Dr. Gabor Maté opens our hearts to “The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Cult

About Gabor: A renowned speaker and bestselling author, Gabor is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics that include 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: Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection, and Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It. He has also 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 interview you’ll learn: 
  • 01:26 How COVID affected Gabor.
  • 02:37 Exploring plant medicine with Indigenous First Nations.
  • 10:13 How Gabor got fired from his ayahuasca retreat.
  • 13:31 Can Indigenous medicine ever be understood through a Western lens?
  • 19:19 How does Gabor clear himself of the trauma he takes from others?
  • 20:41 Was writing The Myth of Normal more labor-intensive than Gabor’s other works?
  • 24:03 A personal story about how past trauma can appear in everyday life.
  • 27:38 Coping with rage and anger.
  • 37:40 Attachment versus authenticity.
  • 43:27 Where does depression originate?
  • 46:55 Raising a child to learn self-regulation.
  • 51:13 What Gabor hopes The Myth of Normal readers don’t miss.
  • 56:39 Finding the right balance of self-care when caring for a family.
  • 01:00:56 The harm of focusing on correcting a child’s behavior rather than their underlying emotional dynamics.
  • 01:05:42 Rehabilitation versus punishment of incarcerated, traumatized adults.
  • 01:15:35 If he couldn’t write, what would be the focus of Gabor’s clinical practice?
  • 01:18:54 Finding and listening to one’s inner voice or calling.
  • 01:28:11 Are you bargaining with your authenticity?
  • 01:33:15 Parting thoughts.
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