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12 Rules for Life

An Antidote to Chaos
Written by: Jordan B. Peterson
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Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of 12 Rules for Life, written and read by Jordan B. Peterson.

What are the most valuable things that everyone should know? Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers, with his lectures on topics from the Bible to romantic relationships to mythology drawing tens of millions of viewers.

In an era of unprecedented change and polarising politics, his frank and refreshing message about the value of individual responsibility and ancient wisdom has resonated around the world.

In this book, he provides 12 profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today. Happiness is a pointless goal, he shows us. Instead we must search for meaning, not for its own sake but as a defence against the suffering that is intrinsic to our existence.

Drawing on vivid examples from his clinical practice and personal life, cutting-edge psychology and philosophy, and lessons from humanity's oldest myths and stories, Peterson takes the listener on an intellectual journey like no other. Gripping, thought-provoking and deeply rewarding, 12 Rules for Life offers an antidote to the chaos in our lives: eternal truths applied to our modern problems.

©2018 Jordan B. Peterson (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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A psychologist's commentary on the Bible

This is a good book with 12 rules that encourage s people to take responsibility of themselves, their family, their community and may be even the world. From the importance of standing up straight (symbolizing facing the world willingly) to doing what is meaningful instead of expedient, to taking care of yourself to allow kids (and those dependent upon you) to take risks and build their own strengths, the book provides rules for facing life with all it's suffering and complexity.

But the book is also a commentary on the Bible. Albeit one written by a psychologist using the framework of Jungian Archetypes. The Biblical stories thus interpreted become not historical but metaphorical.

However as a person coming from a different tradition, it becomes obvious that the rules mentioned in the book and the justification provided for them can be arrived at through any sufficiently ancient text, such as the Gita. The author's use of the Biblical narrative is perhaps due to his familiarity with that tradition and the consequent Western morality which has been framed by the Judeo-Christian framework of which he is a staunch supporter.

Audiobook: The book is narrated by Jordan Peterson himself and the narration is extremely good. If you are one of those who spends a lot of time walking/travelling, this is a good companion

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Makes you think, changes your thoughts

Wonderful experience hearing from the author himself in all the emotions.
A life changing experience from a man who just has shared his life and brought some conclusions for others who can find it quicker to make the world a better place.

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interesting & enriching but preachy at times

I picked the book because the name of the book interesting . while reading I realized that the book is a mix of practical advice, philosophy, origins of man and much more. interesting and enriching but it got preachy at times. nevertheless a good read.

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Hats off!

What this book means to the author is evident in his voice. I might forget 11 out of 12 Rules but I sure hope to 'do what is meaningful and not what is expedient'.

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reading it once is not enough.

he teaches you to be awake. and thrive in the chaos around and have a meaningful life.

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Esoteric Vocabulary<br /><br />

I would have loved the book even more if the author wrote it in relatable English... there are so many indirect references whose understanding in dependent on interpretation of the listener.

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On the Burden of Being

I liked this book. Although, It was not easy to follow the biblical context as I have never been introduced to Bible properly. The rest was just a discussion and experimental description of life itself.
The lessons are quite dense as Peterson himself mention how constructive criticism have helped his reduce the number of lessons.
The narration of the book is excellent.

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A book for the age.

it gives you tremors. it is ground shakingly beautiful. The audio version has a certain different kind of power and it is worth it's weight in gold.

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Had a lot of promise and hype but no

This is just one laborious book which just goes on and on about the bible. There isnt anything that I learnt more than the names of the Biblical character. The book starts off well talking about Lobsters and evolution but soon fades into a bible class.

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A must read

Many things explained in this book are often overlooked in everyday life.In a time when it's impossible to talk about anything without raising eyebrows, the author approaches sensitive topics with logic and reasoning while considering every side of the debate. This book has enough evidences from the past and present to delineate the human experience.

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  • Jarrod
  • 16-01-18

Easily accessible wisdom

Jordan Peterson presents a refreshing voice of wisdom in a crowd of shrill hysteria and politically correct drivel. I was impressed with the combination of common sense advice and surprising insights. There is lots to learn here. If you’re looking for a blueprint for a life well lived, you’ve come to the right place.

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  • M MENGEL
  • 01-02-18

Lit

A candle has been lit in the world to keep the dark at bay.

I’m in awe of Jordan’s capacity to ignore the nonsense hurled at him, and still speak with a white hot passion to help people. It humbles and makes you want to emulate.

Twelve simple rules that get into your subconscious so quickly it feels like they were always there.

