12 Rules for Life

12 Rules for Life Summary



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.

Book Reviews


Highly recommend!5 star

Well put together. Concise. Informative.55


Excellent book5 star

When I first saw this book being mentioned in social media, I was quite skeptical it would be any good. I read the book and I can confirm, this is an excellent book, it talks from things on goal setting - to - raising your children - to - how to handle a negotiation - to - how to have a happy marriage. It is truly an excellent read if you are trying to improve the person you are. But reading the book is 1% of the job, 99% belong in the “treat yourself as if you were someone you were responsible for taking care of”.55


Not good1 star

Don’t waste your time with this book. To overly verbose15

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Inspirational5 star

I seldom write reviews, only entirely positive or entirely negative. If I never read this book I wouldn’t even have begun to thought about what they could mean for the rest of my life. Many people will receive this book as a gift over the course of my life.55


Good Rules to Live By4 star

I love the 12 rules and I think Peterson offers sound advice that is well explained in the book. Some of the explanations and get a little wordy so you really need to tune in to get the most from this book. That being said this book is very thought provoking and I would recommend it to anyone philosophically or self-improvement inclined. The book is overall well written and heavily cited to support the rules Peterson puts forth.45


Powerful.5 star

This one here got me ready to except the world as it is and be willing to move forward into its hardships. Thank you.55


Inspirational not motivational… what do you seek?5 star

This book is not for everyone. Many who are looking for a motivational no nonsense self-help book would do better reading “Unf*#+k Yourself.” It’s also very good, much shorter, and motivates you to action if you’re stuck in a rut. This book is far better however in my opinion. Those who give one or two stars find Peterson rambling and only touching on the point at the end of the chapter. This is of course true. However, that is why I find it among the best, if not the best, self-help book currently available. 12 Rules of Life is not a motivational book. It is inspirational. Each chapter is not designed to explain the “rule” he posits in each chapter. Instead he talks around his thesis and lets you reach the conclusion on its own. It is done well, thematically, and with no shortage of insight. You will not relate to everything he says, but you will often find enough relatable to find a personal resonance to the message. Motivational self-help books are effective because you believe the author. Inspirational self-help books are effective because you believe yourself once you make the essential connection to the theme. This distinction cannot be understated. If you are one that tends to fall back into self-destructive habits, even after making massive successful changes to your life short-term - this book may be worth the read.55


Don’t trust the reviews1 star

We choose this book for our book club. It is a difficult read. Lot of rambling before reaching the point of the end of the chapter.15


Such an excellent book.5 star

So much great take always from Mr. Peterson.55


Must Read5 star

I learned valuable lessons upon reading this book that definitely changed the way I live my life today. I recommend this book by Dr. Jordan Peterson to anyone who strives to turn chaos into order in their own lives.55

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