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 : Random House Canada, 2018
ISBN: 9780345816023
Branch Call Number: 170 .44 PET
Characteristics: xxxv, 409 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Van Scriver, Ethan
Alternative Title: Twelve rules for life

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kodapilon
Nov 08, 2018

Awful simplicity covered up with ridiculous garble.

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SusyHendrix
Oct 30, 2018

If you enjoy Peterson's lectures, then you'll enjoy this book. Like Peterson's talks, they're richly layered and packed with references to history, myth, religion, literature, and popular culture. Much of this advice is about taking responsibility for one's own life and, as the Gospels put it, taking the beam out of your own eye before complaining about the speck in anyone else's.

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nadindin
Oct 24, 2018

i read the book. I understood it. It is similar to his lectures, no surprise there. i would reread it in the future. It has a lot of information that there is no way to remember all of it. its such a book about both fiction and non fiction, i had to read the inside covers trying to find out what genre it is. turns out it classifies under 'philosophy'.

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jacekwalkowicz
Oct 15, 2018

no slouch ++

a most famous work in 2018

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jmkwalkow
Oct 06, 2018

no slouch

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becker
Oct 01, 2018

I started this book because I was curious about Peterson. Over the course of the week that I read the book I became a bit Peterson obsessed. I watched hours and hours of his lectures, interviews and talks and I have to say that I like this guy. I don't agree with him in all matters - that's for sure, but he makes a lot of excellent points and he is a smart, articulate man who can back up whatever he says without effort. I admired that, even when he occasionally made me cringe. I found his views on education really worth thinking about. His indoctrination verses education argument. However, all this aside, his book was not an easy or enjoyable read. Sections of it were dense and wordy and his biblical references were way overdone. I'm glad I read it but could not easily recommend it. Overall the whole book amounted to a huge exercise in critical thinking and I value it for that reason alone.

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grahamdl
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.

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starel
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.

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barkisaz
Sep 09, 2018

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

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mdsaiful
Sep 03, 2018

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

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