12 Rules for Life

12 Rules for Life

An Antidote to Chaos

Book - 2018
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What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson's answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research.

Humorous, surprising and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.
What does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight (with our shoulders back) and about success in life? Why did ancient Egyptians worship the capacity to pay careful attention as the highest of gods? What dreadful paths do people tread when they become resentful, arrogant and vengeful? Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, distilling the world's wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life. 12 Rules for Life shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith and human nature, while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its readers.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : Random House Canada, 2018
ISBN: 9780345816023
Branch Call Number: 170.44 PETE
Characteristics: xxxv, 409 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Doidge, Norman
Van Sciver, Ethan
Alternative Title: Twelve rules for life


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Sep 14, 2018

Relatively straightforward and sensible "rules " to live by supported by somewhat rambling and convoluted (and somewhat tedious for me) combinations of anecdotes, scientific "evidence", biblical references and opinion. This was not an easy read (a bit odd given that one of the rules is to be precise in your speech), and I left feeling not that I had been informed or offered advice so much as lectured to and sort of hectored.

Sep 13, 2018

I've read lots of "shelf-help" and this is like most. Read the contents and the introductory sections and skim the rest. The religious references don't add anything, and put off some readers, myself included. Could have been one-third the pages, with nothing lost. If you've nothing else to do, go ahead and read it, but for those on the lengthy wait list, find some other material in the meantime.

Sep 09, 2018

A must for anyone who has that feeling that something's missing in their life.
His youtube series are also worthwhile.

Sep 03, 2018

I don’t find so much intereting. Difficult to find the flow in the text

Aug 28, 2018

Psychologist Jordan B. Peterson gathers his theories, ideologies, and revelations in a self-help book. He brings light to many hardships one will experience throughout the vigorous, fast-paced life in the modern era. He never fails to reveal the truths of most misconceptions in living an ideal life and offers a multitude of ways to move forward; to progress past personal troubles and approach adversities with wisdom. Social norms and cultural references are touched upon extensively to ensure that everyone is fit to understand how to shape their character accordingly. An intelligent part of this book is the historical application -- the author talks regarding ancient Egyptians and other civilizations -- why so many disciplines alien to us now were practiced and their importance. Anyone looking to improve their overall qualities or disposition should read through the 12 rules to discover the hidden freedom and respect encapsulated in ourselves. Readers can recognize the hypocrisy within, gaining the profound ability to destroy the arrogance and resentment. -@Mercurial_Series of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library.

Aug 06, 2018

I'm placing a hold on Jordan Peterson's 12 Lessons for Life but am hoping I can pick up at Sunnyside location. I don't see that option.

I could pick up anywhere Ottawa central i.e. Main library on Laurier but not sure how to select the location


Aug 06, 2018

I have read less than a handfull of self help books throughout my lifetime and this book was worth the time and effort. This is a book that will be added to my collection and read and referred to many more times.

Jul 30, 2018

So much food for thought! Peterson insightfully incorporates interesting science and stories to back up his rules and help his readers gain insight into why living according to these rules is positive. #PACL2018

somanybooksHPL Jul 05, 2018

A great read or listen. The author references a lot of historical texts and while you many not agree with all the examples the book is a good foundation/reminder about what to consider in life and those you share it with.

Jun 25, 2018

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Peterson and his line of thinking.

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