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  • Hi there.

  • I guess I'm on.

  • My son isn't here tonight.

  • So on doing this in my relatively technologically clueless manner, um, is one thing I've noticed about getting older.

  • I have kept up with computer technology pretty well, I would say, but I do.

  • Fine.

  • Maybe because of the demands on me in the last year.

  • Maybe I'm not stupid.

  • It's possible.

  • So anyways, hi, everyone.

  • Nice to see you here.

  • It looks like I've got the chat Working.

  • Is everything working?

  • Looks like it.

  • All right, So I'm going to start with some questions that people sent me.

  • Anyways, thank you for all be all you.

  • You for being here, by the way.

  • It's very much appreciated, huh?

  • It's quite remarkable a sw far as I'm concerned that you tune in to listen to me talk with you.

  • I definitely do appreciate it.

  • So I'm gonna start with some of the questions that people sent me earlier, and I'll keep an eye on the chat YouTube Jack as well.

  • So hopefully the audio's good.

  • What about that house?

  • The audio there, guys.

  • So now Adam W.

  • Patterson asked me a question that got 410 votes he said.

  • Um, I am a Web software developer.

  • Are you hiring or can I volunteer for anything?

  • I could build anything.

  • I can automate things.

  • I could simply be an assistant of sorts.

  • Thank you for your time.

  • Well, what I would like to say about that is first, Thank you, Adam.

  • It's much appreciated on A lot of people have volunteered their time to me and their and their technological expertise.

  • And as much as I'd like to make use of it, that simple truth of the matter is that I'm sufficiently overwhelmed by the complexity of my life at the moment that it's very difficult to undertake a new collaborative project with anyone.

  • Generally speaking, before all this political, um, what would you call it before all these political events overtook my life?

  • I was already scheduled, probably about six months to a year out.

  • You know, all my time was already eaten up.

  • And, of course, the addition of everything that's happened in the last year to that has occupied my time to a degree, that is was is really somewhat unimaginable.

  • And so I just can't take on additional help, which is so strange because you think that help is help that it would save time.

  • But you know, it's very difficult to enter into a collaborative relationship with someone, and especially if you want to give them credit, do things properly.

  • So at the moment, I'm afraid that I can't entertain any such offers, even though I'd like to.

  • And there may come a time in the future, especially when I'm hopefully starting to work more on this online university project.

  • Um, I've got a few projects to finish up before that.

  • The new personality test, which we've just about, got all the bugs worked out of, and also the high school version of the future authoring program.

  • We're all we're all set up long before any of this happened.

  • So I have to clear them out before I could concentrate on a new project that I finished a book over the last couple of years to called 12 Rules for Life, an antidote to chaos which is now available, by the way, if you're interested on Amazon for preorder and so anyways, this is my roundabout way of saying thank you very much, but I can't except more help at the moment because my time is too restricted to make proper use of it.

  • So, um plays, nor in how to use the results in the new personality test for progress in life, try to compensate some sides that that received fewer points Well, at the risk of sounding self serving.

  • That's actually why we developed the self authoring suite was to help people improve their let's say, performance and mental health.

  • Now we don't have direct evidence that will that will improve personality, but I suspect that that evidence would take a very long time to accumulate what we do know.

  • It was self are throwing sweet, especially the future authoring Sweet helps people helps university students, for example, stay enrolled in university.

  • It increases the probability of that by about 25% and increases grade point average by about the same.

  • And there's good theoretical reasons for assuming that writing is a good way of of writing about yourself and about your past and about.

  • Your future is a good way of catalyzing personality transformation because it appears that personality the human psyche is organized at the highest level of abstraction, using something like self narrative and a well developed narrative makes a frame for your life and helps you stabilize your negative emotions and also experience more positive emotion because you only experience positive emotion in relationship to a goal back to me.

  • Goal directed activity a lot more rewarding.

  • So you know it's a lot easier to engage in activities that aren't intrinsically rewarding if they're linked to something that you really find important.

  • And so I would say, If you want to work on your personality well, the first thing you have to do is figure out who it is that you want to be, and then you have to make a plan, and maybe you have to clean up your past as well.

