12 Rules for Life Book Review

Matthew Gearhart, Opinion editor

“12 Rules For Life” by Jordan Peterson is a sophisticated and complex analysis of how you should organize and manifest yourself in society. Written by a psychologist, public speaker, online influencer,, and professor at the University of Toronto. His book provides 12 introspective bits of advice to improve your existence, though it’s not like any other book stemming from the ‘self-help’ genre.,.

It is a book that combines sensible advice gleaned from his clinical practice with inspirational anecdotes from his personal life, accounts of his academic work in the field of psychology and a lot of intellectual history of the ‘“great books’” variety, which he interprets in highly tendentious ways.” The Guardian described.

He follows these rules with a complexity of history, religious text, philosophy, anthropology and biology to prove his ideas are in the realm of truism. The utterances of Jordan Peterson and his book have influenced many in western society whom fallen stray of meaning or have suffered the sensation of no life direction.

To provide an insight on the context of what these rules say, the most prominent one that sticks out, is Rule 9, “Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t.” Peterson details the intricacies of conversation, and how difficult it is to have a real meaningful session where the sole purpose is to exchange knowledge to uncover something new. He describes the intrinsic importance of real honest listening. Because often conversations are debates, where the two individuals spit what they have learned to show off their intellectual capacity and wisdom. Though, if you try your best to peer into the others personal interpretation of the world you are sure to learn something.

12 rules for life is sometimes called preachy, other times news sites like Vox describe it as, “Emblematic of the way white male anxiety is producing new and powerful political movements across the West today.”  Which I think is all utter nonsense. If you are feeling lost and without meaning or direction and you’re looking for a solution, I highly recommend this piece of literature.