How is it possible that, in a culture so obsessed with wellness, we’re dealing with more chronic disease, mental illness, and addiction than ever before?
Today on The Dhru Purohit Podcast, Dhru talks to Dr. Gabor Maté about his new book, The Myth of Normal, and our crisis of separation, disconnection, and loneliness. They discuss the link between addiction, our profit-driven culture, and trauma and the first steps we can take toward health and healing.
Dr. Gabor Maté is a renowned speaker and bestselling author and is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics, including addiction, stress, and childhood development. Dr. Maté 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. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing, he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction. His latest book, The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture, was just released. His next book, Hello Again: A Fresh Start for Parents and Their Adult Children, is expected in 2023. Gabor is also a codeveloper of a therapeutic approach, Compassionate Inquiry, now studied by hundreds of therapists, physicians, counselors, and others internationally.
In this episode, we dive into:
- What we’ve gotten used to in our toxic culture and the consequences of it (2:31)
- How society shapes our mind (11:37)
- The crisis of separation we’re living in and how it has played a key role in our toxic culture (17:25)
- The role genes play in human health and behavior (32:41)
- Gabor’s childhood trauma and the impact it’s had on his life (36:43)
- Understanding trauma and how it shapes the way we live, the way we love, and the way we make sense of the world (44:04)
- What society is getting from living in this toxic culture (51:11)
- Why women suffer from more anxiety, depression, and autoimmune disease than men (1:07:27)
- Personality traits and coping mechanisms (1:14:01)
- Psychedelics and healing (1:18:18)
For more on Dr. Maté, follow him on Instagram @gabormatemd, Facebook @drgabormate, Twitter @drgabormate, YouTube @drgabormate, and through his website, drgabormate.com. Get his book, The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture, here.
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