12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

· Penguin Random House Audio · Narrated by Jordan B. Peterson
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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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Ten N.
July 17, 2018
This book truly combines the science of human nature, biology, and philosophy, showing how ones own intellectual ability can identify the disires of humans in which we are all looking for and how societal/religous groups attempts to fulfill them. The author ( Jordan Peterson ) demonstrated what someone who looks at life scientificly/ factually can accomplish by writing a book that captures the different acts of humans and organisms and matches them to our historical philosophies to help explain to the world what their purpose is and how they should strive to achieve their shared goal.
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Nilo Lima
September 3, 2018
Intelligently written and well thought book. 12 very important lessons for life expressed in 12 content rich essays. Very useful and I am sure that we all could really live better lives with much more harmony if we apply them on a daily basis. I found myself quite lost in some moments, as the author is very knowledgeable and cites many philosophers and complex sources of information. For that, I give it a four stars, as I feel I did not get from it as much as I wish I could get from a first read. I feel like I might be reading this one again in the future.
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I I
February 12, 2018
Got to Rule 2, and endured an hour of childlike Christian philosophizing, that from my viewpoint as a former preacher and lifelong philosophy student, find failing Christianity and philosophy. The psychologist should stick to psychology. Any college student who had taken even an introduction to political philosophy will find this book devoid of any real lesson. Rather, all you will find are tidbits of T.S. Elliott, run through the gobbledegook of an armchair philosopher trying to mentally parse issues long since covered by discredited philosophy. It is as though a man on an island was air dropped a Bible with a few margin notes, and tried to invent philosophy from scratch.
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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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