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2017 Personality 01: Introduction

October 9, 2019

[Music] well you might as well start by writing
down that URL I’ll show it to you again at the end of class that’s where the
syllabus is the syllabus will tell you pretty much everything you need to know
about the class the there’s a text this is it it consists of readings from a
larger text I use it because it’s old but a lot of the theorists that we’re
going to talk about are also old and so I found this particular text accurate
and many of the people that we’re going to talk about are very a very
sophisticated views of personality and I think that it does you a disservice
unless you read something that’s sufficiently sophisticated so that you
actually understand at least to some degree what the people that were going
to study we’re talking about we might as well start I suppose with a definition
of personality it’s hard to define something that’s that general because
when you’re speaking about human beings it’s not that simple to figure out what
constitutes personality and what constitutes something else but so I’m
going to hit at it from a couple of different perspectives and while I’m
doing so I would like you also to consider the nature of what you’re going
to learn a human personality is essentially unfathomable human beings
are unbelievably complicated and and we’re nested in systems that are also
unbelievably complicated there are more patterns of connections between neurons
in your brain then there are subatomic particles
in the universe by a substantial margin you can look up Gerald Adelman if you
want to find out about that and so it’s not unreasonable to point out that
you’re the most complicated thing we know of by many orders of magnitude and
the probability that you can understand yourself in anything approaching
totality is extraordinarily low so this makes the study of personality something
very daring and hopeless and complicated now we’re going to cycle through a very
large number of theorists and what you’ll find is that although there are
commonalities between them there are market differences and so then you might
ask yourself well what’s the point of studying this sequence of theorists and
ideas if there’s no point of agreement between them and I would say first there
are points of agreement between them although personality hasn’t advanced to
the point where I would say that we have a homogeneous theory that’s free of
internal contradictions but I would also say that personality is a hybrid
discipline it’s partly science but it’s partly engineering the clinical element
of it I would say is more like engineering and what engineers do is try
to do things they try to make something happen and they are informed by theory
but the point is still to build something and when you’re working as a
clinical psychologist and most of the initial fears that we’ll discuss for the
first little more than a third to a half of the course or clinical theorists
they’re trying to build something and they’re dealing with very very difficult
conceptual problems because they’re either trying to cure
mental disorders or maybe even unhappiness and trying to bring about
health and the problem with that is that it’s not a straightforward thing to
define a mental disorder from a scientific perspective because what’s
healthy mentally and what’s not is partly social judgment and it’s partly
socially constructed and it partly has to do with norms and it partly has to do
with ideals because you might also say that to be healthy is to be normal but
you could also say that to be healthy is to be ideal and then of course you run
into the problem of having to conceptualize an ideal and it isn’t
self-evident that science is capable of conceptualizing an ideal because ideals
tend to fall into the domain of moral judgments say or philosophical judgments
rather than scientific judgments per se so what I would say to you is that it
would be worthwhile to approach this course as if you were an engineer of the
human spirit an engineer of your own spirit to begin with but also an
engineer of the spirits of other people because as you interact with other
people you inevitably tell them what you want and what you don’t want when they
give you what you want and what you admire you respond positively to them
you pay attention to them you smile at them you focus you focus your thoughts
on them you interact with them and you reward them for acting in a particular
manner and when they don’t respond the way that you want then you punish them
with a look or by turning away or by rejecting their friendship or when
you’re a child by refusing to play for them play with them
and so we’re engaged in the co-creation of personalities our own and others and
that also brings up the same question what is it that we are all collectively
trying to be and trying to create I suspect that you all have the experience
of falling short of the ideal an ideal that you hold for yourself or an ideal
that other people hold for you I suspect that you all feel the negative
consequences of falling short of that ideal Freud would conceptualize that as
the super-ego imposing its judgment on the ego you being the ego the super-ego
being a hybrid I suppose of external forces and also your internalization of
those judgments and forces now personality per se I would say has these
elements of ideal and has structural elements of the way as well and we’re
going to talk about those more in the second half of the class the structural
elements can be lined up and outlined more scientifically the second half of
the class concentrates more on physiology brain physiology and on
statistical approaches to the description of personality I suppose you
might say that that outlines the territory the course is called
personality and its transformations because we have personalities that’s who
you are now but our personalities are also capable of transformation of change
I mean obviously we think about that is learning some of that might be regarded
as factual learning and some of it might be
regarded as learning how to perceive and behave and I would say that the clinical
psychologists that will cover to begin with are much more concerned with the
nature of the implicit structures that shape your perceptions and also the
implicit structures that shape your behaviors and how they’re integrated in
relationship to your negative emotion health and well-being whereas the
thinkers in the second half are more concerned about laying out the
structural elements of those features and relating them to underlying se
mechanistic phenomena making the Assumption which seems warranted that
there’s some relationship between your personality and the manner in which your
brain functions I’m going to try to provide you with a meta-narrative that
will help you unite these different theories I’ve often found it useful when
I’m trying to remember something to have a story to hang the facts on otherwise
you’re faced with the necessity of doing nothing but memorization and it isn’t
obvious to me that memorization actually constitutes knowledge what constitutes
knowledge is the generation of a cognitive structure that enables you to
conduct yourself more appropriately in life and so I suppose you might say that
of course in psychology you could argue that a course in psychology especially
in personality is a course in Applied wisdom as well assuming that wisdom is
in part your capacity to understand yourselves so that you don’t so that you
don’t present too much of an intolerable mystery to yourself and also to
understand others so that you can predict their behavior understand their
motivations negotiate with them listen to them and formulate joint games
with them so that you can integrate yourself reasonably well with another
person and with a family and in society well the structural elements of
personality might be regarded as the implicit structures that govern your
perception and that tilt you towards certain kinds of behaviors I can give
you some examples we can talk about the Big Five model just briefly the Big Five
personality model is a statistical model which we’ll cover in detail trade by
trade partner partly during the second half of the course the way that the Big
Five was generated was that its tread being generated over about 50 years that
personality psychologists gathered together adjectives with in the English
language first that were used to describe human beings as many adjectives
as they could collect and then subjected them to a process called factor analysis
and what factor analysis does is enable you statistically to determine in some
sense how similar adjectives are to one another so for example if you gave 1,000
people a list of adjectives to describe themselves with and one of the
adjectives was happy and another of the adjectives was social you’d find that
those who rated themselves high unhappy would also rate themselves high on
social and those who rated themselves low unhappy would also rate themselves
low on social and by looking at those patterns of covariation you can
determine what the essential dimensions are of human personality one of the
dimensions is roughly happiness that’s extraversion another dimension is
neuroticism it’s a negative emotion dimension so if you ask someone if
they’re anxious and they score high say on a scale of 1 to 7 they’re also likely
to score on another item that says that they’re
sad and it turns out that negative emotions clump together and so that
people who experience more of one negative emotion have a propensity to
experience more of all of them there’s another dimension called agreeableness
and agreeable people are self-sacrificing compassionate and
polite if you’re dealing with an agreeable person they don’t like
conflict they care for other people if you’re dealing with an agreeable person
they’re likely to put your concerns ahead of theirs they’re non competitive
and cooperative it’s a dimension where women are women score more highly than
men on agreeableness across cultures including those cultures where the
largest steps have been taken towards producing an egalitarian social
circumstance like Scandinavia actually the gender differences in personality
there are larger than they are anywhere else another trait is conscientiousness
conscientiousness is an excellent trait if you want to do well in in school and
in work especially if you’re a manager an administrator I can’t say we
understand a lot about conscientiousness although it it reliably emerges from
factor analytic studies of adjectives groups across different countries
conscientious people are diligent industrious and orderly they’re
orderliness tilts them towards political conservatism by the way because it turns
out that your inbuilt temperament your inbuilt personality
which constitutes a set of filters through which you view the world also
alters the manner in which you process information and influences the way that
you vote and so you might say and I do believe that this is true or we’ve been
doing a lot of research on this as of late the more accurate a measure you
take of someone’s political beliefs the more you find that personality is what’s
predicting them and I think that’s a reasonable thing to think about because
you know you have to you have to figure out ways of simplifying the world right
