Psychology for Lawyers

jordan peterson

a "new" psychology for lawyers course

introduction: fundamentals|knowledge of evolution

On Evolution
[2:46 mins.]

On How You are Older Than You Think
[1:56 mins.]

Darwin & Lobsters
[6:20 mins.]

Lobster Documentary
[4:28 mins.]

introduction: getting on with your life

Aim High and Live in the Present
[7:30 mins.] ["posit the highest good you can conceive of and commit yourself to it"] [conceptualizing the highest good] [begin presentation at 1:24 mins.]

Magical Transformation Can Happen in the Most Mundane Places
[5:49 mins.] ["going into the country you've not been in"] [the finite and the infinite exists]

The Purpose of Life
[3:45 mins.]

Life Purpose, Direction & Meaning
[3:54 mins.]

bringing psychology into the reality of your own life

"You need to know where you are, so you can start to chart your course. You need to know who you are, so that you understand your armament and bolster yourself in respect to your limitations. You need to kwow where you are going, so that you can limit the extent of chaos in your life, restructure order, and bring the divine force of Hope to bear on the world."

--Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos 63(Toronto: Random House Canada, 2018)

Your Attention is Governed by Your Future Self
[2:54 mins.] [something we learn from C.G. Jung: "you are not master in your own house"; we are gripped by forces "beneath the will" ("something that is a deep instinct, something Jung knew as the Self); we have an instinct for future development; you can interact with the deep forces]

Civilize Your Primal Motivations
[2:43 mins.] [Peterson says, "I'm a psychoanalytic thinker . . ."]

What's Blocking You From Your Ideal Life?
[2:23 mins.]

Why You Avoid Fulfilling Your Potential
[4:36 mins.]

You Can Be So Much More Than You Are
[8:40 mins.]

Don't Sacrifice What You Could Be for What You Are
[8:35 mins.]

Stop Hiding! You Are Stronger than You Think
[8:43 mins.]

The Biggest Reason for Failure
[6:02 mins.]

Mindsets that Lead to Ruin
[1:09 mins.]

introductions by Jordan Peterson to his work

Iceland: 12 Rules for Life Tour: Lecture 1
[2:40:12 mins.]

Dragons, Divine Parents, Heroes and Adversaries: A Complete Cosmology of Being
[1:14:41 mins.]

central concepts

being & becoming

The Difficulty of Growing Up in the Modern World
[6:00 mins.] ["when you are 25 you can be an idiot"; "being an old infant" is not so pretty]

How to Transform
[21:17 mins.]

Your Personality & Who You Can Become
[8:21 mins.]

Don't Look Back; Follow the Good
[4:36 mins.]

Take Risks (but not in a Naive Way)
[6:04 mins.]

The Secret to Living Properly
[2:03 mins.]

Decide Your Own Future
[11:22 mins.]

You're All In, This is Gonna Kill You. Why Not Go All in On Your Potential?
[8:04 mins.]

"In the Depth of Your Existential Terror, the Wisdom to Cope Will Be Found"
[5:36 mins.]

Magical Transformation Can Happen in the Most Mundane Places
[5:49 mins.] ["the finite and the infinite co-exist"]

Should I aim to have an impact like you, Dr. Jordan Peterson?
[2:37 mins.]


Sort Yourself Out And Make It Manifest In The World
[7:59 mins.]

Pickup Your Suffering & Bear It
[8:04 mins.]

Suffering vs Full Potential: What Can You Accomplish?
[12:43 mins.] [on authentic being and what this means] ["you need something to shield you from your own vulnerabilities"] ["suffering is built-in to the world"]

On Suffering, Resentment & Universities in 2016
[4:31 mins.]

On the Importance of Responsibility
[1:55 mins.] [audio]

Going Through Dark Times
[5:09 mins.]

advice: get straight about happiness

Why Happiness is Deceiving
[2:17 mins.] [audio]

How Happiness Works
[1:53 mins.] [audio]

Don't Push for Happiness
[3:54 mins.]

Saying No to Happiness
[54:00 mins.] [end introduction to the audio at 1:46 mins.] [Peterson's comments begin at 12:20 and continues to 22:10]

Happiness and the Brain
[39:20 mins.] [Peterson's opening brief comment on happiness and the brain appears at 1:30 mins.; additional commentary at 5:41 mins. to 6:52 mins.] [guest for this discussion include: Susan Abbey, David Fresco, Zindel Segal, David Vago]

Why Not Just be Child-Free and Happy?
[4:12 mins.]

