12 Rules for Life

12 Rules for Life

An Antidote to Chaos

Book - 2018
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A guide to living a life away from the chaos and nihilism of the modern, ever-changing world offers twelve directives for clear thinking and living happily.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, 2018
ISBN: 9780345816023
Branch Call Number: 158.1 Peterson
Characteristics: xxxv, 409 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Twelve rules for life

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ziggie17
Jan 23, 2020

I tried to like this book but found it full of unconnected generalizations. He's smart enough in content (and his words) but it makes too many biblical references to stand alone as a book. I sufferred through 8 disks before i gave up so you wouldn't have to. There are much better books that get to the points faster.

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MT60
Jan 22, 2020

Overrated. The 12 rules themselves stand alone. The chapters are disjointed and unfocused.

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mc2cfo1
Jan 03, 2020

IMHO, this was a chore to read. I felt that the author was evangelizing and portraying his ideas using religion a bit too strongly.

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FranciscoSandoval
Dec 29, 2019

Whatever has been said in laud of this book has not been enough. Simply life changing. Someone in this comment section has stated that the author is verbose, but I would say I wanted more.
Jordan Peterson is a master at explaining in simple, layman terms all the knowledge that he has accumulated in his practice as a clinical Psychologist.

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victoire
Dec 03, 2019

Excellent book! I would highly recommend reading it and sharing it widely. What I love most is his synthesis of material, helping us make important connections between the knowledge and information brought forth by psychologists, philosophers, writers, and the spiritual beliefs Western culture is built on. A seminal book for our times and a personal guide for transformation.

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Gayna
Oct 15, 2019

After reading a copy at the library I bought my own copy and extras to give to other people. This is the only book since college that I not only read two times, but took the trouble to underline pertinent sections on my second time through. Some of the chapters contained "nothing new" only "common sense" said in new ways. Other sections got me thinking about issues that I have not considered before. An example is letting men do dangerous things as children (ride skateboards) because it is practice for what we all should deeply appreciate; the common sacrifices many men make to do the dangerous things like climb 350 foot tall electricity generating windmills, build sky scrappers, and keep our utilities in good repair even during snow storms. Most of Pederson's followers are supposed to be young men who are starved for mentors encouraging them to become men. I am an older woman and I appreciate his ideas as well. I think he will be considered to be one of the most important intellectual thinkers of our time.

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LynneC60
Oct 06, 2019

An interesting book, a knowledgeable author but very verbose. In our book club only 2 people read the entire book.

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IngridFlaat
Sep 29, 2019

This is a deep and thought-provoking book. Each "rule" takes it own different course through stories, science, philosophy, religions, and the author's reflections. Highly recommended.

12 rules that every child should have been taught by their parents by age 12, over embellished with primative Christian mythology and regurgitated philosophy to show how well read he is. Needs to see a psychologist! However, it is a book that the "progressive socialists" might be able to read and even comprehend!

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Preston C Racette
Sep 21, 2019

Excellent reading material! Peterson offers direct and practical advise.

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mpks
Apr 29, 2019

And once in Hell, it is very easy to curse Being itself. And no wonder. But it's not justifiable. *And that's why the King of the Damned is a poor judge of Being.* 2/2

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mpks
Apr 29, 2019

Failure to make the proper sacrifices, failure to reveal yourself, failure to live and tell the truth--all that weakens you. In that weakened state, you will be unable to thrive in the world, and you will be of no benefit to yourself or to others. You will fail and suffer, stupidly. That will corrupt your soul. How could it be otherwise? Life is hard enough when it is going well. But when it's going badly? And I have learned through painful experience that nothing is going so badly that it can't be made worse. This is why Hell is a bottomless pit. This is why Hell is associated with that aforementioned sin. In the most awful of cases, the terrible suffering of unfortunate souls becomes attributable, by their own judgment, to mistakes they made knowingly in the past: acts of betrayal, deception, cruelty, carelessness, cowardice, and, most commonly of all, willful blindness. To suffer terribly and to know yourself as the cause: that is Hell. 1/2

