• 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 (24 ratings)

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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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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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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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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

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  • Katherine Schofield
  • 09-13-22

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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  • J
  • 09-22-22

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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  • Sara Jessica Wiseman
  • 09-18-22

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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  • Daniella B. Rodrigues
  • 10-24-22

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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  • Przemyslaw Zolynski
  • 10-01-22

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-21-22

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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  • Marcin Pomianowicz-Bartkowiak
  • 10-07-22

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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  • Kamil
  • 10-07-22

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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  • Emil G
  • 12-04-22

Excellent narration

A very ambitious and brilliant book by gabor Mate. Excllent narration by his son, Daniel Mate

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  • Phelim Garrett-hanna
  • 12-04-22

Relies heavily on associations, lacks causative

Basically all of the research is associations. The author generally fails to link cause to the issues he discusses, while basically stating all his ideas as facts. Interesting definitely, but take what he writes with a pinch of salt.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-13-22

I love this book. thankyou gabor and Daniel mate

it's such a Privilege to listen to this. I feel that The information in this book is making me Have a deep Soul search of myself. and I love gabor mate and Daniel mate. God bless them

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  • srouch
  • 09-24-22

Brilliant

The book we need ‘now’. A wide ranging discussion of modern western ways of life and the ways in which we are so acculturated to abnormal ways of being, that we consider very harmful practices to be ‘normal’. Gabor asks us to look deeply at our assumptions and beliefs and challenges us to take the prevalence of mental ill health and anxiety as evidence of a toxic culture rather than sick individuals. Can’t recommend highly enough!

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  • Nat C.
  • 11-07-22

Amazing and insightful

A must read. Clearly outlines the issues in current culture and the need for change.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-07-22

Loved this book!!

I have followed the work of Gabor for a few years now. I am very grateful that he chooses to share his insights and wisdom. It is really life changing. What a journey it is to open your ears to the wisdom of Gabor Maté in this amazing book. Wonderfully read by his son. I enjoyed every minute. I have the book on my bookshelf and I will definitely recommend and revisit this masterpiece.

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  • Lisa H
  • 11-04-22

Profound. Kind. Enormous scope.

This book is profound in its scope. Touching issues of social theory, social determinants of health, cultural and political issues. There is a compassionate lens and practical advice. It’s the kind of book that is a lifetime of wisdom, supported with evidence based research. The sheer audacity to try to synthesise all this into one book…. Just really profound. I am going to buy the physical book also, and for others too. I wish I had read this when I was younger. This is a book that makes me feel both despair and hope. Thank you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-23-22

received with gratitude, locked on repeat

too much info for just one pass. fourth turn now and counting. thank you Gabor!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-22

A MUST for those who want to understand trauma, parents and doctors, but the narration…

A well written and comprehensively researched book. Gabor is clearly passionate about the mind-body connection, and there is a lot of merit to his assertion that childhood trauma causes later downstream medical conditions. The sections on parenting and how doctors have used their ego and ignorance to only treat symptoms and ultimately do harm to patients is truly eye opening.
The narration overall was good, but his choice to do accents… They were quite jarring and bordering on racist at times, which put me off. It’s never good when you’re found yelling at the audio book “why are you doing the accent?!” I’m not sure if the narrator was bored or just wanted to practice accents for future voice work, I did not care for it. Be warned!
Gabor also goes a bit off the rails in Part IV The toxicities of our culture, where he gets on a soapbox, especially in Chapter 24 talking about politics. Despite aligning with my politics, it was stating the obvious and was unnecessary.
Definitely give it a read/listen till the end!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-28-22

worth a listen

I find this book very helpful in my healing of health and life. well worth the time to listen to

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-28-22

Fantastic

Fantastic and informative
Challenges your thoughts and makes you think back to why we are the way we are.
Loved it thanks Dr Gabor Mate

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  • Sharon Edwards
  • 11-27-22

absolute must listen

This book is absolutely a must read from start to finish it was full of information on why actions and behaviors occur. Making me very emotional in parts. showing me that the work I've done on myself continues.