December 3, 2012

Gabor Maté on the power of addiction and addiction to power

Addictions are powerful, and the question is: Why?

Dr. Gabor MateAt the recent TEDxRio conference, Canadian physician Gabor Maté takes on answering this task.

Even when addiction can take everything from a person—youth, physical health, wealth, families, their lives—some still won’t give up the addiction. Matè explores the power that addiction wields in his TED talk.

In discussing the lengths of addiction— from drugs to power— from the lack of love to the desire to escape oneself, from susceptibility of the being to interior power, it’s clear that nothing escapes.

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.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

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