The Myth of Normal Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
“This riveting and beautifully written tale has profound implications for all of our lives, including the practice of medicine and mental health.”—Bessel van der Kolk, MD, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Body Keeps the Score
“Wise, sophisticated, rigorous and creative: an intellectual and compassionate investigation of who we are and who we may become. Essential reading for anyone with a past and a future.”—Tara Westover, New York Times bestselling author of Educated
“The Myth of Normal is a book literally everyone will be enriched by—a wise, profound and healing work that is the culmination of Dr. Maté's many years of deep and painfully accumulated wisdom.”—Johann Hari, New York Times bestselling author of Stolen Focus
“Gabor and Daniel Maté have delivered a book in which readers can seek refuge and solace during moments of profound personal and social crisis. The Myth of Normal is an essential compass during disorienting times.”—Esther Perel, psychotherapist, author, and host of Where Should We Begin?
From our most trusted and compassionate authority on stress, trauma, and mental well-being—a groundbreaking investigation into the causes of illness, a bracing critique of how our society breeds disease, and a pathway to health and healing.
Gabor Maté’s internationally bestselling books have changed the way we look at addiction and have been integral in shifting the conversations around ADHD, stress, disease, embodied trauma, and parenting. Now, in this revolutionary book, he eloquently dissects how in Western countries that pride themselves on their health care systems, chronic illness and general ill health are on the rise. So what is really “normal” when it comes to health?
For all our expertise and technological sophistication, Western medicine often fails to treat the whole person, ignoring how today’s culture stresses the body, burdens the immune system, and undermines emotional balance. In The Myth of Normal, co-written with his son Daniel, Maté brings his perspective to the great 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. The result is Maté’s most ambitious and urgent book yet.
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|Listening Length||18 hours and 12 minutes|
|Author||Gabor Maté, Daniel Maté|
|Audible.ca Release Date||September 13 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #11 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1 in Mental Health (Audible Books & Originals)
#1 in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
#2 in Psychology
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Gabor Mate has apparently been known as somewhat controversial in his ideas. Initially, I disagreed with some of his ideas/points and I kept reading with a 'prove me wrong' approach. I'm glad I did because it got me to interact with the material as opposed to passively listen and not put it into practice or relate it back to my own experience.
A relatively easy read, just know that it's a hefty sized book.
It is worthwhile to have paradigms challenged and then to find ideas that explain some of the reasons for the patterns of coping I have.
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Whilst much of the book is dedicated to demonstrating (perhaps to sceptical medics) that addiction and many behaviours can be traced to past trauma, the book does at times come over as a bit of a rant. Indeed in the concluding chapter Dr. Mate uses the term "soap box".
I tried to look past the use of print media as a reference but found myself becoming worried about the quality of research when on page 278 the authors claim that the UK's welfare system was being "dismantled", which I can only assume was taken from a left leaning newspaper headline. The claim is profoundly inaccurate. A simple check on Statista will show that for the last 20 years the percentage of UK households claiming welfare benefits has remained broadly stable at 16% of total households. Furthermore the amount spent has with the exception of 2003/05 and 2013/14 risen every year. Total spend in 2001/01 was £101 billion. The projected spend for 2021/22 is £216 billion.
This throwaway remark caused me to wonder how many inaccuracies might be present.
I would have given part v a five star plus rating if I could, but earlier elements were much closer to one which is a pity. I am sure the book could so easily have been 5 all round as much of the argument for the problems we face could have been reduced or even removed without detriment to the central message.
Ergänzung: Ich persönlich sehe den Teil des Buches über den Einsatz von Psychedelika kritisch. Hier habe ich starken Widerstand in meinem System gespürt, was auch immer das bedeuten mag.