12 Rules for Life

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

Non-Fiction, Education, Philosophy & Social Sciences, Social Sciences & Sociology, Sociology
Hardback Published on: 16/01/2018
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12 Rules for Life
Make yourself useful
The first time I heard of Jordan Peterson was via Sam Harris’s excellent podcast series. Unfortunately the two weren’t able to get to anything meaty, havin... READ MORE
A.D. at Glasgow Sauchiehall Street


The truth is something that burns. It burns off dead wood.

Happiness is a pointless goal. For Jordan B. Peterson, influential clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, our true aim should be meaning – not for its own sake, but as a defence against the suffering that is intrinsic to our existence.

12 Rules for Life is a manifesto of personal change, a handbook to rewire our kneejerk beliefs and concepts of reward and truth. At its heart, this is a polemic of personal responsibility, twelve rules that form the scaffolding of profound growth.

Each rule is accompanied by vivid and often footnoted example, setting his thinking in context; the sum is a comprehensive, sometimes almost brutal, assault on everyday assumption.

Not without his critics, the often-outspoken Peterson rails against the world, from our inability to tell the absolute truth to our innate need to embrace high risk.

Declaring himself a “classic British liberal”, the author eschews conventional political or social convention to deliver a self-help guide like virtually no other, founded on a dynamic personal philosophy drawn from both academia and experience.

Jordan B. Peterson originally rose to prominence via his rather more academic Maps of Meaning and is now seen as an influential figure on a number of internet platforms, not least his own YouTube series of lectures.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241351635
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Weight: 805g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 32 mm

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12 Rules for Life
An intensely rewarding, spiritual and intellectual journey
This is a dense book. Not because it is boring - no, if you read it carefully, and with an open mind* - I find it hard to believe you will be bored. You mu... READ MORE
H at Oldham
12 Rules for Life
Often fascinating but he sometimes labours his points
Some of the rules ('Don't Lie, or At Least Tell the Truth' being one) seem a tad obvious at first glance, but Peterson's arguments are so well laid out, an... READ MORE
Dion  Yates
12 Rules for Life
The betterment of Being
The author has been rapidly developing a controversial reputation as the bad boy of psychology due to his plain speaking online and in TV interviews. This ... READ MORE
Tim Dumble
12 Rules for Life
Engaging and helpful
One ofnthr best books out there for making sense of life.
Chris Elliott
12 Rules for Life
Well-thought-through guide to living
This book is at times amusing and insightful, and occasionally heavy, and while you may not agree with every conclusion, the 12 rules are all excellent and... READ MORE
Andrew Grant Duff
12 Rules for Life
Simply wonderful
After watching dozens of his YouTube video lectures, I had high expectations of this book. It doesn't disappoint. There is so much wisdom and knowledge her... READ MORE
George Hale
12 Rules for Life
Essential teachings on being
Peterson shares decades of careful philosophical reading and research, for the betterment of society.
Stephen  Saunders