Why have people from different cultures and eras formulated myths and stories with similar structures? What does this similarity tell us about the mind, morality, and structure of the world itself? From the author of 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos comes a provocative hypothesis that explores the connection between what modern neuropsychology tells us about the brain and what rituals, myths, and religious stories have long narrated. A cutting-edge work that brings together neuropsychology, cognitive science, and Freudian and Jungian approaches to mythology and narrative, Maps of Meaning presents a rich theory that makes the wisdom and meaning of myth accessible to the critical modern mind.
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By Jonathan on 13-06-18
Don't hesitate. Just buy it.
A dozen hours in and this audiobook has already proved lifechanging. The scope of Peterson’s erudition, the depth of his insight and the message drawn from both is nothing less than incredible. In a culture that typically settles for pabulum this feels like something posted from a better world.
I absolutely implore you, don’t believe the trash printed about Peterson in the media. Ignore all the slurs, petty insults and lies. This is the work of a truly great man. And it will improve you if you engage with it.
I cannot rate the book highly enough. Listening to it has given me back two of the cornerstones in my life I'd despaired of ever finding again—meaning and hope.
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By Amazon Customer on 08-07-18
Don't come in expecting the same man.
By all means, this book is fantastic - a true insight into the murky clouds that our, and countless other, societies have been built on. However, do not come to this book expecting the same man we see portrayed throughout the internet, this is Peterson in his academic prime. This book is not written for the public, although I would highly recommend it to anyone , and so I will not attempt to put you under the illusion that it is accessible. Perhaps the best description of it would be Peterson's physiological memoir, it is an accumulation of all of his work over a significant span of time, and as such cannot be tackled with a light mind, it is imperative to come into this with the ability to think. If one were to only listen to the words, the true music would not be heard, and so it is tremendously important to put one's full attention on the contents of this marvellous book. I'll finish with this: If you want to see the soul behind this man, this book is for you.
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By StreisandEffect on 19-06-18
This is NOT an easy book
Jordan Peterson has claimed on twitter (multiple times) that 12 Rules for Life is a good introduction to Maps of Meaning.
This book is FAR more difficult to follow than 12 Rules. It wasn't written for the general public. It's in a different galaxy.
It is, however, a great book, but I can tell I'm going to have to listen to it at least twice to absorb what Peterson is saying.
If you love JBP, you'll enjoy this book, but be warned: this milkshake is extremely thick.
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By Amazon Customer on 05-07-18
Over the last couple years Dr. Peterson has come into his own and to the attention of the general public with his beliefs which resonates with many conservatives. His detractors would dismiss him and his views and just assume he's just another unintelligent right wing fear mongerer. I've seen videos with people utterly dismissing his ideas because they are of another political view.
Listening to this book, you begin to realize that Dr. Peterson thinks at a higher level than most people. His political opinions have been formed not out of personal agenda, rather from deep philosophical understanding of how we as humans come to the beliefs we do. This book is a mix between developmental psychology, philosophy, anthropology, and sociology. Our beliefs and reactions to what is happening in the world around us (the unknown) has been shaped by centuries of myths that effect the culture around us. You also begin to realize just how intelligent and profound his thinking is. When he formulates an opinion, you can be sure, he's not shooting off the hip, rather he has processed his opinion at a much higher level that 99.9% of his detractors would ever consider.
That being said, this would be much better read than listened to. This doesn't follow like a lecture, but rather a text book. I often times caught myself flipping back 30 seconds to have him repeat a statement because what he just read was so complicated and profound, I needed to hear it a few times in order to process it properly. I have a degree in psychology and still find it difficult to fully grasp some of his statements at first pass.
At times the material is dry. It is still necessary as he formulates arguments. But I find my mind drifiting. Unless I give it my full attention, I often have to back up and re-listen to sections. This is not background sound, but something that demands full engagement.
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