“I think normalcy is a myth. The idea that some people have pathology and the rest of us are normal is crude. There’s nothing about any mentally ill person—and it doesn’t matter what their diagnosis is—that I couldn’t recognize in myself. The reality is that, in every case, mental illness is an outcome of traumatic events.”
Author, clinician, and researcher Gabor Maté takes a deep-dive into human development, society, and capitalism to help us understand how the toxicity of Western culture, with its obsession with health and wellness, ironically perpetuates illness. He revisits the idea of “normal” as a false construct because it fails to take into consideration the pervasive effects of stress, trauma, and the pressures of modern-day living in a digital age. This book breaks down dozens of concepts within Western culture that either ignore, perpetuate, or exacerbate trauma. Lastly and importantly, he offers an accessible framework with which to holistically approach health, healing, and wellbeing.