Dr. Peterson discusses discipline, responsibility, freedom, and adventure, distilling the wisdom of the world into twelve large-scale, practical, and profound essays. Join those who have already found inspiration and direction in Dr. Peterson`s teaching. In this extraordinarily powerful book, discover 12 simple but profound rules for sorting yourself out, putting your home in order, and making the world a better place – starting with yourself. It`s all well and good to think that the meaning of life is happiness, but what happens when you`re unhappy? Happiness is a great side effect. When he comes, accept him with gratitude. But it`s ephemeral and unpredictable. It`s not something to aim for – because it`s not a goal. And if happiness is the meaning of life, what happens when you`re unhappy? Then you are a failure. The book is divided into chapters, with each title representing one of the following twelve specific rules for life, as explained in an essay. Peterson`s interest in writing the book stemmed from a personal hobby of answering questions posted on Quora; One of these questions was, “What are the most valuable things everyone should know?”, to which his answer included 42 rules.
 The original vision and promotion of the book was to incorporate all the rules entitled “42”.   Peterson explained that it is “not just written for other people. This is a warning to me.  Ron Dart, in a review of The Ormsby Review, saw the book as “an attempt to articulate a more meaningful order for freedom as an antidote to the unpredictable. Chaos of our time”, but although “necessary” with exemplary advice for men and women, it is “hardly a sufficient text for the more difficult questions that afflict us in our too human journey and that must be read as such”.   In a review for the Financial Times, Julian Baggini wrote: “In headline form, most of its rules are simply timeless common sense. The problem is that when Peterson fills them, they carry more stuffed animals than meat.  Dr.
Peterson travels extensively, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure, and responsibility, and distilling the wisdom of the world into 12 practical and profound rules for life. 12 Rules for Life destroys the modern commonplaces of science, faith and human nature by transforming and ennobling the minds and souls of its readers. In September 2018, Peterson, Cornell University philosopher Kate Manne, threatened to sue for defamation after calling her work misogynistic in an interview with Vox. Manne called Peterson`s threat an attempt to suppress free speech. Vox considered the threat unfounded and ignored it.    In a critique often shared by the eminent intellectual Noam Chomsky, Nathan Robinson of Current Affairs called Peterson a “charlatan” who gives “the most basic advice of paternal life” while “adding folds to obscure the simplicity of his mind.”  12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos is a self-help book published in 2018 by Jordan Peterson, a Canadian clinical psychologist and professor of psychology. It provides life coaching through essays on abstract ethical principles, psychology, mythology, religion and personal anecdotes. Joe Humphreys of the Irish Times argued that people should not be deterred from “reading what is a true power of a book: wise, provocative, humorous and also incredibly contradictory (as all deep and truthful studies of human nature must be).”  Glenn Ellmers wrote in the Claremont Review of Books that Peterson “does not hesitate to tell readers that life means pain and suffering. However, his skilful presentation makes it clear that duty is often liberating and that responsibility can be a gift.  The famous psychologist Jordan B. Peterson, an intellectual provocateur like no other since the arrival of Camille Paglia, brings his uncompromising voice to readers who want to live a deeper and deeper and deeply meaningful life.
Dr. Peterson tells us at the same time, informative, surprising and humorous at the same time, why skateboard children should be left alone, why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street, and what a terrible fate awaits those who carelessly criticize everything but themselves. Why should you never let your kids do something that makes you not love them? Why did the ancient Egyptians worship the ability to pay attention as the highest of their gods? What can we learn from the low lobster if we stand and move directly into life? Dr. Peterson discusses discipline, responsibility, and the need for clear and truthful thinking, distilling the discoveries of science and lessons learned from the world`s great myths into 12 profound guidelines for proper living in today`s ever-changing world. 12 Rules for Life delves deep into the hidden realms that lurk beneath our daily assumptions, illuminating the minds and souls of its readers, and keeping at bay the chaos and nihilism that threaten and tempt the modern mind. In the final chapter, Peterson describes the ways in which one can deal with the most tragic events, events that are often beyond his control. He describes his personal struggle when he discovered that his daughter Mikhaila was suffering from a rare bone disease.  The chapter is a meditation on how to keep a watchful eye on the small redemptive qualities of life (i.e., “petting a cat when you meet one”). It also describes a practical way to deal with challenges: shorten the area of responsibility (e.g., focus on the next minute rather than the next three months).  The Guardian`s Hari Kunzru said the book collects advice from Peterson`s clinical practice with personal anecdotes, accounts of his academic work as a psychologist, and “a lot of intellectual history of the variety of `great books`,” but the essays on menstruation are explained in an overly complicated style.
Kunzru called Peterson sincere, but found the book irritating because he thinks Peterson didn`t follow his own rules.  In an interview with Peterson for The Guardian, Tim Lott called the book atypical for the self-help genre.  The book defends the idea that people should be born with an instinct of ethics and meaning and take responsibility for seeking meaning above their own interests (Rule 7, “Pursue what makes sense, not what is expedient”). Such thinking is reflected both in contemporary stories such as Pinocchio, The Lion King and Harry Potter, as well as in ancient stories from the Bible.  “Standing with one`s shoulders back” (rule 1) means “taking on the terrible responsibility of life,” bringing self-sacrifice, because the individual must rise above victimization and “live his life in a way that requires the rejection of immediate satisfaction, natural and perverse desires.”  Comparison with the neurological structures and behaviour of lobsters is used as a natural example of the formation of social hierarchies.    #1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLERWhat should everyone know in the modern world? The answer of the famous psychologist Jordan B. Peterson on this most difficult question of all uniquely combines the hard-earned truths of ancient tradition with the breathtaking revelations of cutting-edge scientific research. Humorous, surprising and informative, Dr.
med. Peterson explains why skateboard boys and girls should be left alone, what a 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 low lobster tell us about standing (with shoulders back) and success in life? Why did the ancient Egyptians worship the ability to pay attention as the highest of all gods? What terrible paths do people take when they become resentful, arrogant and vindictive? Dr. Peterson travels extensively, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, and distilling the wisdom of the world into 12 practical and profound rules for life. 12 Rules for Life destroys the modern commonplaces of science, faith and human nature by transforming and ennobling the minds and souls of its readers. Dorothy Cummings McLean, who writes for the online magazine The Catholic World Report, called the book “the most thought-provoking self-help book I`ve read in years,” with its rules reminiscent of Bernard Lonergan`s and its content that “serves as a bridge between Christians and non-Christians who are interested in the truths of human life and resist the lies of ideological totalitarianism.”  In a review for the same magazine, Bishop Robert Barron praised the archetypal reading of the story of Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden with Jesus, which represented the “gardener,” and the psychological exploration of Alexander Solzhenitsyn and the Gulag archipelago, but did not support his “Gnostic tendency to read biblical religion purely psychologically and philosophically and not at all historically” or the idea that “God. [is] simply a principle or an abstraction.” It is “valuable to the besieged young men in our society who need a mentor to tell them to stand up and behave like heroes,” Barron wrote.  Adam A.
J. DeVille took a very different view, calling 12 Rules of Life “unbearably banal, superficial and insidious,” and saying, “The real danger in this book is its excuse for social Darwinism and bourgeois individualism, which is covered in a theological patina” and that “in a just world, this book would never have been published.”  What does the low lobster nervous system tell us about standing (with shoulders back) and success in life? Why did the ancient Egyptians worship the ability to pay attention as the highest of all gods? What terrible paths do people take when they become resentful, arrogant and vindictive? Use your phone`s camera – scan the code below and download the Kindle app.