’12 Rules of Life: An Antidote to Chaos’ Was Insightful, Maybe To Insightful

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’12 Rules of Life: An Antidote to Chaos’ by Jordan B. Peterson


“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 listeners.”

Rose-Worthy Features

            When I first looked at this book, I thought it would be the perfect self-help book. We’ve all seen those articles where there like ‘Follow These 5 Steps To Have The Best Life Ever’. Atleast for me, I instantly click because it seems short and straight to the point. I liked the fact that the revolved around the 12 rules but this book did not jump straight into the point, that’s for sure.

Thorny Features

            Like most self-help books, this book told little stories that later on gets to the big message. I usually don’t say this when it comes to book but man this book had too much detail and extra information! Take the first chapter, the titles called ‘Walk With Your Back Straight’ but for most of the chapter, the author talked about lobsters! I get that in the end it compared humans to lobsters but I felt like I was swimming in information I didn’t want to know. When I picked this book I hoped it would just say a rule and talk about it but it was more like story, story, story, a little information and ends with a short conclusion, which I wasn’t a big fan of. 

            I liked the thought the author had to come up with something different and more creative but for me, I just would have preferred something just straight to the point. I feel like that provides more value and insight rather than just a lot of information and then the big picture.

Final Thoughts

            Overall, I rate this book a 2 out of 5. It wasn’t bad but I wasn’t a big fan of it. It got to the point where I had to force myself to pay attention. If you’re someone who really likes detailed self-help books then you’ll probably be obsessed with this book. After reading this book I didn’t feel a big change. I still felt the same, no extra motivation or extra push to try something new. Sadly ’12 Rules of Life: An Antidote To Chaos’ by Jordan B. Peterson is the first book off of Be Your Better Self Week! I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed. 

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