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THE MYTH OF NORMAL de Gabor Maté & Daniel Maté

By the acclaimed author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, a groundbreaking investigation into the causes of illness, a bracing critique of how our society breeds disease, and a pathway to health and healing.

Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture
by Dr. Gabor Maté & Daniel Maté
Knopf Canada (Canada) / Avery (US), May 2022
(via Sterling Lord Literistic)

In this revolutionary book, renowned physician Gabor Maté eloquently dissects how in Western countries that pride themselves on their healthcare systems, chronic illness and general ill health are on the rise. Nearly 70 percent of Americans are on at least one prescription drug; more than half take two. In Canada, every fifth person has high blood pressure. In Europe, hypertension is diagnosed in more than 30 percent of the population. And everywhere, adolescent mental illness is on the rise. So what is really “normal” when it comes to health?
Over four decades of clinical experience, Maté has come to recognize the prevailing understanding of “normal” as false, neglecting the roles that trauma and stress, and the pressures of modern-day living, exert on our bodies and our minds at the expense of good health. For all our expertise and technological sophistication, Western medicine often fails to treat the whole person, ignoring how today’s culture stresses the body, burdens the immune system, and undermines emotional balance. Now Maté brings his perspective to the great untangling of common myths about what makes us sick, connects the dots between the maladies of individuals and the declining soundness of society—and offers a compassionate guide for health and healing. Cowritten with his son Daniel,
THE MYTH OF NORMAL is Maté’s most ambitious and urgent book yet.

A renowned speaker and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress, and childhood development. Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books, including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with AddictionWhen the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection, and Scattered: How Attention Deficit Disorder Originates and What You Can Do About It, and has coauthored Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers. His works have been published internationally in nearly thirty languages.
Daniel Maté is a musical theater lyricist and composer whose work has been honored with the Edward Kleban Prize, a Jonathan Larson Foundation Grant, and the Cole Porter Award for Music and Lyrics. He is the producer and host of the YouTube program Lyrics to Go. With his father, Gabor, Daniel regularly co-leads the popular workshop Hello Again: A Fresh Start for Parents and Their Adult Children. He also runs a “mental chiropractic” service called Take a Walk with Daniel (

Gabor Maté


Dr. Gabor Maté is a retired physician, international speaker and bestselling Canadian author whose books have sold over 400,000 copies in his own country and over 300,000 in the U.S. His book “In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts” is considered a cornerstone of addiction psychology. During his three decades of medical work, Gabor specialized in addiction and psychotherapy, childhood trauma, and the mind/body connection in regard to illness. More than 100,000 people follow his Facebook page, and his YouTube lectures have multiple hundred thousand views. He was awarded his country’s highest civilian distinction, the Order of Canada, for his pioneering medical work in July 2018.

Daniel Maté is an award-winning composer, lyricist, dramatist and educator who holds an MFA from Tisch/NYU in Musical Theatre Writing. He leads the Hello Again workshop for parents and adult children with his father.

Your physical malaises and mental health issues aren’t abnormalities: they are normal responses to abnormal conditions

Illness and Health in an Insane Culture
Avery, Spring 2021

Illness and Health in an Insane Culture takes as its thesis that your malaises and maladies aren’t abnormalities, they are normal responses to abnormal conditions. When one’s body develops autoimmune diseases, or allergies, or fatigue, it is one’s body rebelling against the inhumane conditions of modern society. As Dr. Maté writes: “To be normal in this society is to confirm to requirements that are profoundly abnormal in regard to human nature itself.” Once we stop trying to be “normal” (because no such state in today’s world exists), Dr. Maté has suggestions for how to return our bodies to more realistic goals and combat the abnormalities of society. This book will be written with assistance from his son, Daniel Maté.


A candid, insightful practical guide for parents and adult children to redefine this unique relationship once matured from the stage of dependency

A Fresh Start for Adult Children and Their Parents
Avery, Spring 2022

A Fresh Start for Adult Children and Their Parents grew out of the wildly popular “Hello Again” events Dr. Maté ran with his son, Daniel. Dr. Maté found through his many decades as a psychologist that early childhood trauma can have a lasting effect on adults’ psychologies, and that this relationship to one’s parent is important beyond the point at which the “child” is no longer dependent on the “adult.” Once both parent and child are adults, what relationship do they have to one another? The book serves as a way to reintroduce adult children to their parents, and vice versa, through discussions and activities. Mending this relationship, or forming a stronger one, is vital to good mental health. This book will be co-written with his son Daniel Maté.