On Temperament Traits and Happiness
[9:26 mins.]

advice: attend to procrastination

How Do You Stop Procrastinating?
[8:58 mins.] [Peterson's comments begin at 5:00 mins. and ends at 8:20 mins.]

advice: get a hold on fear

On Facing Fear
[6:36 mins.] [a clinical psychologist's perspective]

Understanding Fear/Anxiety
[3:39 mins.]

advice: tell the truth

Stop Saying Things That Make You Weak!
[5:52 mins.]

The Shadow Reaches All The Way Down To Hell
[9:39 mins.]

foundational lectures

Iceland: 12 Rules for Life Tour: Lecture 1
[2:40:12 mins.]

Iceland: 12 Rules for Life Tour: Lecture 2
[2:02:03 mins.]

foundational explanations

Dragons, Divine Parents, Heroes and Adversaries: A Complete Cosmology of Being
[1:14:41 mins.] [present a "grammar of belief" that is religious in nature; outlining his early reading; thinking about the frames of reference through which we see, interpret, and know the world ("It is necessary to look at the world through a limited frame of reference." "Your brain is a reducing agent." "We inhabit a series of reducing structures." E.g., "we are biological organisms."; the components of our pragmatic world are "tools" and "obstacles" ("tools are things that get you to where you want to go"; "things that are useful to you, and things that are not"; "the world lays itself out as tools and obstacles"); the smallest unit of our limited frame of reference that serves as a map of meaning is knowing where you are and what you are doing (point A) and where you are going (point B); we move from PtA to PtB because we assume PtB is better than PtA, otherwise why move at all?; our movement is often associated with "drives" but is more accurately something like a "one-eyed cyclops"; a motivational system specifies where you are; the Taoist fundamental order of reality--chaos and order; the unknown "leaps at you from places you don't expect" (like "snakes in the Garden of Eden"); "you can't create a bounded known (world) that eliminates all complexity"; chaos is a place, and it's a place that you are going to visit (think of it as a "descent to the underworld"); "life is bounded and full of suffering" and we deal with this existential problem with meaning ("a life of meaning is a response to a life that we know will include suffering)]

Jordan Peterson in Conversation with Iain McGilchrist
[29:51 mins.]

Jordan Peterson vs Susan Blackmore: Do We Need God to Make Sense of Life?
[47:00 mins.] [June 8, 2018]

Jordan Peterson on Responsibility and Meaning with Lewis Howes
[38:30 mins.] [2018]

fundamentals: the shadow

How to Develop Your Dark Side
[8:11 mins.] [recommends Jung's Collected Works, vol. 9; outlines the Jungian concepts of persona and shadow]

You Can't Please People. Stand for Yourself!
[5:26 mins.]

The Redemptive Substance
[1:35 mins.]

Harry Potter and the Jungian Shadow
[19:45 mins.]

What's Your Kryptonite?
[8:05 mins.]

Betrayal and the Inner Monster
[9:00 mins.]

Your Capacity For Evil
[5:36 mins.]

The Anti-Hero is the Shadow
[3:13 mins.]

fundamentals: traits of temperment

Are You An Introvert or Extrovert?
[2:18 mins.]

Extroverts vs Introverts & Frames of Reference
[4:13 mins.] [extroverts & introverts exist in domains of competence] [a frame of reference can be something akin to a micro-personality] [traits influence your value system, and your goals]

Your Personality & Who You Can Become
[8:21 mins.] [comments on the Big Five begins at 1:59 mins.]

The Big Five Personality Archetypes
[4:55 mins.]

Cognitive Ability
[9:03 mins.] [frames of reference; micro-personalities; underlying biological systems {"we don't quite understand the relation of the traits to their underlying biology")]

The Big 5 Personality Traits
[9:03 mins.]

Big 5 Personality Traits
[6:46 mins.] [begin presentation at 2:55 mins.] [Peterson, drawing on social psychology research on differences between men and women moves into political controversy territory

Difference Between Wisdom and IQ?
[7:13 mins.] [end presentation at 1:41 mins.]

fundamentals: traits of temperament & political orientations

Political Beliefs
[8:54 mins.]

fundamentals: emotions

2014 Personality Lecture 16: Extraversion & Neuroticism (Biology & Traits)
[1:44:48 mins.] [commentary on emotions begins at 43:58 mins., and ends at 56:54 mins.]

fundamentals: IQ

IQ and the Job Market
[10:41 mins.]

The Curse of Creativity
[6:28 mins.]

On How Creative You Are
[17:42 mins.]

Exploring the Psychology of Creativy
[50:40 mins.] [the first minute of the video has poor quality audio]

The Worst Thing a Creative Person Can Do
[4:26 mins.]

Creative People in Hierarchies of Authority
[3:37 mins.]

What Job You Should Look For
[2:49 mins.]

