Jordan Peterson – What Overly Nice People Are Hiding

Jordan Peterson sits down with Chris Williamson to discuss different issues. One of the issues they talk about is what overly friendly people hide behind the veil of being nice and approachable. Peterson talks about performative compassion and how most people make it their idol.

Dr Jordan B. Peterson is a psychologist, author, online educator, and Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto. He taught some of the most highly regarded courses at Harvard and the University of Toronto for twenty years while publishing over a hundred well-cited scientific papers with his students and co-authors. His podcast has frequently topped the charts in the education category.


Actually, like if somebody is it’s very much like that overloading on the ‘sweetie nicey, I am here for the underlings’, I’m a little bit suspicious of what’s going on there if you need to Proclaim your good standing.”

Celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Fallon, and American rapper and singer Lizzo have recently been in the news concerning how they treat their juniors in their workplace. According to multiple sources, these individuals have perfected the art of being nice, kind, likeable, and pro-rights in public. While they may look like the perfect role models in public, they are the opposite of that in private.

Do not claim Divine motivation for self-serving Behavior right and that’s performative compassion so what you do is you elevate compassion.”

Jordan Peterson believes that these individuals have ideally made compassion a tool they use to elevate themselves to positions where they can have the public worship them and elevate their moral status.

So what you do is you elevate compassion to the highest place so you make it your God which is big mistake because whatever God is, he is not merely compassion. You elevate compassion to the highest place and then you say I feel sorry for peoplewhat that does is elevate your moral status to the highest possible placeit’s completely unearned.”

In a world where being overly nice in public has become so common, people must remember that things and people are not always as they seem. Take time to learn about a person before you let them hold space in your life. What skeletons hide behind this guise of over-niceness and kindness? More often than not, overly nice people always have something darker they are hiding.

“It’s like this toxic sentimentality I’m so nice it’s like yeah I’d like to stay away from you and your devouring niceness.”

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