This article is about the Linguistic Ambiguity of Jordan Peterson and Douglas Wilson, not that they are in the “manosphere.” If they are, I hereby revoke any remainder of their cards, although it is highly likely Vox Day and Dalrock beat me to it.
And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. 2 Peter 2:3
Linguistic ambiguity is a term that states the obvious: words are not clear. However, this phrase is very important when dealing with personality disorders. Ambiguity in this context is created when words, or thoughts, do not connect and do not make any sense. Nothing but garbage is created.
“Word Salad” is often used to describe the linguistic ambiguity of narcissists (especially covert, or “fragile,” narcissists, psychopaths, and others with personality disorders). The ambiguity they create with their words, most often in a verbal context, is to distort reality, deflect, and cause confusion. It is a tactical way to gain power over a conversation and an audience. Written communication, although less frequent, does the same thing: the sentence-structure, and logical flow of a writing are … off. Points are confused, not distinct, and the conclusion may not be clear, if there is a conclusion at all. You may find yourself re-reading sentences and paragraphs to decipher the meaning.
To spot word-salad, ask these questions:
- Is the conversation circular? Is it Repetitive?
- Are false moral equivalences drawn?
- Do they condescend and patronize you?
- Do they project, and accuse you of what they do? (Gaslighting to an extent)
- Do they switch personas (good cop/bad cop)?
- Are they an eternal victim?
- You have to explain basic human emotions
- They condition you to become grateful for mediocrity (lower expectations, and throw an occasional bone)
- Conversations with them leave you drained, and dazed.
In verbal communication, ambiguous words are accompanied with changes in tone, which often soothes the listener into false security and hypnosis. Sometimes the ambiguity is used to make you feel helpless, and reliant upon the speaker/author, or to provoke you to rage. If a person, who is rarely empathetic, fluctuates their voice to sound concerned and caring, they may be heading down the word-salad buffet line.
Covert Narcissism is also known as hypersensitive/ vulnerable narcissism. These are the manipulative and deceptive narcissists, and often take time to spot. They demonstrate false humility, and can master small talk. They see themselves as gods, and geniuses that are unrecognized by others. No one can recognize or understand their genius. They lash out when criticized, and take criticism in a deep, personal way.
My point in this article is not to go in depth. It is to make readers aware of what Linguistic Ambiguity is, so that they may spot it. I am particularly concerned with Jordan Peterson, and Douglas Wilson, who seem to influence many over RP issues.
Both seek the spotlight. Both seek influence and power, as well as full control of their audience (or congregants). Both have publicly demonstrated narcissistic traits: exploiting others, a lack of empathy, pervasive patterns of grandiosity, and excessive need for admiration. That does not make them narcissists, but raises red flags that warrant careful examination. The fact that people like Jordan Peterson and Doug Wilson cannot be challenged without incredibly defensive remarks from them, or their followers, suggests these men wield unholy power over others.
Jordan Peterson recently met with Donald Trump Jr. at the Student Action Summit. When asked about abortion, Peterson gave this word-salad answer:
by the time you talk about abortion you are probably having the wrong conversation …” [he is deflecting]. I just started seeing it this way, this past week, … [to paraphrase the rest: the political right in the U.S. is challenging the sexualized culture, and the left is also doing this, albeit in a hypocritical manner, creating a “tense” environment, with some “accruing agreement that there should be a discussion”] . . . “so, it would be, so that is one of the things on my mind.” “Its a consequence to the fact that we haven’t adapted to the birth control pill yet … its only been 50 years, and we haven’t figured out what that means.
Wow. What a brave, concise statement, Jordan.
As another example, Peterson engages in word salad every time he says his speeches/appearances are “conversations” with the audience, where they “converse” with him by giving Peterson verbal cues. Responding, or reacting, to verbal cues is not a conversation. It only proves you are talking to gain the audience’s affirmation.
I am especially concerned with Wilson, due to his very public history of questionable practices in handling sexual deviants at his church. I say this, as there is a strong correlation between sex offenders and sexual aggression, and narcissism.See this link. See Also. Wilson’s language in describing feminists is often sexually charged, and aggressive. I make this point because Narcissists objectify and dehumanize their prey, often sexually. If you are familiar with Wilson’s writings on relationships, and sex within marriage, your eyes may be starting to open. These articles are easy to find, but I don’t want to link them, because he disgusts me, is a false teacher, is unrepentant, and leads a cult. His writings demonstrate he does not meet the basic Biblical qualifications to be an Elder, per 1 Timothy and Titus. Why any discerning Christian would view him as such, is beyond me.
I will point readers to Dalrock, who has waged a long war, and has extensively covered Wilson’s history of attendance at the word-salad buffet. I will also ask readers to do the following: Read Wilson’s “Federal Vision No More.” If you need to be walked through it, read this link. Many reformed Christians took this article, and celebrated, thinking Wilson gave up federal vision. He did no such thing. He never retracted (or repented) his signing of the Joint Federal Vision Statement, a document declared heresy by every reformed denomination, save for Wilson’s CREC.
I hope this helps others in seeing past people who wish to lead you astray.