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? Canadian 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, shattering the modern commonplaces of science, faith and human nature, while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its readers. Jordan B. Peterson has taught mythology to lawyers, doctors and businessmen and has helped his clinical clients manage depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and schizophrenia. With his students and colleagues at Harvard and the University of Toronto, Dr. Peterson has published more than 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. Visit his websites, JordanBPeterson.com and UnderstandMyself.com"--Provided by publisher.
"Jordan B. Peterson is a Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. His main areas of study are in abnormal, social, and personality psychology, with a particular interest in the psychology of religious and ideological belief, and the assessment and improvement of personality and performance. In 2016, Peterson released a series of videos on his YouTube channel in which he criticized political correctness and the Canadian government's Bill C-16. He subsequently received significant media coverage"--From wikipedia.org website.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Random House Canada, ©2018.
ISBN: 9780345816023
Characteristics: xxxv, 409 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm.

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skdidur
Apr 22, 2018

I enjoyed a number of the rules, which we as a society should be following. But I did not like the religious aspect of the book.

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singidunum_25
Apr 20, 2018

Even Pewdiepie, aka the world’s biggest YouTuber, said:
“I didn’t think I ever would have read a self-help book,” the 28-year-old told his 61m subscribers in a video posted in February. “It gave me a lot of new perspectives.”

"Most of his rules are to do with personal responsibility, and making the kind of life choices that will allow a person to function efficiently in the world. We should choose our friends wisely, lovingly discipline our children, respect the wisdom of tradition and so on. He takes the view that one should build outwards from small-scale personal choices towards larger social and political questions. “Don’t blame capitalism, the radical left, or the iniquity of your enemies. Don’t reorganise the state until you have ordered your own experience. Have some humility. If you cannot bring peace to your own household, how dare you try to rule a city?”

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Biblitz
Mar 08, 2018

The result of some very deep scholarly reflection on the basic human questions that prompted the myths and stories of cultures worldwide across time. Conversational, anecdotal and deeply personal - scholarship at its authentic best. A wonderful illuminating healing tonic for the globalist totalitarian assault plaguing contemporary life.

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wattlechops
Mar 06, 2018

Some common sense advice and some interesting anecdotes, but I was put off by the author's repeated efforts to link his conclusions to the Bible.

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fledge
Feb 14, 2018

On a scale of 0 to 2, where

0 = I want my time/money back
1 = I read/watched it once; that's enough
2 = I need to ponder this; I'd like to see it/read it again, not necessarily soon

"12 Rules . . . " rates a 1.

The actual rules -- I've forgotten half of them already -- are run-of-the mill, practical stuff. Not bad advice at all.

Stand up straight. Pull your shoulders back. Tell the truth -- or at least don't lie. Lying leads to hell. Pet dogs and cats. Ante up. Gut it out. Fight chaos with order. Start small. Improve things incrementally. Compound growth applies to small improvements. Life is suffering. Nihilism leads to great evil. Skateboarders should be left alone.

Peterson's bedrock belief, the one we can all agree on, he says, is that suffering is wrong.

To him, we must seek the balance between chaos and order, the yin and the yang. The upward-pointing triangle (the male) of the Star of David balances the downward-pointing triangle (the female) of the symbol. Time is deep. Darwinian evolution proves that men and women are different. Archetypes of all sorts are drawn in because they represent hard-won truth from untold millennia past. He's fond of Biblical quotes and the archetypes derived from them because they express "truthiness" and not The Truth.

He's made Being, in a Wittgenstein sense, integral to the book, and alludes to it as a kind of individual and personal pinnacle, as someone today might use the word "woke." Not quite, but that's the general idea.

He's fond of psychologists, particularly Jung. A lot of that pschologicomolizing strikes me as cherry-picking or wishful thinking.

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empbee
Feb 05, 2018

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jan/18/12-rules-for-life-jordan-b-peterson-review

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Skeetlejuice
Feb 05, 2018

It’s a library, if you wish to read it, support the author and purchase a copy at a Canadian bookseller. Or the E-book if you are on a budget.

Arguing some political bias is a reach, if anything the demand for the book indicates an inherent value.

His other book was requested for purchase by a customer/patron and is on on order by the library so they clearly are not blocking his material from being added to the stacks.

Or continue to wait in turn as patient people do.

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sheepers77
Jan 27, 2018

What's with only 3 copies ordered and 154 waiting? It's going to take me 5 years to get to read it! Anything to do with VPL politics, perhaps??

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