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5 pieces of wisdom from Dr Jordan B Peterson

He divides opinion and has changed people’s lives. In a chaotic and increasingly polarised world, clinical psychologist Dr Jordan B Peterson is on a mission to help us grow up and take responsibility.

Few people tell it to you straight. Perhaps that’s why an alliance of academics who have become known as the Intellectual Dark Web are gaining so much traction – they’re tackling the grand chords of life: the biological differences between men and woman, the dangers of identity politics and why freedom of speech is under attack. 

While some of these topics may seem controversial, there is wisdom in Dr Peterson’s pursuit and he claims to have helped thousands of people change their attitude toward their own lives. 

Here are five nuggets of wisdom from the famous clinical psychologist and author:

1.    Defeat your former self

“Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today. You need to have a hierarchy of improvement – you need to be aiming for something. That means you are going to be lesser than people who have already attained along that dimension. That can give rise to envy. So the question is, who do you defeat in the final analysis? You should defeat your former self. You should constantly be trying to do that."

2.    Do something worthwhile

“You need some reason to get out of bed on a terrible day. What’s the best thing you can do? Transcend your current miserable and wretched self. There is meaning to be found in that, a meaning that is associated with responsibility. Life is hard. It’s tainted by malevolence and betrayal. That can make you bitter. You need a meaning to offset that. Where is the meaning to be found? Not in rights, not in impulsive pleasure, but in responsibility."

3.    Lift a load

“Responsibility – that’s what gives life meaning. Lift a load, then you can tolerate yourself. You are useless, easily hurt, easily killed…why should you have any self-respect? Pick something up and carry it. Then you can think, ‘Yeah, well as useless as I am, at least I can move this from here to there.” What’s really cool about that is when I talk about it to crowds, I see the men’s eyes light up."

4.    Focus on the now

“If you fulfil your obligations every day you don't need to worry about the future.” 

5.    Stand up straight with your shoulders back

“To stand up straight with your shoulders back is to accept the terrible responsibility of life, with eyes wide open. It means deciding to voluntarily transform the chaos of potential into the realities of habitable order. It means adopting the burden of self-conscious vulnerability and accepting the end of the unconscious paradise of childhood, where finitude and mortality are only dimly comprehended. It means willingly undertaking the sacrifices necessary to generate a productive and meaningful reality (it means acting to please God, in the ancient language).”

Comments

Lou (not verified) , Jul 09 2018
Brilliant. I feel a bit more uplifted from reading yr article. Someone once said even if you perform a neccesary daily task badly. Just DO IT. You can perfect it tomorrow!!
Janice (not verified) , Jul 09 2018
A lovely man and wildly misunderstood. Dr Peterson has fantastic insights and first hand experience with mental illness. His daughter is also a huge inspiration. She battles depresssion and arthritis.
Sara P. (not verified) , Jul 09 2018
Agree 100%. Most smart honest men get criticised by the media. The dumb liars run the world!!!
N.M. (litigat… (not verified) , Aug 24 2018
Thank you Dr Peterson. You light up my life. Indeed you open.my eyes on how to deal with stress and learn to relax on weekends. It was my first time to read your article. Thank you for your powerful advise on wellness. Thumbs up!!
N.M. (litigat… (not verified) , Aug 24 2018
Thank you Dr Peterson. You light up my life. Indeed you open.my eyes on how to deal with stress and learn to relax on weekends. It was my first time to read your article. Thank you for your powerful advise on wellness. Thumbs up!!
N.M. (litigat… (not verified) , Aug 24 2018
Thank you Dr Peterson. You light up my life. Indeed you open.my eyes on how to deal with stress and learn to relax on weekends. It was my first time to read your article. Thank you for your powerful advise on wellness. Thumbs up!!
Melania (not verified) , Sep 14 2018
Thank you so much Dr
Kim JACOBS (not verified) , Sep 25 2018
Always it’s good to have a sense of what you can do to make like better for others & therfore for yourself.
Craig James Le… (not verified) , Dec 09 2018
I really enjoy reading Dr P's two books and listening to his lectures on YouTube. My wife and kids alerted me to him a couple of years back. He has been a great addition to our lives. I found his recent interview with Bjorn Lomborg to be particularly inspiring.

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