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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos is a 2018 self-help book by Canadian clinical psychologist and psychology professor Jordan Peterson. Provides life advice through essays on abstract ethical principles, psychology, mythology, religion, and personal anecdotes.

The book topped the bestseller lists in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom, and has sold more than five million copies worldwide. Peterson went on a world tour to promote the book, receiving a lot of attention after an interview with Channel 4 News. Critics have praised the book's advice and its atypical style, although Peterson's writing style has been criticized by some.

The book is written in a more accessible style than his previous academic book, Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief (1999). A sequel, Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life, was published in March 2021.

Book Details

Originally published: January 16, 2018
Pages: 448 (hardcover); 320 (ebook)
Dewey Decimal: 170/.44


Peterson's interest in writing the book grew out of a personal hobby of answering questions posted on Quora; one of those questions is "What are the most valuable things everyone should know?", to which his answer comprised 42 rules. The first viewing and promotion of the book were intended to include all the rules, with the title "42". Peterson stated that "it is not written just for other people. It is a warning to me.


One of today's most eclectic and thought-provoking public intellectuals, fearless and passionate.

About The Author

JORDAN B. PETERSON, raised and toughened in the frigid wastelands of Northern Alberta, has flown a hammer-head roll in a carbon-fiber stunt plane, explored an Arizona meteorite crater with astronauts, and built a Kwagu'l ceremonial bighouse on the upper floor of his Toronto home after being invited into and named by that Canadian First Nation. He's taught mythology to lawyers, doctors, and business people, consulted for the UN Secretary-General, helped his clinical clients manage depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, and schizophrenia served as an adviser to senior partners of major Canadian law firms, and lectured extensively in North America and Europe. With his students and colleagues at Harvard and the University of Toronto, Dr. Peterson has published over a hundred scientific papers, transforming the modern understanding of personality, while his book Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief revolutionized the psychology of religion. The author lives in Toronto.

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