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  • The Myth of Normal

  • Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture
  • By: Gabor Maté, Daniel Maté
  • Narrated by: Daniel Maté
  • Length: 18 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (278 ratings)

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The Myth of Normal

By: Gabor Maté,Daniel Maté
Narrated by: Daniel Maté
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Summary

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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 percent of Europeans suffer high blood pressure, and nearly 70 percent 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 audiobook 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.

©2022 Gabor Maté and Daniel Maté (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Such an important topic for anyone working with people

I do admire Dr Mate but I’m so disappointed with the choice of reader. It’s a text that warrants a slow, deeper tone as it explores profound exploration of trauma. Audible - could do better!

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  • 22-09-22

Gabor is a visionary but the narration is awful

The narrator’s style is doing a major disservice to the content. The narrator sounds like a soulless, banal corporate speaker talking about finance with no comprehension of the spiritual nature of Gabor’s content. I am going to have to buy the book to properly experience the content because this is almost insufferable. Please re-narrate this book Gabor.

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More life changing insights from Dr Maté

Rich, challenging text and great narration. A must listen for anyone looking for an unflinching analysis of humanity.

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Insightful

Fascinating book with very insightful thoughts on education. However the narration grows increasingly annoying with the unnecessary use of accents when quoting other people.

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Excellent

The only slightly jarring thing was when Daniel tried to do the accents of the different people quoted. There's a lot of good stuff in the book so I'll definitely listen again fairly soon.

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Fantastic

For me - fantastic, eloquent summary from neurobiology, psychology and sociology point view - why we have such crazy world. Plus - how to approach to find yourself.

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Eye opening

I’m really grateful for dr Gabor Mate to put this book together.
It give me and opportunity to look closely at my “ normal childhood “ or to say childhood trauma.
Very informative and inspiring book as well ( which I’m really pleased about) practical, with sets of exercises helping me greatly to pinpoint my own issues.

Thank you very much!
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big disappointment after "In the realm of hungry"

i loved his "in the realm of hungry ghosts"
unfortunately here he's losing my trust.
claiming we have to behave in a certain way, because apes do so reeks of naturalistic fallacy.
the argument that the current rise in autoimmune disease is due to bad parenting is self defeating for anyone with two braincells to rub together, as noone sane will claim that parenting in the past let's say 50 years got worse than in the times past.
i don't intend to finish this book - wasted credit

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Magnificent

I will need to go back again and again to this magnificent book. It is full of deep wisdom and eye opening troughs

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One of the most important books of our time

Brilliant perspective on how our specie got to where we are today. Our personal and collective health. And what can be done.

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  • Tracy Rewiri
  • 26-10-22

insightful

Loved it for the multiple insights it carries. I found this book comes with a multifaceted ability for the listener to gain insightful information no matter what realm you stem from and am presently in. I would love and appreciate specialized clinical practitioners/policy/corporate focused humans, to delve deeply here. If not only to stretch a paradigm, yet to also challenge a mindset which truly needs to move....to survive a humanity we repeatedly try to normalize with little success. Just finished my second listen and know I will venture back for more.

Thanks to both father and son.

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  • 15-10-22

eye opening "read"

gives a lot of context to challanges we all face. at times despiriting in amount of issues it depicts but with hope in sight for individualas who can improve their life.

I unfortunetly did not apriciate the reading when it came to "faking" accents and style of speach which made the words incomprhencible (faked french and other accents) or mean when it came to disagreament (Jordan Peterson and impersonating his style of speach). It is unbecoming of a book that has aspiration for positive change.

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  • Matthew Wilhelm-Solomon
  • 10-10-22

A beautiful and important book

This book draws on Maté’s extensive research and experience around issues of stress, illness, addiction and trauma and offers some potentially life changing insights