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The #1 Sunday Times and International Bestseller from 'the most influential public intellectual in the Western world right now' (New York Times)

What are the most valuable things that everyone should know?

Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers, with his lectures on topics from the Bible to romantic relationships to mythology drawing tens of millions of viewers. In an era of unprecedented change and polarizing politics, his frank and refreshing message about the value of individual responsibility and ancient wisdom has resonated around the world.

In this book, he provides twelve profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today. Happiness is a pointless goal, he shows us. Instead we must search for meaning, not for its own sake, but as a defence against the suffering that is intrinsic to our existence.

Drawing on vivid examples from the author's clinical practice and personal life, cutting edge psychology and philosophy, and lessons from humanity's oldest myths and stories, 12 Rules for Life offers a deeply rewarding antidote to the chaos in our lives: eternal truths applied to our modern problems.

Health & Well-Being
16 January
Penguin Books Ltd

Customer Reviews

Tom Draper 2001 ,

Puts things into perspective

You can learn a lot from Jordan. Most of the topics he covers, not just in this book, ring true in most aspects of my life and many others. In my opinion we need more people like Jordan to bring calm to the chaos that is our daily lives. After reading this book I have tried to the best of my ability, and still trying, to apply these rules to my life and better myself as a person. Not just for myself but for the betterment of society and the people around me. Definitely worth the read.

Gingertone ,


As someone that doesn’t generally read, this book had me hooked. My wife thanks you Jordan for my new outlook at life. I’m 41 and can say this book has opened my eyes.

somboxinshit ,

Life can be meaningful enough to justify its suffering

My life is more straightened than it was before I started to read this book

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