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Subject Mondays of Meaning - September 27th, 2021
Date September 27, 2021 9:15 PM
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Today's Mondays of Meaning discusses the second truth of modern psychology, how religion and culture affect your identity and encountering unknowns.

** Mondays of Meaning
September 27th, 2021 | Dr Jordan B. Peterson
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This week's edition will discuss the second truth of modern psychology, how religion and culture affect your identity and encountering the unknown.

** In sterquilinis invenitur: the Foundation of Modern Psychotherapy - The Second Truth
The second truth might be: confront, voluntarily, what stands in your way. The way—that’s the path of life, the meaningful path of life, the strait and narrow path that simultaneously divides order and chaos and brings them into balance. Psychologists have known for a long time that confrontation with what is frightening or unknown can be curative, at least in some situations. The standard treatment for phobias and anxiety is therefore exposure to the feared entity or situation.

That treatment is effective – but the exposure has to be voluntary. It is as if the anxiety systems of the brain assume that anything that is advanced upon must not be a predator (or, if it is a predator, it’s the sort that can be easily kicked to the side and defeated). We now know that the psychophysiological response to stress differs completely when that stress is voluntarily faced, compared to when it is accidentally encountered.

In the latter case, the threatened individual tenses up, and readies him or herself, defensively. That can become the chronically unhealthy posture of someone turned to stone. In the former case, the individual takes on the role of the probable victor and advances forthrightly. Such actions are indeed what has always saved humanity from the terrors of the night (and the evil lurking in the human heart). Our continual observation of that fact, over millennia, is what allowed us to represent it, abstractly, in our great religious stories.

** Monday Reflections

"The masculine spirit is under assault. It's obvious." (Share this on Twitter ([link removed]) )

"Men and women aren't the same. And they won't be the same. That doesn't mean that they can't be treated fairly." (Share this on Twitter ([link removed]) )

“If you don’t say what you think, then you kill your unborn self." (S ([link removed]) hare this on Twitter ([link removed]) )

** This Week On The Podcast

Searching for God Within Oxford and Cambridge | The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast - S4 E48: Dr. James Orr and Dr. Nigel Biggar

In today’s episode, Dr. Jordan, Dr. James Orr, and Dr. Nigel Biggar discussed how religion and culture affect your identity. They also discuss nationalism, human rights throughout history, ideology, and more. Want to know how your identity gives meaning to your life? Then this episode is for you.

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Dr. Jordan B. Peterson:

“You know, we might not identify with who we are. We might identify with who we would like to be, or what the ideal is.”
Dr. James Orr:

”The wall of the university, the wall of any intellectual thriving culture should be the walls of a garden so that there are parameters in which to experience, try, learn, and experiment.”

Dr. Nigel Biggar:

“Postmodernists say that everything around us is about power and the abuse of power and ironically it gives the postmodernist license to abuse power in the treatment of other people.”

** From The Archives

Wimps, Alphas & Good Men | Jordan B Peterson
Jordan B. Peterson:

"Well, why would you want to be king? You could say, king of the world or king of your own soul. What do you want to subordinate yourself to? How about your heroic willingness to encounter the unknown and articulate it, and share that with people. There's no nobler vision than that.

And I don't see that it's merely arbitrary. And so, it's not merely arbitrary to because if you do that to the degree that you do that, assuming your society isn't entirely corrupt, you will be successful. It will actually aid you practically, you'll rise up above men, you'll be selected by women, you'll be admirable, you'll be valued and you know that because if you look at the people that you admire and value again unless you've taken a detour into dark places, and are possessed with admiration for people who are working for malevolent purposes and for destruction.

You just have to watch the people that you admire and try to figure out what's common across them and draw your own conclusions. You can ask yourself to when you're torturing yourself with your conscience because you're not doing what you should be and you know it."

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Dr. Jordan B. Peterson

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