It is such an honour to welcome renowned speaker and bestselling author Dr. Gabor Maté to the podcast this week. Dr. Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on various topics, including addiction, stress, and childhood development. He has written several bestselling books, including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection, and Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It, and has coauthored Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers. His works have been published internationally in nearly thirty languages.
In this illuminating episode, we discuss his incredible new book, The Myth of Normal, and how much of what we deem the norm in today’s culture is neither healthy nor natural. Join us as we explore a range of topics, including trauma and its effects, attachment theory, the mind-body connection, the cost of repressing emotions, and more.
00:47 The Myth of Normal
03:26 The idea of normal
05:28 The toxicity of modern culture
09:38 How our childhood wounds show up in the present day
17:16 Why medicine ignores the mind-body connection
23:46 When does an experience become trauma?
26:16 Importance of attuned caregivers
34:15 The cost of suppressing your emotions
39:00 The cost of people pleasing & no boundaries
43:42 Choosing your pain – authenticity vs. belonging
50:00 Exercises for self-understanding
55:00 Healing a toxic culture