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“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|| #8 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1 in Mental Health (Audible Books & Originals)
#1 in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
#3 in Psychology
Reviewed in Canada on April 19, 2023
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This book is a compassionate vivisection of the ideas of normal with which we are attempting to navigate our daily lives, and for those of us a bit more aware, attempting to shed and replace with something that better meets our needs. It is a support and structure for the efforts to expose, challenge, change and repair ourselves without judging, and with a touch of dry humor.
There are few books out there worth the money in trying to learn with the intent to heal. There are fewer groups that can help implement them. This book is one that invites you to read as a group, and share as a group. I've found it a place that allows you to struggle, but then encourages you to accept, pick yourself up, and keep moving forward - a trusted companion in a battle still so many deny is taking place.
It has been strengthening for me. When I've pointed out there's something off about the logic of an argument, I often find that reflected in detail, the work done for me, in this book. There have been few times I've wished for more to be said, however, he's not writing a social critique, so there is only so much. Now I hunger to see his efforts being respected by acceptance and intelligent repertoire within the streams we find our "normal" so that we can find support with one another outside of a book cover.
Grateful for Gabor Mate, his sons efforts to aid him in providing these works, his writings, and especially his courage in being a source of awareness, momentum, sustainable growth and healing change.
Mate explains how to become aware and what you can do to move past the traumas of the past!
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.
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I'm currently reading a book called "the Myth of Normal written by Dr Gabor Maté and Daniel Maté.
I can't recommend it enough. Its heavy. Its trigging. If you're in a a shakey place I recommend saving it for another time. It's written at a very high level so not binge read material. More a chapter at a time. Reflect, digest and continue.
That being said. Its strangely healing. Its reassuring to know that the feelings and struggles many of us feel are real. They are a real and legitimate emotional reaction to raising children, becoming mothers and families in a society that does not provide the nourishing environment they need to thrive in. Personally it has given me validation for some of my feelings and the things I struggle with.
So many of us self blame, are hyper critical of ourselves, that we are catastrophic failures as parents (that's MY personal narrative), lonely and isolated. No doctor or mental health professional has ever mentioned our society being a trigger for some of my own challenges. How most of my environments have not been complimentary for my development as a human being.
Societies evolution of very recent history has stripped away the foundations of what it truly feels to be and exist as a human being. How we thrust mothers into this life changing journey ill prepared and ill equipped to manage alone. Because we were never meant to be alone. Your feeling of struggle with this insane load we are expected to carry is a normal human reaction to something that is not normal. This book has helped me confirm my own feelings and set hard boundaries around environments that conflict nourishment, safety and empathy.
Places like ***** help bridge the gap. Help to allow that vital time and space to heal. There is nothing I can ever do or say that is enough to show my gratitude. But if I ever come across things that may help others, my personal promise is to share them with you all. So you know others are thinking of you. They care and want to help you where they can.
Anyone becoming, is or wants to be a parent should read this book.
Its pages contain validation of feeling and healing. It is a masterpiece of both author's work. Thank you for writing this book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on September 16, 2022
The author refrains from parent-blaming or bashing, which I am glad about - instead points to the ways in which parents are increasingly stressed in this society, BY this society - and also encouraged to believe that their role is less important than their child's peers.
However I say this book is depressing because it lacks political solutions and does not tackle the notion of political will and politics.
It also I feel lacks a gender analysis. Women are particularly hard hit and disadvantaged by lack of priorities accorded to a holistic view of health - and so I would advise anyone reading this to check with the book called
'The Motherhood Manifesto'.
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.
Mate writes, not from a psychiatric point of view, not from a growth position, but from the place of a general doctor who has gradually come to realise the wounds our lives and childhoods have inflicted on us, and the ways we need to adapt to make the rest of our lives successful and fulfilled.
If you've read him before, get this book.
And if you haven't, get this book.