Can we be addicted to ideology? Gabor Maté is an world famous expert on addiction – in his book ‘In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts’ he talks about how addiction is best viewed not as a crime or illness but as a coping mechanism for a personal, spiritual crisis.

In this exclusive interview with Rebel Wisdom he talks about how social media has created a whole new area for addictive behaviour, how traumatised leaders have created unhealthy societies and what he makes of the internet sensation and fellow Canadian intellectual Jordan Peterson.

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