[Rerun] Wonder, Creativity, and the Personality of Political Correctness with Jordan Peterson

September 26, 2019

Today we have Dr. Jordan Peterson on the podcast. Dr. Peterson has taught mythology to lawyers, doctors and business people, consulted for the UN Secretary General, helped his clinical clients manage depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and schizophrenia, served as an adviser to senior partners of major Canadian law firms, and lectured extensively in North America and Europe. With his students and colleagues at Harvard and the University of Toronto, Dr. Peterson has published over a hundred scientific papers. Dr. Peterson is also author of two books: Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief and 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, which is a #1 bestseller.

In this wide-ranging conversation we discuss the following topics:

  • Why “learned irrelevance” is incredibly important
  • Why creativity requires keeping a childlike wonder
  • How hallucinogens clear the “doors of perception”
  • The “shared vulnerability” model of the creativity-mental illness connection
  • The neuroscience of openness to experience
  • The personality of personal correctness
  • The practical implications of gender differences
  • The function of the state in helping to make sure there is equality of individual expression
  • How agreeableness and conscientiousness orient us differently in the social world
  • The difference between pathological altruism and genuine compassion
  • The link between pathological altruism and vulnerable narcissism
  • The difference between responsibility and culpability
  • How to help people take responsibility and make their lives better


12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

Jordan Peterson- Future Authoring Program

Jordan Peterson- What the State is For

The Personality of Political Correctness

Decreased Latent Inhibition Is Associated With Increased Creative Achievement in High-Functioning Individuals

Creativity and Psychopathology: A Shared Vulnerability Model

Openness to Experience and Intellect Differentially Predict Creative Achievement in the Arts and Science

Openness/Intellect: The Core of the Creative Personality

The Evolutionary Genetics of the Creativity-Psychosis Connection

Must One Risk Madness to Achieve Genius? 

The Real Neuroscience of Creativity

Personality and Complex Brain Networks: The Role of Openness to Experience in Default Network Efficiency

Default and Executive Network Coupling Supports Creative Idea Production

Gender Differences in Personality Across the Ten Aspects of the Big Five

Pathological Altruism

Vulnerable Narcissism Is (Mostly) a Disorder of Neuroticism

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