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mpks
Apr 29, 2019

But it's a temporary solution, for predictable and sullen obedience. Who can live forever with that? But negotiation--that requires forthright admission on the part of both players that the dragon exists. That's a reality difficult to face, even when it's still too small to simply devour the knight who dares confront it. 2/2

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mpks
Apr 29, 2019

In many households, in recent decades, the traditional household division of labor has been demolished, not least in the name of liberation and freedom. That demolition, however, has not left so much glorious lack of restriction in its wake as chaos, conflict, and indeterminacy. The escape from tyranny is often followed not by Paradise, but by a sojourn in the desert--aimless, confused, and deprived. Furthermore, in the absence of agreed-upon tradition (and the constraints--often uncomfortable; often even unreasonable--that it imposes), there exist only three difficult options: slavery, tyranny, or negotiation. The slave merely does what he or she is told--happy, perhaps, to shed the responsibility--and solves the problem of complexity in that manner. But it's a temporary solution. The spirit of the slave rebels. The tyrant merely tells the slave what to do, and solves the problem of complexity in that manner. 1/2

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mpks
Apr 29, 2019

The heightened knowledge of fragility and mortality produced by death can terrify, embitter, and separate. It can also awaken. It can remind those who grieve not to take the people who love them for granted. Once I did some chilling calculations regarding my parents, who are in their eighties. It was an example of the hated arithmetic we encountered in the discussion of Rule 5 (Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them)--and I walked through the equations so that I would stay properly conscious. I see my Mom and Dad about twice a year. We generally spend several weeks together. We talk on the phone in the interim between visits. But the life expectancy of people in their eighties is under ten years. That means I am likely to see my parents, if I am fortunate, fewer than twenty more times. That's a terrible thing to know. But knowing it puts a stop to my taking those opportunities for granted.

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mpks
Apr 29, 2019

It is necessary to be strong in the face of death, because death is intrinsic to life. It is for this reason that I tell my students: aim to be the person at your father's funeral that everyone, in their grief and misery, can rely on. There's a worthy and noble ambition: strength in the face of adversity. That is very different from the wish for a life free of trouble.

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mpks
Apr 29, 2019

Hating life, despising life--even for the genuine pain that life inflicts--merely serves to make life itself worse, unbearably worse. There is no genuine protest in that. There is no goodness in that, only the desire to produce suffering, for the sake of suffering. That is the very essence of evil. People who come to that kind of thinking are one step from total mayhem. Sometimes they merely lack the tools. Sometimes, like Stalin, they have their finger on the nuclear button.

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mpks
Apr 29, 2019

In societies that are well-functioning--not in comparison to a hypothetical utopia, but contrasted with other existing or historical cultures--*competence*, not power, is a prime determiner of status. Competence. Ability. Skill. Not *power*. This is obvious both anecdotally and factually. No one with brain cancer is equity-minded enough to refuse the service of the surgeon with the best education, the best reputation, and, perhaps, the highest earnings. Furthermore, the most valid personality-trait predictors of long-term success in Western countries are intelligence (as measured with cognitive ability or IQ tests) and conscientiousness (a trait characterized by industriousness and orderliness).

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mpks
Apr 29, 2019

Say what you mean, so that you can find out what you mean. Act out what you say, so you can find out what happens. Then pay attention. Note your errors. Articulate them. Strive to correct them. That is how you discover the meaning of your life. That will protect you from the tragedy of your life. How could it be otherwise?

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mpks
Apr 29, 2019

If your life is not what it could be, try telling the truth. If you cling desperately to an ideology, or wallow in nihilism, try telling the truth. If you feel weak and rejected, and desperate, and confused, try telling the truth. In Paradise, everyone speaks the truth. That is what makes it Paradise.

Tell the truth. Or, at least, don't lie.

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Dec 29, 2019

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