The normal person classifies an object, and then forgets about it. The creative person, by contrast, is always open to new possibilities.— Jordan Peterson
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Creative exploration [is] impossible, without (humble) acknowledgement of the unknown.
Part of the core information that I've been purveying is that identity politics is a sick game. You don't play racial, ethnic, and gender identity games. The Left plays them on behalf of the oppressed, let's say, and the Right tends to play them on behalf of nationalism and ethnic pride. I think they're equally dangerous.
I have a hard time figuring out what kind of box to put me in, too, because I don't know exactly what's going on around me or why. But I need to stay outside of boxes because then I can look at what's inside of them without being part of them.
A harmless man is not a good man. A good man is very, very dangerous man who has it under voluntary control.
You can't have a value structure without a hierarchy.
They're the same thing because a value structure means one thing takes precedence over another.
I don't tell people, 'You're okay the way that you are.
' That's not the right story. The right story is, 'You're way less than you could be.'
I have something in common with Nazis in that I am opposed to the radical Left.
And when you oppose the radical Left, you end up being a part of a much larger group that includes Nazis in it.
It's in the best interest of the radical left types - best psychological and strategic interest - to refuse to admit to the possibility that reasonable people can object to their ideological staff. Because if reasonable people objected, that would imply that their ideological stance is not reasonable.
We have to rediscover the eternal values and then live them out.
Do something better today, for yourself tomorrow.
The truth is something that burns. It burns off dead wood. And people don't like having the dead wood burnt off, often because they're 95 percent dead wood.
If you're talking to a man who wouldn't fight with you under any circumstances whatsoever, then you're talking to someone for whom you have absolutely no respect.
It's very hard to find your own words - and you don't actually exist until you have your own words.
Music has an intrinsic meaning, which has always been mysterious to me.
I suppose for a very long time I've been trying to understand how it is that people might make sense out of their lives and make meaning and make their lives meaningful in the face of the trouble that life brings.
The answer to the problem of inequality is for the people who are fortunate enough to either have been gifted or deserved more to do everything they can to make the communities around them as strong as they possibly can.
It is more difficult to rule yourself than to rule a city.
If you don't stand your ground, then all that happens is people push you backwards.
Part of the reason there's an injunction to the truth, for example, is that if you're in a circumstance of extreme uncertainty, your best weapon, let's say, or your best tool or your best defense is the truth, because it keeps things simpler.
I am not going to be a mouthpiece for language that I detest.
No one gets away with anything, ever, so take responsibility for your own life.
One of the things I've told men over and over and over and over is if you're being rejected by all the women that you approach, it's not the women!
We're so immaturely cynical as a culture.
We're not wise enough to look at an institution like marriage and to really things about what it means and what it signifies. It signifies a place where people can tie the ropes of their lives together so that they're stronger. It signifies a place where people can tell the truth to one another.
I happen to be a big fan of Western civilization;
I think it beats the hell out of tyranny and starvation.
You can say, 'Well, isn't it unfortunate that chaos is represented by the feminine' - well, it might be unfortunate, but it doesn't matter, because that is how it's represented. It's been represented like that forever. And there are reasons for it. You can't change it. It's not possible. This is underneath everything.
If you're not going to be rewarded for your virtues, and instead you're going to be punished for them, then what's your motivation to continue?
Kathleen Wynne and her band of radical-left cronies think they have a handle on what constitutes human identity and also what should constitute human morality. And I think that that's being pushed in a manner in schools that's completely reprehensible. It's not education, in my estimation. It's a form of indoctrination.
I'm a practical person. I'm not too bad a carpenter. I can renovate houses.
It's very difficult to regulate yourself, and if you learn to do that, well, it starts to spill over.
Men and women aren't the same. And they won't be the same. That doesn't mean that they can't be treated fairly.
The most propagandistic element of 'Frozen' was the transformation of the prince at the beginning of the story, who was a perfectly good guy, into a villain with no character development whatsoever about three-quarters of the way to the ending.
There's a personality trait known as agreeableness.
Agreeable people are compassionate and polite. And agreeable people get paid less than disagreeable people for the same job. Women are more agreeable than men.
There were some great clinicians in the 20th century - great men.
Freud was a genius; Jung was a genius, Carl Rogers was a genius - there's a half-dozen psychologists of the 1950s and humanists of the 1960s.
The masculine spirit is under assault. It's obvious.
The truth isn't comfortable, the truth is something that burns; It burns away dead wood.
Don't be dependent. At all. Ever. Period.
The narrow bandwidth of TV has made us think that we are stupider than we are.
All things considered, there's nobody better for children than parents.
Become aware of your own insufficiency.
You have to listen very carefully and tell the truth if you are going to get a paranoid person to open up to you.
That's another hallmark of truth, is that it snaps things together.
People write to me all the time and say it's as if things were coming together in my mind. It's like the Platonic idea that all learning was remembering. You have a nature, and when you feel that nature articulated, it's it's like the act of snapping the puzzle pieces together.
It makes sense that a witch lives in a swamp.
To master a new technology, you have to play with it.
Assuming if there's such a thing as reality, if you have a false relationship with it, how can you do anything but fail?
Women deeply want men who are competent and powerful.
And I don't mean power in that they can exert tyrannical control over others. That's not power. That's just corruption.
The connection between psychology, mythology, and literature is as important as the connection between psychology and biology and the hard sciences.
You should do what other people do, unless you have a very good reason not to.
There's no doubt that inequality destabilizes societies.
I think the social science evidence on that front is crystal clear.
My publication record puts me in the top 0.5 percent of psychologists.