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The Childhood Lie That’s Ruining All Of Our Lives: Gabor Mate (Transcript)

Full text of The Diary Of A CEO podcast titled ‘The Childhood Lie That’s Ruining All Of Our Lives.’ Gabor Mate is a multi-bestselling author and a world leading expert on trauma and how it effects us throughout our whole lives.

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STEVEN BARTLETT: I’m Stephen Bartlett and this is The Diary of a CEO. I hope nobody’s listening, but if you are, then please keep this to yourself.

“My dear little man. Only after many long months do I take it in hand, the pen, so that I may briefly sketch for you the unspeakable horrors of those times, the details of which I do not wish you to know.” Those are words that your mother wrote into her diary in the 1940s during the Holocaust.

GABOR MATE: She wrote those words in April 1945, three months after the Soviet army expelled the Nazis from Budapest, which is where we live. So she’s referring to the previous year and the beginning of that year, late 1944 and early 1945.

STEVEN BARTLETT: And in those diary entries, she’s addressing many of them to you directly as a baby.

GABOR MATE: She wrote the diary to me directly as if it was like an account of my life addressed to me.

STEVEN BARTLETT: You talk so much in all your books and much of your work about the importance of that early context. It’s really been the center point of all the writing that I’ve read recently. And I know because it’s so evident in everything that you’ve done that that’s been a key. Your own early context has been a key inspiration for why you’ve taken such an interest in these topics. What was your early context? What do I have to understand about your earliest years to understand you?

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