I’m 25 and I like watching videos of babies on Instagram. Here’s the catch: I’m a man. When women I know watch these videos, I hear other women say that they have “baby fever,” but I never hear that kind of language from or about men. Do I too have baby fever? And if so, is there anything wrong with it?
Hello Dr. Peterson, I have watched your videos for some time and it made me strive to be a better person. I decided two years ago to stop lying and to take care of myself and things have been better. I've been in a new job for those two years and have been trying to do good. I told myself this would be it, this would be the time when I would be able to make a difference and be a better person. I still try but after a series of events I've found out that I might be on the spectrum; I'm in the UK and work has been kind enough to provide support to get diagnosed, so I'm proceeding on that basis. This is going to sound cruel but I think if most people could choose between being not-austistic or being autistic, most people would choose not to. I always felt like if I could just change myself or do something different, I could be like everyone else in an idealised state but that seems to have come crashing down. I pushed myself to be better and to change and then this comes up; it feels like a cage that I can't escape and that I'm well aware I'm in. It also doesn't matter how hard I try, no matter how much good I try to do it seems to blow up in my face, people seem to think I'm weird regardless and I end up doing more harm than good. It seems that no matter how hard I try, things fall flat. I tend to find if I don't do anything then things get better, but it's like I'm floating from place to place pre-determinately and I always think of how I could make things measurably better, and I want to strive towards that path (because it could be better). I'm in a situation now where I look back on my life and I just regret because of the mistakes I've made; I know you've advised not to compare to other people, but comparitively I seem to have fallen short in many ways (I try to do better but with the possibility I'm on the spectrum, it just seems like it's a cycle I cannot escape). I was wondering if you could give me advise? Because of the autism, I come across as either self-righteous, a creep, weird or people will always come up with assumptions about me based on things I have no control over; sorry, I'm not trying to make excuses but there's only so much I can try to change where I realise it's not working.
Dr. Peterson, you recently appeared in one of my dreams and said the following to me: "You have to do your best not to make the kind of mistakes that attract Cain's attention because he lives inside of every person." This came as a revelation to me because it breaks a problem I have been wrestling with for years down to one question. If I am fortunate, may it be because I made the right sacrifices or because I am lucky, how can I make the people in my environment act out the archetype of Abel and not Cain? Maybe Abel holds some responsibility for the way Cain developed and subsequently his own death.