If you are already acquainted with Canadian Clinical Psychologist Jordan Peterson you know that he is a brilliant analyst of the modern world we live in. If you are not familiar with Jordan Peterson, you’re in for a treat, in my view. The video below is a chance to add him to your consciousness and experience. I can pretty much guarantee you won’t regret it. Here is a brief bio of Peterson from Wikipedia:
Jordan Bernt Peterson (born June 12, 1962) is a Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychologyat the University of Toronto. His main areas of study are in abnormal, social, and personality psychology, with a particular interest in the psychology of religious and ideological belief, and the assessment and improvement of personality and performance.
Peterson grew up in Fairview, Alberta. He earned a B.A. degree in political science in 1982 and a degree in psychology in 1984, both from the University of Alberta, and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from McGill University in 1991. He remained at McGill as a post-doctoral fellow for two years before moving to Massachusetts, where he worked as an assistant and an associate professor in the psychology department at Harvard University. In 1998, he moved to the University of Toronto as a full professor. He authored Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief in 1999, a work which examined several academic fields to describe the structure of systems of beliefs and myths, their role in the regulation of emotion, creation of meaning, and motivation for genocide. His second book, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, was released in January 2018.
Now to the heart of this post, and the reason I think you’re going to enjoy it. Peterson submits himself to an interview with BBC Uber Feminist Cathy Newman. He’s grilled by Newman on gender pay gap, campus protest, and pretty much the whole panoply of postmodernism.
He makes several especially great points, not the least of which is the tendency of many modern men to resist growing up, to remain in childhood all their lives, i.e., to be and to remain what were called “Peter Pan men” a few decades ago. Peterson has met many women in his professional practice who have made the mistake of marrying such men. These women end up quite unhappy, he says. Of course, if they come to him he has advice for overcoming their predicament.
Cathy Newman is no slouch, she’s in fact very smart, but she’s woefully outmatched in this interview. I think she’s used to talking to men who are a bit less capable of handling her barbs and jousts than is Jordan Peterson.
The whole 30 minutes of this video is outstanding. At about 11 minute mark Newman says, “Simple question, is gender equality is a myth in your view? Is that something that is just never going to happen?” Peterson’s answer is spot on: “It depends on what you mean by equality?”
He then goes on to enlighten Cathy Newman with clear thinking about the differences between men and women. He explains the habits of very successful men and says that women are capable of the same thing, but so long as people have the freedom to make their own choices equality of outcome will never exist, nor should it. Jordan says he is not willing to cede the linguistic territory to the Radical Left.
Jordan Peterson has just released a book, 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos