The Power of Addiction and The Addiction of Power: Gabor Maté at TEDxRio+20

Canadian physician Gabor Maté is a specialist in terminal illnesses, chemical dependents, and HIV positive patients. Dr. Maté is a renowned author of books and columnist known for his knowledge about attention deficit disorder, stress, chronic illness and parental relations. His theme at TEDxRio+20 was addiction -- from drugs to power. From the lack of love to the desire to escape oneself, from susceptibility of the being to interior power -- nothing escapes. And he risks a generic and generous prescription: "Find your nature and be nice to yourself."
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  • Merry-lynn Allison
    Merry-lynn Allison Жыл бұрын

    Dr. Gabor Mate' was my older brother's DR. in the Down Town East side of Vancouver BC. He made my hardened damaged brother feel cared about for the first time in his miserable life. This is one of the best DRS. in Canada. On behalf of my older brother Graham Thank you for your compassion.

  • Bovinityleak
    Bovinityleak

    “People in power are very often some of the emptiest people in the world, so don’t look to them for change”

  • kimberley virgint
    kimberley virgint2 жыл бұрын

    I'm an addict in crisis right now and I've watched this 3 times now. It's the best talk on addiction I've heard and it brought me some peace today. Thank you for that.

  • Pow Pow
    Pow Pow2 жыл бұрын

    7 and a half years later, and this is still one of the most powerful talks I have heard.

  • Mandy Dean
    Mandy Dean Жыл бұрын

    The single most highly intelligent, compassionate addiction specialist I've ever come across

  • mchriswy
    mchriswy Жыл бұрын

    So glad he included all addictions. People who look down on a drug addict need to look at what they are using to escape pain.

  • Todd Marten
    Todd Marten3 жыл бұрын

    I'm over 40 months clean from drugs and alcohol and this man hits the nail directly on the head. I highly recommend reading his books.

  • Acrobatic Cripple
    Acrobatic Cripple Жыл бұрын

    I just found this on KZread purely by accident. It's explained so much about the way my life has evolved. I'm 72 with many physical problems. Most have been there all my life. Spent far too long in hospital as a child without emotional support. Life has been a mess emotionally. Made lots of mistakes. Understand better how that has made me what I am. Definitely an addict to a number of things. Despite life in general I hope I have a year or two to make a change .

  • Rosa Artemis G
    Rosa Artemis G Жыл бұрын

    His soft approach is pure and ego free .

  • Ryan Farr
    Ryan Farr

    Gabor you have saved my life. Never have i been able to get over the shame and guilt of having an addiction. You have allowed me to feel human again.With this, being ADHD, I have always felt so much frustration, shame, and disappointment in myself for always frustrating the people around me. I thought I was just a bad person who didn't care enough to remember to shut the cabinet, lock the door, or to start a load of laundry my wife asked me to start. You took 1000 pound weights off my shoulder. I am not a bad person, I am just the who i am, for good or bad.

  • Rush Wepiha
    Rush Wepiha

    Thank you for acknowledging the root cause of the problems we face as Indigenous people fighting to retain our culture. It really means a lot hearing an expert such as Gabor Maté validate our reality. Tēnā rawa atu koe.

  • vibrissa 333
    vibrissa 3332 жыл бұрын

    Watched hundreds of TED and never seen people applauding just in the middle of the speech and a final standing ovation... 100% deserved, Great speech!

  • Jo Montanee
    Jo Montanee7 жыл бұрын

    This is one of the most powerful speeches I've ever listened to. Without any tricks, any flair or any glamorization.

  • artful dodger
    artful dodger Жыл бұрын

    Beautiful and powerful speech. One I could relate to as am addict myself. (I'm 5 months sober). He describes the pain addicts are in absolutely perfectly and describes just how badly they're treated by society. Going to support groups, I can say people in recovery are some of the best people you will ever meet. When you show kindness and compassion to someone they can achieve so much ❤️

  • Empress Lioness
    Empress Lioness Жыл бұрын

    I still cant get over how amazingly humble Dr Gabor Maté is he is so knowledgeable and does tremendous work. Angel in the flesh 🙏🏽💞

  • TripGuerrilla
    TripGuerrilla2 жыл бұрын

    "Nothing records the effects of a sad life as graphically as the human body."

  • The Truth About Sobriety
    The Truth About Sobriety Жыл бұрын

    Without finding this man I would not be on day 4 of sobriety. I will never look at people's addiction the same. EVER.

  • Tam G Smith
    Tam G Smith2 жыл бұрын

    Yeah, this guy says it better than anybody ever has. I truly resonated with every word. It is unfortunate that the people who most need to hear it won't ever listen, because they don't think they have an addiction. Whilst they drink their wine, have a piece of chocolate cake, buy something else off eBay and in the same breath criticize someone else's bad choices. Hopefully his words can spread through osmosis. Thank you Gabor.

  • PS
    PS5 жыл бұрын

    We need to reevaluate the entire legal system. No one should ever go to jail for addiction.

  • Lynne Lowe
    Lynne Lowe Жыл бұрын

    This made me cry. Absolutely spot on. Today I celebrate 4 years sober. Very grateful for this amazing talk. Thank you 😁🙏

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