Background

Jordan Peterson is a psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto.

Summary

Coming from his background in psychology, mythology, and philosophy, Jordan Peterson shares 12 practical rules for living a better life.

Interesting Ideas

Peterson commented that meaning in life is to be found between the healthy balance of chaos and order. Chaos represents engagement while order represents security.

I liked his commentary on individual responsibility and adopting as much responsibility as we can.

He painted a realistic picture of human nature. His belief is that every human being has the capacity for good and evil.

All of his rules were interesting. One I particularly enjoyed was to tell the truth, which is so central to our existence and what he equated to making the most habitable world.

Here’s an interesting bonus video from Jordan Peterson on the importance of truth: (link)

Positives

Great story teller and a very thoughtful, articulate thinker.

Has tremendous leadership awareness. "A leader gives articulation to the imagination of the population." - Jordan Peterson (22:30 of this video)

Painted a realistic picture of human nature and the human condition.

Has deep knowledge of why postmodern/Marxist thinking is flawed.

Some Criticisms

No major criticisms.

Check out his book, here: Amazon link

Jordan Peterson does a lot of commentary on New Atheism and questions of “why are we here” or the meaning of human existence. If you are interested in these topics check out the essay I wrote called The Search for Truth.


Bibliography

Peterson, Jordan. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos. Toronto: Random House Canada, 2018.


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