Chris Hedges and Gabor Maté: The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture

Chris Hedges and Gabor Maté: The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture

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Dandelion Salad

with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Oct 14, 2022

Trauma shapes our lives. It shapes the way we live, the way we interact with others, our perception of ourselves and the way we make sense of the world. It is the root of our deepest wounds.

Dr. Gabor Maté in his new book The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture, which he wrote with his son Daniel, argues that what is defined as normal in a consumer society is at war with basic human needs.

The engine of capitalism, defined by the cult of the self, thrives on the fostering of psychological and physical chronic disorders, including high blood pressure, diabetes, anxiety, depression, addictions and suicide.

It rewards the core traits of psychopaths: superficial charm, grandiosity, and self-importance; a need for constant stimulation, a penchant for lying, deception, and manipulation, and the inability to feel remorse or guilt.

Personal style and personal advancement are mistaken for individualism, equated falsely with democratic equality. We have a right, in the cult of the self, to get whatever we desire. We can do anything, even belittle and destroy those around us, including our friends, to make money, to be happy, and to become famous.

Once fame and wealth are achieved, they become their own justification, their own morality. How one gets there is irrelevant. The consequence of this dark ethic, Dr. Maté illustrates, plays out on our bodies, severely damaging our psyches, and pushing us towards individual and social self-annihilation.

Joining me to discuss his new book is Dr. Gabor Maté who has written several best-selling books, including In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection and Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder.


From the archives:

The Anti-Social Socialist: What is the Connection Between Narcissism and Capitalism?

Capitalism and Alienation, by Yanis Iqbal

Late-Stage Capitalism Deprives Us Of Meaning + The Capitalist Class Is Bringing America Towards Fascism, by Rainer Shea

What is the Relationship Between Loneliness and Capitalism? by The Anti-Social Socialist

Chris Hedges: Generation Wealth and The Cult of Self

Chris Hedges: Empire of Illusion – The Cult of Self

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