Jordan Peterson has the #1 nonfiction book at Amazon for the fourth week in a row. As a clinical psychologist, he has insights into behavior, and he likes to call out silliness when he sees it. His book is called 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote To Chaos.
Peterson knows history. As a university professor, he knows modes of thinking change over time. “Framing” changes over time. What we do with the data from the world around us changes over time.
In an interview last year, Peterson talked about how thinking has changed.
If you’ve read A Spy’s Guide To Thinking and A Spy’s Guide To Strategy, you’ll be familiar with his terms. You’ll see him talk about how we acquire data. How we frame that data and make sense of it through analysis. And how we use analysis to make decisions and take action:
Peterson also talks about games and hierarchies and the purpose of thinking, as we talk about in Strategy.
Watch Peterson with Joe Rogan here:
Peterson uses the words people of action use. People of action get concepts down to their bare bones and simplify. Because simple, accurate things get you to action quickly.
As a clinical psychologist, Peterson is a practitioner. He has responsibility for helping people change their lives. He uses thinking to take action and build strategies.
Which we sometimes forget. Sometimes, we lose track of the purpose of thinking. We get caught up in data collection and analysis and don’t push through to decisions and action.
Which is one reason for A Spy’s Guide To Thinking. As a reviewer recently wrote:
“Good book. Novel delivery. As a researcher it didn't contain anything I didn't already know, but it was a solid reminder of thoughtful process, and the importance of action.”
The purpose of thinking is action.