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Maps of Meanings: The Architecture of Belief / Edition 1

Maps of Meanings: The Architecture of Belief / Edition 1

by 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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415922227
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/28/1999
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 564
Sales rank: 34,764
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

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.

Table of Contents

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 Constitutent 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

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Maps of Meanings: The Architecture of Belief 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book that requires cognitive ability and time to grasp the complex concepts. There is no way a review will do this book the justice it deserves. Let the work speak for itself. Highly recommended.
annettepoizner 14 days ago
Maps of Meaning is brilliant, but hard to slog through. Recently, I broke my leg and decided to put my doctoral degree (psychology) to good use, while I spent a few months camped out on the couch. I wrote, "Maps of Meaning: A Practical Summary and Workbook for Using Jordan Peterson's Insights to Sort Yourself Out." If you are struggling to understand Peterson's worldview and central arguements (as they relate to mental health, especially) work on writing a summary! Like they say, the best way to learn is to teach. Otherwise you will be locked out of the book and the content is most important, potentially life-changing. Persist!!