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.


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Dr. Jordan B Peterson is the bestselling author of 12 Rules for Life, which has sold more than five million copies worldwide. After working for decades as a clinical psychologist and a professor at Harvard and the University of Toronto, Peterson has become one of the world's…

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I came to this book with extremely high expectations, given that, I came to it after watching a lot of JBP content on YouTube. Therefore, obviously, it didn't meet my expectations. I assume that was partly because of my excessively high expectations and partly because it felt long-winded (and clearly a lot of other reviewers felt the same). Nonetheless, the book has helped me TREMENDOUSLY (even this would be an understatement, hence the capitalization). If you feel or are often told that your life is a mess, this book is an obvious recommendation. It's a must read and I'd say the principles outlined in the book are pretty much guaranteed to help bring the order into that "mess". However, if you feel or are often told that your life is pretty perfect, then most of this book may seem "obvious stuff". Overall, I'd recommend anyone and everyone to give it a read, because even for those who find these things obvious, it may still be the right reminders, maybe even at the right time!

5/25/2023 7:55:37 PM

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