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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.

Health, Mind & Body
January 23
Random House of Canada
Penguin Random House Canada

Customer Reviews

moxiegrrl ,

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!

djdk777 ,

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!

Srbbbo ,


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