Jordan Peterson's Top Recommended Books, Movies, Documentaries, Art, and Essays.

Every book, movie, documentary, artwork, and essay Jordan Peterson recommended in over 100 hours of lectures and online content.

Jordan Peterson's Top Recommended Books, Movies, Documentaries, Art, and Essays.
Tree of Life and Death Flanked by Eve and Mary (1489) by Berthold Furtmeyr 

Every book, movie, documentary, artwork, and essay Jordan Peterson recommended in over 100 hours of lectures and online content.


Books

  • Read the Bible
  • Read The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (Must read)
  • Read Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche (Must read)
  • Read Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky (Must read)
  • Read Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Read The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Read The Devils by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Read The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Read The Myth of Mental Illness by Thomas Szasz
  • Read The History of Religious Ideas by Mircea Eliade
  • Read Memories, Dreams, and Reflections. Carl Jung’s autobiography.
  • Read Panzram—the autobiography of a serial killer. Shows that you need to be careful. Don’t be naïve. There is real evil out there.
  • Read The Discovery of the Unconscious by Henri Ellenberger. The best intro to psychoanalytic tradition. It Covers Adler, Jung, Freud + 300 years of psychoanalytic history before Freud.
  • Read The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker
  • Read Shakespeare and Tolstoy
  • Read Carl Jung’s Red Book
  • Read Symbols of Transformation by Carl Jung (similar to Maps of Meaning)
  • Read The Origin and History of Consciousness by Erich Neumann (similar to Maps of Meaning, great introduction to Jung)
  • Read The Great Mother by Erich Neumann
  • Read Dante’s Inferno
  • Read Milton’s Paradise Lost
  • Read The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell
  • Read Ordinary Men
  • Read Huxley’s Brave New World
  • Read The Stone Angel. Margaret Laurence is Peterson’s favorite female author and this is his favorite of her novels.
  • Read Endurance by Alfred Lansing

Essays

  • Read the writings of the Columbine shooters. It helps you understand how people go awry—how evil is created. It makes you realize that evil exists.
  • Read Carl Jung’s paper: The Relations Between the Ego and the Unconscious. Great but difficult—requires extensive knowledge of Jung’s work.
  • Read Nietzsche’s essay: The Use and Abuse of History

Movies

  • Watch The Lion King
  • Watch Pinocchio
  • Watch Sleeping Beauty
  • Watch Harry Potter
  • Watch Beauty and the Beast. Depicts the female hero’s journey.
  • Watch The Little Mermaid
  • Watch Breaking Bad
  • Watch My Left Foot. It shows what you can achieve if you’re independent.

Documentaries

  • Watch Crumb (1994) documentary
  • Watch Hitman Hart documentary

Artwork

  • Look at the painting Tree of Life Flanked by Eve and Mary
  • Look at William Blake’s paintings

Program

  • Do Jordan Peterson’s Self Authoring Suite