The Myth of Normal by Daniel Mate
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.
The Myth of Normal is a book literally everyone will be enriched by - a wise, profound and healing work that is the culmination of Dr Maté's many years of deep and painfully accumulated wisdom ― Johann Hari, New York Times bestselling author of Stolen Focus
Gabor and Daniel Maté have delivered a book in which readers can seek refuge and solace during moments of profound personal and social crisis ... an essential compass during disorienting times. ― Esther Perel, psychotherapist, author and host of of Where Should We Begin
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
Wise, sophisticated, rigorous and creative: an intellectual and compassionate investigation of who we are and who we may become. Essential reading for anyone with a past and a future ― Tara Westover, New York Times bestselling author of Educated
In this brilliant, compelling and groundbreaking book, Gabor Maté unveils the societal trance that has blinded us to the death-grip of pervasive trauma in our world ... Drawing on his decades of pioneering clinical work, fascinating contemporary science and contemplative wisdom, Maté offers us a way to bring clear seeing and a greatness of heart to the crisis of our times― Tara Brach, author of Radical Acceptance and Radical Compassion
The Myth of Normal is an astonishing achievement, epic in scope and yet profoundly down to earth and practical. I believe it will open the gates to a new time where we come to understand that our emotions, culture, bodies and spirits are not separate and wellness can only come about if we treat the whole being. I will read this book again and again ― V (formerly Eve Ensler), author of The Vagina Monologues and The Apology
The Myth of Normal presents a unique perspective in viewing what we see as 'normal' and opens up a way to wake up to what is real and authentic in our lives ... a compelling book that will challenge your views and help lift the veil of illusion to what is truly happening in your mind and in your body ― Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness
This gripping book builds upon two key truths for our time, that everything is connected, including psychic wounds and physical illnesses, and that these are not anomalies but ordinary, even epidemic, in the society we've built. The Myth of Normal is a powerful call for change in how we live with, love, understand, treat, and think about each other ― Rebecca Solnit, author of Men Explaining Everything To Me
At a time so many of us are struggling physically and psychically, Gabor Maté's The Myth of Normal is a godsend, providing wisdom and realistic hope. Maté is a revolutionary thinker and gifted writer whose work has always inspired me. The Myth of Normal is no exception. It's no exaggeration to say that this groundbreaking book can help us heal as individuals, families and a society ― David Sheff, Author of NYT #1 bestseller, Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction
- Publisher : Vermilion (30 October 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 576 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1785042726
- ISBN-13 : 978-1785042720
- Item Weight : 700 g
- Dimensions : 23.4 x 15.3 x 3.43 cm