12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

byJordan B. Peterson

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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.

Title:12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to ChaosFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:January 23, 2018Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sad I couldn't get past the male superiority vibe this book and this man has. I am glad I didn't have to actually buy it.
Date published: 2019-04-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Same Old Fool's Gold. I went into it with an open mind, I really did. But Peterson's faux intellectualism reeks on every page. Failing to follow his own rules, there is nothing precise about his speech, and condescension runs freely. Thinly veiled Christian sentiments hidden as intellectual thought run free, but don't you dare question his secularism. Though the heart of a lot of rules make sense... This isn't anything revolutionary. It's the same self help your mother read, just with more flowery language to disguise the lack of content
Date published: 2018-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Helpful I've definitely gotten my life in better order thanks to this book. Dr. Peterson uses a lot of classical wisdom mixed in with modern science to help you navigate life. Can't recommend it enough!
Date published: 2018-11-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring Regurgitation of Pseudo-Philosophical Ideas A collection of very obvious, very un-original pseudo-philosophical ideas written in a way that makes them seem earth-shattering, brand-new information. Not to mention that the narrow theoretical lens through which this book is written is so small it barely even exists. Boring, unoriginal, definitively right-wing, and a waste of time.
Date published: 2018-10-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A difficult but hugely rewarding read This is a well-written and thought provoking book that should be read by everyone having an identity crisis or feels they are without purpose. Peterson uses everything from Lobsters to the Gulag to critical theory and workplace bullying to give readers sage advice about how they should live their lives and how they should react. While very long and difficult to read at times (with the Forward and everything else it's almost 400 pages!) if one is willing to keep reading they will be richly rewarded in multiple ways. Warmly recommended.
Date published: 2018-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life changing I will never understand how he is viewed as right wing because these are things that my Grandfather would have said. However, a deep read that really changed my outlook on life and pushed me to change my bad habits. As I read the book, I found it stressful to continue bad habits so I had to stop. This book is truly life changing.
Date published: 2018-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This should be required reading for any western individual My review will not and can not do it justice. If you are scrolling through the reviews wondering whether this is worth your money and time or not? Let me tell you that it is worth it, stop looking at further reviews and just buy it.
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Call For a Return of Personal Responsibility This book as a great read for all those who feel lost in a modern day society that seems to encourage us at all times to turn our backs on personal responsibility in our lives. Peterson's "12 Rules For Life" does an excellent job of inspiring and challenging his readers to take control of and find personal meaning in their lives. I would recommend this book for anybody who is struggling to find meaning and happiness in their lives. Keep an open mind, ignore the constant smear campaigns being levied against Peterson in the media, and read and make up your own mind about this book. You may be surprised at what you find.
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a powerful read This book was heavy. Spiritual and deep thinking. But 12 rules to live by. Took a while to read as Jordan Peterson tells deep stories about psychology and spirituality. Every word is important and you can't skim over anything or else you will be lost in his rant. Be prepared to dive deep and think.
Date published: 2018-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome My dad read this and loved it! Its helpful and well-written.
Date published: 2018-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 12 Rules of Amazing Amazing book, would totally recommend to any lovers of literature and good prose
Date published: 2018-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Have an open mind Often viewed as a right wing conservative book tailored to attack radical leftist, Jordan Peterson proves otherwise in this well structured and thought out collection of words. Aside from politics, this book must be read with an open mind and willingness to absorb the knowledge that Peterson has been studying for decades upon decades. It's all the stuff you already know mixed with interesting stories, philosophical references, and psychoanalytical jargon to delve deeper into the mind of the average reader. Would highly recommend to anyone looking to seriously make an effort to change their life
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Keep an open mind A lot of people labelled this "right wing nonsense" but I think if you keep an open mind he makes some interesting points. That being said, there is a lot more about God and the Bible than I had thought there would be...
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deep, amazing Absolutely, incomparably good and deep. Peterson has taken his long life, combined his incredible success as an academic and psychologist and has combined it with the tragedy of his life to produce 12 Rules for Life. Peterson combines biology, neuroscience, mythology, history and religion to come to various, simple rules, and provide the depth of reasoning for why we should follow them. Not because we want to be happy, not because life isn't suffering. I will only quote Peterson; "It is our responsibility to see what is before our eyes, courageously, and to learn from it, even if it seems horrible--even if the horror of seeing it damages our consciousness, and half-blinds us. The act of seeing is particularly important when it challenges what we know and rely on, upsetting and destabilizing us. It is the act of seeing that informs the individual and updates the state. It was for this reason that Nietzsche said that a man's worth was determined by how much truth he could tolerate. You are by no means only what you already know. You are also all that which you could know, if you only would. Thus, you should never sacrifice what you could be for what you are. You should never give up the better that resides within for the security you already have--and certainly not when you have already caught a glimpse, an undeniable glimpse, of something beyond." (pg. 223) Do not be misled by the negative reviews, the product of political hate and read this book for yourself. There's a reason why it sold a million books in half a year after being released, not because it's like the other short-term political manifestos but because it's a lasting document on how to confront the tragedy of 'Being'.
Date published: 2018-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I so was moved JORDAN B. PETERSON, raised and toughened in the frigid wastelands of Northern Alberta, has flown a hammer-head roll in a carbon-fiber stunt-plane, explored an Arizona meteorite crater with astronauts, and built a Kwagu'l ceremonial bighouse on the upper floor of his Toronto home after being invited into and named by that Canadian First
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Illusion A shamefully transparent sell. Peterson merely offers an illusion of "order" in a "chaotic" white world. The idea that there could be 12 simple rules, as discovered by a white man who craves attention, to fulfill life is an attempt to draw in those who are seeking to have their worldview validated.
