I have heard of a couple of these authors but not Jordan Peterson. I spent the day yesterday feverishly pouring over the first 70 pages of Maps of Meaning. I listened to his 40 minute YouTube lecture and that had a humongous impact on making sense of what I see about life. There is truth beyond the thoughts that social context has planted for human beings. It is our role as humans to take responsibility and unearth the truth in our own life and not rely on secondhand learning from society. Peterson gives a picturesque way of looking at this as the “strings” that are attached to Pinocchio’s limbs that make him a puppet. Incredible material! I am very grateful for you sharing.
I hadn’t heard of Alice Miller either. She sounds a lot like Brene Brown. I love Brene Brown’s research. She has two TED Talks that are must sees on vulnerability and shame. One of her books, Daring Greatly, begins with the famous Theodore Roosevelt quote, “Man in the Arena”. Brene Brown says if courage is your value you must show up and be seen. She is also very much about realizing what lives in your own heart first. Also, very similar to Jordan Peterson in his work.
John Campbell’s hero journey gives incredible context for life. I am learning there are dragons at the gates to any challenge towards the status quo in place. As inspiration I found a qoute in the book you suggested, “The Power of Myth” also by Campbell. In the book he shares, “There was only one catch and that was Catch 22, which specified that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind”. The pilot fighter was crazy and because he saw this he could be grounded. He realized he was crazy for putting his life in danger out in the battle. The book goes on to say, “But if he didn’t want to, he was sane and had to”. That’s some catch, that Catch-22…. It as this point that their lives switch from isolation to intimacy”.
Thank you Chad for sharing these Great thinkers. I feel compelled to throw in George Orwell . Anthem and Animal Farm are must reads. They have a shocking effect on pulling the wool back from covering your eyes.