In his book The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture, Dr. Gabor Maté argues that the prevailing understanding of "normal" is false, neglecting the roles that trauma and stress, and the pressures of modern-day living, exert on our bodies and minds at the expense of good health.
Maté, a renowned physician with over four decades of clinical experience, draws on his extensive work with patients to challenge the notion that there is a single, ideal state of health. He argues that our bodies and minds are constantly adapting to the challenges we face, and that what we call "illness" is often a sign that our coping mechanisms are breaking down.
Maté traces the roots of our current health crisis to the trauma and stress that are endemic in our society. He argues that these factors contribute to a range of chronic illnesses, including addiction, depression, and heart disease.
He also explores the role of the medical system in perpetuating the myth of normal. He argues that the medical system's focus on treating symptoms rather than addressing the underlying causes of illness is misguided.
Maté offers a path to healing that emphasizes self-compassion, understanding, and taking responsibility for one's own health. He argues that we need to create a society that is more supportive and less stressful in order to promote genuine health and well-being.
The Myth of Normal is a powerful and provocative book that challenges our assumptions about health and illness. It is a must-read for anyone who is interested in understanding the roots of our current health crisis and finding a way to heal.