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  • Martin
  • 20-02-18

Life-changing in every sense of the word

This book has brought me joy, laughter and also tears, grief and profound sadness. Through the wisdom of ancient texts and personal anecdotes, doctor Peterson gave me courage to face my fear of responsibility, take my place in the world and improve the lives of those around me. The performance is deeply personal and precise as is the case with other Peterson's material. I hope I will return to this book for strength and inspiration whenever I need them most.

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  • Oliver
  • 18-01-18

Deep and enjoyable experience

Peterson goes all in in his effort to lay out his philosophy in a form that resonates on many levels of analysis. The book is simultaneously a compelling map of reality, guide to a balanced and meaningful life, and a deep defence of Western culture, Christian values and healthy masculinity, which are all currently under attack. I think this book is not just an insightful thought provoker, but also a healthy vaccination against dangerous ideological viruses which are unleashed in the modern world.

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  • Hans
  • 28-03-18

Pure Wisom

Any additional comments?

Jordan Peterson deliver advices, that are ready to implement into our daily life.
He turns his knowledge into wisdom by showing the principles, which we should use as a guide both in the professional and private life.

Idea of taking full responsibility for our choices makes perfect sense and give hope to all of the young people, who got deeply immersed into the nihilist world of mass consumption.

JBP narration makes the whole listening experience even better.

Lessons that you can takeaway from this book could be life-changing, especially if you want to give your life meaning and orient yourself in the world.

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  • Anubhav Misra
  • 12-02-18

Spirituality for the reasonable

Would you consider the audio edition of 12 Rules for Life to be better than the print version?

I prefer the narrative power of the author speaking his own words. Hence, yes! I find it much better than the print.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 12 Rules for Life?

The coda(nice choice of words there). Like a sonata form recapitulation, it ties together the multi-themed spiritual sonata that was this book!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The story about the suffering of his daughter and the frailty of li'l children moved me particularly.

"We love not 'despite' the limitations, but 'because' of them. And of course, it more complicated than that"

Any additional comments?

This book is great, not because it's some groundbreakingly new content and idea that have not been expressed before. It is so as it brings back an important aspect in the spiritual quest that is absent from most new age spiritual teachers: FORM! Most spiritual thinkers have removed everything that even resembles any real manifestation so much so that it is almost impossible to have use of what they are saying.

Jordan Peterson brings back the fundamental(archetypal) stories of our experiences back to the social collective consciousness and for that we must thank him.

This book unlike most self-help books, this book doesn't try to explain the title in almost banal detail. It takes the idea and brings it alive through contrast, variation, and storytelling that drives home the title without having to repeat it once. Only thing I can think of that comes close is classical music.

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  • Tim
  • 05-02-18

Precise yet broad.

The book points to exact steps for improvement in your life and then goes into depths I haven't even thought about. Sometimes it was too much for me. But in the end it's a must read.

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  • Andrew
  • 27-01-18

Eventually; Reason, Enlightenment Returned.

a good dollop of ethical understanding shared in a real and down to earth way. Jordan who is a clinical psychologist brings and humanely articulates an important message as western society struggles with its many psycho-social problems and virus-like shallow group identity politics and conveniently manipulative political correctness. He is well versed in English and Russian literature and explains the archtypical aspects contained therein and in Western culture. I laughed at many of his personal accounts and almost cried at others.
So many men in western society don't know how to be men anymore and there is a high rate of suicide in this group. He teaches how to be a man, and to be aware of the oedipical parent.

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  • Sebastian
  • 11-07-18

Overrated

Not the new bible on how to live your life. It's all over the place even making it hard to remember the rules themselves. Struggled to finish and found my mind to wander.

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  • Kinanti Desyanandini
  • 14-04-19

Great Principles, Long Story Short.

I enjoyed marinating my thoughts in the principles for life that Dr. Peterson presented. They weren’t necessarily the most inclusive, but they were digestible with an open mind. I decreased one star for how much backstory went into a metaphor — at times, I found it a touch too “waffly”, but when he reached the conclusion for the chapters, he had valid points and arguments, and the metaphors helped me remember and digest his concept.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-09-18

Loved it, changed my life immeasurably!

This book has genuinely changed my life, I stand up tall, I look people in the eye, I'm combative when need be. I would recommend this to anyone. My anxiety is gone. And the world is respecting me which has lead to a positive feedback loop of happiness.

