So there is a lot of wisdom in here about how to live your life don t blame other people listen and understand other people s perspectives be honest even though it s uncomfortable and don t demonize humanity And then all the wisdom goes down the toilet in one particular chapter when he makes a farce of his whole argument Men are being victimized by liberal academics Not only does he start blaming everybody and anybody but he completely mischaracterizes the progressive argument or makes a caricature of it he had a friend who was liberal and blamed patriarchy for everything and then he illed himself see Point proven He also goes on to demonize anyone pushing for change or gender euality etc And his proof Literally disney movies and the communist revolution gone wrong But why leave out the revolutions gone right American Civil Rights And why instead of looking to the little mermaid to draw out wisdom about the true nature of motherhood and women chalk it up to a crazy sexist script which it is Remember how Ariel uses her body language to get the man I read this book because I was open to hearing from Peterson I like well reasoned ideas no matter what their source And I was ready to hear him and I did most of the way through the book It was very good especially his chapters on marriage parenting and self analysis very good But then he goes too big and grows uite shrill in his argument He loses reason to make a point But I guess controversy creates a best seller and he Prisoner of Midnight knows what he s doing The other logical inconsistencies here were that heeeps using the animal BOSH!: The Cookbook: Simple Recipes. 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All Plants. kingdom ie crabs and lobsters to make a point about human nature specifically on gender and sexuality but then in his other lucid arguments he argues that we need to fight our nature self sacrifice and obedience So why does it make sense for us to tolerate bullies he says this and male superiority because duh the animals do it but not sloth and dominance because we re Godly dammit I would recommend that the critical reader who wants to read this book also read the history of misogyny as well as the fall of adam and eve to get some perspective on why these ideas got to where they are Petersoneeps talking about women being chaos and men being order He never mentions pandora s box but he does bring up Eve uite a bit Those two narratives are relatively recent phenomena instead of fixed laws of the universe He Confessions of an Air Ambulance Doctor keeps making these essentialist claims that men aren t as emotional as women which he undercuts by giving example after example of men losing their shit over nothing and how women are all about nurture but humans are much complicated than this Read the book for the good buteep one eye good and open to spot the bullshit A book by Jordan Peterson I won t be able to do it justice 12 Rules for Life is a wonderful book It is typical Peterson with large amounts of insightful information and wit The book includes information that I Mr. Jelly's Business knew did notnow and information I 6 1/2 Body Parts (Body Movers, knew but did notnow I Gökyüzü Mavi Kaldı knew like a Peterson lecture There are three main points that I took away from this book1 The world is a horrible place filled with suffering If you personally don t suffer someone younow will 2 If you want the world to be betterstart with yourself The individual people start bettering themselves the potential for the world to be just that little bit better increases 3 We should live on the line between order and chaos We need both for a functioning society We need to grow and adapt whilst not getting rid of traditions and traditional structures they might be very important This is a book I would recommend to everyone whether you re familiar with Peterson or not Clean your room and sort yourself out Faulty tools produce faulty results Jordan B Peterson 12 Rules for LifeI m generally not a fan of self help books and this one would have probably never hit my to read shelf if a good friend of mine hadn t invited me to attend a live Jordan Peterson lecture in Phoenix a little over a week ago June 1 2018 The only other exposure I had to Peterson was a wave of seriously negative posts about him by some of my most liberal friends on FB I was intrigued Here I have some friends who found something of value from him enough to want to share with me also we were using Peterson just as a reason to reconnect AND other friends who absolutely abhorred the man All of this fascinated me I was relatively a tabula rasa on this guy I hadn t even read some of the DON T WASTE YOUR TIME If you ve never read a book in your life you d think JP is super smart that baroue style of writing the never ending sentences all those references to science and philosophy how does the man do it you ask yourselfIt s simple The book s actually rubbish but you have nothing to compare it with Nov 2018 Since this review is getting traction please note that these were my impressions right after plodding through this dull book and I m not going to waste my time dismantling his pseudo scientific rubbish many other reviewers have some ualified than me Seek them out If you re willing to be skeptical about my review then use that skepticism to read JP s critics tooNevertheless I do have some recommendations for 12 books you should read instead Moving on This book s riddled with logical errors Facts are ignored and substituted with analogies that simply don t work and don t make sense Major philosophers are completely misrepresented and molded to fit his ideas Entire sub chapters are filled with complicated and ultimately pointless mythological and philosophical references And everything is peppered with common sense statements and citation marks to give it the illusion that it s factual accurate and logical It s not Don t get me started on how bad the writing is It s like he has a paid thesaurus subscription and wants to get his money s worth Nobody cares about your rich vocabulary if you lose the point on the wayYou could spend hours upon hours digging for problems with this book Some actually have done that There was a guy on YouTube who made a one hour video dissecting the problems with the citations alone Yeah it s that easy to poke holes in his ramblings He blames postmodernism for a lot of things but he misrepresents it He uotes Heidegger but it s clear he has no clue what Heidegger s been talking about It s boring and uninspired But JP fans will love it He s got his die hard fans who will continue to follow him no matter what regardless of how bad his ideas are especially since there s no other conservative smart ass to get behind insteadSo don t bother He doesn t say anything new and what he does say is said poorly Not too different from his videos For the sake of your time and brain just read something else Anything from Chomsky to Zizek Read Pinker Friedman Harari Fukuyama Gladwell Have some respect for yourself even fantasy books would be a better use of your time and brain Or just read the stoics and the existentialists instead I mean if you just want someone to tell you to stand up straight and make your bed read Meditations by Emperor Marcus Aurelius Or Seneca Or Sartre Or heck even Dr Seuss Responses to replies I ll probably get Haha suck it you triggered SJW I m not mad that JP is writing books I m mad that such a bad book is getting attention and is wasting What does everyone in the modern world need to now Renowned psychologist Jordan B Peterson's answer to this most difficult of uestions uniuely combines the hard won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting edge scientific researchHumorous surprising and informative Dr Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone what terr.
80 s and its various successor movements for radical personal improvement will recognise this theme of total personal responsibility EST was an intriguing and highly popular syncretism of Jungian psychology and the existential philosophy of Martin Heidegger Peterson s version doesn t use the pyramid selling techniues that made EST so popular particularly among the highly educated but the combination of the internet cable television and the intellectual vacuum of evangelical and political conservatism has the euivalent functional role EST was a training ground for the political left in the 1970 s 12 Rules promises to be the focal point for the political right for some time to come None of this is to say that Peterson isn t interesting or worthwhile On the contrary he has an intelligent witty and interesting contribution to make in intellectual debate despite the banal insipidness of his Rules Nevertheless just as EST helped create a generation of liberal weirdos in business politics and academia I fear that an euivalent generation of conservative weirdos in in the making There is a distinct Whig theme that runs through the entire book the world is as it is for good reasons and it s not your responsibility to fix it Comforting no doubt to those who feel disenfranchised disrespected and than a bit deplorable But really does anyone believe that some positive thinking is going to make them into a bold psychic adventurer My advice don t drink the Kool Aid too uicklyPostscript 2Aug18 I see many five star reviews here so here is the contrarian position I m giving this one star for a couple of reasons 1 The content does not justify the length of the book When you str Jordan Peterson may be the only clinical psychologist who believes that psychology is subordinate to philosophy and the one thing that psychology and philosophy both genuflect before is story Story or myth predates religion and is in fact as old as language itself In his earlier book Maps of Meaning The Architecture of Belief Peterson connects the stories we share with our earliest ancestors with modern nowledge of behavior and the mind It s a textbook for his popular University of Toronto coursesThe one time dish washer and mill worker spent nearly 20 years at the University before garnering international attention In September 2016 Peterson released a couple of videos opposing an amendment to the Canadian Human Rights Act which he contended could send someone to jail for refusing to use a made up gender identity pronoun Peterson went on to testify before the Canadian Senate and has emerged as a foremost critic of postmodernism on North American campusesPostmodernism is the new skin of communism In Peterson s view The ideology has been so thoroughly discredited from an economic standpoint that those who still advocate for it for either political or emotional reasons have resorted to attacking the very process in which something can be discredited reason and debate At the same time they have worked to change the face of oppression away from those living in poverty toward individuals who don t look or act like those who hold most of the positions of power and authority in Western society Peterson s classroom is now the entire globe Millions are watching his lectures and other videos on YouTube For this new and greater audience a accessible affordable compendium than Maps of Meaning was called for 12 Rules for Life An Antidote to Chaos is affordable for sure but only slightly accessible Part self help book part memoir part Maps for the masses it s organized sprawlingly Read full review at I wish this book had been around to read when I was 18 I ignored Jordan Peterson for a while since his name usually came up in culture war contexts where the rule is that every generation gets approximately five talking points to endlessly yell at each other But then he published a book and a bunch of my academic friends started screeching a few octaves higher than usual and a few of my well adjusted friends started reading the book so I decided to check it out I recognize that being inclined to agree with a critic of postmodernism entirely because of his critics behavior is itself pretty postmodern and thus suspect But be fair to postmodernists they re good at finding clues even if they re bad at solving mysteriesIf I were half a decade younger or much less lucky in my choice of reading material this could have been the book that changed my life Writings that played this role for me instead Sexual Personae Moby Dick Starting Strength that viral get your shit together email by Scott Galloway The book s target audience is young men suffering from post school ennui and the message is it s not your fault but it s 100% your responsibility to fix itGiven his reputation people insist on tagging Peterson with the alt right label I was half expecting 1488 Rules for Life An Antidote to Chaos But no Peterson is not writing neo fascist propaganda He s writing fatherly advice at least if your dad read a lot of Jung and Nietzsche and dropped a little acid If you think this is one of those advice books where you can skim the contents and get the gist you are completely wildly wrong Take chapter one on posture We begin naturally by talking about lobster combat Then wrens Then back to lobsters on to a wild fugue through a few hundred million years of evolution a brief segue about how at different levels of abstraction nature alternates between permanence and chaos and how part of music s appeal is the recognition of this and then Peterson concludes by recommending good postureThe whole rest of the book is like this There s an initial riff followed by a long philosophical jam session expect references to Freud Marx yin and yang evolution the Old Testament Jung Peterson s ids and the New Testament and it closes with a stern admonition You might thing that s a silly approach that risks trivializing whatever philosophical lessons it includes but the one two combo of moral lesson plus minor daily habit has a great historical precedent Just look at the Bible The first book is about the origin of all existence the nature of evil the conseuence of sin etc The second book is about becoming a distinctive people having a covenant with the divine and so on The third book is about when to wash your hands all the time and which foods you should avoid eating lest you get sick If every episode of hand washing and ham refusal reminds you of Original Sin you will spend a lot time thinking about morality than you otherwise wouldSo I can t really review the advice itself although it s good I can recommend reading the book not so much for any one point but for the journey there was very little I wish I d thought of first but a lot I wish I d phrased that way before If you read his book and follow his advice will it improve your life Almost certainly Not just because his suggestions are things we should already be told or have already been told but ignored But for simple tribal reasons It s like eating paleo the actual behavior helps at the margin but what really eeps you on the path towards self improvement is the feeling that it s 99% of the world against you and your brave band of friends And you could do worse than to choose the friends who rally around Peterson. Eople 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 listene.
Eople s timeJP is the man you just can t appreciate his genius He s not he is the very definition of a pseudo intellectual There are so many other public intellectuals that are smarter better spoken and respected than JPYou don t now suat he taught at Harvard He was an associate for a few years a long time ago So Look at him now when nobody in his university wants to be associated with him What does that tell you How can you call that a respected academicThis isn t real criticism It s really not I don t care enough about this to write a 2500 word essay on him I m reading some better books right now But even my rambling makes sense than his lobster analogy A soothing and seductive balm for the butthurt I am fascinated by the cult surrounding this man who as a previous reviewer noted relies far too much on simplistic interpretations of Biblical stories and the Disney versions of fairy tales to the expense of all else I guess Lilith and Athena might complicate that Easy Bake reimposition of a male centered narrative Here s what I don t get None of this is new Joseph Campbell Heard of him Remember M Scott Peck That Christian head shrinker who said Life is difficult Get used to it and it will get better Peterson s popularity only reveals that an entire generation has been so robbed of the humanities that they re starving for anyone who will provide a few harsh words and some meaning in their lives The guy can tell a story Too bad it s a frighteningly regressive one for women And no Women s Studies departments are not propagating a myth that the world was once a glorious matriarchy That was funny though Too Sweet to be WholesomeJordan Peterson is a global phenomenon He is good in print even better in interviews As a psychoanalyst he has decades of experience and professional credibility I find his Jungian approach far interesting than Freudian or various cognitive methods As a Canadian he is presumed a certain integrity often denied to other English speaking experts As a man he is engaging and fast on his feet with no defensiveness even under intense pressure In 12 Rules for Life he makes a cogent case for the necessity as well as benefit of moral authority Although he is not a religious adherent Peterson believes in the objectivity of moral law he has no time for those relativists who consider moral law as something arbitrarily constructed within human society Many find his arguments compelling I find them disingenuous and dangerousThe disingenuousness of 12 Rules begins in the introduction by Peterson s long time friend and associate Dr Norman Doidge MD Doidge points to the persistence of the Ten Commandments from the Hebrew Scriptures as an example of the ancient effectively eternal and fixed wisdom of biblical moral precepts Unsurprisingly Doidge fails to make mention of the other 412 divinely ordained precepts of the law given in the same scriptures Things like the stoning of heretics the inferiority of women and the necessity for meticulous maintenance of spiritual purity apparently do not carry significant moral weight despite their authoritative divine source And he makes no mention of the fact that the founder of the Christian Religion Paul of Tarsus designated the entire Hebrew law including the Ten Commandments as the very source of evil Doidge is not merely tendentious he is an ideologue who has little understanding of the biblical references he makes or he is a liarPopularity is not a terribly reliable guarantor of either poetry or philosophy By his own account Peterson s Rules started life on an interactive internet site Participants liked his rules as nakedly stated without even being given reasons without explanation of their operation The rules apparently touched some inarticulate need which site participants hadn t previously recognised And they gave rave reviews The book is the result of subseuent justifications of the intuitions he floated on the internet Whatever erudition classical references and stylistic skill Peterson used to develop his arguments for these rules they are hardly the the product of analytical thought Like Doidge s introduction the book is tendentious meant to promote a potentially popular cause not thinking The fact that Peterson is honest about the genesis of the book doesn t change its character But I think it does help to explain why the book appeals to many religious leaders and right wing politicians Peterson appears to provide both groups with philosophical selling and political talking points that promote a conservative social agendaPeterson is a Jungian psychoanalyst apparently by conviction as well as by training Jungian method is inherently dialectical Consciousunconscious egoshadow animaanimus are all necessary components of the human psyche Only by accepting the existence of these competing components and reconciling their insistent demands can a person become integrated that is whole a complete Self Jungians implicitly presume that none of us is naturally whole We need each other sometimes use each other to compensate for our dialectical deficiencies Ultimately however psychic health comes about by taking responsibility for one s own integration by recognising how we perceive the reality of the world we inhabit and how we react to our perceptions These are matters of choice not fate This is a simple but very subtle theory In short the theory has two principles 1 the Unconscious is indistinguishable from reality and 2 the Self is indistinguishable from God Both reality and God exist in our heads as it were They are ideas over which we can exercise control One can sense Plato not to mention Billy Graham turning in their graves at the thought that ideas are subject to human will Evangelicals don t seem to mind this Jungian theological faux pas probably because Peterson uotes the Old Testament story of the Creation and Fall a classic Jungian trope To them it seems but a small step from the symbolism of the God in one s head and one s dreams to the objective Ruler of the world Didn t the great Protestant theologian of the 19th century Friedrich Schleiermacher make the same point that God was a feeling emanating from the human mind Similarly social conservatives like the idea of personal responsibility as part of their ideological portfolios Doesn t this bring together both the economic neo liberalism of Frederick Hayek and the militant individualism of Ayn Rand The fact that personal integration of the Self implies a rejection of ideology of any stripe as an impediment to psychic health doesn t seem to register at all So of course Peterson will be exploited by Evangelicals and Conservatives to further their agendas regardless of the caveats insisted upon by him And they re right to ignore his fey resistance He nows he s given conservations a way to ignore the traditional Christian ethos of love the primary concern with one s neighbour the inherent responsibility to the collective as something distinct from the totality of its members His is a philosophy of consummate selfishness which just fits the bill for the latest coalition of religious and constitutional fundamentalists Christ as pantocratic dictator rather than Jesus as messianic rebelThose who are familiar with the Erhard Seminar Training EST programme of the 1970 s and. Ible fate awaits those who criticize too easily and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the streetWhat 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
Jordan B Peterson is a Canadian clinical psychologist self help writer cultural critic and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto His main areas of study are in abnormal social and personality psychology with a particular interest in the psychology of religious and ideological belief and the assessment and improvement of personality and performancePeterson grew up in Fairvi