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Culture of Empathy Builder: Gabor Maté


Gabor Maté & Edwin Rutsch: Addiction and How to Build a Culture of Empathy
Gabor Maté M.D. is a physician and bestselling author whose books have been published in nearly twenty languages worldwide.  He studies, child development, bullying, addiction, attention deficit disorder, stress and more. His recent book is, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction.
Empathy is like holding a baby, the opposite of empathy is everything else.






How Culture Makes Us Feel Lost - Dr. Gabor Maté On Finding Your True Self Again
"The good news is that human beings can regain the sense of connection to themselves. Just as we can regain the sense of connection to our nature. Empathy, which is a genuine human quality is in us. We are actually wired for empathy......"


Gabor Mate - Toxic Culture - How Materialistic Society Makes Us

We are wired for empathy.. is solution to pain and alienation.
All we have to do is get back to our true nature.



What is Addiction? [Gabor Maté]
Dr. Gabor Maté talks about the root causes of addiction and how to deal with them.
Pain and avoidance of pain are at the core of addiction.



Physician and Author Gabor Maté on ADHD, Bullying and the Destruction of American Childhood
Gabor speaks clearly about empathy...From 7:30 min -9.30...about bullying, empathy, neurology




Dr. Gabor Maté: Consequences of Stressed Parenting



Dr. Gabor Maté ~ Who We Are When We Are Not Addicted: The Possible Human
"Dr. Gabor Maté gives us clues as to who we are when we are not addicted. Filmed January 9th, 2012 in Vancouver, B.C. as part of a launch for Beyond Addiction: The Yogic Path to Recovery. "


Dr. Gabor Maté on the Stress-Disease Connection, Addiction, Attention Deficit Disorder and the Destruction of American Childhood



"Dr. Mate is a Hungarian-born physician, living in Vancouver, B.C., who grew up and was educated in Canada. He began the interview by addressing the ‘myth of normal’ that divides us into the normal and the abnormal with pathological traits. Dr. Mate mentions that he doesn’t see a division, but a continuum where mental distress, of some degree, is present in all of us. He explains how mental distress and pathology are largely a result of a materialist culture that “idealizes individualism and ignores our emotional needs”."




Dr. Gabor Maté - Toxic Culture | Bioneers




  • Litany of Social problems related to stress and alienation

  • Solution 26:00: The good news is that we can really regain the connection to ourselves. Empathy, which is a genuine human quality, is in us.  We are actually wired for empathy.

    Even rats are wired for empathy. When you stress other rats in the laboratory by shocking their feet with electricity, they are more stressed by watching other rats being shocked than when they are shocked themselves. Their stress hormones are higher. 

    That is our nature as human beings.  So contrary to the myth in our culture that we are separated individuals, aggressive, competitive creatures, - we are wired for empathy, we are for connection, wired for love, wired for compassion. So really, to move forward, all we have to do, it's not an easy task but it is certainly available to us, is to get back to our true nature.