- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Random House of Canada Limited (Jan. 23 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345816021
- ISBN-13: 978-0345816023
- Product Dimensions: 16 x 4 x 24.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 671 g
- Average Customer Review: 676 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos Hardcover – Jan 23 2018
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“Like the best intellectual polymaths, Peterson invites his readers to embark on their own intellectual, spiritual and ideological journeys into the many topics and disciplines he touches on. It’s a counter-intuitive strategy for a population hooked on the instant gratification of ideological conformity and social media ‘likes,’ but if Peterson is right, you have nothing to lose but your own misery.” —Toronto Star
“In a different intellectual league. . . . Peterson can take the most difficult ideas and make them entertaining. This may be why his YouTube videos have had 35 million views. He is fast becoming the closest that academia has to a rock star.” —The Observer
“Grow up and man up is the message from this rock-star psychologist. . . . [A] hardline self-help manual of self-reliance, good behaviour, self-betterment and individualism that probably reflects his childhood in rural Canada in the 1960s. As with all self-help manuals, there’s always a kernel of truth. Formerly a Harvard professor, now at the University of Toronto, Peterson retains that whiff of cowboy philosophy—one essay is a homily on doing one thing every day to improve yourself. Another, on bringing up little children to behave, is excellent…. [Peterson] twirls ideas around like a magician.” —Melanie Reid, The Times
“You don’t have to agree with [Peterson’s politics] to like this book for, once you discard the self-help label, it becomes fascinating. Peterson is brilliant on many subjects. . . . So what we have here is a baggy, aggressive, in-your-face, get-real book that, ultimately, is an attempt to lead us back to what Peterson sees as the true, the beautiful and the good—i.e. God. In the highest possible sense of the term, I suppose it is a self-help book. . . . Either way, it’s a rocky read, but nobody ever said God was easy.” —Bryan Appleyard, The Times
“One of the most eclectic and stimulating public intellectuals at large today, fearless and impassioned.” —The Guardian
“Someone with not only humanity and humour, but serious depth and substance. . . . Peterson has a truly cosmopolitan and omnivorous intellect, but one that recognizes that things need grounding in a home if they are ever going to be meaningfully grasped. . . . As well as being funny, there is a burning sincerity to the man which only the most withered cynic could suspect.” —The Spectator
“Peterson has become a kind of secular prophet who, in an era of lobotomized conformism, thinks out of the box. . . . His message is overwhelmingly vital.” —Melanie Philips, The Times
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.comSee all Product description
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To my surprise, when I started reading it, I could not put it down. I've never rarely been so fully immersed in a book. At many times while reading I became tearful and emotional. It felt almost as if Peterson was writing to me, personally. I have not been in the best place for awhile after suffering several major defeats in life and, even though I've never met the author, while reading his book I felt very understood as a person. I imagine many others will feel the same way.
I have been atheist/agnostic my whole life (and still am), but this book made me seriously question my discounting of the old and new testament as works that can be disregarded for the fact that they are blatantly and obviously unscientific. Peterson's convinced me that the bible is primarily a literary work whose function has always be to provide lessons about how to live a meaningful and dutiful life. It is the distillation of thousands of years of human knowledge to achieve this end. Further, the way he weaves in the ideas of Nietzsche, Dostoevsky, and Jung - and their own attempts to reconcile religion with rationality, with findings in more recent psychological research in animal behavior, neuroscience and cognition, is unparalleled.
This book is beyond any other self help book I've read. Most I've read in the past have made me feel good and falsely optimistic - whereas this book had me quite terrified at many points. I have been seeing and interpreting almost everything wrong when trying to deal with the problems at the most fundamental level of my being. The only way out is through.
Highly recommended to those who's life is in a rut and have developed deep and persistent sense of hopelessness. It will shake you.
I couldn't put this book down, it became so interesting and after each chapter it was almost as if I learned a new life hack - I was applying his teachings to my life on a regular basis and although I am still no where near perfect, I feel like I am finally on a path away from my old nihilistic life towards meaning - everyday I see life for what it is, Chaos and Order.
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