  • And the South bartering suite was designed, you know, quite carefully, in order to help people do that with a relative minimum of effort.

  • Not that it's easy, because it's not but a relative minimum minimum of effort compared to other technologies, let's say and like like long term psychotherapy, and to make it cost effective as well.

  • So okay, so another question voted up 77 votes.

  • Australia is holding a plebiscite on whether to legalize gay marriage.

  • I'm against the yes campaign, but only because it's backed by cultural Marxists.

  • I'm curious to hear your views on gay marriage.

  • Well, I would be against the two of was backed by cultural Marxists because it isn't clear to me that, um it will satisfy the ever increasing What would you call demand for an assault on traditional modes of being now with regards to gay marriage.

  • Specifically, that's a really tough one for me because, you know, I didn't imagine I can't do anything really other than spoke platitudes about it.

  • I suppose.

  • Unfortunately, you know, if if the marital balls are taken seriously, then it seems to me that it's a means whereby gay people could be integrated more thoroughly into standard society, and that's probably a good thing.

  • And maybe that would decrease promiscuity, which is a public health problem, although obviously that's not limited to gay people.

  • Although gay man tend to be more promiscuous than average, probably because there's no women to bind them with regards to their sexual activity.

  • Um, the problem is, is that it does seem to me to be part of a wedge, and it isn't obvious to me that that legalizing gay marriage has done anything to decrease the demands that the radical left neo Marxist types are placing on traditional society.

  • So, um, those are my views.

  • I know they're confused, you know, because I'm in favor of of extending the bounds of traditional relationships to people who wouldn't be involved in a traditional long term relationship.

  • But I'm concerned about the undermining of traditional modes of being, including marriage, which you know has technically and historically being a union between a man and a woman fundamentally, for the purpose of raising Children in a stable and, um on optimal and stable environment.

  • So and marriage has already taken a fair bit of damage over the last few decades.

  • You know, poor people are increasingly less likely to be married, and that's really not good for them.

  • As far as I'm concerned.

  • Hi, I'm currently going through a hard time.

  • Is a first time mom with a nine month old.

  • I feel depressed and anxious, and I'm highly neurotic and volatile.

  • Can you suggest anything to help me be a better mum?

  • Well, you know, lots of people have a hard time with their nine months old.

  • I guess the first question would be.

  • Are you getting enough sleep?

  • Do you have enough help?

  • Are you eating enough?

  • Especially in the morning, you know, And you're gonna feel highly neurotic and volatile to some degree because while you've been through quite a physiological trauma and it's very demanding toe have a newborn baby.

  • So the best thing I could say not knowing you is to make sure that you have people around that you could talk to about your baby and that you can and that you can take a break when you need to have someone spell you.

  • I mean, that's often the role that a husband plays in the first year of the baby's life is that he can.

  • He's supposed to watch the mother to make sure that she doesn't get overwhelmed by the demands of the baby.

  • And so I would hope that you're able to ask for support when you need it, and not to be afraid of asking for support, especially to get a rest and to get something to eat, because that's really important, especially in the morning.

  • Other than that, I can't tell you anything really specific.

  • Unfortunately, given that I don't know anything about the specifics of your situation come.

  • If it gets out of hand, you know you should go.

  • The other thing, I should say, is if it gets out of hand, you should go speak with your with your doctor with a professional because you might have postpartum depression.

  • There's some dispute about whether that exists and as an independent diagnostic entity.

  • But you can certainly be physiologically stressed.

  • And if you have a pre disposition to depression than that kind of physiological stress and sleep disruption could bring it on.

  • So I would say, if it really gets out of hand, don't hesitate to go talk to someone professional.

  • You know, it may be necessary to do that because you don't want to fall too far down the hole, that's for sure.

  • So, Emma, Jovan Novick says, Dr Peterson, I want to thank you because this isn't a question for what you do.

  • I'm a 22 year old girl and your videos, they're helping me so much with figure in my life.

  • Out you're alone are helping me be braver every day.

  • Well, I'm really happy about that.

  • You know what?

  • I like your emphasis on bravery.

  • You know, because one of the things that we've learned, as clinicians say, is that when you help people overcome anxiety, it isn't that you make them less anxious necessarily, although I think you could do that to some degree by having people confront some of the demons in their past.

