12 Rules for Life - Jordan B. Peterson

12 Rules for Life

By Jordan B. Peterson

  • Release Date: 2018-01-23
  • Genre: Psychology
Score: 4.5
From 1,794 Ratings




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.


  • Inspirational not motivational… what do you seek?

    By Everdoor
    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.
  • Don’t trust the reviews

    By CSDiablo
    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.
  • Such an excellent book.

    By t-rey23
    So much great take always from Mr. Peterson.
  • Must Read

    By Darmendarizniko
    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.
  • Perfect book for self reflection.

    By trey.codes
    This book was a truly amazing read. 12 simple, yet very profound rules for understanding how to better one’s self. I highly recommend.
  • Say what?!?

    By 455fgjj
    This book rambles on and on with no cohesive thought. I could not make it past 2nd chapter. So disappointed
  • Great storyteller, speaker, and thinker!

    By InfosecAustin
    This book was an amazing opportunity to look into the mind and work of Dr. Peterson who has been consulted by many organizations worldwide, as well as a profound clinical psychologist from what I’ve seen/been told. This book helps the reader to use ancient stories told, and shifts your perspective on those stories to point out the moral or the physiological impacts that may have been embed in the media and otherwise overlooked.
  • Wow

    By Jair Eugenio
    I'm at a loss of words to describe the awesomeness of this book. Extremely deep and complicated ideas throughout yet Jordan Peterson (the author) explains them in a graceful and simple manner. Not a book for the faint of heart or those inflexible to change. Thank you Jordan for sharing your reflections and rules through your book the world is closer to Heaven thanks to it.
  • Great Insight

    By Vernon21
    Teaching of a perspective that is very helpful.
  • Some good ideas, mostly fluff

    By a.sbragia
    Was okay. Expected more.