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Gabor Maté

Talk/reading/Q &A

The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture

Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022

Hornby Community Hall

Doors 7:30 PM

(no filming, photography, or content sharing)



Gabor Maté is a retired physician and Order of Canada recipient whose bestselling books have been published in thirty languages. Dr. Maté is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness.


His long-awaited first book in over twelve years, The Myth of Normal shows that health or illness are no isolated phenomena in a society that is toxic because it denies essential human needs. In this vital new work Gabor dissects the underlying causes of malaise - physical and emotional, and connects the dots between our trauma, personal suffering, and the pressures of modern-day living. Over decades of clinical experience and research, Dr. Maté has found that the common definition of 'normal' is false: virtually all disease is actually a natural reflection of life in an abnormal culture, as we grow further and further apart from our true selves. In the book’s final section, he also outlines pathways to reconnection and healing. The event will feature a talk, a reading and a Q and A.


This event is the international pre-release premiere of The Myth of Normal and a gift to our island from Dr. Gabor Maté. Please respect this gift by having absolutely no video, photography or other sharing of the content of this special evening. The official release will be Fall 2022.


“As if Gabor Maté hasn’t done enough already by de-pathologizing addiction, autoimmune diseases, and ADHD; now, in this magnum opus, he challenges us to expand our minds even further.” Richard Schwartz, Ph.D. creator of the Internal Family Systems Model

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