Jordan B. Peterson
Jordan B. Peterson · 7 ReadAny other public intellectuals that are smarter better spoken and respected than JPYou don t know suat he taught at Harvard He was an associate or a Flights few years a long time ago So Look at him now when nobody in his university wants to be associated with him What does that tell you How can you call that a respected academicThis isn t real criticism It s really not I don t care enough about this to write a 2500 word essay on him I m reading some better books right now But even my rambling makes sense than his lobster analogy A soothing and seductive balmor the butthurt I am Seven Famous Greek Plays fascinated by the cult surrounding this man who as a previous reviewer noted reliesar too much on simplistic interpretations of Biblical stories and the Disney versions of Cuban Death-Lift fairy tales to the expense of all else I guess Lilith and Athena might complicate that Easy Bake reimposition of a male centered narrative Here s what I don t get None of this is new Joseph Campbell Heard of him Remember M Scott Peck That Christian head shrinker who said Life is difficult Get used to it and it will get better Peterson s popularity only reveals that an entire generation has been so robbed of the humanities that they re starvingor anyone who will provide a Monkey Wars few harsh words and some meaning in their lives The guy can tell a story Too bad it s arighteningly regressive one Organize Create Discipline: An A-to-Z Guide to an Organized Existence for women And no Women s Studies departments are not propagating a myth that the world was once a glorious matriarchy That wasunny though Too Sweet to be WholesomeJordan Peterson is a global phenomenon He is good in print even better in interviews As a psychoanalyst he has decades of experience and professional credibility I ind his Jungian approach ar interesting than Freudian or various cognitive methods As a Canadian he is presumed a certain integrity often denied to other English speaking experts As a man he is engaging and ast on his eet with no defensiveness even under intense pressure In 12 Rules I Can Be a Teacher (Barbie) for Life he makes a cogent caseor the necessity as well as benefit of moral authority Although he is not a religious adherent Peterson believes in the objectivity of moral law he has no time Eggs Benedict Arnold for those relativists who consider moral law as something arbitrarily constructed within human society Manyind his arguments compelling I ind them disingenuous and dangerousThe disingenuousness of 12 Rules begins in the introduction by Peterson s long time riend and associate Dr Norman Doidge MD Doidge points to the persistence of the Ten Commandments rom the Hebrew Scriptures as an example of the ancient effectively eternal and ixed wisdom of biblical moral precepts Unsurprisingly Doidge ails to make mention of the other 412 divinely ordained precepts of the law given in the same scriptures Things like the stoning of heretics the inferiority of women and the necessity or meticulous maintenance of spiritual purity apparently do not carry significant moral weight despite their authoritative divine source And he makes no mention of the One Good Life: My Tips, My Wisdom, My Story fact that theounder of the Christian Religion Paul of Tarsus designated the entire Hebrew law including the Ten Commandments as the very source of evil Doidge is not merely tendentious he is an ideologue who has little understanding of the biblical references he makes or he is a liarPopularity is not a terribly reliable guarantor of either poetry or philosophy By his own account Peterson s Rules started life on an interactive internet site Participants liked his rules as nakedly stated without even being given reasons without explanation of their operation The rules apparently touched some inarticulate need which site participants hadn t previously recognised And they gave rave reviews The book is the result of subseuent justifications of the intuitions he loated on the internet Whatever erudition classical references and stylistic skill Peterson used to develop his arguments or these rules they are hardly the the product of analytical thought Like Doidge s introduction the book is tendentious meant to promote a potentially popular cause not thinking The act that Peterson is honest about the genesis of the book doesn t change its character But I think it does help to explain why the book appeals to many religious leaders and right wing politicians Peterson appears to provide both groups with philosophical selling and political talking points that promote a conservative social agendaPeterson is a Jungian psychoanalyst apparently by conviction as well as by training Jungian method is inherently dialectical Consciousunconscious egoshadow animaanimus are all necessary components of the human psyche Only by accepting the existence of these competing components and reconciling their insistent demands can a person become integrated that is whole a complete Self Jungians implicitly presume that none of us is naturally whole We need each other sometimes use each other to compensate or our dialectical deficiencies Ultimately however psychic health comes about by taking responsibility or one s own integration by recognising how we perceive the reality of the world we inhabit and how we react to our perceptions These are matters of choice not ate This is a simple but very subtle theory In short the theory has two principles 1 the Unconscious is indistinguishable rom reality and 2 the Self is indistinguishable rom God Both reality and God exist in our heads as it were They are ideas over which we can exercise control One can sense Plato not to mention Billy Graham turning in their graves at the thought that ideas are subject to human will Evangelicals don t seem to mind this Jungian theological aux pas probably because Peterson uotes the Old Testament story of the Creation and Fall a classic Jungian trope To them it seems but a small step rom the symbolism of the God in one s head and one s dreams to the objective Ruler of the world Didn t the great Protestant theologian of the 19th century Friedrich Schleiermacher make the same point that God was a Natural Blonde feeling emanatingrom the human mind Similarly social conservatives like the idea