because you just can’t do everything and so
people are specialized they have specialized niches that they occupy you
can think about them as social niches can niche is a place where your
particular skills would serve to maintain you and so if you’re
extroverted you’re going to look for a social niche because you like to be
around people and if you’re introverted you’re going to spend much more time on
your own and so if you’re an introverted person for example you’re going to want
a job where you’re not selling and where you’re not surrounded by groups of
people who are making social demands on you all the time because it’ll wear you
out whereas if you’re extroverted that’s
just exactly what you want and so the extrovert sees the world as a place of
social opportunity and the introvert sees the world as a place to retreat
from and spend time alone and it turns out that both of those modes of being
are valid that the issue at least to some degree is whether or not you’re
fortunate enough to match your temperament with the demands of the
environment and I suppose also whether you’re fortunate enough fortunate enough
so that you’re born in an era where there actually is a niche for your
particular temperament because it isn’t necessarily the case that that will be
the case imagine that all of these temperamental
dimensions vary because of evolutionary pressure right so there’s a distribution
of extraversion a normal distribution most people are somewhere in the middle
and then as you go out towards the extremes there are fewer and fewer
people and what that means is that on average across large spans of time there
have been environments that match every single position on that distribution
with most most of the environments matching the center because otherwise we
wouldn’t have evolved that way and so sometimes being really extroverted is
going to work well for you in a minority of environments a minority of niches and
sometimes it’s just going to be a catastrophe I suspect for example that
if you live in a tyrannical society where any sign of of personally oriented
activity is likely to get you in trouble that being extroverted and low in
neuroticism would it be a very good idea because you’re gonna be mouthy and happy
and saying a lot of things unable to keep your thoughts to yourself and
you’re going to be relatively fearless now I don’t know that for sure
because we’ve haven’t done the studies that precisely match temperamental
proclivity to environmental demand but you get what I mean
so conscientious people anyways conscientious people are industrious and
orderly we know a little bit about orderliness it seems to be associated
strangely enough with disgust sensitivity which I suppose isn’t that
surprising you know if you take an orderly person then you put them in a
messy kitchen they respond with disgust and want nothing more than to straighten
it all out and organize it and clean it and there’s tremendous variability and
orderliness and as I said orderliness predicts political conservatism it’s not
the only thing but it’s certainly one of the things the correlation between
conscientiousness and and grades is about 0.4 it’s about 16% of the variance
it’s it’s the second best predictor of university grades after intelligence and
we’ll talk about intelligence during this course too intelligence is actually
a relatively straightforward concept I don’t think I’ll get into it today but
conscientious people they’re industriousness and they’re orderliness
makes them schedule their time so they make efficient use of their time they
use schedules and that sort of thing we haven’t been able to figure out anything
about the underlying biology or psychology of industriousness we’ve
tried really dozens and dozens of tests attempting to find a laboratory measure
on which industrious people do better and we failed completely and there’s no
animal models of industriousness either and so I would say it’s a great mystery
that remains at the heart of trait psychology and maybe it’s a human
specific category you know I mean you can think of sled dogs maybe of being
industrious and maybe and maybe sheep dogs and animals that work like that but
of course they’ve been trained by human beings so but it isn’t obvious that
animals are industrious the same way we are
I mean industriousness involves sacrificing the present for the future
something like that and you seems like you have to be able to conceptualize
time in order to sacrifice the present for the future one of the things that I
would recommend that you do as students in this course and maybe in every course
speaking of industriousness is come up with a plan of attack for the course and
use a scheduler you know if you treat your university career like a full-time
job you’re much more likely to succeed and if you keep up on the readings and
you keep up on the on the essays and all of that then you’re much less likely as
well to fall into despair when you get too far behind using a Google Calendar
or something like that to organize a schedule for the entire semester at the
beginning of the semester can be invaluable especially if you’re not very
industriousness very industrious because it can keep you on track and one of the
things we know about industrious people is that they are very good at using
schedules and at planning the use of their time and so I would like to say
that you should all be smarter but I don’t know how you could be smarter we
don’t know anything about how to improve intelligence and I suppose we don’t
really know anything about how to improve industriousness either but I can
tell you that people who are industrious come up with a strategy for solving the
problem that’s ahead of them and then they do whatever they can to stick to
the strategy and so for example if you sat down today or tomorrow for a couple
of hours three hours and you filled in a google calendar whatever you happen to
use with a strategy for studying and a list of when all your assignments are
due and all of that and when you’re going to sit down and study then you
won’t be in a position where you have to cram for 10 hours a day hopelessly right
before you know an important exam it’s also a very ineffective way of studying
by the way I mean first of all people who cram for 10 hours say they’re
studying for 10 hours but they rarely are because well I can’t study for 10
hours I don’t have the power of concentration that would enable me to do
that for that prolonged period of time I can manage about three hours of
intense intellectual activity before I’m pretty done and it’s also the case that
if you study and then sleep and then study and then sleep and then study and
then sleep you space it out then you’re much more
likely to remember it’s also much more likely that you’re you’re much more
likely to remember if you try to recall the material and so highlighting and
that sort of thing isn’t very useful but reading closing the book summarizing
what you’ve read without opening the damn book that’s useful and the reason
for that is that you’re practicing remembering and that’s what you have to
practice if you’re practicing memorization you have to practice
remembering you don’t just go over the thing over and over
that’ll help you with recognition memory but some but it won’t help you with
recall memory so anyways the last trade is openness openness is a creativity
trait it’s also associated with intelligence in that intelligent people
and I’m speaking technically of IQ tend to be higher and tend to be more
creative which is hardly surprising creative people are more likely to be
liberal politically by the way they like novelty they like aesthetics they like
fiction they like movies they like art they like poetry there is something
about them that grants them an aesthetic sensitivity and and that’s a that’s an
inbuilt trait and it’s not the case by the way that everyone’s creative in fact
far from it we’ve used the creative achievement questionnaire to to measure
people’s creativity I’ll talk to you about that later in the class and the
creative achievement questionnaire takes 13 dimensions of creativity so you know
writing dancing acting scientific investigation entrepreneurial activity
architectural activity cooking there’s a there’s a handful of others singing etc
you know the sorts of things that you would assume that people could be
creative about and then it asks people to rate themselves on a scale from one
to ten on their level of achievement with regards to all those creative
domains with zero being I have no training or proficiency in this area and
70% of people score zero across the entire creative achievement
questionnaire a tiny proportion of people are outliers way out and they’re
creative in many dimensions simultaneously and it
exceptionally creative and it turns out as you’ll find out that that pattern
which is called a Pareto distribution where most people stack up at zero and a
few people are way out on the creative end characterizes all sorts of
distributions like the distribution of money for example which is why 1% of the
people have the overwhelming majority of the money it’s a different 1% across
time it like it churns and you’re much more likely to be in the 1% if you’re
older logically enough because one of the things you do as you age is you
trade youth for money if you’re fortunate I don’t think the trade is
really worth it but that’s the best you’ve got so anyways those particular
traits you can think of those as ways that you simplify the world right
there’s lots of different places that you can act in the world and there’s
lots of different ways you can look at it and survive that’s why you can be a
plumber and a lawyer and an engineer and those all work right even though they’re
very different modes of being and you can have different personalities and
survive as long as you’re capable of finding the place where your particular
filters and behavioral proclivities match the demand of the environment and
a huge part I would say of successful adaptation is precisely that now there
are other elements of personality too one of the things that I’ve been struck
by and this is actually one of the criticisms I have of the psycho analysts
and the clinicians in general even though I have great admiration for them
and would say that what they have to say is very much worth listening to is that
it’s not obvious that your personality is inside you you know what you think
you know a human being is a strange multi-level thing and you might ask
yourself well for example know is your mother more a part of you
than your arm or maybe even more precisely is your child more a part of
you than your arm it’s certainly people will do drastically self-sacrificing
things to maintain the lives of their children and so you’re you’re a person
and you’re made out of all sub sort of subcomponents of a person none
of which you could see when you look at a person all the complicated machinery
inside you that makes you who you are and then outside of that of course
you’re nested in all sorts of complex systems so you’re part of a family and
and you’re part of a community and that’s part of a province and that’s
part of the state and that’s part of an international consortium of states and
that’s part of an ecosystem and how you make a distinction between you and the
systems that you’re embedded in is also of extraordinary difficulty and when it
