Daniel Maté Interview

 

Interview with co-author of The Myth of Normal, Daniel Maté

Ryan & Matt, co-creators of Embodied Processing had the pleasure of recording a conversation with Daniel Maté.
Daniel is co-author with his father Gabor of the new groundbreaking book The Myth of Normal; Trauma, Illness & Healing in a Toxic Culture.

In this wide ranging discussion Daniel talks openly about:
- Bringing such an important book to life
- How the book has been received & how his life has changed since
- What healing actually can look like on an individual & collective level
- His own healing process (involving a Mexican immigration jail)
- The strains & healing in the relationship with his father Gabor
- Whether we should be hopeful or pessimistic about our future as a society

We hope you enjoy the chat as much as we did!

Get in touch with Daniel & Gabor:
Walk with Daniel - https://www.walkwithdaniel.com/ 
Daniel Maté website - https://www.danielmate.com/ 
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The Conditioned Nervous System (PART 3)

A trauma-sensitive perspective on abuser/abused, victim/narcissist 

This is part 3, please first refer to part 1 and part 2 before reading. (Click the highlighted link)

Last week I discussed the dynamics and conditioned responses of the nervous system that underpin pathological narcissism and create the dynamic between abuser and the abused.

Of course, there are many other factors aside from just the conditioned fight reflex that are embedded within the structure of narcissism, such as disturbances in the development of self representations and fractured psychic structures due to arrests in childhood individuation. Nonetheless, for reasons of understanding the dynamics the fundamentals are more important than the details in this case and it is not necessary to fully understand the finer details in order to heal or gain deeper insight. 

This week I am going to discuss healing from narcissism and from narcissistic abuse.

My intention is not to offer a...

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The Conditioned Nervous System (PART 1)

A trauma-sensitive perspective on abuser/abused, victim/narcissist 

To understand trauma it is helpful to know how our nervous system becomes conditioned, the body’s ability to adapt and automatically respond to situations based on past events is a useful tool in many circumstance, for example when we are learning to drive a car it can really feel like its “me” that's learning to drive and will be continuing to drive, but really our conscious mind is only there to assist in conditioning the body to drive for us. 

Our cognitive understanding of how a car works, how to use the different functions, eg. gas and breaks and to really get a feel for what it’s like to drive we need our conscious mind. 

As we do this something is happening on a deeper level, what we are essentially doing is we are conditioning the body to drive the car so “I” don't have to think about it.

We are imprinting the nervous system with specific movements,...

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Anxiety through the lens of Trauma

 

In this class creators of Embodied Processing, Ryan & Matt, talk about the drivers of anxiety through the lens of trauma.

What's Covered:
- Types of Anxiety
- The Underlying Causes
- The Bandaids we use
- Healing Anxiety

Much Love,
The Centre for Healing

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Safety & Integration

We often talk about Safety as an essential quality when it comes to healing trauma, but as with all language and wording people have their own presuppositions and perspectives on the word.

We may associate Safety with avoidance, like a "playing it safe" attitude, or we may associate it with feeling smothered, as our parents may have been over bearing in attempting to keep us safe.

In this article I am going to give some context around safety and integration, and also give voice to some pitfalls I have seen people and practitioners fall into whilst attempting to heal trauma. 

Safety in the context of healing trauma is not an avoidance strategy, it is a quality that is conducive and essential for the integration and release of unmetabolized stress. Safety was what was lacking in the moment the response got stuck.

Lack of safety is the reason for trauma, we felt out of control, overwhelmed, alone, disconnected and unsupported in the midst of our distress and so we were unable...

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Healing as a Lifestyle

In the western world we have a very “quick fix” attitude which in my experience in my time in this field is one of the biggest blocks to transformation.

When we have a headache we take a paracetamol and our headache goes away, when our car breaks down we call roadside assist and they come almost instantly, when we don't know the answer to something we pull out our phone and quickly google it.

We have literally everything at our fingertips. This attitude of instant gratification is actually an obstacle when it comes to inner healing and transformation.

In our rush to “get somewhere” what happens is we lose the ability to trust and to let the natural and organic intelligence do the healing for us, in our belief that we are broken we essentially disconnect further from our essential wholeness.

Imagine now you are out in the garden pulling out weeds, you catch your hand on the edge of a sharp rock and it cuts it open. You rush inside and wash out the wound and...

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Somatic/Trauma Therapy; Your Questions Answered

 


There are many questions that arise when it comes to Somatic/Trauma Therapy.

Matt & Ryan first lay the foundations of this work then here's a taste of what is covered:

  • How does healing actually occur?
  • What issues can be resolved?
  • Is our Ego Structure built off somatic imprints?
  • Can this type of approach be incorporated with coaching/talk therapy?
  • Can I learn this for self healing?
  • Do you think nervous system regulation or brain re-training comes first?
  • Can this work be done in a group?
  • How to we treat negative beliefs?
  • Are there beliefs that bypass trauma?
  • Can this therapy be used for chronic pain/illness?

Embodied Processing Practitioner Training: https://www.thecentreforhealing.com/embodied-processing 

Combining Embodied Processing & Root-Cause Therapy class: https://www.thecentreforhealing.com/blog/combining-root-cause-therapy-embodied-processing 

TCFH Practitioner Directory: https://www.thecentreforhealing.com/courses-3 

 

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From Awakening into Unity

Over the last few weeks I discussed the development of having a separate identity and also in the article “What is Awakening?” I spoke about the shift of identity that can occur in an individual from experiencing themselves as a personality over to recognising themselves as a much more expansive state of presence. 

This shift of identity is experienced as one transitioning from a personal and individuated state of consciousness to a more impersonal state of empty, aware presence.

This seems to have always been quite a rare occurrence and in the past was believed to be only for a select few who lived in ashrams, caves in the Himalayas or those who lived a life of solitude where they were devoted to practice on a constant moment to moment basis, from some observation this shift is starting to be more common in everyday individuals and happening quite spontaneously without the years of practice.

Many books have been written on this very real and dramatic shift in...

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The Development of Identity

In these next two articles I am going to take a dive into what I consider the stages of human development and spiritual evolution in regards to ego identity, and how the healing of childhood imprints can bring about the dissolution of that identity, bringing about the experience of Unity and Oneness. 

I am aware that not everyone will see how the journey of healing trauma relates to the unravelling of identity, but the deeper levels of this work is a process of unravelling parts of our conditioned self, and true healing is the integration of these parts and the revelation of our essence.

True healing is not about adding anything to ourselves to cover up an underlying sense of deficiency.

It is about removing layers and, if this is done, we may find ourselves losing chunks of who we believed we were. At a certain point, the process can eventuate in an opening to the essence or spirit that exists underneath the sense of having a separate self.

The first article was about the...

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Integration & Evolution

Human beings can be extremely complex.

The ever deepening unconscious layers of threads and structures that govern the orientation of each individual are seemingly infinite, every moment a spontaneous arising, perceptions and perspectives creating and recreating themselves spinning endless loops and patterns of images, words and sensations presenting themselves as reactions and responses to our environment and giving rise to our sense of self.

Within the human psyche are many layers of unintegrated and unconscious imprints that are the driving force of how we move in the world, parts of ourselves that are unknown and hidden from us.

I call these parts the abandoned orphans, they are structures that have been split off from the whole, they live within us in places that for most people attention dares not travel.

A tree on the other hand is so simply itself, it has its branches, it has its leaves, it is made of wood and simply just sits there, being itself.

It has no likes nor...

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