12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson (2018)

E55B4C95-D80F-4C80-9E84-D26DBA6CD293Written by a Professor at the University of Toronto and popular public speaker, this self-help book is unlike anything I have read before in this genre. It provides 12 rules to follow in order to avoid creating chaos in our lives, as well as a lengthy explanation for the reasons behind each rule and its benefits. The rules are extremely simple conceptually, but nevertheless could be considered useful.

Although I do not agree with some of the author’s opinions, this book is not without some merit. Most of the rules are in and of themselves worthwhile, but I found some of the author’s stories and thought processes in explaining the rules to be questionable, and sometimes off putting. There are also several religious references found throughout this book. Therefore, anyone with an aversion to biblical ideologies may not enjoy this book at all.

This is not a typical feel-good type of self-help book. I found it to be more of a philosophical book with guidelines on how to improve one’s life. And, unlike most self-help books, there are no “To Do” lists or helpful exercises to be done at the end of each chapter. This book mostly encourages a change in thinking, which in turn could develop into a change in behaviour. This book is not for everyone. It is not what I expected from the title, and for that reason, I would not recommend it.

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