and one of the things that you have to do as a clinical psychologist for
example if you’re trying to diagnose someone with depression you think you
think well this person’s dreadfully unhappy well you can think about that as
a problem with their psychological adjustment you know the way that they’re
looking at the world but if you look at the epidemiological literature for
example one of the things that you find is that very many people have a first
depressive episode after something genuinely terrible has happened to them
right they’ve lost someone or they’ve become injured or or they’ve become
unemployed because unemployment is a terrible shock to people and it’s not
precisely self-evident that you can consider someone who’s unhappy and
desperate because they no longer have a job depressed they’re certainly sad and
they’re not doing very well but the fact that they no longer have an income is
actually something with dramatic practical consequences and treating that
as if it’s a mental disorder seems to be counterproductive it’s also the case for
example that if you’re if someone comes into you to talk to you and they’re very
upset and they may manifest the signs of say an anxiety disorder or again
depression or other other clinical features for that matter you have to do
a careful analysis of their manner in which they’re embedded in their family
because and this is something that we’ll talk about quite thoroughly when we come
to discussing Freud is that well you know it’s not like everybody’s families
are necessarily particularly happy places to be
you know I mean human beings are very dependent we have a very long period of
dependency partly because we’re so cortically hyperdeveloped it takes a
very long time to program us into something that’s vaguely capable of
maneuvering on its own and that produces of course the very tight familial bonds
that we all that we all desperately require because who wants to be alone in
the world but it also it also exposes us to the probability of becoming entangled
into even multi-generational family pathology and it isn’t obvious always
uncertainty hasn’t been to me when I’ve seen my clients that the fundamental
problem with the client is the client sometimes the fundamental problem is is
the family and and perhaps that person has been identified as the problem
person it’s rather convenient for everyone who’s involved to make that
presupposition it’s also the case that this is the Freudian idea fundamentally
this is the Oedipal idea that it’s very easy for people to become over dependent
on their parents and and for the parents to facilitate that and then for the
primary developmental problem for the individual in fact to become free of the
interfering elements of the family so that they can exist as independent
individuals well and then of course there are cultural variations in that
that make that proposition complex but that’s a fundamental tenant say of
Freudian psychology a lot of the clinical psychologists all of whom that
we’re going to study have a pronounced Western orientation one of the
fundamental presuppositions is that part of the hallmark of positive
psychological development is the creation of an individual that’s capable
of acting independently and that’s I would say an implicit ideal that lurks
at the bottom of the clinical presuppositions of all the theorists
that are classic psychologists so now it’s a very old picture it’s
Jonah emerging from the whale it’s a variant
of a myth the myth is the dragon myth I suppose the dragon myth is that there’s
a dragon that lives under the ground that’s eternal and now and then it rises
out of the ground to threaten the state and someone within the state determines
to go confront the dragon voluntarily and does so and then brings back
something of great value sometimes if the the the hero is generally male
sometimes the thing of great value is a female that the dragon has kidnapped
that’s a st. George story and sometimes it’s gold another treasure like in the
story of The Hobbit and story that you all know very well it’s a classic hero
story and the hero story is another fundamental element of the clinical
theories I would say it’s predicated on the idea that you learn through
voluntary contact with that that frightens or disgusts you and that’s a
hallmark of psychoanalytic theory Jung, Carl Jung who we’ll discuss in detail
said his primary dictum was“In sterquiliniis invenitur” which I’m sure I’m massacring because it’s Latin but it
meant ”in filth it will be found” and one of the hallmarks of the clinical
theories is that within the confines of everyone’s experience and you can think
about this as experience out in the world or experience in the unconscious
mind there are dirty little secrets let’s say and skeletons and dreadful old
fears and remnants of abuse and memories of pathological behavior and failures of
courage that you leave you undeveloped perhaps out of avoidance and that the
psychoanalytic process is precisely the careful encounter with those forgotten
and and repressed elements of the self in the hope that a clear encounter will
redeem them unites them with the remainder of your personality and make
yours make you stronger in consequence and I would say that that’s just a
variant of the manner in which human beings learn and we’ll talk about this
more in relationship to Piaget because you always learn when you’re wrong which
is very annoying now what do you learn when you’re correct you you’re walking
in the world you’re operating in the world you have a sense of what you want
to have happen you’re always looking at the world through this sense of what you
want to have happen you’re acting so that what you want to have happen will
happen and when it happens well then you’re happy because well first of all
you get what you want and that’s good maybe depending on what you want but
it’s also good because if you get what you want when you act then it turns out
that your model of how to act is valid right the outcome that you get what you
want indicates no error on the part of your
model but it’s very frequently the case that when you act to get what you want
you don’t get what you want and then that’s unpleasant because you don’t get
what you want but it’s even more unpleasant because it brings with it the
hint of a suggestion that the manner in which you’re construing the world is
incorrect at some indeterminate level so for example if you tell a party tell a
joke at a party you presume that people will attend and then when they hear the
joke they will laugh and then if you tell the joke and it goes flat or even
worse disgusts and offends people then you’re going to be taken aback and
that’s partly because you didn’t get what you want and that’s not so good but
it’s but it’s more because there’s something wrong with the way you
conceptualized the situation and then you’re faced with a problem and the
problem is the emergence of a domain of the unknown it’s like well what kind of
mistake did you make maybe you’re not as funny as you think
you are not that could be a big problem maybe you’re not around people that who
are the way you think they are maybe they don’t like you as much as you
thought they liked you I mean the potential for various paranoid thoughts
of increasing severity to come welling up at you in a situation where you make
even a trivial social mistake is quite broad and when you make an error of that
sort you have to face it and sort through all the possibilities so that
you can find out what it was that you did wrong and how to retool it so that
in the future you don’t make the same mistake and that requires well that
requires in some sense what you might describe as a journey into the belly of
the beast the beast being that place where things have fallen apart and where
you’re overwhelmed with negative emotion and chaos and confusion and that’s a
very old story that’s the story of the journey to the underworld and the hero
is the person who makes the voluntary journey to the underworld to collect
what’s been languishing down there and that’s the basic motif of psychoanalytic
theory I would say it’s the basic motif in some sense of clinical practice
because one of the things that you do as a clinician is find out what people are
afraid of and what they’re avoiding and that can be in their past or in their
present or in their future break it down into smaller pieces and help them devise
strategies of approach and mastery and that improves the quality of their
personality and helps develop them into people who won’t make the same mistakes
over and over again all right so well why these this plethora of tools well I
said in some sense being a personality psychologist is like being an engineer
you’re trying to build better people when you might say that if you’re a
carpenter or a mechanic that your ability to fix a vehicle or build a
house is dependent on your proficiency with regards to the use of a multitude
of tools and so then you might say well the more tools you have at your disposal
the more likely it is that you’re going to manage things properly and so what I
would like to offer you is the possibility that what you’re going to
encounter in this course is a series of sophisticated conceptual tools that will
help you understand yourself better and therefore better orient yourself in the
world I regard this course as intensely practical and that’s because I believe
that you have nothing to rely on in your life that’s more crucial to your success
as you move through life than your character and your personality that’s
what you bring to every situation and the more sophisticated you are in
relationship to yourself and others the more you understand people the deeper
you understand the nature of your own being the more likely it is that you’re
going to proceed through your life in a manner that will make you pleased to
exist rather than displeased to exist I’ve collected the writings of people
that I regard as of incomparable brilliance they’re difficult to
understand their concepts are complex but it’s not surprising because the
subject matter is complex and vital and so it requires work and I would say try
to keep up on the readings if you would it’s going to make the course much more
much richer for you and I would say because people often ask me well how
should I read for this course because there’s a lot of reading and the answer
is read as if it matters that’s the right answer
don’t be thinking about how it’s going to be tested if you do the readings and
you come to the lectures then the tests aren’t particularly difficult
but you should read the readings as if the person is writing about you and you
should try to understand what the person says because it’s another tool for you
to use and I would say well with my clients you know I used the approaches
of one theorist for one client and the approaches of another theorist for
another client it seems to me to depend to some degree actually on the
temperament of the client I found for example that people who are very high in
openness which is the creativity dimension are quite amenable to a
Jungian approach whereas people who are more practical conscientious lowe and
openness are much more amenable to a behaviorist approach we don’t really
know enough about psychology yet to match treatment to temperament but those
are the some of the things that I’ve experienced ok practicalities well
