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."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : Random House Canada, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780345816023
Call Number: 170.44 PETERSON
Characteristics: xxxv, 409 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subjects: Self-help publications.
Conduct of life -- Philosophy.
Alternative Title: Twelve rules for life


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Aug 06, 2018

I'm placing a hold on Jordan Peterson's 12 Lessons for Life but am hoping I can pick up at Sunnyside location. I don't see that option.

I could pick up anywhere Ottawa central i.e. Main library on Laurier but not sure how to select the location


Aug 06, 2018

I have read less than a handfull of self help books throughout my lifetime and this book was worth the time and effort. This is a book that will be added to my collection and read and referred to many more times.

Jul 30, 2018

So much food for thought! Peterson insightfully incorporates interesting science and stories to back up his rules and help his readers gain insight into why living according to these rules is positive. #PACL2018

somanybooksHPL Jul 05, 2018

A great read or listen. The author references a lot of historical texts and while you many not agree with all the examples the book is a good foundation/reminder about what to consider in life and those you share it with.

Jun 25, 2018

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Peterson and his line of thinking.

OLATHEAllisonB May 18, 2018

Stand up straight with your shoulders back. Tell the truth - or at least, don't lie. Don't let your children do anything that makes you dislike them. These are just 3 of the 12 rules for life that Dr. Peterson offers in this academic yet approachable book, which aims to give readers some direction toward living well and contributing to a healthier, better society. An interesting and encouraging read for those who would like to understand modern culture through the combined lenses of evolution, psychology, and religion.

May 14, 2018

One of Jordan Peterson's first successful forays into the world of mass social media came when he began submitting answers to Quora, and produced a massively upvoted response to the question "What are the most valuable things everyone should know?" As both a professor of psychology and a practicing clinical psychiatrist, it was a question he was well qualified to answer, but it was the combination of good humor and unflinching realism that distinguished his list of "rules for life." 12 Rules for Life is an expanded, revised version of that Quora answer. In it, he provides advice on everything from job hunting to child-rearing, but it is the author's honesty about the world that makes it interesting. For Peterson, the world is inevitably a place of trial and suffering, which can be minimized but never eliminated, and he insists that, while there are many things we cannot change, we are responsible for what we can. This emphasis on personal responsibility is supplemented, in turn, by a strong awareness of man's social nature and the ways in which the present is conditioned by the past.

A part of Peterson's greater project involves reintroducing man and tradition after the long modernist estrangement. Particularly, this means integrating what is valid in the wisdom of the ages with the discoveries of contemporary science. Unfortunately, for Peterson this invariably means explaining the former in terms of the latter, and leads him to habitually misjudge elements of the tradition in crucial ways, as when he describes salvation history as "humanity's attempt, God willing, to set itself right." And yet, his basic understanding of the primacy of truth over feelings - not that feelings are unimportant but that illusions only increase suffering - makes him a stronger advocate for that tradition than most of its ordained representatives.

May 08, 2018

This is a great book for all young people. Jordan Peterson is a welcome voice of reason in an age where folks don't want to think anymore.

His uniquely modern perspective on the bible stories, combined with his work in psychology offer a very interesting look on current day life. He delves into a realm of different areas and overall maintains your interest. He can get a bit pretentious at times bordering on moral indignation, but overall anyone who is a fan of his will enjoy this book, and if you are new to him this is a great welcoming to many of his ideas.

Among the best self-help books in the past 20 years.

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.

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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