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  • Matthew
  • 04-02-18

The Hitchhikers Guide to Heaven

You know when you hear a new song and it stops you in your tracks? I’ve spent my last 15 hours in that state.
I can’t even begin to explain how much I now owe this man for all he has done. I laughed with weakened knees and wept in public places with this complete stranger. I love him.
My fear is that the people who need him most (youngish lefties like me, for instance) will pass him with prejudice and condescension and suffer on.
Buy this book, it will polish your lens.
I will be out there, paying attention to life.
Thanks Jordan. x

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  • Yathoom
  • kuwait
  • 06-12-18

Story infused rules!

I loved the narration of this book. It's lovely when the author add his attitude and views of what's written in his own voice. The material and ideas of the book are nice, and deeply thaught in humanity scale and religious prospective at times. I am a Muslim and I can relate to the situations that Peterson describes. I thought all people of faith would find interesting views of the rules that the author proposes. If you love stories and philosophy, this is a nice book for you to read. If your an atheist, you would have a lot of views to consider and nigate. Either way I think many people would enjoy reading these views.

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  • Leandro Henrique Lourenço da Silva
  • 12-01-19

Great book for people who want to sort their lives

Life is suffering, so we must do what we need, not what we want. Listen, tell the truth and above all read this book.

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  • Peter Smith-Robinson
  • 04-12-18

inspirational book by an inspirational person.

This book not only gives excellent direction but handles worthy topics with unrivalled intellectual precision.

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  • Michael Willemoes Larsen
  • 25-10-18

Packed with wisdom

This book seems light with 12 rules for a good life. But it's so packed with information that I had to hear it 2 times. And I am sure, that a third listen would reveal even more.
I am impressed with Jordan B Petersons book and I haven't ready/heard anything quite like it.

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  • john
  • 15-10-18

Take it as you find it.

how to be a better person, unabridged and accessable to everyone, everywhere. Peterson really is a mind apart in his interpretation of society through the lens of his unique amalgamation of ancient wisdom and contemporaryl zeitgeist. an invaluable read for anyone struggling to find their place in the world.

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  • Louis Raubenheimer
  • 15-10-18

What a ride?

A compelling piece of literature that lead, more than anything else, to me asking myself some telling questions.

Some of Peterson's points are controversial, however the depths of good research and the insights gained from them are priceless. If, and it's always the big if, I can succeed in applying even some of his rules to my everyday life, I have no doubt that I'll be better for it. Poignant and thoroughly enriching. Thank you

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-09-18

Absolutely amazing!

If you're looking for one of the best perspectives on life, it's this book, I'm not even religious in any way, but the way ancient stories were utilised for the purpose of getting a point across was awesome.

don't even doubt, just get this book. :)

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  • Garym213
  • 19-01-18

Exceptional book... original and thought provoking

So many books of this type can be a bit light, they can be built around one or two ideas. This is not the case with this one. Peterson is on a different level, his authenticity, original insights and forthright manner elevate this book to the point of being exceptional. He is no prisoner to group think or moronic fads, his points are clear, he is very exact in the way he communicates. The aforementioned make this a book one of the best I have read in a long time and set it in a class of its own with this genre. Highly recommend, not for the closed minded.

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  • Christopher
  • 21-01-18

Fascinating Read

Psychologist and controversial public figure, Jordan B. Peterson, undertakes his first serious attempt to distill his ideas about life into a book for a general audience. Although, perhaps not one for the typical audience of such books. Jordan's various essays are fascinating, lengthy--and at times wandering--discussions of what it means to be human and how to live in this world we inhabit. The explanations for his suggested 'rules' are not for your typical Oprah Book Club reader longing for simple answers, and dumbed-down explanations. There is no woo-woo or hoo-rah here. Instead, Peterson draws particularly on a unique combination of Jungian psychology and Darwinian evolution to explain how he believes the world works, and what that may mean for each of us as we move through life.
This is an unusual work, unlike other popular psychology books I've read, for it presents an engrossing and intellectually fascinating take on the modern human condition, rather than just offering a few anecdotal (or researched but overly-simplified) quick fix ideas. There is no concessions to pandering here, and the explanations he provides are at times uncomfortable for they strip away some of the masques we wear and facades we build around our humanity. What is beneath is not always pretty, but evidently is a side of our humanity Peterson believes we each ought to confront, for it is the healthy assimilation of these elements into the psyche that allows us to move courageously in the turbulent, chaotic world. We must each embrace the chaos within, should we wish to confront it in the world. This book is Peterson's attempt to show us how it's done.

