Who is Jordan Peterson?
Jordan Bernt Peterson was born on 12 June 1962, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and is a professor as well as a clinical psychologist, best known for writing several popular books, including “Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief” and “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote for Chaos”. He also received a lot of media attention when he released a series of YouTube videos criticizing the Canadian government’s Bill C-16.
The Wealth of Jordan Peterson
How rich is Jordan Peterson? As of late-2018, sources estimate a net worth that is over $1.5 million, earned largely through a successful career in the academe, but also from his books. As he continues his endeavors, it is expected that his wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Education
Jordan grew up in the small town of Fairview, Alberta near his birthplace in Edmonton, with two younger siblings; their parents both worked in schools with his father a teacher while his mother was a librarian. He frequented the library at a young age, and was gardually introduced to the writings of numerous high-profile authors, including George Orwell, Ayn Rand and Aldous Huxley. During his teenage years he worked for the New Democratic Party (NDP), but grew disenchanted as he related to Orwell’s writings in “The Road to Wigan Pier”. He matriculated from Fairview High School in 1979, and then enrolled in Grande Prairie Regional College, studying English literature as well as political science. He transferred to the University of Alberta, focus on political science, then after graduating in 1982, he took a year off to visit Europe and learn more about totalitarianism as well as the Cold War. With growing concerns of nuclear war, he started delving into the works of Carl Jung, Friedrich Nietzsche and Fyodor Dostoyevsky. He returned to the University of Alberta to complete a degree in psychology.
Peterson moving to Montreal in 1985 to enroll in McGill University, and work on a doctorate in clinical psychology under Robert O. Pihl. After completing his PhD in 1991, he remained as a post-doctoral fellow at Douglas Hospital for the next two years. He then moved to Arlington, Massachusetts, teaching and doing research at Harvard University as a part of the school’s psychology department, supervising unconventional thesis proposals, with his lectures admired by students. He then moved to the University of Toronto where he worked as a full professor. He studied numerous subjects throughout his career, including psychopharmacology, creative psychology, clinical psychology, and abnormal psychology among others. He co-authored more than 100 academic papers, and his written works have been cited more than 8,000 times. He also had an active clinical practice, seing around 20 patients a week.
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— Dr Jordan B Peterson (@jordanbpeterson) November 26, 2018
First Book and Writing
Jordan’s first book was published in 1999 entitled “Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief”, which took him 13 years to complete. The book is about a theory of how people construct meaning and beliefs using mythology, religion, philosophy, as well as psychology. He examined how individuals and groups tackle social conflict. relating their behavior to their belief systems, which led to analysis of atrocities such as the Rwandan genocide and the Holocaust camps. A 13-part television series based on the book was later released on TVOntario.
In 2005, he created a for-profit company alongside his colleagues, producing a writing therapy program with a series of on-line writing exercises. The company was called the Self Authoring Suite, and included the guided autobiography program called the Past Authoring Program, the aim being to help participants plan their desired futures, and was used to help struggling undergraduates improve their grades. According to an interview, more than 10,000 students have used the program, thus helping to reduce dropout rates and increase GPAs.
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YouTube Career and Recent Projects
In 2013, Peterson started recording his lectures, uploading them onto YouTube, where it earned popularity with more than a million subscribers, with his videos being viewed over 65 million times. Three years later, he released a series of videos criticizing Bill C-16 on human rights, which affected his life and career. The following year, he put his clinical practice on hold and also temporarily stopped teaching, hiring his own production team and using crowd funding websites to help him after the Bill C-16 controversy. He’s appeared in numerous podcasts including his own called “The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast”, with popular guests on his channel including Jonathan Haidt, Richard J. Haier, and Stephen Hicks. He also supported James Damore in his action against Google.
In 2018, he released his second book entitled “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos”. The book is intended to be more accessible than his first book, and contains abstract ethical principles about life. He went on a world tour to promote his book, which reached the top of bestselling lists in the US, the UK, and in Canada, and his interview on “Channel 4 News” gained a lot of attention.
For his personal life, it is known that Jordan married Tammy Roberts in 1989 and they have two children together. He has described himself as a classic British liberal and a philosophical pragmatist. He initially identified as a Christian, but later took it back and mentioned that he draws inspiration from Jung’s philosophy of religion. He also holds respect for Taoism.
Jordan is an avid collector of Soviet-era paintings, which are displayed in his house. According to him, it is a reminder of the relationship between art and totalitarian propaganda. He is an honorary member of the Kwakwaka’wakw artist Charles Joseph’s extended family, and was given the name Alestalagie meaning “Great Seeker”. It was also reported that he had to change his diet to consist of only meat and some vegetables, to help control an auto-immune disorder, as well as severe depression.