The Jordan Peterson Self Authoring program is one of the most monumental self-improvement experiences I’ve ever had.
Jordan Peterson is a Canadian clinical psychologist who burst into the forefront of the collective online consciousness within the last year or so when he started publishing a whole bunch of lectures and videos on YouTube.
I can say in all honesty that his lectures, his messages, and his obvious passion are beyond inspiring. The man is an erudite genius who understands a tremendous amount about how to live a good life.
One the Self Authoring website, it states:
People who spend time writing carefully about themselves become happier, less anxious and depressed and physically healthier. They become more productive, persistent and engaged in life. This is because thinking about where you came from, who you are and where you are going helps you chart a simpler and more rewarding path through life.
So while the actual Self Authoring program is a reasonably priced writing course, the ideas that make it valuable are free.
Social psychologist James M. Pennebaker greatly influenced the Jordan Peterson Self Authoring program with his work on expressive writing.
(Listen to Peterson and Pennebaker in conversation here.)
Jordan Peterson was asked on Quora what he believes are the most thought-provoking question anyone can ask themselves.
His response consisted of the seven questions below.
Whether you have completed or haven’t even started the Jordan Peterson Self Authoring program yet, a great place to start would be to spend 5 minutes journalling about each of the questions below.
Start the Jordan Peterson Self Authoring Process by Answering The Following 7 Questions
How can I consistently act to minimize the evil done in the world?
How can I continually improve the quality of the actions that I repeat every day (as those make up almost all of my life)?
What would happen if I only said things I deeply believed to be true?
What makes me interested in some things and not others (since it doesn’t seem to be a voluntary choice)?
Why has science taught us virtually nothing about consciousness?
How can I become strong enough to be useful in a crisis?
What do I currently do that adds the most quality and meaning to my life? How can I do more of that (and less of what detracts from that quality)?
If you’re thirsty to learn more about Peterson, we recently published an article sharing Peterson’s 40 axioms for a good life, and the article contains many links to his best videos. We also published an article on what Peterson says is the most useful psychological exercise anyone can ever do, as well as a list of Dr. Peterson’s 35 essential principles for getting the most out of your work life and increasing your productivity. Overlook these at your own risk.
Jon Brooks is a Stoicism teacher and, crucially, practitioner. His Stoic meditations have accumulated thousands of listens, and he has created his own Stoic training program for modern-day Stoics.