12 Rules for Life Book Reviews

Jordan B. Peterson

12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson Book 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.

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Book Name 12 Rules for Life
Genre Psychology
Language English
E-Book Size 18.54 MB

12 Rules for Life (Jordan B. Peterson) Book Reviews 2024

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Please. 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.

Good Rules to Live By. 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.

Wow. 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.

Thoughtprovoking and Truth-Revealing. 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.

Inspirational. 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.

Pedantic meanderings of a narcissist. Babble, babble, babble…look how smart I think I am…babble, babble, babble

Highly recommend!. Well put together. Concise. Informative.

An Original Thinker. A masterpiece from someone who sees so much through a very different lens.

Very insightful. I completely loved this book helped me throughout tough times

Don’t trust the reviews. 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.

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

Say what?!?. This book rambles on and on with no cohesive thought. I could not make it past 2nd chapter. So disappointed

Thanks dr peterson. Excellent book. This improved my life!

Must Read. 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.

Read it. It’s worth the time and effort. So darn interesting. At times it was a little heady for this mere mortal, but push on because it all becomes clear by the time the chapter is done: The author is amazingly honest and he offers such good advice. He doesn’t try to please everyone; he speaks his truth with passion gleamed from hard experience. No matter if you agree or disagree with him, his points of view, and the instructions for a better more meaningful life, can’t/shouldn’t be ignored. Read it.

Not good. Don’t waste your time with this book. To overly verbose

Aa. Love everything about it

Fascinating!. I love the insights! It’s content is new compared to all other reads I’ve had, so it takes some effort to fully absorb it but totally worth it. Thank you J !

Great Insight. Teaching of a perspective that is very helpful.

Incredible Book!. An incredible book that can be applied no matter who you are and where you are. Dr. Peterson is blunt and to the point; he doesn’t beat around the bush. This book broke down many toxic ideologies I had and helped me establish better ones. A must read if you’re open and willing to grow.

Perfect book for self reflection.. This book was a truly amazing read. 12 simple, yet very profound rules for understanding how to better one’s self. I highly recommend.

Excellent book. 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”.

Amazing, Factual, and Entertaining. Just read it. And read it again.

Such an excellent book.. So much great take always from Mr. Peterson.

Truly a framework to live by. Peterson has written a book that can serve as a guidebook to supplement any other “life advice” that would come from someone older and close to me. I consider Peterson a great modern day philosopher and writer. I highly recommend this to anyone!

2022.. Great book, learned a lot about my OWN life that I didn’t know was In the “fog”

Really great!. 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! 😂

Very well written.. Great read!!

Deep and worth the effort. Dr. Peterson pours out a lifetime of thinking into a book that will be challenging for most to read, but worth the effort. Bravo, Jordan.

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

Brilliant. Great rules to live by. Brilliant author!

Some good ideas, mostly fluff. Was okay. Expected more.

Alright. There were a lot of religious references, which I do not care for, otherwise, this book was hard for me, but I enjoyed the struggle with it.

Thank you Dr Peterson. Life Changing no matter who you are.

Truly enlightening.. 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.

Best book ever. This book summed up the last 6 books i read so i know its GOD. If you read this book you will love it . It brought me into GOD the real way . I already knew GOD but not like this . Chest out shoulders back be honest, aim n fire

Truth. I love this book. It beautifully embodies the message it is trying to convey. It’s existence proves the truth it seeks to uncover and the change it encourages readers to make for the betterment of their own lives.

Steven J Nieves. This book has changed my entire perspective on life and has helped me through a truly difficult time. I would like to thank Dr Peterson for his words of wisdom.

Inspirational not motivational… what do you seek?. 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.

Excellent book. Very well written. Love the main message of the book: fixing oneself first rather than blaming everyone else!

Keep this for your collections. I know I am keeping this for as long as possible. As a father I look for guidance to help with my children’s development. This brings to light what to focus on.

Awake youfself with this book.. I greatly want to congratulate Mr. Peterson for his amazing work. This book just gave me a deeper insight of meaning in life. If you can read this, thank you Jordan Peterson. It was worth it.

A Familiar Face. There aren’t even enough words to express the beneficial factors this book illustrates. I will be reading this book to the day i die for it gives no excuses when i fall back on negative outlooks, their is always a way out and for better reason. It takes a lot to know this knowledge and not be better, for not being better would insight a neglect of consciousness. Reading this a second time will only solidify and expand the understanding of its material. The thrill of its revealing ability to concepts of common relatability is unmatched. I will be chewing on this for a very long time.

