Paperback Book: Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief by Dr. Jordan B. Peterson
Maps of Meaning - The Architecture of Belief - Jordan B Peterson
Dr. Jordan B. Peterson - Photo: © Daniel Ehrenworth
Maps of Meaning - The Architecture of Belief - Jordan B Peterson

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

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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 structure of the world itself?

From the author of 12 Rules for Life - An Antidote to Chaos and Beyond Order,  comes a provocative hypothesis that explores the connection between what modern neuropsychology tells us about the brain and what rituals, myths, and religious stories have long narrated. A cutting-edge work that brings together neuropsychology, cognitive science, and Freudian and Jungian approaches to mythology and narrative, Maps of Meaning presents a rich theory that makes the wisdom and meaning of myth accessible to the critical modern mind.

Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief  transforms the psychology of religion.

"It is my hope that the transmission of this knowledge will help those who receive it withstand the forces of ideological possession, and that this will in consequence aid in some small way the establishment of a long and conscious peace." - Jordan B Peterson


Preface: Descensus ad Inferos

1. Maps of Experience: Object and Meaning

2. Maps of Meaning: Three Levels of Analysis
Normal and Revolutionary Life: Two Prosaic Stories
Neuropsychological Function: The Nature of the Mind
Mythological Representation: The Constituent Elements of Experience

3. Apprenticeship and Enculturation: Adoption of a Shared Map

4. The Appearance of Anomaly: Challenge to the Shared Map
Introduction: The Paradigmatic Structure of the Known
Particular Forms of Anomaly
The Rise of Self-Reference, and the Permanent Contamination of Anomaly with Death

5. 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


  • Condition: NEW Item 
  • Paperback Book: 564 pages
  • Author: Jordan Brent Peterson
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd Imprint ROUTLEDGE 1st ed. (April 21, 1999)
  • Printed In: London, United Kingdom
  • Category: Mind Body Spirit 
  • Product Size: 17.8 x 22.9 x 2.9.7cm
  • RRP: £64.99
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  • Hardback Book 564 Pages
  • Publisher:  Taylor & Francis Ltd Imprint ROUTLEDGE (May 12, 1999)
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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

"This is not a book to be abstracted and summarized. Rather it should be read at leisure...and employed as a stimulus and reference to expand one's own maps of meaning. I plan to return to Peterson's musings and mapping many times over the next few years." - Am J Psychiatry

"...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

About Author

Dr. Jordan B. Peterson is a professor, psychologist, philosopher exploring the nature of truth.  He has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers, with his lectures on topics from the Bible to romantic relationships to mythology, drawing tens of millions of viewers. In an era of unprecedented change and polarising politics, his frank and refreshing message about the value of individual responsibility and ancient wisdom has resonated around the world.  About Continued

YouTube: Maps of Meaning Lectures  

J.P. Website  J.P. Podcasts J.P. Blogs

J.P. Courses:  Self Authoring Suite  |  Discovering Personality  |  Personality Assessment | Essay Writing Guide 

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