The book is divided into chapters, with each title representing one of the following twelve specific rules for life, as explained in an essay. Ron Dart, in a review for The Ormsby Review, saw the book as “an attempt to articulate a more meaningful order for freedom as an antidote to the unpredictable. Chaos of our time”, but although “necessary” with exemplary advice for men and women, it is “hardly a sufficient text for the more difficult questions that afflict us in our too human journey and that must be read as such”.   In a review for the Financial Times, Julian Baggini wrote: “In headline form, most of its rules are simply timeless common sense. The problem is that when Peterson fills them, they carry more stuffed animals than meat.  In a joint review with Steven Pinker`s Enlightenment Now for The Scotsman, Bill Jamieson praised the essays as “richly illustrated and filled with excellent advice on how to restore meaning and a sense of progress in our daily lives,” and described both books as “a mock verbal drowning for supporters of big government.”  David Brooks of the New York Times wrote: “The Peterson Way is a difficult road, but it is an idealistic path – and for millions of young men, it is proving to be the perfect antidote to the cocktail of coddling and accusations in which they grew up.  The Guardian`s Hari Kunzru said the book collects advice from Peterson`s clinical practice with personal anecdotes, accounts of his academic work as a psychologist, and “a lot of intellectual history of the variety of `great books`,” but the essays on menstruation are explained in an overly complicated style. Kunzru called Peterson sincere, but found the book irritating because he thinks Peterson didn`t follow his own rules.  In an interview with Peterson for The Guardian, Tim Lott called the book atypical for the self-help genre.  Using examples from nature, such as the humble lobster, Peterson explains the importance of understanding domination.
How order and chaos work together, how to pay attention to your posture, express your opinion, go out and dare circulates serotonin and gives the world a picture of competence. In turn, you will begin to be less anxious and more confident, which will increase the likelihood that good things will happen in your life. The book promotes the idea that people should be born with an instinct of ethics and meaning and should take responsibility for seeking meaning above their own interests (Rule 7, “Pursue what makes sense, not what is expedient”). Such thinking is reflected both in contemporary stories such as Pinocchio, The Lion King and Harry Potter, as well as in ancient stories from the Bible.  “Standing with one`s shoulders back” (rule 1) means “taking on the terrible responsibility of life,” bringing self-sacrifice, because the individual must rise above victimization and “live his life in a way that requires the rejection of immediate satisfaction, natural and perverse desires.”  Comparison with the neurological structures and behaviour of lobsters is used as a natural example of the formation of social hierarchies.    He firmly believes in the search for truth, in human hierarchy and in gender roles. He believes that suffering is an inevitable aspect of life, that we can initiate heaven or hell on earth, and that people have within them the means to bring order to chaos. 10 Be precise in your talk Face the chaos of being. Don`t try to beat around the bush. Things are going to be terrible. Oedipus killed his father. You can kill yours.
Move on to something else. Face the true horror of the world. This newfound confidence will help you develop the courage to be brave in difficult times. This will help you face the terror of the world while finding joy. Here`s how Peterson sums up this first rule for life: Peterson`s interest in writing the book stems from a personal hobby of answering questions posted on Quora; One of these questions was, “What are the most valuable things everyone should know?”, to which his answer included 42 rules.  The original vision and promotion of the book was to incorporate all the rules entitled “42”.   Peterson explained that it is “not just written for other people. This is a warning to me.  “Clear rules and proper discipline help the child, family and society to build, maintain and expand the order that is everything that protects us from the chaos and horrors of the underworld. Where everything is uncertain, anxiety-provoking, desperate and depressing. There are no bigger gifts a parent can give. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos is a self-help book published in 2018 by Jordan Peterson, a Canadian clinical psychologist and professor of psychology.
It provides life coaching through essays on abstract ethical principles, psychology, mythology, religion and personal anecdotes. Dr. Peterson discusses discipline, responsibility, freedom, and adventure, distilling the wisdom of the world into twelve large-scale, practical, and profound essays. Join those who have already found inspiration and direction in Dr. Peterson`s teaching. In this extraordinarily powerful book, discover 12 simple but profound rules for sorting yourself out, putting your home in order, and making the world a better place – starting with yourself. The central idea of the book is that “suffering is embedded in the structure of being,” and while it can be unbearable, people have the choice to either withdraw, which is a “suicidal gesture,” or to face it and transcend it.  Living in a world of chaos and order, everyone has a “darkness” that can “turn them into monsters they are capable of” to satisfy their dark impulses in the right situations. Scientific experiments such as the Invisible Gorilla Test show that perception is fit for purpose and that it is better to seek meaning than happiness. Peterson notes: Joe Humphreys of the Irish Times argued that people should not be deterred from “reading what is a true power of a book: wise, provocative, humorous, and also incredibly contradictory (as all deep and truthful studies of human nature must be).”  Glenn Ellmers wrote in the Claremont Review of Books that Peterson “does not hesitate to tell readers that life means pain and suffering. However, his skilful presentation makes it clear that duty is often liberating and that responsibility can be a gift.  In September 2018, Peterson threatened to sue Cornell University philosopher Kate Manne for defamation after she called her work misogynistic in an interview with Vox.
Manne called Peterson`s threat an attempt to suppress free speech. Vox considered the threat unfounded and ignored it.    In a critique often shared by the eminent intellectual Noam Chomsky, Nathan Robinson of Current Affairs called Peterson a “charlatan” who gives “the most basic advice of paternal life” while “adding folds to obscure the simplicity of his mind.”  Humorous, surprising, and informative, Dr. Peterson explains why skateboard boys and girls should be left alone, what a terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you encounter one on the street. What does the nervous system of the low lobster tell us about standing (with shoulders back) and success in life? Why did the ancient Egyptians worship the ability to pay attention as the highest of all gods? What terrible paths do people take when they become resentful, arrogant and vindictive? Always tell the truth. Admit and learn from the past, sort out your chaos and work so as not to repeat the same mistakes. Pay special attention. In the final chapter, Peterson describes the ways in which one can deal with the most tragic events, events that are often beyond his control.
He describes his personal struggle when he discovered that his daughter Mikhaila was suffering from a rare bone disease.  The chapter is a meditation on how to keep a watchful eye on the small redemptive qualities of life (i.e., “Pet a cat when you meet one”).