What Kind of Job Fits You?
[9:21 mins.]

fundamentals: creativity

On Creative People
[2:04 mins.]

fundamentals: hierarchies of competence

2017 Maps of Meaning: Lecture 6: Story and Metastory Pt2
[2:27:26 mins.] [begin presentation at 6:30 mins. and end at 9:30 mins.; 16:08 mins. to 19:52 mins.] [a Darwinian model of evolution and the argument that we inherit acquired traits] [these excerpts from Peterson's 2017 Maps of Meaning course lectures is a good Darwinian/evolutionary introduction to dominance hierarchies and the range of such hierarchies in which we exist as human beings]

Peterson Graciously Schools Oxford Students on Hierarchy
[10:50 mins.] ["complex biological creatures have to move forward"; "we have to move forward toward things . . . toward things we value"; "to move move toward something is to value it"; we are always in a place of value; we move from Point A to Point B, and Point A is often a difficult place, and Point B is a more desirable place; in pursuit of something of value you are going to do this in a social space, "you are going to find yourself in a hierarchy of competence"; you are going to find that some people are good at the pursuit; presentation of the "iron-law of the distribution of success and value"]

The Evolution of Dominance Hierarchies
[4:31 mins.] [chimpanzee dominance hierarchy; prototypical morality found in animals; the cost of winning in a dominance dispute; the use of mock conflict]

Human Hierarchies
[6:51 mins.] [people are different than animals; "we have multiplied our dominance hierarchies"; "if you're creative you can come up with your own dominance hierarchy" ("you spin up a game that is your game"; "you can be the best at playing that game"); with the appearance of multiple dominance hierarchies, there is an "ability to be successful across a set of dominance hierarchies"; "a human being is a creature that has a high potential for succeeding across a very wide range of human dominance hierarchies"; the hero is a representation of the capacity to succeed across dominance hierarchies; "we're this weird general purpose animal"; "we can go anywhere and thrive"--and this relates to the hero mythology]

Make Something of Yourself!
[8:17 mins.] [arguing for the place of hierarchies of competence] ["Maybe you wouldn't be a great lawyer." Comment at 5:32 mins.] ["we need hierarchies of competence"; we need to know who the best are so we can reward them, and they will continue to be good; the idea that hierarchies of competence don't exist is "pathologically cynical; hierarchies can be corrupt; "our hierarchies of competence are reasonably function" and "they are valuable"; "go be a plumber, but be a good one"; "if you're going to be a plumber be a good one, otherwise you'd do nothing but case problems"; there are multiple hierarchies of competence; "work and get to the top"]

How to Rise to the Top of the Dominance Hierarchy
[14:02 mins.] [commenting on Piaget (and his ethnology of human beings) and his argument that morality arises out of play; "every social animal is embedded in a dominance hierarchy"; there are thousands of these hierarchies; if take multiple hierarchies and abstract "what is central to all of them," you find a "pyramid of value"; and what's do we find at the top of the pyramid of value (which is "deeply rooted in biology and culture" which means "you don't just brush this off"; "you have a counter at the bottom of your brain that keeps track of where you are in terms of your status . . . and it regulates the sensitivity of your emotions so if you are at the bottom of the hierarchy, barely clinging on to the world, everything overwhelms you. You are damn near dead. . . . You become sensitive to negative emotion."; commentary on Jung and the gods; is there a way of being that suggest you are going to move up in the dominance hierarchies?" (Peterson notes that these hierarchies are "not arbitrary and random") (Peterson poses this instructive question but then veers off to talk about Jung, archetypes and imagination (telling us that "your imagination is looking for things to fill itself with" and this is "how" we "deal with the unknown"); Peterson reads Jung to say that we look "down into the belly of the beast to see what lurks in the imagination?" and what we find there are the archetypes and "patterns of adaptive behavior"); Peterson returns to dominance hierarchy theory 101: "dominance hierarchies are the standard ways animals in a territory organize themselves"; "human beings are watching these dominance hierarchies since we became self-aware thinking 'what the hell are we up to? what the hell are we up to?'"; Peterson finally returns to the question that he asked: "is there a way of being that suggest you are going to move up dominance hierarchies?" The answer is found in imagination ("your imagination is looking for things to fill itself with"); imagination is found, following Jung, "down in the belly of the beast" where archetypal imagination lies' so what lies at the top of the pyramid? --speech, --vision ("You have a vision of your own ideal." It must be articulated. --"willingness to confront the terrible unknown" ("heroic willingness to confront the unknown"); according to Peterson there is no more noble vision than this--it will make you "admirable and valuable."]

