Dr Jordan Peterson is a Canadian clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. He is a best-selling author, successful motivational speaker, and a public intellectual whose profile has seen a quite meteoric rise in recent months.
He is also, for want of a better phrase, completely full of shit.
Okay, perhaps that’s unfair. He’s also an expert at is giving out trite life advice, formulating fanciful theories of ‘meaning’ in such a fundamentally substance-less way so as to make them irrefutable but also ironically meaningless, and aligning himself with and thus giving heft to some very dangerous and hateful groups.
He’s also pretty great at self-aggrandisement and promotion. He stopped by Reddit the other day to host an ‘Ask Me Anything’. Now, the popular conception of Reddit is that it’s full of exactly the type of people who might be sympathetic to Dr Peterson’s worldview. It’s not an entirely unfair characterisation. But the reality is that Reddit contains multitudes. That plurality was very much in evidence in the ‘AMA’, the entirety of which you can check out here, but the highlights of which you will find below following Dr Peterson’s introduction.
Thanks everyone. It’s 2:00 pm Eastern, so I’m signing off.
I’m Dr Jordan B Peterson. I’ve spent 25 years as a clinical psychologist, professor and research scientist, first at Harvard and then at the University of Toronto. I have posted several hundred lectures on psychological, religious and (less willingly) political matters on YouTube, where they have attracted hundreds of millions of views and no little controversy. Finally, I am the author of 12 Rules for Life (https://jordanbpeterson.com/12-rules-for-life/), which has been the best-selling book in the English-language world for the last four months, and Maps of Meaning (1999), which is coming out in audio form on June 12 (https://jordanbpeterson.com/maps-of-meaning/).
I’m currently embarked on a 12 Rules for Life lecture tour in multiple cities in the US, Canada and Europe (with many more cities to be announced soon in Europe): https://jordanbpeterson.com/events
Finally, I am the creator (with my partners) of two online programs
the first of which helps people map and interpret their personalities and the second of which is a series of guided writing exercises designed to help people cope with their past, understand where they are in the present and develop a vision and a strategy for the future.
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