there’s a website I gave you the URL I’ll put it up again at the end of class
the URL lists all the readings that aren’t in the textbook and so the
textbook contains the classic readings readings from people like Jung and Freud
and Piaget and so forth Rogers and as I said I picked that particular textbook
because I believe that the author did a very credible job of summarizing what’s
very difficult to summarize so and then also on the website there are links to
papers because much of the more modern material that pertains say to
neuroscience and also to trait personality I think it’s better just to
read the original papers and I’ll detail them out with you as we go through and
that’ll also give you some familiarity with original psychological papers which
are again there’s a there’s an idiom that you have to master in order to
understand them but you might as well practice it especially if you’re
interested in continuing with psychology in your educational practice or as a
career it’s good to get accustomed to it so there again is the URL for the class if
you go to Jordan be Peterson comm which isn’t too hard to remember
assuming you can remember my name then classes are listed on the left hand side
you can just find the syllabus there alright so here’s what we’re going to
cover well today obviously this is the introduction and overview the class is a
little strange this year because one day it’s an hour and the next day it’s two
hours so not exactly sure how we’re going to negotiate our way through that
but we’ll figure it out historical perspectives mythological
representations well I told you that I would try to provide you with a
meta-narrative that might enable you to link the theories that we’re going to
talk about together so I’m going to describe to you what you might regard as
a conceptual language and as far as I can tell it’s that imagine imagine that
there are two kinds of things that you need to know and I believe this to be
the case I believe that you need to know what the world is made of and I suppose
that’s the proper domain of science but then you need to know how to act and
that’s a whole different thing and you need to know how to act that’s the thing
you need to know most of anything anything because of course you’re a
living creature and action in relationship to desired goals is is
everything to you and you can think about that from a Darwinian perspective
you have to act at least so that you can survive at least so that you can find a
partner that’s that’s life and so part of the question is well how does the
world look if you think about it as a place to act and the answer isn’t a
place of value free objects that’s not what the world looks like and you can’t
act in a world of value free objects because there’s no way of choosing
between them if everything has zero value why would you choose one thing
over another you live in a world where things present themselves to you as of
different value and that’s partly a consequence of your temperament although
it’s a consequence of other things and so what I’m going to try to do is to
provide you with schema that describes the world of
morality roughly speaking which is how to act and tell you a little bit about
what I think the languages which I think was derived from Darwinian processes and
I believe that it’s within that structure that the clinical theories
logically nest and so that’ll give you a way of linking one theory to another
from a conceptual perspective without having to rely so much on sheer
memorization then we’ll talk about heroic and shamanic initiation and the
reason we’re going to do that is because well people people used shamanic
initiation for tens of thousands of years all over the world and they have a
particular kind of structure the paper by merchant Le ADA which is linked on
the site is a very interesting one and details out some of these processes
there have been intelligent commentators like Andre Ellenberger Burge a who wrote
the discovery of the unconscious which i think is an outstanding book who late
the processes that the psychoanalyst psychoanalysts uncovered in the late
part of the 19th century an early part of the 20th century back to these more
primordial rituals of personality transformation and so we’re going to
situate ourselves in some sense in deep history talking first about the
underlying mythological landscape then talking about archaic modes of
personality conceptualization and transformation and then moving from
there into constructivism and and we’re going to concentrate mostly on Jean
Piaget who is a developmental psychologist constructivists believed
that you make yourself out of the information that you gather in the world
so you’re an exploring creature you explore specifically when the maps that
you’re using in the world are no longer orienting yourself properly when they’re
producing errors so you go out and gather information and assemble yourself
from the information that you discovered then the depth psychologists Jung and
Freud I think I’m going to with Jung I’m going to walk you through some films I’m
not going to use the film’s per se I’m going to use Clips stills from the film
but in you know the film so in in
chronological order and I’m going to try to explain to you how you might use
Union presuppositions to understand what the films are about you know if you
think about a film say like The Lion King which is an extraordinarily popular
film it’s a very strange phenomena that you go and watch it right I mean think
about it it’s drawings of animated animals that
in some sense represent you they’re very low resolution but you perceive them
immediately as living things and you attribute to the motivation and and and
motive power and understanding you do it automatically without even thinking
about it and there’s a classic plot that lies underneath those stories and the
plots are very very very very old and that’s why you can understand them and
the reason you can understand them is because life has a plot or maybe it has
a couple of plots a multitude of plots but life has a plot and if it didn’t we
wouldn’t be able to understand each other and so I’d like to illustrate that
for you by analysis of some of these films I think it’s the best way to
understand someone as sophisticated as young who is very difficult to get a
handle on Freud I’m going to do the same thing all the way I’m going to show you
a film with Freud I’m going to show you a film called crumb which is a
documentary and it’s about a very badly enmeshed family and the attempts of the
family members to I suppose escape that I’ll talk to you about Freud I’ll show
you the film that should give you a sense of Freudian psychopathology which
is a very difficult thing otherwise to understand then there’s a midterm a
midterm is multiple-choice you’ll do it in class you’ll have lots of time to
finish it it’ll cover the material that we took that we studied up to that point
then we’re going to talk about Rogers Carl Rogers who was a humanist Rogers
has a body-centered philosophy I suppose and he’s interested as well in optimal
personal development and the role that interpersonal communication plays in
that Rogers hypothesis fundamentally and it’s a very interesting one is that
honest communication between two people can produce personnel
transformation and and you know you might think well you kind of know that
already because there’s something very engaging about a deep honest
conversation where you’re able to say things that you wouldn’t normally say
where you’re being listened to by someone who’s actually listening to you
and you’re listening to them and in the conversation you’re moving both of you
further to a different point that’s different than a conversation where
you’re right and you’re trying to convince me or I’m right and I’m trying
to convince you which I would say is the typical conversation the the healing
conversation is more well what’s up with you you know how are you doing what how
is your life going where what sort of problems are you facing what do you
think about those problems can you conceptualize what a solution might be
is there a way we could figure out how to get there you know what’s so it’s a
problem-solving conversation and it’s predicated on the presupposition that
the person that you’re conversing with has the capacity to grow in a positive
direction if they so choose that’s the fundamental that’s the fundamental
presupposition of Rogerian psychology man Frankel are also humanists all
finish tell you what the rest of the the rest of the material is the next time
that we meet I should show you let you know a little bit more about the
structure of course the second midterm is March 14th the and there’s a final at
the end as well so the mid the multiple-choice tests are graded in that
manner 25% 25% in 27.5% they’re not cumulative each test only covers what
you covered before since the last test including the final you’ll be required
to write an essay of 15% it’s a thousand words sorry not 750 words and you’ll
also do an online exercise a personality analysis which is pass/fail all you have
to do is complete it and show proof of completion it helps you do a modified
Big Five analysis of your own personality concentrating on your
virtues and your faults so that so so it’s a it’s an active exercise in the
application of personality theory to personal development and so that’s the
that’s the structure of the course I can tell you there’s a sign-up sheet on the
on the syllabus we I’ve broken the essays down into multiple types across
the entire semester I would highly recommend that you go there and sign up
there are limited slots for each topic and the reason for that is well I don’t
want my TA to have to grade 200 essays the last week of classes we have to
spread them out across the year so figure out a topic and sign out please
and please do that sooner rather than later it’s it’s an industrious thing to
do it’ll help you organize yourself I’ll post something that’s quite useful about
how to write especially a thousand word essay and I’ll close the essays are due
one day before class I’ll close by the way by telling you who shouldn’t take
this course okay first of all if you didn’t like this lecture and don’t take
this course because this is what the lectures are going to be like so and
it’s they’re not for everybody oh you used a lot of loose associations
and try to gather them back in and I kind of wander around that way I can
talk directly to you which I like doing but I sacrifice a certain amount of
organization for that but my sense is that it’s worth the sacrifice the second
thing is there’s a lot of reading a lot and a lot of it is I would say a lot of
it’s hard science the last half in particular but the first half of a lot
of its philosophical in nature philosophical / psychological and so if
you’re not interested in that like if you’re a pure science type and
you’re not interested in the clinical elements say of personality and in the
end in investigating the philosophical underpinnings of those clinical theories
then I would say this isn’t the course for you and so you should take that
seriously because the readings are hard there’s a lot of work involved in this
course and it would be better if you took a course that you actually wanted
to take so well welcome to psychology 230 and we’ll see you in a bit
you you