On the Hero
[5:13 mins.] ["one of the things that characterizes whet her you can climb the dominance hierarchies is how good you are in watching people climb dominance hierarchies and imitating them"; "you have the capability of being the thing that can climb and let's say you get an edge by watching someone who is successfully climbing and you can imitate them"; "we're all watching each other and we find those people who can climb up dominance hierarchies interesting"]

Set Your Goals Up Hierarchically
[11:44 mins.] [you are made up of a set of subpersonalities ("quasi-autonomous subsystems"; "personality units"); "its one emotional frame after another vying for dominance; reference to "pyramids of competence" and what we want at the top of them: "the thing that pays attention and learns"; all this "maps onto the neuro-structure of your being"; "you want to put something in control" and what you want to be in control is "the thing that pays attention and learns"' a GPS unit is close to the idea of intelligence--they tell you where you are at and where you are going, and if you get off track they recalculate to get you back on course; what is the story at the top of the hierarchy?"]

The Male Dominance Hierarchy
[11:29 mins.] ["the dominance hierarchy is permanent" and "all our wiring is conditional on that"; Peterson, early in the commentary notes that "you can bargain with reality" ("the reality you encounter . . . is an abstract social system"): "you can bargain with the future"; we share an evolutionary path with plants and animals; "the central spirit of the individual," something that we have evolved, means that we are individuals who can move up the dominance hierarchy; "we are always trying to figure out who we are. As we watch that we tell stories about what people who can climb the hierarchy is like and that is the hero" (the hero is the one who kills the snake, who slays the dragon); we start to tell stories bout the hero, and we find "our stories are pushing us in this direction"]

Competence Hierarchies Explained
[7:41 mins.] ["dominance hierarchy is a biological universal"; Peterson explains how he moved from talking about dominance hierarchies to his now more frequent references to hierarchies of competence]

Authority and Equality
[3:53 mins.] [2011] ["the difference between people is important"]

What is the Only Insight that Universities Should Teach Students?
[6:26 mins.] [predictors of life-time success; "smart people should occupy more positions of competence"; "who gets ahead? smart people who work hard"; and yes, some hierarchies can be corrupt; "our hierarchies of competence are functional"; there are many hierarchies of competence out there; Peterson tells the story of an incompetent plumber]

Chimpanzees and Dominance Hierarchies
[6:25 mins.]

On How Mythological Figures Emerge
[2:24 mins.]

Oblivious of Your Status & How to Rise in the Dominance Hierarchy
[15:25 mins.] ["you roughly have one se of neuro-psychological . . . functions for familiar territory and another set for unfamiliar territory"; when you are in familiar territory you "calm," "relatively at home," and "you know how to act"; "you don't go places where you don't feel normal"; unfamiliar territory announces itself in the form of an anomaly ("when you hit an anomaly . . . it manifests itself to you in a set of contradictory meanings"; looking at the future as a field of potential; taking on the unfamiliar allows the "potential accessible to you" to multiply; "maybe the way to overcome the predator, the spirit of the predator is to confront it"; when "you encounter infinite possibility properly, you derive from [that encounter] the reward it offers (and what is that reward, who can say); "one of the things we know about social animals is that they have a territory"; "we need a representation for potential"; "you are at home wherever you know what to do"; "you know how to match the hierarchy with the situation" (this is where "potential transforms itself into what you are aiming at")]

Maximizing Your Chances for Success
[9:21 mins.] [Peterson relates the big-five traits of temperament to success in a hierarchy of competence; "as you climb hierarchies of competence the demand on fluid intelligence increases"; discussion of "smart people" and dominance hierarchies; "almost all jobs at the top of complex dominance hierarchies require very high intelligence, insane levels of conscientiousness, as well, generally speaking, as high levels of stress tolerance"]

fundamentals: price's law & pareto distributions

Pareto Distributions
[5:14 mins.]

Inequality of Wealth and Productivity
[6:04 mins.]

Wealth Concentration & Normal vs Pareto Distributions
[6:19 mins.]

The Pareto Distribution, the 1% and the End Game of Marxism
[6:42 mins.]

fundamentals: knowing where you are

Knowing Where You Are
[6:18 mins.]

Nested Meanings
[4:05 mins.]

fundamentals: goals & games

Schedule Your Time
[7:14 mins.]

On Goals, Scheduling, Negotiating & Friendship
[10:55 mins.]

Clean Up Your Room!
[4:38 mins.] ["orient yourself toward something"]

No Goal, No Positive Emotion
[4:10 mins.] [on having goals; playing games ("there is a set of playable games")]

Games People Must Play
[28:00 mins.] [Maps of Meaning course] [TVO]

On Children's Games
[8:01 mins.]

fundamentals: what interest you

Maps of Meaning, Lecture 13: The Force Within (TVO)
[28 mins.] [relevant comments at 19:28 mins. to 25:30 mins.]

fundamentals: a turn to depth psychology

Civilize Your Primal Motivations
[2:43 mins.]