  • But instead of making them less anxious, you make them braver.

  • And that's not the same thing, right, because there's lots of reason to be anxious.

  • The world's full of uncertainty and fear and reasons for fear and reasons for pain.

  • But to be braver means to confront those voluntarily.

  • And that's really a good thing.

  • When will the next five electoral occur?

  • October 24th?

  • There'll be three of them before the end of December, and I want to keep them going into the future.

  • They being quite successful, I would say I would like to go through the whole book, although that would probably take me the rest of my life.

  • But I do really think it's necessary because it is the case that the the specific narratives and the meta narrative that air that are embedded in the biblical stories and its surrounding literature are at the fundament of Western culture, and we need to reconnect with out in order to make sure that our culture stays strong.

  • And I don't think it's particularly strong right now, and that's a very bad That's a very bad thing for everyone.

  • It leads to nihilism and despair and and in an ability to plan for a meaningful future and cynicism and all of those things.

  • And that's especially bad for young people, because when you're young and your life is ahead of you, it's the lights the last time that you need to be nihilistic and cynical, it's definitely not good.

  • So dark pyre to says, How can you dispute the theory that Jesus is just a rewrite of the Sun God myth?

  • Well, I wouldn't necessarily dispute that theory, although I would dispute the just.

  • I mean, the strange things about the biblical stories and let's say about the New Testament stories is that they echo across multiple levels of analysis.

  • And so there is an astrological element to the Christ story that you wrote about a fair bit in a book called Eye On, which is a very terrifying book, and there are echoes of the myths of the Sun God.

  • And but the funny thing is, and this is one of the things I can't really understand about the biblical stories is that they manifest themselves at multiple levels of interpretation simultaneously.

  • And you could say that that's merely a consequence of continual historical re working.

  • And I suppose that could be the case.

  • But the fact that they manifest themselves as a personal story and as a cosmic story and as a historical story and as a mythological story and that it all works at the same time strikes me as as pointing to something that's really somewhat beyond our current level of understanding.

  • Um, I can't elaborate on that a lot because it would take us into places that I really would rather not go.

  • But I do believe that, like there's something synchronous using Young's terminology about about death and resurrection story.

  • And the synchronised element is is associated with the fact that the story echoes across so many levels of analysis.

  • And my sense is that when something echoes across many levels of analysis, that means that it's approaching something like a very deep truth.

  • So I know that isn't normally how we go about determining what constitutes truth.

  • But we don't know everything about howto determine what constitutes truth yet, and there are many things that we have yet to figure out.

  • That's certainly one of them, as far as I'm concerned.

  • So there is a sun God myth elements certainly on parallels between Christ and Horace, for example.

  • But that doesn't mean you can just say it's just a rewrite.

  • I don't think that I don't think that that's historically or psychologically accurate.

  • Um, have you watched Rick and Morty?

  • No, I haven't Many people have told me to watch Rick and Morty, although they said it's very dark and well, that doesn't bother me so much, I suppose, although I'm plenty dark, perhaps without adding to it so.

  • But I would like to watch it, and I probably will.

  • So I would love for you to do come and do a talk in Montreal.

  • Well, you never know.

  • That might happen.

  • I've been talking to God sod about that, a fair bit.

  • You know.

  • He's coming to Toronto November 11th so we could do the talk that was shut down by Ryerson back in August.

  • So I'm looking forward to that.

  • So what's the best way to stop drinking alcohol and start doing my best in my psychology degree?

  • It's affecting my study, but I could do very well if I stop.

  • I'm 26.

  • Well, Paul, what I would say is, I think you should do the future authoring program, and you should really concentrate.

  • There's a section in it that helps you determine what you're positive view of your future would be, but another section that helps you determine what would happen in your life if you're negative habits got out of control.

  • And one of the things that can really help you control your alcohol intake is to really, really think through what you're giving up on where you could be in five years.

  • If you don't get it under control and proclivity, the alcoholism could be a really vicious thing.

  • You know, lots of people get dragged down into the mud by alcohol, excessive alcohol intake, especially if they're sensitive to the opiate response that alcohol can produce.

