You must have heard the name. Or watched his videos on Youtube. Or perhaps, seen his book in the bookstores. And that’s because he is everywhere. If you are one of those people who spend a lot of time online, then it is almost impossible to ignore him. That does not mean you have to like him. In fact, there are a vast number of people (mostly from political left) who despise him for his views, which – as they claim – represent only conservative worldview.
But who is Jordan Peterson?
He is a clinical psychologist, author and professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto. His main areas of study are in abnormal, social, and personality psychology, with a particular interest in the psychology of religious and ideological belief, and the assessment and improvement of personality and performance.
Why did he suddenly become famous?
Jordan Peterson rose to fame when he turned to Youtube to spill his anger towards the Bill C-16. The bill proposed to add “gender identity or expression” as a prohibited ground of discrimination under the Canadian Human Rights Act, but Peterson believed that it was a direct attack on free speech. “You cannot tell me which pronouns I should use. Free speech cannot be legislated,” he said.
He released a three-part video series on his views, which led to further uproar and protests at the University of Toronto. Watch the video below for the initial protests.
In the next few months, Jordan Peterson gained massive online following. His Youtube lectures resonated with young minds, especially young men. In almost all his speeches and lectures, he continued to attack on postmodernism and neo-marxism, due to which the postmodernists and left-liberals have often accused him for his connections with alt-right. In his lectures, he discussed various ideas about human life and the western civilisation – the core of which remains Nietzsche’s philosophy and Carl Jung’s works in psychology.
However, there was more. In January, 2018, Cathy Newman from Channel 4 News interviewed Jordan Peterson. It was supposed to be a debate on gender pay-gap, campus protests and postmodernism, but, all thanks to the interviewer’s insistence on proving Jordan Peterson a sexist or a alt-right member, it just added to his already growing fame. Millions of people from all over the world watched it and supported Peterson. Here’s the complete video.
Jordan Peterson’s second book 12 Rules for Life has become a bestseller in US, Canada, UK and many other countries. His views are being resonated with young people from various sections and he continues to educate, motivate and entertain them in his own mystifying ways.