Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life – An Antidote to Chaos.
The clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson sets out twelve profound and practical principles for living a meaningful life.
My overall analysis of the book
. The book is listed as a self-help book, but I would say it rather belongs to the intellectual domain of the spiritual department but not a self-help book definitely.
. 12 Rules for Life is heavily focused on biblical literature & stories especially in the first two-thirds of the book.
. The way he explained each rule was based on two main references you will see clearly in his book:
1. biblical stories & methodologies, he also touched on Judaism & Buddhism but not Islam.
2. philosophers in the 19th century like Dostoevsky, Martin Heidegger & Nietzsche & a lot of Carl young theories.
. The rules seem so simple and most of us know about it, it is nothing new really but because it is so simple, we don’t really do it and we focus on dealing with bigger things & problems Yet his way of presenting them makes you value these simple rules and start doing it.
. His message I believe that to encourage you to focus on your life first, on yourself first starting with yourself first – fixing yourself then you can go out and criticize the world but first he wants to form your own opinion by watching how you act, taking care of yourself. This is the core message of the book I believe.
. What made this book very famous is due to several reasons I believe:
His lectures on YouTube started to become widely famous, I myself I knew him since 2017 and I started to watch his online lectures and get drawn to his ideologies & psychological analysis & analogies.
Then he had an interview on Channel 4 with Kathy Newman and that interview went so vital across the internet- almost 6 m views then he started to grab the attention from newspapers like The Time & guardian and that led to more interviews like the one he had with sam Harrison on truth and so on. And also there was one his Maps of Meaning lecture part 8 and his Biblical series. Representation of DNA?
In addition to his opinion on some controversial issues like: postmodernism gender pronoun, clime change, Canadian law, masculinity, capitalism vs marxism
. What I learned from his lectures & interviews :
His ability to stay calm & collective when he is criticized and being able to deal with as more of a discussion and being able to detach himself and not taking it personally.
Also, he really listens carefully to his audience with no fixed opinion to start with he would formulate his opinion while you are talking to him and you both come out with new insights.
My favorite quotes:
“It’s very hard to find your own words – and you don’t actually exist until you have your own words.”
” When you have something to say, silence is a lie”
” Don’t underestimate the power of vision and direction. These are irresistible forces, able to transform what might appear to be unconquerable obstacles into traversable pathways and expanding opportunities. Strengthen the individual. Start with yourself. Take care of yourself. Define who you are. Refine your personality. Choose your destination and articulate your Being. As the great nineteenth-century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche so brilliantly noted, “He whose life has a why can bear almost anyhow.”
What are the 12 rules:
. Rule 1 Stand up straight with your shoulders back.
Rule 2 Treat yourself like you would someone you are responsible for helping.
Rule 3 Make friends with people who want the best for you.
Rule 4 Compare yourself with who you were yesterday, not with who someone else is today.
Rule 5 Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them
Rule 6 Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world
Rule 7 Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)
Rule 8 Tell the truth – or, at least, don’t lie
Rule 9 Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t
Rule 10 Be precise in your speech
Rule 11 Do not bother children when they are skate-boarding
Rule 12 Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street.