The Architecture of Belief
"The book reflects its author's profound moral sense and vast erudition in areas ranging from clinical psychology to scripture and a good deal of personal soul-searching and experience...with patients who include prisoners, alcoholics and the mentally ill."<br>-Montreal Gazette <br>"This is not a book to be abstracted and summarized. Rather it should be read at leisure...and employed as a stimulus and reference to expand one's own maps of meaning. I plan to return to Peterson's musings and mapping many times over the next few years."<br>-"Am J Psychiatry <br>..."a brilliant enlargement of our understanding of human motivation...a beautiful work."<br>-Sheldon H. White, Harvard University <br>..."unique...a brilliant new synthesis of the meaning of mythologies and our human need to relate in story form the deep structure of our experiences."<br>-Keith Oatley, University of Toronto <br>
Jordan B. Peterson is a clinical psychologist and Professor at the University of Toronto and was formerly at Harvard University. He has published numerous articles on drug abuse, alcoholism and aggression.
Preface: Descensus ad Inferos 1. Maps of Experience: Object and Meaning 2. Maps of Meaning: Three Levels of Analysis Normal and Revolutionary Life: Two Prosaic Stories Neuropsychological Function: The Nature of the Mind Mythological Representation:The Constitutent Elements of Experience 3. Apprenticeship and Enculturation: Adoption of a Shared Map 4. The Appearance of Anomaly: Challenge to the Shared Map Introduction: The Paradigmatic Structure of the Known Particular Forms of Anomaly The Rise of Self-Reference, and the Permanent Contamination of Anomaly with Death 5. The Hostile Brothers: Archetypes of Response to the Unknown Introduction: The Hero and the Adversary The Adversary: Emergence, Development and Representation Heroic Adaptation: Voluntary Reconstruction of the Map of Meaning Conclusion: The Divinity of Interest