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The highly anticipated sequel to the global best seller 12 Rules for Life

In 12 Rules for Life, acclaimed public thinker and clinical psychologist Jordan B. Peterson offered an antidote to the chaos in our lives: eternal truths applied to modern anxieties. His insights have helped millions and resonated powerfully around the world. 

Now in his long-awaited sequel, Peterson goes further, showing that part of life's meaning comes from reaching out into the domain beyond what we know, and adapting to an ever-transforming world. While an excess of chaos threatens us with uncertainty, an excess of order leads to a lack of curiosity and creative vitality. Beyond Order therefore calls on us to balance the two fundamental principles of reality - order and chaos - and reveals the profound meaning that can be found on the path that divides them. 

In times of instability and suffering, Peterson reminds us that there are sources of strength on which we can all draw: insights borrowed from psychology, philosophy, and humanity's greatest myths and stories. Drawing on the hard-won truths of ancient wisdom, as well as deeply personal lessons from his own life and clinical practice, Peterson offers 12 new principles to guide listeners towards a more courageous, truthful, and meaningful life.

©2021 Jordan B. Peterson (P)2021 Random House Canada

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A continuation of greatness...

Exactly what one would expect from the incredible being that is the great Jordan B. Peterson: Amazing story telling, insightful investigation into the nature of existence and being, and palpable empathetic undertones characteristic of a person truly concerned for the well-being of others pervades the content throughout.

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More life changing advice.

As my particular life has been more chaotic than calm, I am already experienced with much chaos. Regardless, I could have been more efficient in my reactions to chaos and this book helped me see that. Some notes I took while reading.

Rule 1
We need to talk about the past to separate trivial overblown thoughts from experiences that are important

We need to talk about the present to know where we are , where are going and why we are going there. Helps regulate effiency

Institutions must exist to solve problems in order for life to continue

No one unwilling to be a beginner can learn

If the people who are best at solving a problem rise to the top, it is not power, it is authority that properly accompanies ability

Rule 2

Follow the rules, until those rules prevent you from becoming a higher ideal of those rules

““But I say to you who are willing to hear: Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on the cheek, offer the other one as well. If someone takes your coat, don’t withhold your shirt either. Give to everyone who asks and don’t demand your things back from those who take them. Treat people in the same way that you want them to treat you.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭6:27-31‬ ‭CEB‬‬

Only change course in career if what you’re considering seems more challenging and rewarding.

Rule 4

People get more upset by the things they didn’t do then with the errors they made while actively navigating the world

Describing hell: all of the suffering of life with none of the meaning

Voluntary confrontation with a feared hated or despised obstacle is curative. We become stronger by facing what impedes our necessary progress

Rule 5

Telling someone to not say a certain word is insensitive to people who’s family participated in the Second World War or people who come from countries where totalitarian regimes killed people in the name of equality. Furthermore telling someone to not use a certain word is to tell them to not be true to themselves. This demotivates people when they must censor their person. Instead, tell them how it makes you feel when you use those words around them and let them decide whether to take this into account. If they were truly concerned about the wellbeing of their coworkers and whether their presence energizes your spirit to work towards your common goal then they would adjust their behaviour. To issue a blanket ban on words is to show that you don’t care whether your coworkers are energized to work hard towards your common goal.

Rule 9
I was seen as an outcast in elementary and high school. I believe it was because I displayed preferable traits to teachers and this made other kids uncomfortable and unsafe so they pressured each other to not involve themselves with me. I believe this is happening again at my place of work. My abilities highlight their deficiencies. They get defensive. I am falling into past behaviour of trying to modify myself to their expectations. I shouldn’t do that because it’s not about me. I need to fully utilize my ability.

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God bless this man

Love Dr.Peterson's new book! A great continuation of his previous release. Can't get enough of it.

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Incredible

I lack the ability to write a review worthy of this work. Stop reading the comments and buy it already.

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Grateful

Very grateful to have more Jordan Peterson to listen to/read. Happy for his health, and I hope this book helps as many people as his past writings.

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Thanks Jordan!

Pre-ordered this book and will be purchasing the hard copy as well.

My gripe with JBP is that he should really stay in his domain of psychology, instead of philosophy.

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Amazing book

Such a unique and gifted person this book give great insight to how humans work

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Another excellent book!!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I may have even liked it more than the first 12 rules, which was excellent as well. Perhaps more of the rules spoke to me at this point of my life, as it brought much clarity to me through deep thought and introspection. I am amazed by what Dr. Peterson has been able to accomplish in this book while up against the many struggles he's been through the last few years.

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Jordan Peterson is an absolutel genius

I loved this book so much, he always says exactly what I need to hear

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Amazing

Wish I could say how useful Jordan’s book and advice have been in helping me not to become embittered at life and to do better for it it’s own sake. Thank you. A great book.

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  • Jason
  • 2021-03-06

Best book you will read this year

I remember listening to the extreme leftist CBC Radio when Jordan's last book was released. The far left wing hosts were trying to mock the book, especially the lobster metaphor. Mostly the guy was angry at how many copies 12 Rules for Life sold compared his own modest book. I ended up buying 12 Rules for Life, as well as, Maps of Meaning and really enjoyed them.
This book is even better!!

If you are impressed by how quick Jordan thinks on his feet against hateful interviewers and other degenerates, you'll really love his written word. Each chapter is jam packed with thought provoking metaphors on religious figures, growing as a person and overcoming life's obstacles; from childhood on.

One of the things that captivated me was by accident. I just finished reading 'God is Not Great' and felt Hitchens trivialized and left much unanswered. By coincidence, 12 More Rules for Life, covered some things, particularly some things about Nietzsche, and provided many answers and expiated on a range of themes that I was searching for.

Chapter 6 was my favourite and seemed to be where the magic really heated up.
Get this book. You will not regret it. This is one the those books that must be read and re-read to fully digest all its greatness

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  • Clive Lobo
  • 2021-03-09

Top 1 out of 300+ read books

Ive been listening to about 2+ books for the past at least 5-10 years and by far this makes top 10 for life change/business and more. This is the first book for which I am writing a review.

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