12 Rules for Life

12 Rules for Life

An Antidote to Chaos

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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
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780345816023
0345816021
9780345816047
Branch Call Number: 170.44 P485t 2018
Characteristics: xxxv, 409 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Twelve rules for life

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2018lasvegas
Jun 07, 2019

As soon as a Large Print edition becomes available I would enjoy this book much more. The print is tiny for those of us who have a vision disability. I hope someone on the Library Staff reads these comments. This is a terrific book which I have found to be hilarious, intended or not, by the author.

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mpks
Apr 28, 2019

Completed on 4/28/19. Jordan Peterson's spectacular, well thought-out, and well-articulated book is an immortal lesson of life, no less. I'll add the quotes I've bookmarked to the Quotations section, which will speak for themselves. I should remind myself to revisit the quotes regularly and relearn how to behave, choose well, and, at my advanced age, make my remaining years as happy as feasible and of which I can be proud.

In essence, Peterson urges us to be earnest, industrious, forgiving, honest, modest, kind, congenial, connected, generous, and, above all, accept that we're imperfect and strive to understand and sympathize with other people's woes. He also emphasizes, time and again, that life is suffering and that it behooves us to honor our parents for what they endured in raising us and care for our immediate and extended families, also lending a helping hand to friends and even strangers.

4/28/19

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Ern
Apr 20, 2019

I don't know about a lot of folks, but I am impressed that the OPL has 66 copies of this book to lend out and on this date (20/4/19) there are 740 people waiting to read it. That doesn't include those waiting for it in its online version. [As an aside in case anyone at the OPL reads these comments - many of us 'ordinary folk' still like to READ a real book printed on paper!!] This says something about the book.

I usually do not read books of this nature. I was raised in a catholic household so I thought I knew most of what might be in this book. While I do, I really like this book for at this stage of my life I am often wondering just where does mankind come from? Why have we evolved to become humans and not simply remained animals like all the rest? This book has provided some good insight in to evolutionary biology which I can now appreciate.

I have liked Jordan Peterson for his common sense, down-to-earth approach to things. I can follow what he says - which is not the case of ever so many 'intellectuals' who try to impress with their vocabulary. This book is written for folks like me. I find it slow going - because there is so much to ponder. I do not think it is so much about 'critical thinking' as it is about why we are the way we are today. I, like everyone else, know that it is because of our history and what came before us. This book helped enlighten me in a big way.

I despair when I think of what 'education' is today. I would like to see the Toronto folk try a new experiment in education in senior high school using this book as subject matter. We might just see some better future citizens if this came about.

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dvonne
Apr 04, 2019

what i love about this book is that it breaks life down into 12 simple rules. life can sometimes seem overwhelming, and it's good to have 12 rules to refer back to. The way I remember the rules is by associating them with the 12 days of christmas. for example, rule number 5 is the "golden rings rule". rule #8, on the other hand, is the "lords a leaping" rule. this strategy is also helpful for memorizing john ritter's 8 simple rules for dating his teenage daughter. make sure she's back by 10, that's the "swans a swimming" rule.

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wodebaobei38
Mar 30, 2019

Quite good so far especially the first chapter. It has given me a greater appreciation of the author as something more than just the latest whiz kid. The breadth of his knowledge is what is so admirable. I find myself agreeing with his idea that one cannot simply walk away from life and existence just to avoid suffering. Still, the lectures and especially his interviews are more challenging than his writing. And thus, they are more satisfying. That is, so far.

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casualreader
Mar 25, 2019

Take a screenshot of this review as it appears the library is restricting **my freedom of speech**.

I reviewed this book a few weeks ago and now that review has been deleted. Unfortunately, I did not expect this and so it'll be difficult to recreate it from scratch. Here's what I remember saying:

- This is neither a good or bad book. It's simply made for specific people. You can compare this to cars. Telsa's are great cars if you like knowing you're saving the environment and you like high tech things. Telsa's are horrible cars if you enjoy the experience of a mechanical engines and don't care trivial tech details. It just depends who's at the wheel. It just depends on who's reading the book.

- This is a negative book. It focuses on what's wrong with the world and overall is just not that uplifting. As with my first point, this is neither a good or bad thing. The degree to which you'll profit from this will depend on where you are in life and what your beliefs about the world are.

If you like Jordan Peterson's free YouTube lectures, you will both enjoy and profit from this book. If you don't, it's a waste of time and it's not going to do anything for you. There are a million other self help books out there that can have an equal or greater positive impact on your life. You're not missing out if you don't read this book or you find it's of no help to you.

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gmrv4
Mar 25, 2019

Humanity has made great strides since the time of The Enlightenment. Fact based analysis and the scientific method were some of the basic tenets of this era. Now we find ourselves living in a world where facts don't matter. Jordan Peterson is making great strides in bringing back some of the foundational principals of The Age of Reason.

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taytashy
Mar 09, 2019

I didn't enjoy this book as it was vaguely misogynistic and just reiterated common sense "rules" in an unnecessarily long and drawn out way.
objectively many of the things stated in this book are just common sense statements about "carrying yourself with confidence" and "being kind to others" with the addition of at times interesting tid bits about the lives of lobsters.
what made this book problematic is that is strongly reinforces traditional gender roles and negative stereotypes of women and "feminine traits" in its supposedly inspirational chapters on living your life well.
For example it used bible quotes and observations of lobsters sexual tendancies to insinuate womens only place should bee inside the home.
overall I found it uninspiring, the evidence for many of his conclusions lacking, vaguely offensive and sexist
(P.S. there are a lot of bible quotes in this book so if that isnt something your looking for avoid this book)

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jimbobhoover
Mar 01, 2019

If I can't get through the first chapter, I don't keep trying. Never made it past page 2. I wish some of these authors could learn to speak English, and not make us readers to have a dictionary sitting beside us as we read. Also, less fluff, more meat. Cannot recommend.

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EvaNak
Feb 13, 2019

The worst book I have ever read.

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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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