The Myth of Normal
Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture
- 17,99 €
- 17,99 €
'It all starts with waking up... to what our bodies are expressing and our minds are suppressing'
Western countries invest billions in healthcare, yet mental illness and chronic diseases are on a seemingly unstoppable rise. Nearly 70% of Americans are now on prescription drugs. So what is 'normal' when it comes to health?
Over four decades of clinical experience, renowned physician and addiction expert Dr Gabor Maté has seen how health systems neglect the role that trauma exerts on our bodies and our minds. Medicine often fails to treat the whole person, ignoring how today's culture stresses our bodies, burdens our immune systems and undermines emotional balance.
Now, in his most ambitious and urgent book yet, Dr Maté connects the dots between our personal suffering and the pressures of modern-day living - with disease as a natural reflection of a life spent growing further and further apart from our true selves. But, with deep compassion, he also shows us a pathway to health and healing.
Filled with stories of people in the grip of illness or in the triumphant wake of recovery, this life-affirming book, co-written with his son Daniel, proves true health is possible - if we are willing to reconnect with each other and our authentic selves.
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“I’m constantly picking up new books to read, and I thought it’d be fun to have others read alongside—hence, Strombo’s Lit was born,” says George Stroumboulopoulos about his latest pick. “What I love about book clubs is seeing and hearing other people’s stories as they absorb someone else’s on the page, all while fostering a community of people with a collective passion for poetic perspectives. In The Myth of Normal, we’ll look through Gabor’s eyes as he explains how our society has fallen apart and why he remains optimistic that healing is possible for all of humanity.” Trauma and addiction expert Dr. Gabor Maté and his son Daniel expose the devastating link between psychological suffering and physical illness in this eye-opening read. So much of what is “normal” in our society includes painful issues like racism, repression, and economic inequality. And as Maté explains, there’s a correlation between the experience of these norms and the onset of significant health problems that’s too compelling to ignore. He illustrates this through real, fascinating cases. We were floored to read about a woman who recovered from a debilitating autoimmune disorder only after confronting being sexually abused as a child. A strong believer in feeling all your feelings, Maté offers great insight into recontextualizing the way you think about your own experiences. Get ready to start healing with The Myth of Normal.