Date published: 2018-05-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from nothing original There's absolutely nothing original or intelligent in this book. Everything this man says has been said before by countless other scholars in more creative and innovative ways. Not to mention this man is a revolting, disrespectful individual who dehumanizes those he doesn't "agree" with, and tends to throw temper tantrums when he doesn't get his way.
Date published: 2018-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great read this book is a must read, helps put a lot in perspective
Date published: 2018-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Well written with great examples. Was very inspired after reading this book.
Date published: 2018-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good advice Well written and researched book, it can be life changing if you feel like you are currently in a state of disarray, but nothing too groundbreaking
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool Thus is a great book for those attempting to find normality in a chaotic world. It's a great book
Date published: 2018-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! this is a really good book, I would highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good read i'm someone who likes to read every word of a book. i really enjoyed this book but could have skipped over the foreword. I like how controversial Peterson is and i'm a psychology/sociology major myself
Date published: 2018-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read! Exceptional book. Full of insight and wisdom for people of all ages to benefit from. Dr. Jordan B. Peterson truly comprehends the issues plaguing our society today. I will surely recommend it to everyone I possibly can!
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read Love this book and the way Jordan Peterson speaks!
Date published: 2018-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An interesting read. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I found it educational and funny.
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing A great read for those of you interested in self development and self improvement.
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Book This book is great for people who have never heard Jordan's lectures and for those who have it reinforces his arguments well.
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sort yourself out with this Reading this book is a great way to start your own journey in self development. Dr. Peterson daunting tasks in personal improvement to ground level using many analogies and story references which make it easier for the reader to connect. 12 Rules for Life is packed with useful information and would definitely even be worth a second or third read.
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Did not expect this. I really enjoyed this book. I am definitely a liberal who believes in individual rights over collective rights, and I am also an atheist. Negatives: This book has too much referencing of religious concepts for my taste. Though it gets his point across, it sometimes feels out of place (especially if you haven't watched his analysis of Christianity lectures). It also sometimes feels that he is reducing his literary capabilities for the sake of keeping the text short and understandable by the average user. Though, his points remain almost fully intact upon inspection. Positives: You get a wealth of information from what is likely one the smartest thinking men alive. This book takes you on journey after journey (from his elementary days to his academic days) fully explaining facts, their meanings, and Peterson's interpretations of those in human society (Like Carl Panzram, Rule [cannot remember the number]: Put your house in order before criticizing the world). Summary: Unfortunately this book alone will not tell you everything you need to know about Peterson's thoughts, but it's a hell of a start for such a short book (considering his last one). And I try to follow the rules everyday now.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Right wing misconceptions about philosophy disguised as self help It becomes apparent very quickly that Peterson has never engaged with, nor does he intend to engage in good faith with, the "postmodern" writers he intends to critique in this book, nor with their relations to Marxist political traditions and how those traditions operate both in their analysis or their activism.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Motivational, Realistic, and Inspirational This book helped me believe in myself again. After experiencing a series of repeated failures, relationship meltdowns, and hostile interactions with my family, I did not know where to go or what to do. I began to resent myself, my accomplishments, and others around me - especially my family. I hated feeling resentful, yet I felt righteous in doing so because I "knew" that I was a blameless victim in my endless series of repeated failures. In other words, I was developing a "professional victim" attitude and I refused to accept responsibility for myself. I had been aware of Dr. Peterson since his rise to fame in Fall, 2016; however, I was not aware of his inspirational messages for young men. It was not until the infamous interview with Cathy Newman that I got really excited about this book because I saw a man who genuinely cared about helping others, and it seemed like a good chance to begin sorting myself out. There were so many instances when I was reading this book that I felt like Dr. Peterson was in a room speaking to me. I cried, I laughed, and I got lost reading his words. I felt like someone finally understood my pain and suffering, and I was provided with enlightening advice on how to take responsibility for myself and work through my pain to find meaning in my past, present, and future experiences. I followed the rules very carefully, especially the section on comparing myself to who I was yesterday - not who someone else is today - and sure enough, my life began to improve. Through this book, I realized that the only person who will save me is me. There is no deus ex machina in life, and we must accept responsibility for all of our failures. Moreover, we must pursue the type of pain that will provide our lives with meaning. I am now in a good, healthy state of mind, and I know what I want out of my future career and relationships. To summarize, this book will help the helpless, and it will provide confidence to those who desperately want to sort themselves out (especially young men who are experiencing nihilism, depression, and anxiety). I also have a newfound respect for religion - not on the scientific level, but on the spiritual level. Biblical stories are stories about human limitations and perseverance - something that is inevitable to all of Being. I would recommend this book to anyone because I that in our cynical, narcissistic culture, we need to take more responsibility for ourselves and others. Only then will we find the true meaning of life. Thank you, Dr. Peterson. You have saved my life.
Date published: 2018-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspirational and Lifechanging I am not exaggerating when I say that this book has changed my outlook on life. As someone a melancholic individual, I have always lived with a tad of apathy on the back of my mind. Peterson's book has given me reason to reconsider why I live and to consider new goals for myself. Although it is written in a form of plain language simple enough for readers across a wide age range to understand, it contains a complex message. Peterson took an anthropologic approach in his explanation of the 12 rules that everyone should follow in order to lead a more fulfilling life.
Date published: 2018-02-11