12 Rules For Life: An Antidote To Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson12 Rules For Life: An Antidote To Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson

12 Rules For Life: An Antidote To Chaos

byJordan B. Peterson

Hardcover | January 23, 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.
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...
Title:12 Rules For Life: An Antidote To ChaosFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.32 × 6.4 × 1.33 inPublished:January 23, 2018Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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by Jordan B. Peterson


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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 Psychobabble ! Don't waste your time.The man suffers from verbal diarrhea. Nothing but psychobabble and entirely too much about God and the bible. Not something an atheist wants to read. Wish I had not wasted $20 on this garbage.
Date published: 2018-04-29
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

Read from the Book

A RELIGIOUS PROBLEM It does not seem reasonable to describe the young man who shot twenty children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012 as a religious person. This is equally true for the Colorado theatre gunman and the Columbine High School killers. But these murderous individuals had a problem with reality that existed at a religious depth. As one of the members of the Columbine duo wrote:"The human race isn’t worth fighting for, only worth killing. Give the Earth back to the animals. They deserve it infinitely more than we do. Nothing means anything anymore."People who think such things view Being itself as inequitable and harsh to the point of corruption, and human Being, in particular, as con­temptible. They appoint themselves supreme adjudicators of reality and find it wanting. They are the ultimate critics. The deeply cynical writer continues:"If you recall your history, the Nazis came up with a 'final solution' to the Jewish problem. . . . Kill them all. Well, in case you haven’t figured it out, I say 'KILL MANKIND.' No one should survive." For such individuals, the world of experience is insufficient and evil—so to hell with everything! What is happening when someone comes to think in this manner? A great German play, Faust: A Tragedy, written by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, addresses that issue. The play’s main character, a scholar named Heinrich Faust, trades his immortal soul to the devil, Mephistopheles. In return, he receives whatever he desires while still alive on Earth. In Goethe’s play, Mephistopheles is the eternal adver­sary of Being. He has a central, defining credo: "I am the spirit who negates and rightly so, for all that comes to be deserves to perish, wretchedly. It were better nothing would begin! Thus everything that your terms sin, destruction, evil represent— that is my proper element." Goethe considered this hateful sentiment so important—so key to the central element of vengeful human destructiveness—that he had Mephistopheles say it a second time, phrased somewhat differently, in Part II of the play, written many years later. People think often in the Mephistophelean manner, although they seldom act upon their thoughts as brutally as the mass murderers of school, college and theatre. Whenever we experience injustice, real or imagined; whenever we encounter tragedy or fall prey to the machi­nations of others; whenever we experience the horror and pain of our own apparently arbitrary limitations—the temptation to question Being and then to curse it rises foully from the darkness. Why must innocent people suffer so terribly? What kind of bloody, horrible planet is this, anyway? Life is in truth very hard. Everyone is destined for pain and slated for destruction. Sometimes suffering is clearly the result of a personal fault such as willful blindness, poor decision-making or malevolence. In such cases, when it appears to be self-inflicted, it may even seem just. People get what they deserve, you might contend. That’s cold com­fort, however, even when true. Sometimes, if those who are suffering changed their behaviour, then their lives would unfold less tragically. But human control is limited. Susceptibility to despair, disease, aging and death is universal. In the final analysis, we do not appear to be the architects of our own fragility. Whose fault is it, then? People who are very ill (or, worse, who have a sick child) will inevi­tably find themselves asking this question, whether they are religious believers or not. The same is true of someone who finds his shirtsleeve caught in the gears of a giant bureaucracy—who is suffering through a tax audit, or fighting an interminable lawsuit or divorce. And it’s not only the obviously suffering who are tormented by the need to blame someone or something for the intolerable state of their Being. At the height of his fame, influence and creative power, for example, the towering Leo Tolstoy himself began to question the value of human existence. He reasoned in this way:"My position was terrible. I knew that I could find nothing in the way of rational knowledge except a denial of life; and in faith I could find nothing except a denial of reason, and this was even more impossible than a denial of life. According to rational knowledge, it followed that life is evil, and people know it. They do not have to live, yet they have lived and they do live, just as I myself had lived, even though I had known for a long time that life is meaningless and evil." Try as he might, Tolstoy could identify only four means of escaping from such thoughts. One was retreating into childlike ignorance of the problem. Another was pursuing mindless pleasure. The third was "continuing to drag out a life that is evil and meaningless, knowing beforehand that nothing can come of it." He identified that particular form of escape with weakness: "The people in this category know that death is better than life, but they do not have the strength to act ratio­nally and quickly put an end to the delusion by killing themselves. . . ."Only the fourth and final mode of escape involved "strength and energy. It consists of destroying life, once one has realized that life is evil and meaningless." Tolstoy relentlessly followed his thoughts: "Only unusually strong and logically consistent people act in this manner. Having realized all the stupidity of the joke that is being played on us and seeing that the blessings of the dead are greater than those of the living and that it is better not to exist, they act and put an end to this stupid joke; and they use any means of doing it: a rope around the neck, water, a knife in the heart, a train." Tolstoy wasn’t pessimistic enough. The stupidity of the joke being played on us does not merely motivate suicide. It motivates murder—mass murder, often followed by suicide. That is a far more effective existential protest. By June of 2016, unbelievable as it may seem, there had been one thousand mass killings (defined as four or more people shot in a single incident, excluding the shooter) in the US in twelve hundred and sixty days. That’s one such event on five of every six days for more than three years. Everyone says, "We don’t understand." How can we still pretend that? Tolstoy understood, more than a century ago. The ancient authors of the biblical story of Cain and Abel under­stood, as well, more than twenty centuries ago. They described murder as the first act of post-Edenic history: and not just murder, but fratri­cidal murder—murder not only of someone innocent but of someone ideal and good, and murder done consciously to spite the creator of the universe. Today’s killers tell us the same thing, in their own words. Who would dare say that this is not the worm at the core of the apple? But we will not listen, because the truth cuts too close to the bone. Even for a mind as profound as that of the celebrated Russian author, there was no way out. How can the rest of us manage, when a man of Tolstoy’s stature admits defeat? For years, he hid his guns from himself and would not walk with a rope in hand, in case he hanged himself. How can a person who is awake avoid outrage at the world?

