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Maps of Meaning : The Architecture of Belief - Jordan B. Peterson

Maps of Meaning

The Architecture of Belief

Paperback Published: 12th April 1999
ISBN: 9780415922227
Number Of Pages: 564

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Why have people from different cultures and eras formulated myths and stories with similar structures? What does this similarity tell us about the mind, morality, and the structure of the world itself? Maps of Meaning offers a provocative new hypothesis that explores the connection between what modern neuropsychology tells us about the brain and what rituals, myths and religious stories have long narrated.

Drawing insights from the worlds of neuropsychology, cognitive science, and Freudian and Jungian approaches to mythology and narrative, Jordan B. Peterson argues that myths and religious stories have a structure determined by the nature of the mind, and play a key role in the regulation of human emotions.

Ambitious in scope and daring in its exploration of ideas, Maps of Meaning presents a rich theory that makes the wisdom and meaning of myth accessible to the critical modern mind.

About the Author

Jordan B. Peterson is a clinical psychologist and Professor at the University of Toronto and was formerly at Harvard University. He has published numerous articles on drug abuse, alcoholism and aggression.


A unique perspective on why the way things are


This is one of the most profound, thought provoking books I have ever read. What a brilliant mind. It is slow going and not for late nights, but the intellectual rewards are immense.



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"The book reflects its author's profound moral sense and vast erudition in areas ranging from clinical psychology to scripture and a good deal of personal soul-searching and experience... with patients who include prisoners, alcoholics and the mentally ill." - Montreal Gazette

"...a brilliant enlargement of our understanding of human motivation ... a beautiful work." - Sheldon H. White, Harvard University

"...unique... a brilliant new synthesis of the meaning of mythologies and our human need to relate in story form the deep structure of our experiences." - Keith Oatley, University of Toronto

Preface: Descensus ad Inferos
Maps of Experience: Object and Meaning
Maps of Meaning: Three Levels of Analysis
Normal and Revolutionary Life: Two Prosaic Stories
Neuropsychological Function: The Nature of the Mind
Mythological Representation: The Constitutent Elements of Experience
Apprenticeship and Enculturation: Adoption of a Shared Map
The Appearance of Anomaly: Challenge to the Shared
Introduction: The Paradigmatic
Structure of the Known Particular Forms of Anomaly
The Rise of Self-Reference, and the Permanent
Contamination of Anomaly with Death
The Hostile Brothers: Archetypes of Response to the Unknown
Introduction: The Hero and the Adversary
The Adversary: Emergence Development and Representation
Heroic Adaptation: Voluntary Reconstruction of the Map of Meaning
Conclusion: The Divinity of Interest
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ISBN: 9780415922227
ISBN-10: 0415922224
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 564
Published: 12th April 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 19.51  x 2.97
Weight (kg): 1.02
Edition Number: 1