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The Myth of Normal (Robert Wright & Gabor Maté)

The Myth of Normal (Robert Wright & Gabor Maté)

1:02 Gabor’s new book The Myth of Normal, about trauma and mental and physical illness in modern Western society
7:40 Are we all victims of a “toxic” culture?
14:09 Gabor’s early years in Nazi- and then Soviet-occupied Hungary
21:30 What Gabor thinks standard theories of addiction get wrong
24:02 Can trauma ever be a good thing?
26:34 Was Bob’s childhood traumatic? And if so, how?
39:46 Trauma, attachment, and authenticity
46:57 Is modern society hostile to community?
53:43 The difference between healthy and unhealthy anger
57:32 A primer on “compassionate inquiry”
1:02:16 The time Gabor was leading an ayahuasca retreat and got deposed by shamans
1:06:53 Gabor on why cognitive empathy is difficult but essential
1:12:40 What Gabor sees as the essence of the book

Robert Wright (, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Gabor Maté (Scattered Minds, When the Body Says No, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts). Recorded January 26, 2023.

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