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The Six Books Jordan Peterson Recommends Everyone Should Read

Explore the Transformative Reads Endorsed by Jordan Peterson
by Daniel Thomas | May 13 2024

Jordan Peterson, a figure synonymous with challenging modern psychological and philosophical norms, recommends a curated list of books that offer profound insights into life, psychology, and the human condition. These books not only reflect Peterson’s complex views but are also pivotal for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of themselves and the world around them.

Here’s a look at six books that Jordan Peterson believes everyone should delve into.

1. Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche

In this seminal work, Nietzsche dismantles the traditional notions of morality. Instead of viewing the world in terms of good versus evil, Nietzsche suggests that the motives behind human actions are much more complex and driven by a will to power. This book challenges readers to rethink their moral compasses and the foundations upon which they are built. Get the key ideas on Blinkist in just 25 minutes.

2. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

This unique narrative weaves together a father-son motorcycle trip across the United States with philosophical discussions, primarily focusing on the concept of quality in life. Pirsig’s book is a deep, meditative look at how we can create fulfilling lives through the pursuit of excellence and the integration of technology into our understanding of the world. Get the key ideas on Blinkist in just 11 minutes.

3. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s memoir has touched millions with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose. Get the key ideas on Blinkist in just 17 minutes.

4. The Interpretation of Dreams by Sigmund Freud

In this groundbreaking book, Freud introduces his theory of the unconscious with respect to dream interpretation and also first discusses what would later become the theory of the Oedipus complex. This work laid the foundation for much of his later theories about the human psyche. Get the key ideas on Blinkist in just 18 minutes.

5. Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker

Pinker argues passionately for the values of intellect and humanism, asserting that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise globally thanks to the Enlightenment’s emphasis on science and reason. This book is a compelling case for gratitude for the achievements of modernity, grounded in data and reason. Get the key ideas on Blinkist in just 24 minutes.

6. Factfulness by Hans Rosling

Rosling reveals the ten instincts that distort our perspective—from our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of us and them) to the way we consume media (where fear rules) to how we perceive progress (believing that most things are getting worse). This book is an eye-opener to the realities of the world, advocating for a more factful and optimistic viewpoint. Get the key ideas on Blinkist in just 18 minutes.

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