What are the best books according to Jordan B. Peterson?

If you are fond of reading self-help books, then you must've heard or read about Jordan B. Peterson. Our team has listed and ranked some the best books below according to the Canadian clinical psychologist. Comment down below for and let us know your thoughts.

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    #1Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions

    Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions

    Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions is one of the books included in Jordan Peterson's reading list. It is available in print and in digital copy.


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    Russell Lee
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "This book looks like a college textbook, but it seems to have some fans who didn't buy it for that reason. I suppose if you have a dog, you're pretty sure that animals have emotions, and maybe you're even in tune with them. I dare say that most all of us could stand to understand emotions better than we do, and this book just might help in that goal."
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    #2The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II

    The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II

    The Rape of Nanking analyzes what has happened in the infamous Nanjing Massacre in an episode of the Second Sino-Japanese War. Jordan Peterson included this on his books to read list.


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    Víctor Hugo Rangel
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "The Jews want to have a monopoly on WWII victimhood. This book is important because it shows one of the many other groups who were impacted by WWII. The Jews make WWII all about themselves when they were actually a small part (the instigators)."
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    #3Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief

    Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief

    One of the top books on this list is Maps of Meaning, which was authored by Jordan B. Peterson himself. It shows the approaches to mythology and narrative from various perspectives.


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    Saúl Meléndez
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is quite the large book that you're probably better off reading in a digital format. For those who want to think about the way people work and the meaning of the many myths of the world."


Did you know that a theory likening humans to lobsters exist? This is only one of many controversial ideas from Jordan B. Peterson. The Canadian clinical psychologist expounded the theory in the book 12 Rules for Life. Each chapter focuses on various rules, starting with "Stand up straight with your shoulders back". The chapter used the social structure of lobsters which is held together by territoriality and displays of dominance. In these hierarchies, lobsters that dominate have more authoritative body language. Contrarily, the weaker ones try to display inferiority. The self-help book author argued that humans have are nowhere different, saying that our behaviors dictate our hierarchies.

Actually, some of his followers on Reddit refer to themselves as Lobsters. Peterson is also known to be a non-believer of White privilege. Albeit known because his controversial ideas, a few Jordan Peterson books are well-received. Aside from 12 Rules of Life, the right-wing professor also wrote Maps of Meaning. Published back in 1999, it is one of the psychology books that tackle archetype, meaning, and behaviorism. If you want to know more about the Canadian psychologist, a lot of Jordan Peterson reading list can be found on the internet. Does the lobster theory make sense?

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    #4Modern Man in Search of a Soul

    Modern Man in Search of a Soul

    Modern Man in Search of a Soul is a book by Swiss psychiatrist and father of analytical psychology, Carl Gustav Jung. Jordan Peterson also has this book on his must-read list.


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    Nancy Allen
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This book fits into this category. According to Jordan B Peterson's 2017 list of the great books to read. Seems to be a life changing book for religious people and psychology."
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    #5Man's Search for Meaning

    Man's Search for Meaning

    Holocaust survivor and psychologist Viktor Frankl share the life in Nazi death camps and spiritual surviving in this book. Jordan Peterson encourages users to read this memoir.


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    Nicholas Russell
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Jordan B. Peterson is an increasingly popular intellect concerning psychology, philosophy, life, and idea of meaning. Victork Frankl's memoir is one of his most recommended reads as it describes a man's experience during his time in a Nazi death camp. This book explores how mankind can discover meaning and hope in even the most dire situations."
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    #6Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland

    Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland
    Ordinary Men was written by American historian Christopher R. Browning. His book narrates how a regular unit of middle-aged German men became one of the most lethal units, killing hundreds of Jews.

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    Michelle Hall
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "This is a very good book but prepare to be very disturbed and unsettled when you read it. It is a fact based book that provides real history and real information, so there is no fiction here. It is definitely one that will make you think and keep you up later at night thinking more, or wanting to discuss it with other people. I do think it's an important read though, and one that all of us can benefit from because ultimately this is reality and it's something we need to know about. Just know that it will disturb you and even make you sick at humanity at some points. "
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    #7A History of Religious Ideas, Vol. 2: From Gautama Buddha to the Triumph of Christianity

    A History of Religious Ideas, Vol. 2: From Gautama Buddha to the Triumph of Christianity
    The second volume of Mircea Eliade's History of Religious Ideas encompasses the religions from ancient China to the birth of Christianity, as well as Hinduism, the story of Siddharta Gautama, and many more.

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    Stephanie Hopkins
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I wasn't impressed with this book due to the religious aspect. I returned my digital copy after the first chapter."
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    #8The Road To Wigan Pier

    The Road To Wigan Pier

    The Road to Wigan Pier is a 1937 book by British author George Orwell. It tells the story of the living and working conditions of coal miners in North England. It also includes an essay wherein Orwell writes in favor of socialism.


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    Shreya Chatterjee
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "This is a weird book to review. The first half of the book is a very punchy overview of the conditions of Coal Miners in Britain based on Orwell's Personal experiences. The second half is socialist propaganda. I gave the book three stars because I believe that the philosophy which underlies it is poisonous, especially in the second half it is shameless propaganda. nevertheless the book is a worthwhile read. And I would recommend it. Most especially if you do not understand the appeal of socialism, this book acts as a good primer in the kind of thinking which underlies that rare strain of genuinely benevolent socialism."
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    #9The Gulag Archipelago

    The Gulag Archipelago

    The Gulag Archipelago is a book by Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn. Originally written in Russian, the book is an account of more than 200 prisoners' experiences in a gulag labor camp, including the author's own experiences.


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    Michelle Foster
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "This has a lot of historical value. Helps in understanding other country's history."
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    #10Crime and Punishment

    Crime and Punishment
    Crime and Punishment is a classic of Russian literature by Fyodor Dostoyevsky published in 1866. It tells the story of ex-student Rodion Raskolnikov who plans to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker to liberate himself from poverty.


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    Tony Dai
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This is a very special fiction book, it is written very nicely, it tells an entertaining story, and has many different characters and everyone of them has something to tell, and i can say that it is a reality based story. I have had a very good time reading this book, and i am sure that it will be the same for many of the readers. "
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    #11Brave New World

    Brave New World

    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is a utopian and dystopian fiction novel published in 1932. This book follows Bernard Marx living a perfect life in a scientifically engineered society until he visited one of the remaining old reservoirs.


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    Nicolás Anaya
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Jordan Peterson thinks outside the box. It is quite amazing overall. He asks questions about government and the way they run things. This is a great thing overall. Honestly it is one of the best things that can happen overall. It teaches me things I did not know before."
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    1984 is a dystopian novel by George Orwell that tells the story of Winston Smith, who lives under the rule of the tyrannical government ruled by the omnipresent Big Brother. It is a bleak portrayal of how society might become in the future.

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    Thomas Hughes
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "1984 is a book that is very philosophical and goes into details of how society is in it's current state. I find reading this book to be very enlightening and thought provoking at the same time. It is not too long of a read either which is a huge plus. "
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    #13Beyond Good and Evil

    Beyond Good and Evil

    Beyond Good and Evil is a German book written by Frederich Nietzsche and was translated by R.J. Hollingdale. In this book, Nietzsche expanded his idea with a more critical approach in morality and metaphysics. 


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    Keith Wilson
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil is an interesting book but not one you should take seriously. It combines all the rhetorical excesses that popularly define continental philosophy with deep cynicism about human nature that has no basis in science."

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