Every book, movie, documentary, artwork, and essay Jordan Peterson recommended in over 100 hours of lectures and online content.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- Watch Crumb (1994) documentary
- Watch Hitman Hart documentary
- Look at the painting Tree of Life Flanked by Eve and Mary
- Look at William Blake’s paintings
- Do Jordan Peterson’s Self Authoring Suite