Clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has a clear and concise message for anyone who is depressed or downtrodden by the state of affairs in the world: “You can’t change other people, but you can change yourself.”
Peterson, a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Toronto in Canada, recently released a new video for Prager University during which he encouraged people to avoid modern-day “victim mentality,” take personal responsibility and stop blaming others.
In the clip, aptly titled, “Fix Yourself,” Peterson used the example of a husband and wife who are nearing a divorce. Reconciliation, he said, becomes difficult if both parties blame one another without introspection.
“[This is] because other people aren’t the problem. You’re the problem. You can’t change other people, but you can change yourself,” Peterson said. “But it’s difficult. It’s much easier — and much more gratifying to your basest desires — to blame someone else for your misery.”
In the end, he argued that people must own their own flaws and failures and work to fix them — something that he said will “make the world a better place.”
Watch Peterson must-see advice below: