12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD came about as a result of Peterson’s hobby of answering questions on Quora. Someone raised a question “What are the most valuable things everyone should know?” which formed the foundation for writing the book. The book draws from the author’s experience in clinical practice with anecdotes from his personal life and his academic work in the field of psychology.
The book is divided into chapters with each chapter explaining a specific rule for life in an essay form. The core idea is that suffering is built into the structure of being. It can be unbearable and people have a choice to either withdraw which is dangerous or to face it. Living in a world of chaos, each human being has the potential darkness which can transform them into a dangerous monster to gratify their dark desires and impulses. The author says that humans should be responsible in life and must conduct their lives in a manner which rejects immediate gratification of perverse desires. The author also uses the neurological structures and behavior of lobsters and uses it as an example to explain the formation of social hierarchies. The book also helps readers understand how to cope with tragic incidents which are beyond their control. It also provides suggestions on dealing with hardships in life. Many parts of the book are filled with Christian theological stuff and Biblical references.
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson, Norman Doidge MD is a self-help group which borrows from and interweaves history, religion, science, and philosophy in a meaningful manner. The book though received mixed response from the critics. Peterson delves deep with his writing and explanation of the content. The book though takes more effort than it should to get through. The book could have been edited better to make it more compact and concise. Some of the points feel like repetitive and feel tiresome to read. Still, the readers can get valuable insights into life rules and should try giving it a try.