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  • Reply Quint April 1, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    So I will watch a video from this series every week.
    I hope it will make me able to improve my understanding of the psyche slowly but strongly and in a permanent and valuable way.

  • Reply zp H April 2, 2019 at 12:06 pm


  • Reply caroline v April 4, 2019 at 2:33 pm

    politics wise I can’t agree with anything he says… yet I still find myself watching his lectures

  • Reply Nathaniel Throop April 9, 2019 at 9:29 am

    2:20–2:45 "There are more patterns of connections between neurons in your brain than there are subatomic particles in the universe, by a substantial margin. You can look up Gerald Edelman if you want to find out about that. And so it's not unreasonable to point out that you're the most complicated thing we know of by many orders of magnitude. "

    I truly hate to rain on your parade, Dr. Peterson, but I looked up Edelman and from what I've seen the huge number he spoke of was not the number of connections in an individual human brain, but rather the number of possible combinations of connections that could ever potentially be formed. That's basically the same as pointing out that the number of possible digit combinations on a hard drive would be astronomically high. This all isn't to say that the brain isn't incredibly complex, but I think you may be attributing more complexity to it than it deserves. After all the brain is a part of the universe – How could it be more complex than something it's a part of?

  • Reply praisehauler April 10, 2019 at 5:32 am

    : )

  • Reply Domenic Datti April 10, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    There they were in the beginning of 2017… these folks had no idea just who it was that they were learning from! This is true enough that Dr. Peterson said "Assuming you can remember my name." 42:35

    I wonder about these students: where are they 2+ years later? Are some still in the university? Are they walking around with smirks on like some psychological hipsters, saying, "I learned from Dr. Peterson before he was cool!"

