12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

by Jordan 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345816023
Publisher: Random House of Canada, Limited
Publication date: 01/23/2018
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 338
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

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 Nation. He's taught mythology to lawyers, doctors and business people, consulted for the UN Secretary General, helped his clinical clients manage depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and schizophrenia, served as an adviser to senior partners of major Canadian law firms, and lectured extensively in North America and Europe. With his students and colleagues at Harvard and the University of Toronto, Dr. Peterson has published over a hundred scientific papers, transforming the modern understanding of personality, while his book Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief revolutionized the psychology of religion. The author lives in Toronto, ON. www.jordanbpeterson.com

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Table of Contents

Foreword Norman Doidge vii

Overture xxv

Rule 1 Stand up straight with your shoulders back 1

Rule 2 Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping 31

Rule 3 Make friends with people who want the best for you 67

Rule 4 Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today 85

Rule 5 Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them 113

Rule 6 Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world 147

Rule 7 Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient) 161

Rule 8 Tell the truth-or, at least, don't lie 203

Rule 9 Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don't 233

Rule 10 Be precise in your speech 259

Rule 11 Do not bother children when they are skateboarding 285

Rule 12 Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street 335

Coda 355

Acknowledgements 369

Endnotes 371

Index 390

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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't realize just how much of a child I was before reading this book. Some pretty sobering stuff here, while also intellectually dense, it still has plenty of room for humor in between its lessons. Learn how to grow up and become a responsible adult before you fall into the Peter Pan syndrome. Learn why so many young people today feel nihilistic, resentful, and hopeless, and discover that the solution is simple, but no one's been teaching or kids this: By bearing the burden of responsibility by narrowing your focus rather than remaining untapped potential well into your 30's, the alternative is to take responsibility for your own life, stop being the victim, and find true happiness and meaning in life through responsibility and contribution to the society around you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The general wisdoms provided in this book are worth reviewing and understanding. The self challenges are worthy and references are generally excellent. Judging this book by the highest standards must acknowledge the author’s occasional ramblings and mis-directions. Worth reading a second time and passing along to others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I rarely write reviews for my purchases, but this is one of them that truly deserves the effort. Wish there were more than 5 stars to give.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smart, funny, and 100% on point. Everyone should read this book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful and easy read filled with good and sound wisdom.And a healthy dose of humor. His penmanship is astounding, and he is straight to the point. Very good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some very good, substantive arguments Some very excellent points to take away Over all, a bit too ponderous.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An inspiring in how to get your act together.
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Anonymous 10 months ago
A beautiful and challenging journey. But also a starting point for discovery and growth.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Really helpful!
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Good book/
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don’t know if he’s right but he makes a lot of sense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's been an amazing book. I've really liked it so far.. I am nearing the 4th chapter / rule now.
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It made me think about myself in different ways. I discovered things about myself I hadn't considered before. This was a really great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was more entertaining and relevant than expected but it had a religious tilt. Good read overall.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoughtful and humorous, this book is one of the best things I've ever read. I'll have to read it again because there is so much in it that I need a refresher. I recommend this book to anyone interested in better understanding the psychology behind living a better, more meaningful life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This will be the best $20 you ever spent. Period. Dot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Integral to every young persons development.
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Great book for developing oneself and character.
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Fantastic read, I would recommend that everyone read this book. Jordan Peterson is a great intellectual. Also check out his videos online on a variety of topics.
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