Jordan Peterson has lived an active life in the media since the early 90’s engaging various fields. The clinical psychologist, psychology professor, and a cultural critic has shown major interest in ideological beliefs, and psychology of religion. His work has gone from lower levels to grand receptions in Canada, USA, and other Western countries.
The 55-year-old author released a series of videos on his YouTube channel in which he had adverse responses to political ideologies and the Bill C- 16 of the Canadian government. Peterson’s confrontation with Cathy Newman paved his way to the literature world, becoming one of the best contemporary sellers.
Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief and 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos are the two notable books by the Canadian author. In 2004, a thirteen installment TV series based on Peterson’s book “Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief” premiered TVOntario and has also appeared on that same network on various shows such as “Big Ideas” and The Agenda with Steve Paikin.
1. Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief
The book has secured four stars and in this book, Jordan offers a provocative new hypothesis that illustrate the similarity between what modern neuropsychology conveys to us about the brain, and the different myths, rituals, and the religious stories that have been told for so long. Maps of Meaning is a major weapon that joins neuropsychology, cognitive science, Freudian and Jungian approaches to methodology and narrative aspects.
Various question- Why is that people from different eras and cultures have managed to formulate stories and myths of similar structures. What does this similarity portray about the mind, morality and the entire structure of the world?. The book was published in 1999 by Routledge and it took 13 years to be completed.
During his research in this book, his goal was to examine individuals rather than groups, take part in social conflicts, and model the paths that individuals take to support their beliefs, something that leads to the Auschwitz concentration camp, Gulag, and the Rwandan genocide. Interestingly Peterson takes his time to explore the origins of evil and also suggests that an analysis of the world’s religious ideologies can help to describe and illustrate our necessary morality and lastly, develop a universal system of morality. Peterson’s argument stresses the presence of a struggle between chaos and order.
2. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
“12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos” is the latest book from Jordan Peterson, published by Penguin Random House in January 2018. This charming book illustrates and defines the nature of man. In addition, the book provides 12 profound and practical principles to all individuals on how to live a meaningful life. Indeed, according to Melanie Reid, of The Times, said that the book is aimed at teenagers, young parents, and millennials. The book can be taken in reference for self-evaluation.
The book was also described as a practical book by Bryan Appleyard and it is a real book that directly illustrates its point. Also fascinating, the book puts an end to a majority of individuals who are fond of comparing themselves to others, focusing on other people’s stuff, rather than focusing on their own matters. The book also indicates that happiness is a pointless book, but instead, we must find its meaning in order to avoid suffering that is an attribute of our existence.
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos is a collection of vivid examples and just like Peterson’s first book, it portrays or reveals great sense. Peterson’s book is that book you can rely on for self-establishment, improvement, and hope. It polishes every aspect of life and will effectively help you put your life in order.