    Are they on the front lines of some misguided campaign that seeks to discredit him?

    Or are they blissfully unaware of their own fortune, still in the throes of their education, ignoring the world in their quest for knowledge?

  • Reply John Smith April 11, 2019 at 12:51 am

    Where can I buy the course text. Help!!

  • Reply Diego Barletta April 16, 2019 at 2:09 am

    Could anyone, please shut that doooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooor!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply josh ritchie April 20, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    "treat your schooling like its a full time job… bucko"

  • Reply averat84 April 23, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Separate the newfound celebrity Jordan Peterson (that seems compelled to provide commentary on topics outside his bailiwick) from clinical psychologist, Professor Jordan Peterson. Also remember to expose yourselves to professors that don’t agree with him, and refrain from proselytizing to or attacking those that disagree with your point of view. Just thank them for sharing. Stop putting people on pedestals.

    Now some Nietzsche:

    Everything is subject to interpretation. Whichever interpretation prevails in any given moment is a function of power and not truth.
    — Negative Nancy

    We often refuse to accept an idea merely because the way in which it has been expressed is unsympathetic to us.
    — MC Zarathustra

  • Reply Lucky Knight April 30, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    The Monero Man I live in Quebec Canada and am 20 years old. My mother is a very implicated person and came up with an idea she called “UPOP” meaning Université populaire or popular university.
    She got in contact with teachers from the 2 local universities and the bar owners in the city.
    Teachers agreed to give classes for free at bars and cafes around town and bar owners have of course agreed to host them as it would bring them a lot of customers and a guaranteed full house the night of class.
    There is always a way to educate yourself and even help others.
    Try and do the same in your city and if you do please contact me.

  • Reply Kyle Kliamovich April 30, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    Are there links to any old/sample mid terms/finals on this? I plan to watch the lectures and read as much as ai can, would like to test myself at the end.

  • Reply Cool Properties May 5, 2019 at 2:35 am

    From cozy cardigans to sharp suits 🙂

  • Reply Dustin May 6, 2019 at 2:03 am

    I would be so grateful to take this class with Dr.Peterson as my professor and there are people showing up late. INSANITY

  • Reply Tyler MacDonald May 6, 2019 at 3:51 am

    Can you provide links for the readings?

  • Reply DadAholic: Fitness Inc. May 7, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Would it be recommend to watch each year of these courses?
    How much do they differ as far as content?
    I understand some stories evolve and change.

  • Reply DJ Asks May 17, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Ants and Bees seem very industrious

  • Reply Zero May 19, 2019 at 1:59 am

    These late fucks not even realizing how lucky they are to just be in the same room as this guy

  • Reply metal4damasses May 22, 2019 at 11:39 am

    You can't pronounce niche 😛

  • Reply M. Planck May 24, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Why is the titel in german?

  • Reply Benhur Asir May 25, 2019 at 8:14 am

    great lecture doctor. jbp , see you in the next one tomorrow.

  • Reply liviu bardel May 25, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    old infant here …
    humans are not complicated . if you can see trough the lies , the fantasy , and the bullshit . humans are very simple .

  • Reply Michael Carroll May 26, 2019 at 9:42 am


  • Reply anthony peltier May 28, 2019 at 6:52 am

    I should be going to bed but instead I've chosen to rewatch this series of lectures

  • Reply California Living May 29, 2019 at 4:43 am

    Read as if it matters🤨😎😀

  • Reply Djentle-Wolf May 30, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Wish I could have studied under him.. I would’ve continued in psychology for sure. I suppose it was all for the best though. Love what I do now but man he is brilliant.

  • Reply Djentle-Wolf May 30, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Is there an audio version of these lectures?? Killing my battery and I have those poorly designed iPhone headphones that go in the charger port 🤦🏻‍♂️🤷🏻‍♂️ genius engineering

  • Reply Djentle-Wolf May 30, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    The moment when he’s talking about industriousness and the dude walks in super late 😂😂😂 I’ve been that guy too 🤷🏻‍♂️😂

  • Reply Spiro Skrami May 31, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    astonishing, cant believe i can get such a high academical knowledge completely for free and from one of the best professors of psychology in the world, thank you dr. peterson

  • Reply Ζήνων Ελεάτης June 2, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Sure we know how to increase the I.Q. of our family, professor piffle! We marry an ashkenazi Jew!


  • Reply Alejandro June 6, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Cool cardigan. Exceptionally brilliant content and delivery

  • Reply Chris Rees June 7, 2019 at 1:43 pm


  • Reply Olga Karpushina June 8, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    "Your personality may be outside you" WOW! Interesting.

  • Reply Guilherme Dias June 8, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    A internet é maravilhosa, sem ela passaria por toda a vida sem a oportunidade de assistir as aulas desse professor brilhante. Parabéns Jordan Peterson, seus ensinamentos tem contribuído muito para o meu dia a dia, conhecimento altamente aplicável.

  • Reply territorial pissings June 18, 2019 at 8:49 pm

    I'm starting my psychology classes next month and this is just what I need to get started. Hell fucking yeah!!!!! Jordan Peterson rocks!!!!!!!

  • Reply CellGames2006 June 21, 2019 at 1:59 am

    47:05 That woman came within a fraction of seconds of feeling Jung again and changing her life forever.

  • Reply Celtic uprise June 22, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    I am a 52 year young guy who got diagnosed with parkinsons syndrome 7 years ago. My interest lies, obviously, in gaining as much knowledge as possible in psychology and philosophy so as to grow emotionally capable in dealing with the combination of an illness within the boundary's of challenges life throws at me.
    Work, social acceptance,
    Family values etc.
    Each one of these topics branching into various other more intricately woven fabrics, made all the more demanding by this annoying illness which in the beginning is felt but not necessarily seen. I profit incredibly from Mr Peterson's character his attitude and the fact that he is, it seems, overwhelmingly "bloody" enthusiastic about everything he teaches ! A man of the people, we must celebrate such devotion towards giving so much to so many ! All rise ! Hail Jorden Peterson

  • Reply Harry Whitt June 23, 2019 at 3:13 am

    Does anyone know of any other lectures of this caliber in any subject?

  • Reply Manu Das June 23, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Im a psychiatry resident. After watching upto 25 minutes of the course im sure that this is gonna change my practise and future 👍👍

  • Reply Vance Biondo June 23, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    There is a God Jordan AND IM NOT.. ALONE . I'll leave my text end at that for you to . Go over in your mind with ETERNITY IN PERSPECTIVE with heaven and.. HELL in mind .

  • Reply Vance Biondo June 23, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    We have2 different focuses . One of importance very good as you speak on which is good navigation this world but . Without eternity In . Perspective . You might lose . Your soul. In an oversight o this world balance is what everyone needs. I'm showing the unseen oversight

  • Reply Vance Biondo June 23, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Both views here mine yours out of balance. But of IMPORTANCE . I think . I have the OUT OF BALENCE . here

  • Reply Josh Sasha June 23, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    I'm a third year student majoring in rehabilitative services, nothing in my studies come close to such richness.