You Need a Routine!
[5:51 mins.] ["helping people to have a life that will work"]

We Tend to Think a Lot of Us is Inside Our Head
[6:18 mins.]

Normal-You and Angry-You
[4:27 mins.] ["there is an unconscious"]

fundamentals: defense mechanisms

This is How You Fool Yourself
[5:14 mins.]

Repression & Other Defense Mechanisms
[8:06 mins.] [reference to Jung's concept of "complex"]

fundamentals: perception

Perception and Ethics
[7:46 mins.]

fundamentals: how we see the world (that part of it we end up seeingt)

Maps of Meaning 13: The Force Within (TVO)
[28 mins.] [Peterson's comments at 6:28 mins. to 9:22 mins, on how the nature of our experience lies in emotions, motivational states, fantasies, and ideas (and that these are not so easy to articulate); when you look at the world you do so from an "emotionally-ridden perspective"; you can't think without being motivated ("you see the world through a lens, a narrowing lens")] [at the beginning of the lecture Peterson notes: "I've been telling you a story that is 40 hours long"; what Peterson presents is "a model of the way the brain processes the environment" that happens to be "the current state of neuroscience." Peterson notes that what he is presenting can't be done by describing a single view, but requires a "circling around."]

Dragons, Divine Parents, Heroes and Adversaries: A Complete Cosmology of Being
[1:14:41 mins.] begin presentation at 5:50 mins., end at 7:38 mins.] ["it is necessary for you to look at the world through a limited frame of reference"; you're brain is primarily a reducing agent (as is much else); "we deal with the complexity of the world in part by inhabiting a a series of reducing elements"] [in a simplified view of the world, we are always trying to get somewhere, that is, from one place to another, PtA to PtB; motivational systems are like "isolated one-eyed personalities--cyclops"] [prior to the class presentation, Peterson has commented on "dealing with ideas we don't understand well,"; there are some things we not smart enough to understand; "talking about the grammar of belief"; commentary on his reading about belief systems (and who he was reading); "the grammar of belief is religious in nature"]

Tools for Seeing Life Properly
[5:34 mins.] [making life simple for ourselves; when you meet an obstacle what has been irrelevant becomes relevant]

Ways of Dealing with the Complexity of the World
[6:49 mins.] [you have a built-in interpretative system] [reference to Jack Panksepp] [ you live inside a story; "we have evolved story-like structures to understand the world" at 1:41 mins.] ["we have hemispheric specialization to deal with the known and unknown, order and chaos] ["we live in stories"; you need to understand some things about stories; one kind of story you need to know something about is mythology]

2016 Lecture: Maps of Meaning: Playable & Non-Playable Games
[1:10:53 mins.] [knowing the object/material world] ["our knowledge is finite in every direction"] [reality and truth definitions of reality] ["there are many different ways of viewing the world"] ["science refuses to give answers as to what you should do"; science must be nestled in something beyond science] [reviewed to 10:20 mins.]

fundamentals: frames, complexity, tools & obstacles

On Seeing Life in a Proper Way
[5:33 mins.] [frames make virtually everything around you irrelevant; complexity, from this perspective means that things that have been irrelevant come floating in; we strive to keep most things irrelevant]

fundamentals: errors

The Meaning of Error
[8:21 mins.]

How To Deal With Life's Error Messages
[9:43 mins.]

fundamentals: patterns of behavior

Patterns of Behaviour
[8:26 mins.]

Jungian Psychoanalysis in a Nutshell
[5:02 mins.]

fundamentals: culture

On Letting Your Culture Guide You
[2:26 mins.]

fundamentals: stories

I Suffer Therefore I Am
[6:09 mins.] [audio interview]

How You Inhabit a Story
[14:15 mins.]

On Fictional Truth
[7:48 mins.]

Adam and Eve
[10:06 mins.]

Cain and Abel
[15:39 mins.]

Noah and the Flood
[9:24 mins.]

Stories and Dragons
[1:57 mins.]

A Children's Dragon Story
[13:34 mins.]

On Reading the Biblical Stories
[6:00 mins.]

fundamentals: mythology & the gods

Imagination and Work
[6:51 mins.]

Stories and Myths
[1:48 mins.]

On Deep Stories
[28:00 mins.] [4:05 mins. to 4:26 mins.] [Maps of Meaning: The Force Within]

An Old Story about Gods
[14:30 mins.]

The Garden of Eden
[6:51 mins.]

Jonah and the Whale
[15:31 mins.] [on opposing corruption]

King Arthur and the Knights of the Holy Grail
[28:00 mins.] [the knights go to the darkest place] [the outline of the King Arthur story ends at 2:44 mins.]

The Failed Hero Story
[7:27 mins.]

