Psychologist Jordan Peterson Is Becoming a Phenom - Page 2

His message to men to 'grow the hell up' is one reason
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2018 9:30 AM CST

  • Profile: As the New Yorker profile notes, Peterson rose to prominence as a "culture warrior" in 2016 by arguing against a Canadian bill on transgender rights—he thinks it violates free speech to be required to use special pronouns to refer to trans people. Peterson "typically sees liberals, or leftists, or 'postmodernists,' as aggressors—which leads him, rather ironically, to frame some of those on the 'radical right' as victims," writes Sanneh. Still, readers of his new book expecting political stridency might be surprised at how pragmatic the advice is, he adds.
  • Both sides: A review at the Vancouver Sun notes that 12 Rules is one of the most popular books ever written by a Canadian. Peterson gets pilloried by both the left and right, "with both sides tending to pigeonhole him," writes Douglas Todd. "But Peterson is far more multi-faceted and eclectic than rigid thinkers want to accept."
  • Popularity: Axios calls attention to this tweet by Peterson on March 1: "If you have sent me something, by mail or email, and have not received a response, please forgive me. I am receiving so much correspondence that I cannot keep up at all (30000 emails on one account alone since September)."
  • After Jung: A flattering piece at the National Catholic Register digs into Peterson's debt to psychologist CG Jung and likens Peterson to mythologist Joseph Campbell, all of which "permits him to speak with a kind of psychological and spiritual authority to which young people are not accustomed but to which they respond eagerly."
  • Business, too: At Forbes, Bill Conerly expounds on how Peterson's views can be applied beyond politics. Peterson "has an important insight that business leaders should consider: Liberals and conservatives need each other in business."

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