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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OLATHEAllisonB May 18, 2018

Stand up straight with your shoulders back. Tell the truth - or at least, don't lie. Don't let your children do anything that makes you dislike them. These are just 3 of the 12 rules for life that Dr. Peterson offers in this academic yet approachable book, which aims to give readers some direction toward living well and contributing to a healthier, better society. An interesting and encouraging read for those who would like to understand modern culture through the combined lenses of evolution, psychology, and religion.

May 14, 2018

One of Jordan Peterson's first successful forays into the world of mass social media came when he began submitting answers to Quora, and produced a massively upvoted response to the question "What are the most valuable things everyone should know?" As both a professor of psychology and a practicing clinical psychiatrist, it was a question he was well qualified to answer, but it was the combination of good humor and unflinching realism that distinguished his list of "rules for life." 12 Rules for Life is an expanded, revised version of that Quora answer. In it, he provides advice on everything from job hunting to child-rearing, but it is the author's honesty about the world that makes it interesting. For Peterson, the world is inevitably a place of trial and suffering, which can be minimized but never eliminated, and he insists that, while there are many things we cannot change, we are responsible for what we can. This emphasis on personal responsibility is supplemented, in turn, by a strong awareness of man's social nature and the ways in which the present is conditioned by the past.

A part of Peterson's greater project involves reintroducing man and tradition after the long modernist estrangement. Particularly, this means integrating what is valid in the wisdom of the ages with the discoveries of contemporary science. Unfortunately, for Peterson this invariably means explaining the former in terms of the latter, and leads him to habitually misjudge elements of the tradition in crucial ways, as when he describes salvation history as "humanity's attempt, God willing, to set itself right." And yet, his basic understanding of the primacy of truth over feelings - not that feelings are unimportant but that illusions only increase suffering - makes him a stronger advocate for that tradition than most of its ordained representatives.

May 08, 2018

This is a great book for all young people. Jordan Peterson is a welcome voice of reason in an age where folks don't want to think anymore.

His uniquely modern perspective on the bible stories, combined with his work in psychology offer a very interesting look on current day life. He delves into a realm of different areas and overall maintains your interest. He can get a bit pretentious at times bordering on moral indignation, but overall anyone who is a fan of his will enjoy this book, and if you are new to him this is a great welcoming to many of his ideas.

Among the best self-help books in the past 20 years.

Apr 22, 2018

I enjoyed a number of the rules, which we as a society should be following. But I did not like the religious aspect of the book.

Apr 20, 2018

Even Pewdiepie, aka the world’s biggest YouTuber, said:
“I didn’t think I ever would have read a self-help book,” the 28-year-old told his 61m subscribers in a video posted in February. “It gave me a lot of new perspectives.”

"Most of his rules are to do with personal responsibility, and making the kind of life choices that will allow a person to function efficiently in the world. We should choose our friends wisely, lovingly discipline our children, respect the wisdom of tradition and so on. He takes the view that one should build outwards from small-scale personal choices towards larger social and political questions. “Don’t blame capitalism, the radical left, or the iniquity of your enemies. Don’t reorganise the state until you have ordered your own experience. Have some humility. If you cannot bring peace to your own household, how dare you try to rule a city?”

Mar 08, 2018

The result of some very deep scholarly reflection on the basic human questions that prompted the myths and stories of cultures worldwide across time. Conversational, anecdotal and deeply personal - scholarship at its authentic best. A wonderful illuminating healing tonic for the globalist totalitarian assault plaguing contemporary life.

Mar 06, 2018

Some common sense advice and some interesting anecdotes, but I was put off by the author's repeated efforts to link his conclusions to the Bible.

Feb 14, 2018

On a scale of 0 to 2, where

0 = I want my time/money back
1 = I read/watched it once; that's enough
2 = I need to ponder this; I'd like to see it/read it again, not necessarily soon

"12 Rules . . . " rates a 1.

The actual rules -- I've forgotten half of them already -- are run-of-the mill, practical stuff. Not bad advice at all.

Stand up straight. Pull your shoulders back. Tell the truth -- or at least don't lie. Lying leads to hell. Pet dogs and cats. Ante up. Gut it out. Fight chaos with order. Start small. Improve things incrementally. Compound growth applies to small improvements. Life is suffering. Nihilism leads to great evil. Skateboarders should be left alone.

Peterson's bedrock belief, the one we can all agree on, he says, is that suffering is wrong.

To him, we must seek the balance between chaos and order, the yin and the yang. The upward-pointing triangle (the male) of the Star of David balances the downward-pointing triangle (the female) of the symbol. Time is deep. Darwinian evolution proves that men and women are different. Archetypes of all sorts are drawn in because they represent hard-won truth from untold millennia past. He's fond of Biblical quotes and the archetypes derived from them because they express "truthiness" and not The Truth.

He's made Being, in a Wittgenstein sense, integral to the book, and alludes to it as a kind of individual and personal pinnacle, as someone today might use the word "woke." Not quite, but that's the general idea.

He's fond of psychologists, particularly Jung. A lot of that pschologicomolizing strikes me as cherry-picking or wishful thinking.

Feb 05, 2018


Feb 05, 2018

It’s a library, if you wish to read it, support the author and purchase a copy at a Canadian bookseller. Or the E-book if you are on a budget.

Arguing some political bias is a reach, if anything the demand for the book indicates an inherent value.

His other book was requested for purchase by a customer/patron and is on on order by the library so they clearly are not blocking his material from being added to the stacks.

Or continue to wait in turn as patient people do.

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