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12 Rules for Life – What we learn from the book of Jordan Peterson

First, I want to start by saying how I even decided to read Jordan Peterson’s book 12 rules for life. It was because I stumbled across Jordan Peterson’s lectures on YouTube, and I quickly became really interested in a lot of what he had to say. I found his perspectives really interesting.

What we know about the author, Jordan Peterson

He’s a psychologist from Canada who has entered the political scene somewhat only because of his views on certain subjects in Canada which I’m not going to get into. We want to talk about his book only.

So you can research all that if you want to but I want to talk about his book. That’s not to say we won’t touch on some of his positions very very slightly, just because of how they come up in the book itself. It’s really not the point of this article is to review the book itself.

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My first thought about reading the book Twelve Rules of Life

After watching probably hours on his Youtube, I have to admit of his lectures and his interviews. I decided to eventually gave in and I really was interested in reading his book.

The book is entitled twelve rules for life. And that in itself gives you the hint that this is a sort of self-development book, or a book that will better you inspire you all those sort of things.

While the book does have a lot of those aspects, it’s also way more complex. Each chapter is one of these twelve lessons. So he’ll start with the rule of each chapter in the twelve rules for life. And what we end up doing is going on a journey. I mean that it’s a journey, so you start out with this main point. You take a path, you take a path away from it, then you take a path off of that path and off another path. And you end up somewhere completely different. At times, I really felt that way.

He’s a superfluous speaker. He’s a superfluous writer as well. So it wasn’t anything that really surprised me. I kind of half expected it going in.

That’s something that generally frustrates me with nonfiction, but he is a very intellectual man. it’s very interesting to hear his thoughts. As far as labeling 12 rules for life as a self-help book, I would actually really discourage you from going in with that expectation. It’s a much more intellectual book than that.

We go in through a more traditional list view, and it’s interesting the way he describes things. I really enjoyed it from a mindset perspective where he is going in with these traditional archetypes.

He’s using things like Pinocchio, like princess story, like Grimm fairy tales stories that we all know. These huge stories that are part of not only Western culture but a lot of cultures in some forms or another. He’s using those to explain his points about life itself. We are going big big scale.

A lot of the time, I felt this book, twelve rules for life, could have been multiple books. On the one hand, it’s self-help, and I felt like we could have pulled those lessons and put them into a shorter more concise book. Then, we’re going into religion, a lot of the time.

On the other hand, we’re going into the intellectual side, or I should say the psychological side about almost what makes us tick a little bit. How you can master your mindset a little bit better.

All of that was really interesting, but I almost felt like it was too much for this one publication. I would read more of his work again.

His point of view was far out of my expectations

Let’s split it up a little bit because it’s almost overwhelming and thematically as a book. I feel that it is weird, quite a bit. That’s not to say that the information itself isn’t good, isn’t fantastic because it is. But it can also just be tiring a little bit it’s a little too much going on.

The religious aspect I wanted to talk about is that he uses Christianity and biblical references biblical stories to really explain a great number of his points, I mean most of it. It’s not that this offends me or anything it’s just that I wasn’t expecting it going in. But I do enjoy religious studies. I think it’s really fascinating. I have like half a shelf on religious books. I like the study of it so it didn’t bother me. It’s not annoyed me because he used it. But it was annoying because he used it so much that I almost felt like I was in Bible study.

That really happens for the middle third of the book where almost everything is a biblical reference. It’s interesting! I feel like he should write and annotated a version of the Bible. No joke! I would read his Bible study notebooks because the way he interprets it is very interesting, very fascinating. I would love to read more about that. It’s just not what I thought I was signing up for when I purchased this book.

To my expectations, I’ve said before. A lot of my reviews can make you feel really happy or you’re really not happy about a book. I just wanted to express that in this review because the biblical references and the lessons are a huge part of the work itself. There’s nothing wrong with that. I completely understand why he did it. This book is really for Western civilization, for Western civilization thinking. The Bible, of course, is a massive part of what has defined our culture in our society. It would be neglectful to say that it didn’t. Because, of course, it did.

I had wished for a reader or as a reader and to reach more readers. But he had used more of the story archetypes like Pinocchio, and the princesses, and Hansel and Gretel, and things that he touches on in the last quarter of the novel. If he had not the novel of the book. If he had used more of those different types of references as explanations throughout, I really think it would be more relatable and it would really touch more people.

So I think if you are Christian, if you are interested in religion, you’re going see a lot of things that are familiar to you. Just be aware of going in that it is heavy with Bible references.

The great lessons I learnt from 12 Rules of Life

The most fun part of the book to make clear of his point, as I was saying earlier. We make a point and then we go on a path and the path off that path, right? So it’s very big, very large scale. At the end of the chapter we sort of come back to the core. Sometimes, I wouldn’t even know how we really got back to the core message of that chapter. It just seemed that suddenly we arrived there, and that was fine. I just felt that it was a bit convoluted.

