Being Well Podcast: Healing Trauma in a Toxic Culture with Dr. Gabor Maté
September 12, 2022

Renowned physician Dr. Gabor Maté joins Rick and Forrest on this episode of Being Well to explore the many problems for our body and mind that arise out of our modern culture, and what we can do to meet our needs, heal ourselves, and become more whole. They discuss our increasing separation from one another, issues with aspects of the medical model, the true nature of addiction, the developmental needs of children, the myth of “normal,” and recovering from traumatic experiences.

About Our Guest: Dr. Gabor Maté is one of the world’s leading experts on trauma, addiction, and childhood development. His work has had an enormous impact on how we understand the interactions between our internal world and the world around us, and he is the bestselling author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Scattered Minds, and his newest book The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture.

Key Topics:

  • 0:00: Introduction
  • 1:55: What Dr. Gabor Maté means by a toxic culture
  • 4:25: Interpersonal biology – our physiology is modulated by our relationships
  • 7:10: What components are needed for a healthy culture?
  • 11:55: Examples of toxic culture’s impact on people’s behavior
  • 15:20: Addiction
  • 21:00: How and when to distinguish degrees of trauma
  • 27:05: Where and when to express healthy anger
  • 33:10: How turning against the self manifests as illness 
  • 36:45: What supports people in returning to their authentic nature?
  • 40:00: Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and a sacred context
  • 41:45: Grief, integration, and letting go
  • 44:55: Dr. Gabor Maté’s relationship with his children
  • 48:25: Five kinds of compassion, disillusionment, and truth
  • 51:20: Is it kind? Is it true? Is it necessary?
  • 53:25: Recap

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