Of Personal Responsibility As Part Of Their Ideological Doesnpersonal responsibility as part of ideological
portfolios Doesn this bring together both the economic neo liberalism of FrederickDoesn this bring together both the economic neo liberalism of Frederick and the militant individualism of Ayn Rand The act that personal integration of the Self implies a rejection of ideology of any stripe as an impediment to psychic health doesn t seem to register at all So of course Peterson will be exploited by Evangelicals and Conservatives to urther their agendas regardless of the caveats insisted upon by him And they re right to ignore his ey resistance He knows he s given conservations a way to ignore the traditional Christian ethos of love the primary concern with one s neighbour the inherent responsibility to the collective as something distinct rom the totality of its members His is a philosophy of consummate selfishness which just Land of a Thousand Hills: My Life in Rwanda fits the billor the latest coalition of religious and constitutional undamentalists Christ as pantocratic dictator rather than Jesus as messianic rebelThose who are amiliar with the Erhard Seminar Training EST programme of the 1970 s and 80 s and its various successor movements or radical personal improvement will recognise this theme of total personal responsibility EST was an intriguing and highly popular syncretism of Jungian psychology and the existential philosophy of Martin Heidegger Peterson s version doesn t use the pyramid selling techniues that made EST so popular particularly among the highly educated but the combination of the internet cable television and the intellectual vacuum of evangelical and political conservatism has the euivalent unctional role EST was a training ground If My Love Were a Fire Truck: A Daddy's Love Song for the political left in the 1970 s 12 Rules promises to be theocal point Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-The-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford for the political rightor some time to come None of this is to say that Peterson isn t interesting or worthwhile On the contrary he has an intelligent witty and interesting contribution to make in intellectual debate despite the banal insipidness of his Rules Nevertheless just as EST helped create a generation of liberal weirdos in business politics and academia I Ready for Summer fear that an euivalent generation of conservative weirdos in in the making There is a distinct Whig theme that runs through the entire book the world is as it isor good reasons and it s not your responsibility to Cyberselfish A Critical Romp Through The Terribly Libertarian Culture Of High Tech fix it Comforting no doubt to those whoeel disenfranchised disrespected and than a bit deplorable But really does anyone believe that some positive thinking is going to make them into a bold psychic adventurer My advice don t drink the Kool Aid too uicklyPostscript 2Aug18 I see many A coerência textual five star reviews here so here is the contrarian position I m giving this one staror a couple of reasons 1 The content does not justify the length of the book When you strip away the pseudo profundity and verbosity you re left with rather simple ideas you could Write Your Novel!: Tips from a Bestseller find in any self help book or discover on your own Rule 1or instance essentially states that Dogs Behaving Badly females prefer males with confidence and that success breeds confidence andurther success This is rather obvious without having to understand the evolutionary history of lobsters 2 The introduction of the book presents the author as an objective investigator of the truth disillusioned by dogmatic ideology and prepared to demonstrate its dangers He then proceeds to incessantly uote First Year Teacher: Wit and Wisdom from Teachers Who've Been There from the bible perhaps the most dogmatic text ever written I didn t purchase the book to be preached at andound it unexpected and highly obnoxious I understand that the author is interested in story and archetypes but the bible is uoted out of proportion There are many ancient stories to choose rom each with endless interpretive possibilities but the bible is or some reason the primary text Now I m sure this is April 16th: Virginia Tech Remembers fine with many people but I was unpleasantly surprised that I had purchased a book on biblical criticism or theology The stories the author has selected toocus on his preferred interpretations and the stories he ignores says about his psychology than anything else It appears that he NEEDS religion to be true to prevent his own nihilistic tendencies a viewpoint he oists on his readers More than once he states in no uneuivocal terms that Jesus is the archetypal perfect man Perhaps but without getting into it here there are many reasons to think perhaps