Mesopotamian Gods
[13:33 mins.]

On How Mythological Figures Emerge
[2:24 mins.]

On the Hero
[5:13 mins.]

fundamentals: religion, science & reality

Reality and the Sacred
[56:34 mins.]

Chaos and the Orienting Response
[1:00:13 mins.]

fundamentals: archetypes

Exploring Archetypes
[52:59 mins.] [podcast] [August 31, 2017] [Peterson commits on what he is trying to do? "Help people make sense of their lives."] [On the idea of myth: at 4:21 mins. Peterson talks about his early interest in myth ('great stories") that accompanied his reading of psychologists] [C.G. Jung at 6:22 mins. and his idea of myths, the collective unconscious; the way we interpret the world is encoded in archetypal stories; the hero confronts the unknown world (a pursuit that allows us to find deep meaning); myths describe fundamental patterns of success and failure; ends at 9:24 mins.] [the world in which we act takes place in a domain of order and chaos; think of chaos as a constituent element of experience] [truth keeps things simpler; failure to tell the truth damages your ability to think] ["the great stories are embedded in biological processes"] [falling into the unknown can be hell; the unknown, in mythology, is the underworld] [look at psychological existence that is there, already around us] [our materialist framework doesn't tell us how to act] [there are endless number of pathways that can be derived from a finite set of facts; "you can't relate on facts to guide you"] [in the world of value we find emotions and motivational states] [the world of what is important is still matter] ["meaning, not matter, is primary"; the question is "what matters"?] [order and chaos, the hero; chaos has negative and positive elements; chaos can be the source of new life] ["as you push yourself out against the world the more informed you can be"; "you exist a lot in potential"] [life is very difficult; it will challenge you to the core; "you can't hide from illness or death, from loneliness or pain"] [you don't want to "pollute yourself" with narrowness and confusion] [the question: how to realize the archetype in your own life; you must open yourself to radical transformation] [Jung's idea of the self, at 32:05 mins.; you are what you are but you are also who you could be; it's not obvious how you can be something potential; the goal of authenticity is to be who you can be; the archetypal idea is that you can redeem yourself (by being who you can be); the pathway to the archetype is what you find admirable] [an archetypal story is a distillation] ["there is no retreat in life"; we are surrounded by the unknown and the unexpected, there is no stepping back]

2017 Maps of Meaning: Patterns of Symbolic Representation
[2:16:49 mins.] [presentation on archetypes ends at 4:24 mins.]

fundamentals: neuroscience

Are We Determined Robots?
[4:00 mins.] [2014] [comments on the Jungian idea of the self] [full video :: 1:04:18 mins.]

Breaking Down the Brain
[9:52 mins.] [right and left hemispheres]

How the Brain Works
[7:24 mins.]

The Brain and Objective Reality
[5:53 mins.]

The Brain: Back to Front, Right to Left
[6:55 mins.]

Jordan Peterson Footnotes

On Reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
[3:54 mins.] [on the idea of quality; the judgment that "this" is better than "that"]

The following videos have been compiled as supplemental viewing
along with Jordan Peterson videos

Supplemental (Personality Psychology)

Who Are You, Really? The Puzzle of Personality
[15:15 mins.] [Brian Little]

How to Lose the Fear of Being an Idiot
[4:36 mins.] [School of Life]

Supplemental (Michael Tsarion)

Michael Tsarion: Authentic Lives
[9:51 mins.]

Michael Tsarion: Unconscious Mind
[9:17 mins.] [begins with an introduction to persona, ego, and shadow]

Supplemental (Jon Kabat-Zinn)

Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn
[1:12:04 mins.] [Jon Kabat-Zinn presentation at Google] [Kabat-Zinn's presentation begins at 1:20 mins.]

Supplemental (Robert Sapolsky & Behavioral Biology)

Introduction to Human Behavioral Biology
[57:14 mins.] [Stanford]

Being Human
[36:59 mins.] [on the challenges to understanding human behavior]

Why Hierarchy Creates a Destructive Force Within the Human Psyche
[9:01 mins.] [an interesting perspective on helping us think about law firm culture]

Are Humans Hardwired to Be Cruel to Each Other?
[6:40 mins.] [Big Think Interview]

Supplemental (Evolutionary Psychology)

Donald Hoffman

Donald Hoffman: Does Evolutionary Psychology Explain Mind?
[10:20 mins.] [Donald D. Hoffman is Professor of Cognitive Science, University of California, Irvine and author of Visual Intelligence: How We Create What We See and coauthor of Observer Mechanics: A Formal Theory Of Perception.] [The interviewer is Robert Lawrence Kuhn, a public intellectual, international corporate strategist, and investment banker. He has a doctorate in brain research and is the author and editor of over 25 books.]

