Dr. Gabor Maté, trauma and addiction expert, Live Keynote at IEC

We are proud to announce that the Hungarian-born renown writer, physician, trauma and addiction expert 

Dr. Gabor Maté from Canada
will present his keynote speech
at IEC 2022 live
at 16:45 pm (CEST) on the 28th of May
followed by a workshop
on Trauma Healing for World Peace.

Learn more about his speech on the topic of:

Trauma Healing for World Peace

In this keynote Gabor Maté, physician and author, will discuss the interlocking and mutually reinforcing dynamics of trauma and war. That the latter causes trauma is self-evident; that trauma—individual and collective—can help fuel military conflict is less apparent but also essential to understand. On the most obvious level, people who have worked through their trauma can let go of their attachments to herd thinking and chauvinistic identifications and, as a result, are less likely to be manipulated into warlike sentiments and murderous actions. On the other hand, traumatized people are more likely to be drawn or impelled into conflictual mind states and disdain for the perceived “enemy” on the individual plane, and this is also true of communities and nations. The healing of trauma, both personally and collectively, is a step towards peace on all levels.

A renownd 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 and the relationship of stress and illness.

Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.

After 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, Dr. Maté worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. His book on addiction received the Hubert Evans Prize for literary non-fiction. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver. His books include In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction; When the Body Says No; The Cost of Hidden Stress; Scattered Minds: The Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder; and (with Dr. Gordon Neufeld) Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers. His next book, The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture is due out on September 13, 2022.



Mental illness is on an unstoppable rise.
In his new masterpiece, The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Cultureauthor Dr. Gabor Maté explores the underlying causes of this phenomenon – examines the physical and emotional elements, and connects the dots between our personal suffering and the pressures of modern-day living.
Dr. Maté has found that the common definition of ‘normal’ is false: essentially all disease is in fact, a natural reflection of life in an abnormal culture, as we grow further and further apart from our true selves. However, to show us the way out of this dispair, he also points us to the pathway to reconnection and healing.

Filled with stories of people suffering from illness or succeeding in a triumphant recovery, this life-affirming book is a testimonial to the possibility of true health – if we are willing to embrace authenticity above social expectations. 

Trauma is the invisible force that shapes our lives.
However, in The Wisdom of Trauma film, Dr. Maté gives us a new approach: a society that is not built on refusing to acknowledge traumas, constantly making diagnoses, suppressing symptoms and judging but one where parents, teachers, physicians, policy-makers and legal personnel strive to understand and discover the sources of troubling behaviors and diseases springing in the wounded human soul.

The film offers a powerful vision for hope, compassion and the healing of our world.
Watch the trailer now!

Trauma is not what happens to you. Trauma is what happens inside you, as a result of what happens to you.

Dr. Gabor Maté

“So much of what we call abnormality in this culture is actually normal responses to an abnormal culture. The abnormality does not reside in the pathology of individuals, but in the very culture that drives people into suffering and dysfunction.”

Dr. Gabor Maté

Dr. Gabor Maté is on a European tour, see the live Wisdom of Trauma events and read more on the film as well!


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