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The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture Paperback – 13 September 2022
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We tend to believe that normality equals health. Yet what is the norm in the Western world?
Mental illness is on an unstoppable rise. Some 45% of Europeans suffer high blood pressure, and nearly 70% of Americans take at least one prescription drug. Illness and trauma are defining how we live.
In his new masterpiece, renowned physician, addiction expert and author Gabor Maté dissects the underlying causes of this malaise - physical and emotional, and connects the dots between our personal suffering and the pressures of modern-day living. Over four decades of clinical experience, Dr Maté has found that the common definition of 'normal' is false: virtually all disease is actually a natural reflection of life in an abnormal culture, as we grow further and further apart from our true selves. But he also shows us the pathway to reconnection and healing.
Filled with stories of people in the grip of illness or in the triumphant wake of recovery, this life-affirming book shows how true health is possible - if we are willing to embrace authenticity above social expectations. The Myth of Normal is Gabor Maté's most ambitious, compassionate and urgent book yet.
Gabor Maté's connections - between the intensely personal and the global, the spiritual and the medical, the psychological and the political - are bold, wise and deeply moral. He is a healer to be cherished ― Naomi Klein, author of No Logo and The Shock Doctrine
About the Author
Daniel Maté is a musical theatre lyricist and composer whose work has been honoured with the Edward Kleban Prize, a Jonathan Larson Foundation Grant, and the Cole Porter Award for Music and Lyrics. He is host of the YouTube series 'Lyrics To Go'. With his father Gabor, Daniel co-leads the popular workshop Hello Again: A Fresh Start for Parents and Their Adult Children. He also runs a 'mental chiropractic' service called Take A Walk With Daniel (walkwithdaniel.com).
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1785042726
- ISBN-13 : 978-1785042720
- Best Sellers Rank: 6,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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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.
An absolute must read for anyone with a curious mind and a social conscience .... read it ... share it .... and spread the knowledge ....