  • Reply Lisa Schuster June 26, 2019 at 12:41 am

    Beavers are industrious.

  • Reply Psychology Pseudoscience June 29, 2019 at 3:09 am

    What a load of bullshit
    Just admit you have no idea about people.

  • Reply Coach Andrés C July 2, 2019 at 4:36 am

    Does anyone know the name of the book he recommends his students for this lecture? I really want to read about it.

  • Reply ryan dunn July 3, 2019 at 8:57 am

    Does anyone else liken Jordan Peterson’s personality to that of Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor from DW

  • Reply Vance Biondo July 6, 2019 at 8:51 pm

    you Do know now .. THERE IS A GOD?

  • Reply M Safi July 8, 2019 at 1:43 am

    What textbook are they studying here ?

  • Reply My Private Life July 8, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    23:00 crucial part

  • Reply Ben ali Oumaima July 9, 2019 at 6:25 am

    Thank you for sparing the world your valuable time, your contribution is truly appreciated.

  • Reply Mahmoud Kharsa July 12, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    What a great lecture

  • Reply Alexander O July 16, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    god i would love to attend his lectures

  • Reply Jb Mayotte July 19, 2019 at 12:09 am

    Dr Peterson is not standing up straight during this lecture

  • Reply Amorati July 19, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    I'm 31, from Brazil and I feel blessed for this.
    I don't even speak English but fortunately I managed to understand the language months ago, and now I thank myself for did it. Otherwise I wouldn't be able to get knowledge from this wonderful human being!

  • Reply Isaac Schneider July 23, 2019 at 2:09 am


  • Reply Yeah Yeah July 23, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    It's great to hear the students clapping in the end. Dr. Peterson certainly deserves it.

  • Reply reallymadmaso July 29, 2019 at 1:18 am

    I watch these lectures, in awe of the content, envious of those present who have been able to experience this intellect first hand. And then people walk in two minutes late holding a coffee. Wow. Priorities.

  • Reply msfsaint July 30, 2019 at 3:58 am

    I just want to see if he wore cowboy boots to uni… I had a math teacher who wore boots to school in high school, we called him "El Cowboy". Great guy, really wholesome. Absolutely no fear of what anyone thought of him, and all the better for it.

  • Reply Do Ma August 1, 2019 at 2:38 am

    2:20 How can this be? What is a connection made of, if not subatomic particles? Surely there are at least 1 subatomic particle per connection, and likely more than 1 per connection. Therefore there should be many more subatomic particles in the universe than there are connections between neurons?

  • Reply Henry-Bart August 1, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    what's interesting is that while these videos get hundreds of thousands of views, the essays linked on his website you're supposed to read between lectures ( ) only get a few thousand reads, which is absurd. the first essay, "three forms of meaning and the management of complexity" ( ) apparently only got just over 5000 reads.
    either i'm missing something here, the system that counts reads is broken, or the vast majority of people are basically watching half a movie on mute by listening to the lecture but not actually reading jack shit

  • Reply Krista Schaefer August 1, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    these poor students they have no idea they're with one of the smartest people in the world

  • Reply Ammathein August 4, 2019 at 2:22 am

    Wow! I cant wait to do homework!

  • Reply Bobby Frydell August 4, 2019 at 3:49 am

    Most of these students are probably treating this as just another class

  • Reply Thomas Aeon August 4, 2019 at 5:40 am

    To think Mr Peterson, that your students are getting shit even now for coming in late…. Lol. I was the reason why your student Valantis got A's…

  • Reply Héctor Saenz August 9, 2019 at 12:51 am

    Hi to everyone, im from México and i can kee up the lecture whit a lot of effort, thats becouse i dont undertand english very well, it will be very nice if someone put the spanish subs in the course! tnks

  • Reply Ramon Galvez August 12, 2019 at 6:42 am

    I like the way he starts sometimes

  • Reply Van Star August 15, 2019 at 7:22 am

    Waiting for him to have a hyper-fit because off all the stragglers barging in late.

  • Reply M August 16, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Asian invasion on all these universities

  • Reply Kamila Jusinska August 16, 2019 at 2:24 pm

    I did the big 5 test and I am highly neurotic, highly disagreeable and highly consciencious… what does that mean for me?

  • Reply Zen August 19, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    Who else is taking this class in 2019?

  • Reply Manuel Vasquez August 20, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Jordan Peterson is like a human dictionary, the more he speaks the more I learn.

  • Reply Melki Hassa August 21, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Thank you, Dr. Peterson

  • Reply Ben Castle August 26, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Deep and darkly profound comment!…. "so anyways…" 🙂

  • Reply GodWorksOut August 26, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    How do you show up late to this amazing class!?

  • Reply Johnny Sokko August 28, 2019 at 1:18 am

    Conscientious people tend to be conservative. Yeah, right. I wonder if he is aware of his own bias?

  • Reply VCRAGE September 1, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Is an individual still conscientious and industrious if they still have a strict personal routine but not a scheduled work / social routine?

  • Reply nublex September 1, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    when i woke up this morning, i had no idea i was about to start a course on psychology.

    edit: for the past several months, peterson has helped me to sort out my life a lot. it's useful stuff. i've had 5 shrinks in my life who couldn't help me, so maybe the only one who can help me is myself.

  • Reply Spencer Stephens September 2, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    I would pay to know what that girl said to crack JP up at 7:50 lol

  • Reply iB McFly September 4, 2019 at 6:53 am

    Could industriousness be traced back to the parents?

  • Reply Blond Thought September 4, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    I would love to hear his analysis of "Crumb", the documentary about the famous counter-culture graphic artist.

  • Reply Daniel Cooper September 4, 2019 at 9:44 pm

    2:10 There are more patterns of connections between neurons in the brain than there are subatomic particles in the universe? Irrelevant. First of all, we don't know how big the universe is. Second, I have more nasty thoughts in my brain than there are connections between neurons in your brain – does that make me a sex god? The number of possible connections between brain neurons means that most fuckers can work at mcdonalds, nothing more – ain't nobody special.

  • Reply Mihail Colun September 9, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    I am 29 with pure engineer background.
    I sacrifice my free time to watch his lectures and read his books.
    I believe this knowledge is more important for me than working overtime, which a lot of my friends are doing.

  • Reply Jihn Coge September 10, 2019 at 2:24 am

    Wouldn’t you say a beaver is industrious?

  • Reply Don Jon September 11, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Little did these students know that they were being lectured to by one of the most influential public intellectuals in western society.

  • Reply Irish Slaves September 14, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    I live in Ohio, I am 39, and I have a 17-year-old son. Emotional Intelligence should be taught throughout your lifetime, but I do not think the elites give a damn about the people because if they did, we would at the very least switch and do things how they do them in Finland where kids test higher than any other schools in the world.

