This was a really important book for Jordan Peterson because of how it presents heady psychoanalytic concepts in digestible form! Peterson beautifully articulates insights that resonate so well with the “non-articulated knowing” people have deep inside themselves so that they often find themselves thinking, “Oh yeah! I kind of already knew that, but never knew how to say it!”. His ability to do this for people provides a mirror that can be difficult to look at, but can lead to practical self awareness and improvement!
Below is an accurate synopsis from Amazon.com.
What does everyone in the modern world need to know? Renowned psychologist Jordan B. Peterson’s answer to this most difficult of questions uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research.
Humorous, surprising and informative, Dr. Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone, what terrible fate awaits those who criticize too easily, and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the street.
What does the nervous system of the lowly lobster have to tell us about standing up straight (with our shoulders back) and about success in life? Why did ancient Egyptians worship the capacity to pay careful attention as the highest of gods? What dreadful paths do people tread when they become resentful, arrogant and vengeful? Dr. Peterson journeys broadly, discussing discipline, freedom, adventure and responsibility, distilling the world’s wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules for life. 12 Rules for Life shatters the modern commonplaces of science, faith and human nature, while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its readers.