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  • James
  • 16-02-18

Great advice but a little long-winded at times.

I really appreciated a lot of the advice and I really respect Jordan Peterson. Most of the chapters start off strong with personal and clinical anecdotes, only to be followed by 30 minutes of biblical studies... As someone who isnt religious and grew up in a non-religous home, in a mostly non-religous country, it became a little much. I can appreciate some of these christian references and enjoy exploring their ideas. But it wasn't long before I'd find myself lost in thought rather than listening as the point had already been made prior to the bible being pulled out.

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  • Angus Simpson
  • 17-02-19

Jordan Beaterson.

Jordan B Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life, was eye opening and much more nuanced than his online presence. At least at first.
I don’t have the patience to do a full analysis of the book but sufficient to say he gave me a false sense of security using sound arguments and interesting observations only to pull the rug out from under me with slight of hand and bombard me with bad arguments leading to even worse conclusions.
By the end of the book he has criticised girly boys, environmentalism, basically all forms of social justice, and has essentially said , to my understanding, that rational thought leads to despair and so is not the way to go about philosophising. He doesn’t really provide an alternative other than offering a different vibe.
His fans will say I’ve misinterpreted him but I used to be somewhat of a fan and I really can’t see any major misunderstandings, nor can I justify the constant mental gymnastics of constantly claiming people are taking him out of context. Here in his book, surely he was in charge of providing the context and I tried to take him at face value, exercising his own rule about listening to people and assuming they know something you don’t.
I learnt a lot, but I also learnt a lot about how he has constructed a bizarre pop psychology ideology that is at once nonsensical and I think misleading and harmful.

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  • Wouter Chömpff
  • 05-02-18

Contains timeless answers to life’s timeless questions

I rank this amongst the top 10 most important books in my life. I wish it was written years ago, since its timeless wisdom is useful in every phase of life.

Peterson is the first author who offers credible answers to the nihilistic questions that tend to creep into every critical mind: why bother when life is unpredictable, unfair and short? Why get out of bed when all your work can be undone by one drunk driver? Why have children that are destined to suffer, sometimes immeasurably?

Please pick this one up. If it doesn’t bring you the value it did to millions already, at least you’ll know what the fuss is all about.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-03-19

Is he a clinical psychologist, or a Priest?

I bought this book due to the increasing hype around Jordan. Disappointingly, It's just that; a hype.

I could relate to and confirm that the advice he gives, as a parent and psychologist, on chapters concerning children are very good as this is my professional field and I did refer some parents to the specific chapters.

I am, though, poorly disappointed at the amount of, rather lack of, evidence which comes in the form of Bible literature. He is a psychologist yet, this book seems to have been written by a priest.

3 of 12 chapters seemed well. Was told in a mostly entertaining & easy to absorb manner.

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  • Artin
  • 28-11-18

Too many religious reference

Too many religious references. Too much for a 21st century book. The author has certainly done a good analysis on some religious symbolic stories but that doesn't necessarily relate to 12 rules of life for a modern human being. Definitely a good book for religious readers or priests.

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  • Pete Woods
  • 09-02-19

Errr

This guy waffles on too much. So much biblical based examples I ended up listening to about 3 hours worth before I had enough. Why cant you use modern day examples? Why use religion?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-02-18

Great rules for life. Attention turns off towards the later chapters.

The first half of the book was really impactful and the rules were really practical. But the later chapters/rules I felt they weren’t really anything I could relate to and I was just listening to finish the book. Also, there are a lot of religious stories and comparisons which were awesome for the few chapters. I’m not someone who hates religion but.... a bit too much for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-03-19

Couldn’t finish it

Some good tips but way too in depth and far too much talk about Christianity and bible stories.

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  • Martin Castilla
  • 31-07-18

Boring, religious content not openly disclosed.

Bought this given the high number of downloads and high ratings. I've listened to a couple hours and - honestly - have rarely been so bored reading/listening to a book. Plus, about an hour in Peterson mentions "Mathew 25.10" or such religious reference. That was interesting and relevant, but then he makes another reference to a religious text (bible or book of something or other), and I thought oh no, not another religious reference. Since then, the whole tone and text is a religious reference to Adam & Eve, the significance of the snake, and apple tree, god this and Jesus that. It turns out - as far as I can tell, suffering it - that it's a Sunday morning sermon, and equally as electrifying. I wasted my money on this turkey, and will request a swap. It should clearly be marked for its high religious content and references - not what I thought I was buying at all.

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