Friday, June 22, 2018

12 Rules for Life: Jordan Peterson June 2018

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos (2018) is a best-selling self-help book by Professor Jordan B. Peterson (56). He is a Canadian clinical psychologist, and a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. His particular interest is in the psychology of religious and ideological belief. Professor Peterson is a Christian, and often quotes from the Hebrew and Christian Bibles to back up a point. In his youth, he worked for the New Democratic Party (NDP) in Fairway, Alberta. Professor Peterson is from a small town, in the most pioneering province in Canada. This gives him a different outlook from city dwellers. It perhaps explains why he sounds like a conservative, in spite of his earlier NDP connections.

The advice is sensible, such as stand up straight with your shoulders back. He points out that all of nature is based on hierarchies, including that of the lowly lobster. If a person slouches along, with hands in pockets, he appears to be lower down the pecking order than the person who walks holding himself or herself up straight with shoulders back. Help yourself like someone you are responsible for helping. Make friends with people who want the best for you. Compete only with yourself. Compare your performance with what you did yesterday, and strive
for your own personal best. Don't let your children behave in a way that makes you dislike them. Other people will dislike them too. Set your own house in perfect order before you criticize the world. Pursue what is meaningful, not what is expedient. Tell the truth. Don't interrupt the other person as you may learn something from them. Be precise in your speech. Let children take risks when they play. Pet a cat when you encounter it on the street, especially if you are suffering a bad time in your life. This will give you comfort.

This is all good advice, and these certainly are 12 good rules for living life. Professor Peterson elaborates each rule with lots of stories and examples, that would help in understanding exactly what he means by them. For young people, or anyone who isn't already into motivational speakers such as Anthony Robins and Zig Ziglar, this will be good advice. 

The picture painted here is of people who are independent, self-reliant, self-controled, and self-directed, who meets adversity with courage and work through it. Not whiners, they makes friends with people like them and are straighforward, with integrity. All very good advice!

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