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Dr. Gabor Maté's Top Book Recommendations

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Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie-the-Pooh, #1)

„Niedźwiodek Puch” to śląska edycja „Kubusia Puchatka” A.A. Milne’a, arcydzieła literatury światowej. Ukochany miś świata rozprawia po śląsku z gronem swoich przyjaciół z podziwu godną biegłością i swadą, skutkiem czego jego maksymy stają się jeszcze bardziej przemyślane i wyraziste. To niewątpliwa zasługa Grzegorza Kulika, wybitnego popularyzatora śląskiej mowy, autora przekładu na śląski „Małego Księcia” Antoine de Saint-Exupery’ego.

Integralną częścią książki są oryginalne ilustracje Ernesta Sheparda. Wydanie uzupełnia słowniczek wyrazów śląskich i audiobook w wykonaniu...
Recommended by Dr. Gabor Maté, and 1 others.

Dr. Gabor MatéOne of the seminal books of my childhood. [...] What struck me about Pooh, of course, [was that] there was this bear of little brains who was so much wiser than everybody else. (Source)

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Waking the Tiger

Healing Trauma

Waking the Tiger offers a new and hopeful vision of trauma. It views the human animal as a unique being, endowed with an instinctual capacity. It asks and answers an intriguing question: why are animals in the wild, though threatened routinely, rarely traumatized? By understanding the dynamics that make wild animals virtually immune to traumatic symptoms, the mystery of human trauma is revealed.

Waking the Tiger normalizes the symptoms of trauma and the steps needed to heal them. People are often traumatized by seemingly ordinary experiences. The reader is taken on a...
Recommended by Dr. Gabor Maté, and 1 others.

Dr. Gabor Maté[The author's] first book. And he’s written many wonderful books since then. (Source)

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When discussing the German war crimes of the Second World War, modern histories have focused on the Holocaust. While the Final Solution was a unique and unparalleled horror, German atrocities did not end there. The Nazis terrorized their own citizens, tortured and murdered POWs, and carried out countless executions throughout occupied Europe. Lord Russell of Liverpool was part of the legal team that brought Nazi war criminals to justice, and from this first-hand position, he published the sensational, bestselling The Scourge of the Swastika in 1954. Liverpool shows that the actions of... more
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Dr. Gabor MatéI began to read it, saw photographs of the horrors of the concentration camps and the extermination details in Eastern Europe. (Source)

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The bestselling book on childhood trauma and the enduring effects of repressed anger and pain

Why are many of the most successful people plagued by feelings of emptiness and alienation? This wise and profound book has provided millions of readers with an answer--and has helped them to apply it to their own lives.

Far too many of us had to learn as children to hide our own feelings, needs, and memories skillfully in order to meet our parents' expectations and win their "love." Alice Miller writes, "When I used the word 'gifted' in the title, I had in mind neither children...
Recommended by Dr. Gabor Maté, and 1 others.

Dr. Gabor MatéAll about the fact that stuff happens to us as children, negative things happen. Then, we adapt to those things by taking on certain defensive ways of being. And then, we live the rest of our lives from those defensive modes. (Source)

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The Dhammapada

The Dhammapada (Pāli; Prakrit: धम्मपद Dhammapada; Sanskrit: धर्मपद Dharmapada) is a collection of sayings of the Buddha in verse form and one of the most widely read and best known Buddhist scriptures. The original version of the Dhammapada is in the Khuddaka Nikaya, a division of the Pali Canon of Theravada Buddhism.
The Buddhist scholar and commentator Buddhaghosa explains that each saying recorded in the collection was made on a different occasion in response to a unique situation that had arisen in the life of the Buddha and his monastic community. His commentary, the Dhammapada...
Recommended by Jonathan Haidt, Dr. Gabor Maté, and 2 others.

Jonathan HaidtThe Dhammapada is one of the greatest psychological works ever written, and certainly one of the greatest before 1900. It is masterful in its understanding of the nature of consciousness, and in particular the way we are always striving and never satisfied. You can turn to it – and people have turned to it throughout the ages – at times of trouble, at times of disappointment, at times of loss,... (Source)

Dr. Gabor MatéThe Buddhist collection of sayings. And it begins with, basically, the idea that we create the world with our minds. (Source)

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Don Quixote

Edith Grossman's definitive English translation of the Spanish masterpiece, in an expanded P.S. edition

Widely regarded as one of the funniest and most tragic books ever written, Don Quixote chronicles the adventures of the self-created knight-errant Don Quixote of La Mancha and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, as they travel through sixteenth-century Spain. You haven't experienced Don Quixote in English until you've read this masterful translation.

This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including...
Recommended by Leo Babauta, Dr. Gabor Maté, and 2 others.

Dr. Gabor MatéI read [this book] as a child and then, reread many times as an adult. And he’s my favorite character. (Source)

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