Jordan Peterson’s Messy Room — A Psychologist’s Battle With Addiction

Zach Rhoads By: Zach Rhoads
Reviewed By: Dr Stanton Peele

Posted on February 7th, 2021 - Last updated: October 6th, 2023
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Dr. Stanton Peele and Zach Rhoads discuss Jordan Peterson’s work, his views about addiction, and how he handled his own addiction to benzodiazepines (with an understanding that Peterson makes a distinction between “addiction proper” and what he believes was his own “physical dependence”– a distinction the two discuss in another video).


Peterson is an intelligent, compelling, and very famous psychologist whose rise to fame was unexpected, even to him. Much of what he did with that fame was noble– namely, helping disparaged people “put themselves back together” (his words).

On the other hand, Peterson perpetuates mythology as well, including addiction mythology, which Peele and Rhoads tackle in the episode.

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