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

Good read. Jordan Peterson is a conservative intellectual- his voice and perspective must be heard. Not a conservative myself- I found the book interesting. The book is essentially advice for life to young people; something much deeper than what your High School teacher told you but with a conservative twist. Of course, as a conservative he seeks to establish rules and structures for people to follow- that makes sense from the conservative point of view. Some of his ideas seem little outdated/strange to me- chaos being feminine and order and culture masculine.

Great storyteller, speaker, and thinker!. 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. Amazing stuff. He packs so much into each line, paragraph and chapter.

12 Rules for Life. Lots of great thought provoking ways to navigate important aspects of your life, and how to help others in your life do the same for theirs’.

Good read. It's helping me get started on actually taking stock of what's going on with me and working towards being better.

Life!. I thought it was very and DEEP!

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Brilliant!. A lot of gold nuggets are in all the stories he tells that circle back to the main Rule. Brilliant book.

Light and Deep. If you’ve watched a bunch of Dr. Jordan Peterson’s YouTube videos, then you can read this book and here his voice in your head.

Read it, and heed it.. Logical, simply explained and easy to absorb. Highly recommended.

Amazing. Get your life in order

Incredible. Helped change my life and the life of those I’ve shared it with. Thank you deeply.

Extremely Well Written, Helpful and Meaningful! An Absolute Treasure!. I am extremely grateful to Dr. Peterson for writing this book, to help guide and provide a framework those in need of it. This book, with is helpful advise on getting oneself “unstuck” from a crippling mindset, is a treasure to read and own - I look forward to using it as a guide to help me move forward in my life. A worthwhile book to own, that holds a treasured spot on my bookshelf and in me. I’m looking forward to Dr. Peterson’s next book. And I am not surprised at how well this book is doing, nor am I surprised at how successfully he has sold out his book tour. I hope Dr. Peterson keeps up the momentum of helping others help themselves! Thank you Dr. Peterson!

Thank you. Very well written and widely sourced. Loved the distilled wisdom of decades as a therapist, parent and academic. Peterson is simultaneously compassionate and challenging; both gentle like Socrates and blunt like John Calvin; authentically humble and academically informed. His deep respect for the spiritual treasures of the Bible bring out the value in a resource many have spurned or thought irrelevant, though I wished for more reliance on the atoning grace of Jesus. At times the book feels like trying to wrap arms around the world (biting off more than can be chewed), which may be on par for a psychology prof turned philosopher. But a seminal epic nevertheless. The parenting chapter alone was worth the price to this middle aged father of three. Thank you!

Philosophy Father. Dr. Peterson offers fatherly advice and guidance, with wisdom and love.

Profoundly inspirational. I have never, in my life, read a book so enlightening and inspirational as this book. Jordan Peterson, in my non-professional opinion, is truly one the greatest philosophers of our day. I his words spread and are never forgotten

Excellent. I don’t often enjoy self help books, but this one was excellent, I really enjoyed reading it. I really feel as though reading this book, has impacted my life.

Absolutely Amazing!!!. Jordan Peterson has done for psychology what Albert Einstein wished he could have done for physics.

12 Rules for Life - Dr. Jordan Peterson. Great book!

Interesting read. Not as tough to read as some lead you to believe. Great book with lots of wisdom

Redundant. Not worth the hype... but then again, 50 Shades of Grey also happened.

Highly recommend this book!. This is one of the best book I have ever read! It’s for sure a life change lesson!

Thoughtful and important!. This is a brilliant book of ideas and guidance. It will make you think, and it will help you to understand. Self-awareness is a wonderful thing - perhaps for some, a little scary, too. Dr. Peterson's explanations are accessible and well written. You will see that this man cares about the human spirit and the human condition.

sharpen your tools. Opens your eyes and gives order and structure in your life. I reccommend reading this book several times over a long period. There are many things he speaks of for you to experience and undestand. It took me time to grasp so many things. Ive been learning to accept myseld and take care of myself more depsite my past and present. This book teaches you how to sharpen your tools and face any inner and outerdemon. It doesnt matter what you have been through, you can help yourself if you are willing to do the work.

:). Absolutely Brilliant!

Awfully verbose and deceiving. I watch JP’s debate with Cathy Newman. I was convinced JP has a profound mind. And it led me to this book, nothing but a scam. I stopped at chapter 3. The chapter 2 spent 2 pages introducing an intriguing phenomenon. After that he spent the rest 20 pages discussing freaking bible. The book is a religious talk disguised in a self-helping format.

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The 12 Rules for Life book written by Jordan B. Peterson was published on 23 January 2018, Tuesday in the Psychology category. A total of 2,044 readers of the book gave the book 4.5 points out of 5.

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