There are these great lessons, really great lessons. It’s just that you have to really go on a journey to get there. So don’t go in expecting it to be efficient because it’s not efficient at all. It’s superfluous. It’s a bit convoluted. But the lessons are there, the insights are there, and all of them were very interesting to me.

The first two-thirds of the book can get exhausting, but great insights. I’m lying to you. There was a point in the middle where I didn’t know I could really make it through. However, it’s just that you have to dig to get to them. It was still good, just heavy.

A corner of the last one third of the book, you start to get into it. Beside that, I really felt the last quarter of the book was how the entire book should have been. That’s when we’re really getting into the personal stuff, like a logical stuff. That’s when I felt like the really helpful things for everyday life came into play. There was still the biblical references, but they weren’t quite so heavy-handed. It was interspersed with a lot of different archetypal stories that we can all relate to. And I understand why he used them because they’re things we all know. That’s how you explain these big concepts, right?

I loved that he did that. I loved a lot of what he had to say about his personal life, his personal beliefs. Watching his YouTube videos, his lectures and those sort of his interviews, that’s what I was looking for more of his own insights and perspectives on these things. I was glad to get a bit more of that when he gets more into his political thoughts which are very anti-socialist anti-Marxism. I’m not gonna get into that stuff but that’s really where he gets into that sort of thing. He also gets into more of the psychology and give us some great advice for just maintaining your life, for as the book title says, an antidote to chaos. That’s when I feel like we really got into the heart of it.

It took us about three quarters of the book to get into what I felt the meat of that book should have been. As I said before I really feel like there’s a lot going on in this book. We could have probably taken every he said. There are a lot of insights, there are a lot of interesting perspectives that whether or not you agree are just fascinating to think about. We could have just separated them. We could have all been reading three different books. That’s really how I feel about it.

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My final thought after reading the book, and my recommendation

All in all, I’m glad that I read it. I think that he is a very insightful, interesting person. I like to hear his perspectives. Do I agree with everything he says? No! Do I agree with a lot of what he says? Yes!

So if you’re reading this because you’re interested in what he’s had to say and you want more of that, you’re going get it. Just be prepared that just as he is, and his interviews, and his lectures. He is a bit superfluous. There’s nothing wrong with that. I just want you to understand that going in. It’s not your typical like quick and dirty life tips that you might expect from a lot of the self-help genre. So do I recommend it? Yes, I do but only to a certain audience only if you sort of know what you’re getting into and you know that you’re going to be interested in what he has to say.

You’re probably reading this after having already seen some of his lectures and his YouTube videos. If you’re looking for more of that, or if you’re looking for more insight into what he has to say on a lot of different topics: about life, about society, about culture all of which are very fascinating. You’re going find them in that book. They are there.

So it’s a bit of a hybrid. It’s not quite a self-help book. It’s almost theology. It’s about story structure a lot of the time. I felt that very interesting as a writer and someone who studies story. How much he gave as far as traditional stories, and why they work, and why they have an impact. Again, there’s just a lot going on.

I think I’m going to give this either a 3.5 or a 4 star out of 5 just because I felt somatically with the book promised and as advertised as is a bit different from what it actually ended up being. I think if you change expectations and the way things are categorized, people go in a lot more happily. Because they know what to expect and they know what they’re getting out of it.

It’s long. It’s deep. It’s heavy at times. It’s hard to get through at times. But the core messages are there, and they are good. If you’re interested in picking up his book, I say go for it.

If you’re not sure yet, and you’re just like who the heck is Jordan Peterson, anyway, go ahead and google him, and watch some of his videos, and you will know right off the bat. If he’s someone you want to learn more about or someone whose perspectives you want to learn more about, I should say that instead of getting to know him.

His closing statement is about how he hopes the book has helped the reader in some way. He hopes that it has pointed out things that you already knew but maybe didn’t realize you knew. And that he hopes you can wish well that he wishes you well. Somatically, I think we’re a little bit of Louisville over the place of the book. I think he’s a very intelligent person, a very learned person. It might have been difficult for him and his publishers to decide quite what to include or not include.

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That’s it for this one. It was a good book. I’m glad I read it. It made me think about some things the same, some things differently, some things I agree with, some things I didn’t agree with. But God wouldn’t it be boring if I just agreed with everyone all the time.

So it’s up to you. You definitely want to be in somewhat of his vein of thinking and understand where he’s coming from before you read the book. It’s definitely for a more conservative audience and you should know that going in.

I hope that you have enjoyed reading it. This review was a little bit more enlightening for you as far as what’s actually included in Jordan Peterson’s book 12 rules for life.

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