The Evolution of Perceptions
[3:10 mins.]

Does Human Consciousness Have Special Purpose?
[8:17 mins.]

Does Consciousness Cause the Cosmos?
[7:59 mins.]

Evolutionary Psychology

Evolutionary Psychology
[14:22 mins.]

Key Tenets of Evolutionary Psychology
[6:41 mins.] [Gad Said]

Nicholas Humphrey: Does Evolutionary Psychology Explain Mind?
[11:36 mins.]

Why Students Love Evolutionary Psychology . . . and How to Teach It
[54:32 mins.]

John Tooby on Evolutionary Psychology
[41:24 mins.]

Stone Age Minds: A Conversation
[9:58 mins.] [evolutionary psychologists Leda Cosmides & John Tooby]

Our Mind is Not a Blank Slate: Evolutionary Psychologists Leda Cosmides & John Tooby
[11:50 mins.]

2017 Maps of Meaning, Lecture 8: Neuropsychology of Symbolic Representation
[2:21:21 mins.] [reference to Leda Cosmides & John Tooby]

On the Evolutionary Origin of Values
[8:44 mins.] [Jordan Peterson]

Jared Diamond: Does Evolutionary Psychology Undermine Religion?
[8:39 mins.]

Debating Darwin: Evolutionary Psychology
[58:31 mins.] [a critical philosophical and methodological critique]

Supplemental (Human Evolution Studies)

The Evolving Story of Human Evolution
[16:25 mins.] [Melanie Chang]

Darwin's Theory of Evolution
[7:45 mins.]

Supplemental (Neuroscience)

Introduction to Neuroscience
[47:34 mins.] [John H. Byrne's introductory lecture in his medical neuroscience course, McGovern Medical School, University of Texas Health, Houston, Texas]

The Science of Emotions: Jaak Panksepp
[17:39 mins.] [TED Talk]

The Neuroscience of Intelligence: Dr. Richard Haier & Jordan Peterson
[1:24:31 mins.]

Brain Activity, Perception, and Conscious Experience
[4:38 mins.] [Donald Hoffman]

Supplemental (Neuroscience & Emotions)

The Science of Emotions: Jaak Panksepp
[17:39 mins.] [TED Talk]

The Neuroscience of Emotion: Kerry Ressler
[19:17 mins.] [TED Talk]

Supplemental (Tim 'Mac' Macartney)

[22:00 mins.] [TED Talk] [on being lost because we do not know our purpose]

A Line in the Sand
[18:43 mins.] [TED Talk]

We Need the Dreamers, Poets, and Doers
[17:12 mins.] [TED Talk]

Our Dream for Our Cities
[20:23 mins.] [TED Talk] [finding our way when we are lost]

Supplemental (Performance)

Being Brilliant Every Single Day
[18:41 mins.] [Alan Watkins] [secrets from neuroscience on performance] Pt2 [26:15 mins.]

Why You Feel What You Feel
[20:18 mins.] [TED Talk] [comments on his medical training]

Supplemental (Psychology & Philosophy)

How Philosophy Can Save Your Life
[15:30 mins.] [Jules Evans] [TED Talk] [how the application of cognitive behavior therapy saved his life]

Unleashing the Power of Philosophy
[15:44 mins.] [Patrick Gentempo] [TED Talk]

Supplemental (Applied Psychology)

Rory Sutherland: Perspective is Everything
[18:24 mins.] [TED Talk] [economics, engineering, and psychology]

Supplemental (Uncertainty)

There is Certainty in Uncertainty
[18:30 mins.] [Brian Schmidt] [TED Talk]

Chaos and Reductionism
[1:37:32 mins.] [Stanford professor Robert Sapolsky lecture]

Chaos Theory PBS
[57:34 mins.]

Stuart Firestein: The Pursuit of Ignorance
[18:33 mins.] [a neuroscientist presents a different perspective on science, in relation
to knowledge and ignorance]

Supplemental (Complexity)

Origin of Complexity in the Universe: Seth Lloyd
[13:07 mins.]

Living With Complexity
[1:11:25 mins.] [Don Norman]

Eric Berlow: Simplifying Complexity
[5:42 mins.]

Supplemental (Information Foraging Theory)

Information Foraging Theory
[1:25:15 mins.] [Peter Pirolli, appearance at Stanford University]

Supplemental (Rationality)

Your Irrational Brain
[5:45 mins.] [David Ropeik]

Are We Control of Our Own Decisions?
[17:09 mins.] [Dan Ariely] [TED Talk]

Supplemental (Mindsets & Patterns)

Are You Open Minded? Three Ways to Break Thinking Patterns
[15:26 mins.] [Paul Sloane, TED Talk]

Change Your Mindset, Change the Game
[18:20 mins.] [Alia Crum, TED Talk]

Supplemental (Known & Unknown)

The Unkown Knowns: Donald Rumsfeld
[1:58 mins.]

