12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

by Jordan B. Peterson
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

by Jordan B. Peterson


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The title makes some pretty lofty promises, but go bravely into these pages knowing that they contain not just answers and advice, but a narrative voice that makes it easy to digest. Peterson is nothing if not thought-provoking and original in his attempt to grapple and subdue chaos.



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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345816023
Publisher: Random House of Canada, Limited
Publication date: 01/23/2018
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 645
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

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.com

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Table of Contents

Foreword Norman Doidge vii

Overture xxv

Rule 1 Stand up straight with your shoulders back 1

Rule 2 Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping 31

Rule 3 Make friends with people who want the best for you 67

Rule 4 Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today 85

Rule 5 Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them 113

Rule 6 Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world 147

Rule 7 Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient) 161

Rule 8 Tell the truth-or, at least, don't lie 203

Rule 9 Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don't 233

Rule 10 Be precise in your speech 259

Rule 11 Do not bother children when they are skateboarding 285

Rule 12 Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street 335

Coda 355

Acknowledgements 369

Endnotes 371

Index 390

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