Editorial Reviews

#1 NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER “Like the best intellectual polymaths, Peterson invites his readers to embark on their own intellectual, spiritual and ideological journeys into the many topics and disciplines he touches on. It’s a counter-intuitive strategy for a population hooked on the instant gratification of ideological conformity and social media ‘likes,’ but if Peterson is right, you have nothing to lose but your own misery.” —Toronto Star“In a different intellectual league. . . . Peterson can take the most difficult ideas and make them entertaining. This may be why his YouTube videos have had 35 million views. He is fast becoming the closest that academia has to a rock star.” —The Observer“Grow up and man up is the message from this rock-star psychologist. . . . [A] hardline self-help manual of self-reliance, good behaviour, self-betterment and individualism that probably reflects his childhood in rural Canada in the 1960s. As with all self-help manuals, there’s always a kernel of truth. Formerly a Harvard professor, now at the University of Toronto, Peterson retains that whiff of cowboy philosophy—one essay is a homily on doing one thing every day to improve yourself. Another, on bringing up little children to behave, is excellent…. [Peterson] twirls ideas around like a magician.” —Melanie Reid, The Times“You don’t have to agree with [Peterson’s politics] to like this book for, once you discard the self-help label, it becomes fascinating. Peterson is brilliant on many subjects. . . . So what we have here is a baggy, aggressive, in-your-face, get-real book that, ultimately, is an attempt to lead us back to what Peterson sees as the true, the beautiful and the good—i.e. God. In the highest possible sense of the term, I suppose it is a self-help book. . . . Either way, it’s a rocky read, but nobody ever said God was easy.” —Bryan Appleyard, The Times“One of the most eclectic and stimulating public intellectuals at large today, fearless and impassioned.” —The Guardian“Someone with not only humanity and humour, but serious depth and substance. . . . Peterson has a truly cosmopolitan and omnivorous intellect, but one that recognizes that things need grounding in a home if they are ever going to be meaningfully grasped. . . . As well as being funny, there is a burning sincerity to the man which only the most withered cynic could suspect.” —The Spectator“Peterson has become a kind of secular prophet who, in an era of lobotomized conformism, thinks out of the box. . . . His message is overwhelmingly vital.” —Melanie Philips, The Times