12 Rules for Life

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

Science, Study & Work, Smart Thinking, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 02/05/2019
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12 Rules for Life
Oh dear.
I read this at the urging of another staff member, & I almost feel like I should bill them for my time. This is a dreadful book. Clumsy self-help clichés b... READ MORE
Paul S. at Lancaster
12 Rules for Life
Read the book instead.
People reviewing this book with one star, accusing J.P. of misogyny etc. have an agenda that has nothing to do with the actual book and more to do with ref... READ MORE
Eleni Nazou


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: 9780141988511
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Dimensions: 194 x 128 mm

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12 Rules for Life
I am at a complete loss to understand the reviews this book has received. My perception of Peterson from his book is a that of an unpleasant individual, la... READ MORE
12 Rules for Life
12 Rules for Life
One of the Best
Very helpful and insightful.
J B-
12 Rules for Life
Great read
By improving yourself as an individual you can improve society as a collective, this book provides simple steps written in depth with a scientific, metaphy... READ MORE
Felipe Dinis
12 Rules for Life
Traditional gender stereotype philosophy hidden behind vague explanations of ‘ancient wisdom’
Peterson used structured arguments and interesting anecdotes but the tone throughout the book is one of a sexist world view. The author dresses up sweeping... READ MORE
12 Rules for Life
Didn’t get past the first chapter!
Wow! The author loves to use analogies that go on for so long you completely lose track of his original point! I got so bored of Peterson’s tendency to do ... READ MORE
Lizzie Bl
12 Rules for Life
Peterson is a genius of the age.
As good as everyone says. The man is a genius. End of.
Andrew Thomas
12 Rules for Life
If you enjoyed this book it’s because he was telling you what you wanted to hear. Horrible cliche self-betterment tactics that have been kicking around sin... READ MORE
louise Elliot
12 Rules for Life
A book that will change your life and snap you out of the chaotic madness of much of modern culture.
A criminally misrepresented intellectual. This book helps people find purpose and pursue a life that is more meaningful. The fact that Peterson is taboo sh... READ MORE
Morgan Watkins
12 Rules for Life
Honest, cutting and revealing.
In an age of dishonesty and fear, Peterson cuts through with some deeper truths than many are not willing to engage with. Highly recommended.
Morgan Watkins
12 Rules for Life
Fantastic insight
A powerful book that really helps us understand our own behaviour and how we cam always find room for improvement.
Chris Elliott
12 Rules for Life
Everyone Should Read This
I found this very helpful and am better for reading it. Look at the rules first and then read whichever ones apply to your situation (some you might alread... READ MORE
Edward Curr
12 Rules for Life
Great Principles
Fascinating mix of personal testimony, psychology, mythology and more. Some excellent principles to challenge individuals to take responsibility for their ... READ MORE
Thomas Watterson
12 Rules for Life
Five Stars
I found this book deep and meaningful. It has had a profound effect on my life, and will continue to do so. I recommend this book to anyone who is serious ... READ MORE
J B-
12 Rules for Life
Peter Bergin
12 Rules for Life
Must Read
This book was great, thank you Jordan
Dean Rennie
12 Rules for Life
Recycled, boring and leans on religious myth
Like Tesla, Peterson is unnerved by the potential and success of women. Peterson, a disgraced and unhappy academic, lashes out, launching his last desper... READ MORE
Poot Dainty