine in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. As a speaker he regularly addresses professional and lay audiences throughout North America. He is the recipient of a number of awards, including a Simon Fraser University Outstanding Alumnus Award and an honorary degree from the University of Northern British Columbia. His most recent book, In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction, won the Hubert Evans Prize for literary nonfiction. He is Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.

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