12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

by Jordan B. Peterson

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Chaos is a normal part of life. Although it cannot be avoided, it can be managed. This idea is the premise of 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. The habits we have summarized from this book will help you gain a better understanding of your life as it currently is, so you can take steps to achieve what you desire.

About the Author

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 performance.

Great ideas from this book

Rule 1: Stand Up Straight With Your Shoulders Back

Rule 2: Treat Yourself Like Someone You Are Responsible For Helping

Rule 3: Make Friends With People Who Want The Best For You

Rule 4: Compare Yourself To Who You Were Yesterday, Not To Who Someone Else Is Today

Rule 5: Do Not Let Your Children Do Anything That Makes You Dislike Them

Rule 6: Set Your House In Perfect Order Before You Criticize The World

Rule 7: Pursue What Is Meaningful (Not What Is Expedient)

Rule 8: Tell The Truth - Or, At Least, Don’t Lie

Rule 9: Assume That The Person You Are Listening To Might Know Something You Don’t

Rule 10: Be Precise In Your Speech

Rule 11: Do Not Bother Children When They Are Skateboarding

Rule 12: Pet A Cat When You Encounter One On The Street