    Seriously, think about it people.
    Humanity will not evolve under this monetary system, we are going backwards, and no one
    seems to see this.

    They are using racism to divide the people, pitting blacks and whites, the Left vs Right, all of us
    against each other, and even, against our own. Think about the tactics they use, we see, hear, and
    feel all this racism, feminism, multiculturalism, etc. They don't even need obedient workers
    anymore they now can automate and use robots. Sowing the seeds now so when they cut the jobs
    off the money off, the food off – we will destroy each other while they sit back drinking mimosa.

    The only way we can make things better is to do away with this monetary system. We have the
    ability and the technology to make this planet an amazing place, where peace, love, and freedom
    could rule the land, yet we choose to live this way. We have the technology to make anything run
    cleaner, last longer, and have no cost. Tesla made free energy that was destroyed by J.P Morgan
    because with “Free stuff”, one cannot enslave the masses. I do not care what you believe in, I am
    telling you, both the left-wing and the right-wing belong to the same bird. The monetary system
    is/has taken over this planet and we continue to work for them because we are enslaved. Our
    natural resources are diminishing. Meanwhile, our population is exponentially increasing. Any
    and all scientist agree the resources are running out. NASA says it will happen within just a
    couple decades.
    Please take 4 minutes to watch these two links, they might enlighten you. The people need to
    wake up, we have a lot of work to do if we are going to save ourselves and this planet.

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    We have the ability and the technology to make this planet an amazing place, where peace, love, and
    freedom could rule the land, yet we choose to live this way. We have the technology to make anything
    run cleaner, last longer, and have no cost. Tesla made free energy that was destroyed by J.P Morgan
    because with “Free stuff”, one cannot enslave the masses. Over 5,000 inventions that would give
    humanity free, clean-energy has been bought out and never heard about again because we choose to be
    enslaved by this monetary system. I do not care what you believe in, I am telling you, both the left-wing
    and the right-wing belong to the same bird. The monetary system is/has taken over this planet and we
    continue to work for them because we are enslaved. Our natural resources are diminishing. Meanwhile,
    our population is exponentially increasing. Any and all scientist agree the resources are running out.
    NASA says it will happen within just a couple decades. I do believe this is why we see the agendas being
    pushed today.
    Did you know President George W. Bush bought 298,840 acres of land in Paraguay? Bush did not buy
    this land for any other reason besides the fact that it sits on top of the biggest aquifer on planet earth.
    Aquifer Guarani covers roughly 460,000 square miles under parts of Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and
    Argentina. What do you think this world will look like when water is the new GOLD? Do you want your
    children to live in a savage world? It all comes down to this people. That upon everything else, what do
    you want for your children? This is not about racism, it is about Good vs Evil.
    George Carlin said, "The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice.
    You don't. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the
    important land. They own, and control the corporations. They've long since bought, and paid for the

    Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they
    own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to
    hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying. Lobbying, to get what
    they want.
    Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I'll tell
    you what they don't want. They don't want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They
    don't want well informed, well-educated people capable of critical thinking. They're not interested in
    that. That doesn't help them. That's against their interests."
    He is right, they do not want people uniting, so they make all the ISMS to divide us. "Racism",
    "Multiculturalism", "Feminism", etc.etc.
    They have done a damn good job. We need forward thinking, logical, hardworking people to overcome,
    and everyone has lost hope.
    This planet needs a whole new system. The Choice is Ours. The people
    need to remove political agendas along with having the open-mindedness and willingness to overcome. I
    know this would take many many moons to achieve but a change is already on its way, and so far its
    looking like whites are going to be the blame for everything throughout history, and this is why we are
    watching white genocide take place all over the world today, and no one is saying anything about it.
    Only the winners write history and we are losing this war so far. We have some huge decisions to make.
    Do we want to RULE this planet, rid this country of all other races, and bully the world taking all the
    power we can, or do we want peace, and trust that "all men are created equal"?
    No men are created equal under this monetary system. It breeds division and gives birth to classes.
    Do not get upset at me, I am simply stating the truths. I honestly believe we need to unite and start
    communicating our options, or we can just sit back and enjoy the ride until they come knocking on our
    door. They are coming either way. The way I see it, these elites are causing all this shit to happen, and
    they keep us divided, undecided, and oblivious to the endgame. Before we know it we are going to be
    outnumbered everywhere, and this whole country, along with the rest of the world is going to turn into
    a third-world shit hole so they can KEEP IN POWER, behind their fucking mansions. We got to start using
    our heads people.
    I know you all see that the majority of us seem to be fucking crazy anymore too. I don't know if it’s the
    air we are breathing, or in the food, we are eating but some shit is going down. Too many are unable to
    rationalize, considerate, and articulate anymore. I am afraid we are running out of time, and they are
    poisoning our brains to top it all off.
    Call me crazy, or whatever the hell you want, but you know I am right.

  • Reply k2i 3n2 September 21, 2019 at 4:01 am

    Can't even begin to express the gratitude for this kind of education being put online for free for those who would have otherwise never had the opportunity. A thousand times, thank you.

  • Reply Santiago Medina September 22, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Una introducción genial. Del minuto 31:00 al 39:00 oro puro en cuanto a la personalidad del héroe y nuestra reacción al no conseguir lo que queremos a partir de nuestros modelos mentales, lo cual implica una reformulación completa de la manera en la que conceptualizamos la realidad.

  • Reply mono man September 23, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    the number one prof…

  • Reply Hoodie Goodie September 24, 2019 at 1:22 am


  • Reply Christopher Simms September 24, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    Any recommendations for other great lecture series?

  • Reply Kali Peri September 25, 2019 at 12:41 am

    Oh shit, here we go again

  • Reply radiotop6 September 27, 2019 at 3:13 am

    these guys are lucky asf

  • Reply Alfonso Parrado September 27, 2019 at 10:17 pm


  • Reply Rob Magnan September 28, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    I've been listening to Peterson interviews etc for over a year now but have just decided to treat this course as something I want to engage in. Can someone please tell me how to access the reading list he's referring to? Thanks in advance.

  • Reply Kenley Wills October 1, 2019 at 10:05 am

    Someone should download these videos. You never know if YouTube might take them down.

  • Reply Description de l'Égypte October 2, 2019 at 12:29 pm

    Holy bananas! This introduction was mind bending!

  • Reply Mike October 5, 2019 at 2:54 am

    "It isn't obvious to me that memorization constitutes knowledge." JP

  • Reply Koroglu Rustem October 6, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    This is gold! I borrowed a book about Personalities from the library and kept it for three months only reading 5 pages.. now I found this and I love listening rather than reading and especially when it's JP speaking. Crank up the speed and listen for hours and hours. So grateful for these to be uploaded here for all of us – students of him in the world at large.

  • Reply Baby Rudin October 6, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    I'm having trouble finding the readings for this class. Anyone have a link or know where I can find it? I found one on Amazon "Personality and its Transformations: Selected Readings" But it's out of stock.

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