  • And you could tell that if you when you drink, you know you get alert and let's same or enthusiastic and energetic, and then you don't want to stop drinking.

  • That's Ah, that's definitely a bad sign with regards to developing alcoholism.

  • So I would say you need to figure out something that's that's more important to you than drinking and also think through very hard the negative consequences of continuing your you're at about the age 26 where you should stop.

  • I mean, guys who are going to stop generally start slow down pretty, pretty intensely around that each, um, you know, also treating your psychology.

  • Studying as a full time job can also be helpful.

  • So, you know, get up at eight.

  • Morning, you're 7 30 in the morning and start hitting the books by nine and put in a six state our date.

  • And then even if you do keep drinking, at least you're moving forward.

  • So that's what I would say it built up.

  • RUS science fiction fan.

  • You referenced timelines, Starship Troopers and lecture, and your ideas often remind me of Harry Seldon Plan from a Z Moves Foundation.

  • Siri's Hey, Well, when I was a kid, which is quite a long time ago now, I lived in this town called Fairview, Alberta, which was a pound of about 3000 people way the hell North 350 miles northwest of Edmonton.

  • And I have this neighbor across the street across the Ellie, actually, and he had a huge science fiction library must have.

  • Bean, I don't know, 5000 books.

  • They're 19 seventies, 19 sixties and 19 seventies classics like Hind London and as Marvin.

  • He would let me go over there and take like, 20 books at the time, and I was reading about a book today at that point, and I read science fiction like mad, probably till I was about 19 or so, maybe a little younger than that, then turn more to classic literature when I got to college and and also partly as a consequence of some lessons that the local library and taught me about what to read.

  • So I was a science fiction fan.

  • I haven't read science fiction for a very long time, although I was pretty happy with it when I was a kid.

  • So Richard Van Koppen says, Yes, I have.

  • I gra phobia and would love to hear about anxiety.

  • Well, that's a that's a rough thing to have a beautiful so Agra phobics get increasingly isolated and afraid of things outside of their domain of familiarity.

  • And often what happens of agoraphobia is that people who develop it are afraid of two things.

  • They're afraid that something is going to go dreadfully wrong with their health, especially with regards to their hearts.

  • So they start to become afraid that maybe they'll have a heart attack and that they'll die in public far from the hospital, and that they'll make a fool of themselves while they're doing it or, well, well, they think they're done.

  • So it's a combination of two fears, and one is fear of mortality, and the other is fear of social judgment.

  • And you might think about those is the two main categories of fear that possessed people because one is associating while obviously with mortality and death, and the other is associated with exclusion from the group, which course can lead to mortality and death.

  • And so the Agra phobics get the worst of both worlds.

  • It's often a disease of middle aged women, but not always, and they're often people who've been somewhat dependent in their previous lives and then undergo some traumatic event like a divorce or the death of someone close and and at the same time, our perhaps experiencing heart palpitations that are associated with menopause that brings ideas of immortality to mind.

  • And that contributor a panic attack, which is very what would you call it?

  • Unpleasant experience, to say the least.

  • And then that fear of panic attack starts making people avoid.

  • And that's when agoraphobia develops out of anxiety disorders with panic attacks.

  • So you go out and maybe you go to a mall and maybe you're in a crowd.

  • And maybe you start thinking about while your heart beat and about the fact that someone close to you has died.

  • And maybe then you become aware of your heartbeat and you start to panic because you feel that maybe it's the beat.

  • Is it regular or or that or that you can't detect it as well as you usually can, And then that makes your heart accelerate because it makes you afraid.

  • And then you get more more what you call sensitive to that and that makes your heart rate beat even faster.

  • And then you panic.

  • You want to get to the hospital to get checked out to make sure that you're all right, And then you make your fatal mistake, which is that you avoid going back to the mall and then you go to the grocery store and the same thing happens, and then you start to avoid going to the grocery store.

  • Then you start.

  • Avoid avoiding the subway or taxis or crowds, or anywhere you might get trapped and wouldn't be able to get to a hospital.

  • Soon you end up avoiding everything, and that's when your life really starts to become a living hell.

  • So the basic way to treat agoraphobia There's two ways, and one is to develop some control of breathing to do progressive relaxation.