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


Please1 star

If I had to read one (1) more time about how many “views” and “upvotes” and YouTube “views” you have acquired, I’m going to go feral.15


Truly enlightening.4 star

I have not read many self help books but so far this one has truly resonated with me. It has changed my state of mind and how I move through my life. I do not agree with everything Jordan Peterson says but there is no doubting his knowledge and expertise in psychology and philosophy. Thank you for putting so much effort into this book.45


Wow5 star

I strongly Recommend this book, specially for people who need some light in their lives. It’s unbelievable how much wisdom in this book.55


Thoughtprovoking and Truth-Revealing5 star

This is a thoughtprovoking and truth-revealing read. Dr. Peterson is able to formulate thoughts in a manner that makes them understandable and digestable, while not letting you off easy either. Some of the things talked about are those things you already know, consciously or subcosciously, and finally are able to read them and make sense of them, as he himself acknowledges at the end: “I hope [this book] revealed things you knew that you did not know you knew.” I had multiple occations reading 12 Rules For Life where I had to laugh to myself at the brilliance of Peterson’s ability to communicate thougthts and concepts I had previously tried to make sense of myself, and now finally read them, black on white, as clear as day. This book introduced me to new things as well. One of those is the Russian novelist and thinker Dostoevsky, as well as others, who Peterson discusses at some length, and with profound admiration. I will pick up my first Dostoevsky because of Peterson and this very book. Thank You for encouraging me to seek truth, to not lie, to stand strongly and take responsibilty for my life. Thank You also for inspiring me to read more.55

Grateful Tim

Wow5 star

Amazing stuff. He packs so much into each line, paragraph and chapter.55

Darth Domz

Really great!5 star

My life has been kind of falling apart with COVID going around so I decided to pick up this book to get some guidance. I’ve been applying the rules as I read and I feel in control again! If anything, get the audiobook for free on audible and listen to the man talk. His voice is something special! 😂55


Perspective Changing5 star

Amazing book. Truly changed my perspective on life and got me out of some not-so-good habits.55


Brilliant5 star

Great rules to live by. Brilliant author!55


Thank you Dr Peterson5 star

Life Changing no matter who you are.55


Aa5 star

Love everything about it55

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