When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress by Gabor Maté

When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden StressWhen the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress by Gabor Maté
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Originally published on January 5th, 2013
A very intriguing book that educates without resorting to fear-mongering or finger-pointing (except for the blurb on the back of this particular edition, which I found irritatingly alarmist. Other editions are better). Mate’s sensitivity is especially important in a book that looks at contributing factors to chronic or terminal diseases. Mate is careful to point out that it is not only “morally obtuse” but also “scientifically unfounded” to blame the sufferer for their disease (p8). His goal in writing this book is to provide evidence that emotions and self-awareness are an important part of not just mental health, but physical health too. After reading this book, I would define self-awareness as: cognizant of and responsive to your own emotions and internal equilibium. The idea that mind and emotions influence physical health was taken for granted throughout history, but seems to have been dismissed by society in more modern times. I think we will all benefit from it making a comeback.

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