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!
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...
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,...
Click the 'play' button on the image above to watch the class ^
Relationship issues can be one of the toughest things to work through in our life, whether that be family, friends, work colleagues, or even our partner. Knowing how to identify issues and find solutions fast is essential to preserving these relationships.
If you don't know anything about Root-Cause Therapy, then I will tell you a little bit about it now.
Root-Cause Therapy is a trauma healing method that uses regression to allow the completion of unprocessed emotions which are still presently causing unwanted thoughts, behaviours and symptoms in one's life.
With advanced ways of testing and discovering the actual causation of the currently presenting unease within oneself, we find the actual cause which could be reflecting itself through negative life patterns, thoughts and choices.
A qualified practitioner facilitates the client to tap into the self-healing mechanisms of the deeper parts of...
Things to note from the above Embodied Processing session:
Gently Coming Back to the Body
We let the mind speak when it wants to, we gather that information then drop down into the body again, noticing how it 'lands'
All is Welcome
The mind loves to judge, it attempts to categorise all content it comes across.
When doing this work there is no judgement as to what comes up.
Be it an emotion, sensation, movement, thought, visual in the mind, etc.
There is no judgement, all parts of this human are welcome here.
Us humans are so used to being judged, it is our expectation.
Great healing can happen when someone can be with their experience with no judgement.
Encourage the Movement
Whether its physical movement or emotional movement, as long as the client feels contained we encourage the continuation and even the exaggeration of the movement.
This is letting the bodies natural processes find completion.
Ryan Hassan (Co-Founder at The Centre for Healing)
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