Struggling to decipher Jordan Peterson's core worldview when you listen on YouTube? Finding that his mosaic style, fascinating tangents, and detours into the mythic realm make him hard to follow? Or, maybe, you're wondering what the fuss is about and would like a concise introduction to Jordan Peterson's mentality, particularly as it relates to human psychology and the task of sorting yourself out?
In this book, a seasoned therapist Annette Poizner, founder of Lobster University Press, takes you on a tour of Peterson's central ideas. In a clear, linear presentation, Poizner outlines Peterson's premises about reality and the specific ways we perceive and organize that reality. She introduces his ideas regarding the map of meaning, outlines his take on how and why our life maps are easily corrupted, and follows with his premises about the psychological necessity of the (missing) God ideal, tracing the sequelae when that ideal is absent, as it is in secular society. Finally, Poizner renders Peterson's map of the life space. We come to see how his rules are helping many people thrive in reality, given the contours of reality that he articulates. Prepare to see life from a unique, surprising, and relevant vantage point.
In providing the scaffolding of Peterson's core arguments, Poizner gifts listeners with a big picture that will help them when they read or listen to Peterson, facilitating better comprehension and alleviating some of the inevitable review normally required when working through his material. At the same time, this work bridges material from his first two best-selling books, his Biblical lecture series, and his University of Toronto courses, depicting overarching themes that emerge across platforms and providing a lucid presentation of clinical insights that have implications for contemporary life. Listeners gain a lens through which they can consider their own personal process.
Annette Poizner, MSW, EdD, is a Canadian Columbia-trained clinical social worker.