Jordan Peterson

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Jordan B. Peterson is a tenured research and clinical PhD psychologist who currently teaches at the University of Toronto. He frequently appears on TVO on various topics. His research interests include self-deception, mythology, religion, narrative, neuroscience, personality, deception, creativity, intelligence and motivation.[1] He is one of the three professors listed in the Arts & Science Students Union's Anti-Calendar (an annual survey of course ratings by students) still teaching at UofT described as "life-changing" by students. John Vervaeke and Dan Dolderman are the other two and they both also teach in the psychology department. [2]

Personal life[edit]

Jordan Peterson has a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Alberta. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from McGill University. He taught at Harvard University as an Assistant and an Associate Professor before returning to Canada and taking a position at the University of Toronto. Peterson currently resides in Toronto.[3] He grew up in Fairview, Alberta, Canada, a small town of 3000 people 360 miles northwest of Edmonton, Alberta. He resided in Montreal from 1985–1993, where he studied under the supervision of Robert O. Pihl and Maurice Dongier. From 1993–1998 he lived in Arlington, Massachusetts, while teaching and conducting research at Harvard. He has resided in Toronto since 1998.

Media appearances[edit]

Peterson has appeared frequently on TVO on shows such as Big Ideas[4][5][6][7] and The Agenda with Steve Paikin,[8][9] where he currently serves as a monthly essayist.[10][11][12] A number of these appearances are available on YouTube.

Online projects[edit]

Peterson has produced a series of online writing exercises, available at These include the Past Authoring Program, a guided autobiography; two Present Authoring Programs, which allow the user to analyze his or her personality faults and virtues in accordance with the Big Five personality model; and the Future Authoring program, which steps users through the process of envisioning and then planning their desired futures, three to five years down the road. The latter program was used with McGill University undergraduates on academic probation to improve their grades.

The Self Authoring programs were developed in partial consequence of research conducted by James Pennebaker at the University of Texas and Gary Latham at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Pennebaker demonstrated that writing about traumatic or uncertain events and situations improved mental and physical health, while Latham has demonstrated that planning exercises that are personal help make people more productive.


  • Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief (Routledge, 1999)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jordan Peterson. Jordan Peterson, PhD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Accessed online January 15, 2011.
  2. ^ ASSU. [1]. Accessed online Feb 16, 2013.
  3. ^ Jordan Peterson. Jordan Peterson CV. Accessed online January 15, 2011.
  4. ^ The Necessity of Virtue
  5. ^ Reality and the Sacred
  6. ^ Evil and Tragedy
  7. ^ The Meaning of Music
  8. ^ "The Crisis of Capitalism". Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  9. ^ Trust and the Credit Crisis s
  10. ^ The Red Robe
  11. ^ Visceral Politics
  12. ^ Bin Laden and Personal Responsibility

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