Supplemental (Education)

Life is Your Talents Discovered
[10:57 mins.] [Ken Robinson]

How to Escape Education's Death Valley
[19:11 mins.] [Ken Robinson] [TED Talk] [comments on how in education we focus on testing rather than learning, at 8:30 mins. ; a culture of compliance rather than a culture of curiosity; education can awaken powers of possibility]

Expanding Our Definition of Smart
[14:10 mins.] [Ken Robinson] [TED Talk interview] [commentary on industralization of education, at 5:52 mins., ends at 7:44 mins.]

Do Schools Kill Creativity?
[19:21 mins.] [Ken Robinson]

Ben Dunlap: A Passionate Life
[16:32 mins.]

College Education is a Disaster
[13:50 mins.] [Charles Murray & Peter Thiel] [Charles Alan Murray is an American libertarian conservative political scientist. He became widely-known for his controversial book, The Bell Curve (1994) about IQ.] [Murray's presentation ends at 6:40 mins.] [Peter Thiel's presentation begins at 6:40 mins.] [Peter Andreas Thiel is an entrepreneur and political activist. He co-founded PayPal.]

Charles Murray on Education Myths
[9:53 mins.]

Supplemental (Tribes)

Tribes at Work: You are Part of One and It Influences Your Behaviour
[4:30 mins.]

Supplemental (IQ)

IQ and Performance
[1:50 mins.] [Charles Murray]

Intelligence, Wisdom and Evolution
[35:28 mins.] [Bret Weinstein] [Weinstein is an evolutionary biologist] [comments on intelligence & wisdom begins at 7:28 mins.; the basic feature of wisdom, separate and apart from intelligence is delay gratification] [argues that the ultimate purpose of being a student is an "enhanced mind" at 13:52 mins.]

Supplemental (Search for Meaning)

Seth Lloyd: Search for Meaning
[11:05 mins.]

Search for Meaning
[5:40 mins.] [Jonathan Haidt] ["psychology and literature are where it's at"]

The Psychology of Self-Transformation
[10:38 mins.] [Academy of Ideas]

Viktor Frankl: Logotherapy and Man's Search for Meaning
[6:46 mins.] [Academy of Ideas]

Suffering and the Meaning of Life
[11:38 mins.] [Academy of Ideas]

Helplessness, Suffering, and The Power to Overcome
[5:29 mins.]

Supplemental (Quality Existence)

Reintroducing Wisdom in Everyday Life
[44:56 mins.] [end class presentation at 2:40 mins.] [Alain de Botton]

Quality: East and West
[5:03 mins.] [January 21, 2018]

Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
[14:30 mins.] [January 14, 2018] [commenting on initial introduction to Jordan Peterson's work, Maps of Meaning lectures, and Peterson's TED Talk; a look at Quality and meaning]

Two Books to Read for Better Debate!
[3:45 mins.] [introducing Jonathan Haidt's The Righteous Mind ]

How Alan Watts Became A Minister
[8:03 mins.] [commenting on Alan Watts, The Collected Letters of Alan Watts ( 2017)]

Supplemental (Suffering)

Lucy Kalanithi: What Makes Life Worth Living in the Face of Death
[16:07 mins.] [TED Talk]

Supplemental (Basic Psychological Situation)

Adam Phillips in conversation with Andrew Miller
[1:28:51 mins.] Adam Phillip commentary begins at 9:22 mins.; "you can't make what you are given"; you must deal with what you are given; how many lives you can make out of what you are given]

Supplemental (Nietzsche as Psychologist)

The Psychology of Self-Deception
[10:27 mins.] [Academy of Ideas] [discussion of Tolstoy's "The Death of Ivan Ilych" at 4:17 mins.]

Nietzsche and Psychology: How To Become Who You Are
[14:38 mins.] [Academy of Ideas]

Nietzsche and Self Overcoming
[12:08 mins.] [Academy of Ideas]

Nietzsche and Morality: The Higher Man and The Herd
[13:30 mins.] [Academy of Ideas]

Supplemental (Enlightenment Teachings)

The Two Dimensions of Ego
[8:59 mins.] [Leonard Jacobson] ["Leonard Jacobson explains how we leave the present moment, become imprisoned by thought forms and function in the world as egos. He describes a second level of ego, which is completely independent of us and reveals the way to overcome its dominance in our lives." ~YouTube] The Ego's Surrender [5:21 mins.] Being Present [4:42 mins.] [these videos represent only a sample of Leonard Jacobson videos that are available]

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