A recurring theme in the work of Gabor Maté is the impact of a person’s childhood on their mental and physical health through neurological and psychological mechanisms, which he connects with the need for social change.
The impact of childhood adversity is noted in When the Body Says No: Understanding the Stress-Disease Connection. He notes that early experiences have a key role in shaping a person’s perceptions of the world and others, and in stress physiology, factors that affect the person’s health later on. He says that emotional patterns ingrained in childhood live in the memory of cells and the brain and appear in interpersonal interactions.
Gabor Maté is a heroic leader for today and worth following.