Gabor Maté Opens Up About Backlash from Prince Harry Interview

Gabor Maté Opens Up About Backlash from Prince Harry Interview

Gabor Maté’s Regrets About Controversial Interview with Prince Harry

Gabor Maté, a self-proclaimed “trauma expert,” has expressed regrets about his interview with Prince Harry.

In this March interview, Prince Harry discussed living with loss and personal healing while promoting his memoir, “Spare.”

However, the interview became a subject of scrutiny after it was revealed that Maté had made several controversial comments in the past.

These comments included comparing Hamas to Jewish heroes from the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, defending Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli civilians, and branding the Israeli government as terrorists.

Maté is also a proponent of decriminalizing drugs and has used the Amazonian plant ayahuasca to treat mental illness in patients.

Maté addressed the intense and largely negative reaction to his interview on social media, describing it as demeaning, dismissive, and distorted.

This backlash took a toll on his mental state, and he sought help from a psychiatrist to deal with the emotional distress.

Maté accused the media of twisting his words and portraying him as “stern, overbearing, and a merchant of pain.”

However, after speaking to a psychiatrist, he realized that his issues were not solely due to the criticism but rather stemmed from an old, unresolved emotional wound from his past.

Maté also expressed reservations about the interview setup, where people had to purchase a copy of Prince Harry’s book to watch it.

He believed it should have been a free public service, accessible to the millions who had already bought the book.

Despite his regrets about the interview, Maté emphasized that he no longer cares about public opinion and urged people to see him for who he is and what he’s actually saying, rather than a distorted version.

Gabor Maté, who has over two decades of experience working with individuals dealing with addiction and mental illness, strongly believes that many adult problems originate from childhood trauma.

His own traumatic upbringing, born in Nazi-occupied Budapest in 1944, adds a personal dimension to his work.

In addition to his controversial comments, Maté is known for advocating the decriminalization of drugs and using ayahuasca to treat mental health issues, a practice that has faced legal challenges in some countries.

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