not For those philosophically inclined or or those that appreciate the progress of humanism and science Socrates Mindful Living with Aspergers Syndrome for example would probably be a betterit or the archetypal perfect ma. Ible ate awaits those who criticize too easily and why you should always pet a cat when you meet one on the streetWhat 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 So there is a lot of wisdom in here about how to live your life don t blame other people listen and understand other people s perspectives be honest even though it s uncomfortable and don t demonize humanity And then all the wisdom goes down the toilet in one particular chapter when he makes a arce of his whole argument Men are being victimized by liberal academics Not only does he start blaming everybody and anybody but he completely mischaracterizes the progressive argument or makes a caricature of it he had a riend who was liberal and blamed patriarchy Space Kid for everything and then he killed himself see Point proven He also goes on to demonize anyone pushingor change or gender euality etc And his proof Literally disney movies and the communist revolution gone wrong But why leave out the revolutions gone right American Civil Rights And why instead of looking to the little mermaid to draw out wisdom about the true nature of motherhood and women chalk it up to a crazy sexist script which it is Remember how Ariel uses her body language to get the man I read this book because I was open to hearing Circumstantial Evidence: Death, Life, and Justice in a Southern Town from Peterson I like well reasoned ideas no matter what their source And I was ready to hear him and I did most of the way through the book It was very good especially his chapters on marriage parenting and self analysis very good But then he goes too big and grows uite shrill in his argument He loses reason to make a point But I guess controversy creates a best seller and he knows what he s doing The other logical inconsistencies here were that he keeps using the animal kingdom ie crabs and lobsters to make a point about human nature specifically on gender and sexuality but then in his other lucid arguments he argues that we need toight our nature self sacrifice and obedience So why does it make sense or us to tolerate bullies he says this and male superiority because duh the animals do it but not sloth and dominance because we re Godly dammit I would recommend that the critical reader who wants to read this book also read the history of misogyny as well as the all of adam and eve to get some perspective on why these ideas got to where they are Peterson keeps talking about women being chaos and men being order He never mentions pandora s box but he does bring up Eve uite a bit Those two narratives are relatively recent phenomena instead of Every Drop for Sale: Our Desperate Battle Over Water fixed laws of the universe He keeps making these essentialist claims that men aren t as emotional as women which he undercuts by giving example after example of men losing their shit over nothing and how women are all about nurture but humans are much complicated than this Read the bookor the good but keep one eye good and open to spot the bullshit A book by Jordan Peterson I won t be able to do it justice 12 Rules Down We Go: Living Into the Wild Ways of Jesus for Life is a wonderful book It is typical Peterson with large amounts of insightful information and wit The book includes information that I knew did not know and information I knew but did not know I knew like a Peterson lecture There are three main points that I took awayrom this book1 The world is a horrible place Reach for the Rainbow: Advanced Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse filled with suffering If you personally don t suffer someone you know will 2 If you want the world to be betterstart with yourself The individual people start bettering themselves the potentialor the world to be just that little bit better increases 3 We should live on the line between order and chaos We need both Troubled Waters for aunctioning society We need to grow and adapt whilst not getting rid of traditions and traditional structures th Faulty tools produce aulty results Jordan B Peterson 12 Rules or LifeI m generally not a an of self help books and this one would have probably never hit My To Read Shelf If A Good Friend Of Mine to read shelf if a good riend of mine t invited me to attend a live Jordan Peterson lecture in Phoenix a little over a week ago June 1 2018 The only other exposure I had to Peterson was a wave of seriously negative posts about him by some of my most liberal riends on FB I was intrigued Here I have some riends who ound something of value rom him enough to want to share with me also we were using Peterson just as a reason to reconnect AND other Owls: Birds of the Night friends who absolutely abhorred the man All of thisascinated me I was relatively a tabula rasa on this guy I hadn t even read some of the negative pieces on him I loved people that upended the status uo I loved early Camille Paglia and Andrew Sullivan Now I was curious Was this guy throwing sand into the salad of liberals on purpose Was he just thinking in a way that was uniue and not bounded by usual boundaries So I went and heard him speak I Bon Bon Voyage (A Carolyn Blue Culinary Mystery, found his lecture like Iound his book Bon Bon Voyage fascinating It was a mixture of science myth story telling Disney and confidence man bullshit The box I was in had 6 men and 4 women not a bad ratio since a large proportion of Jordan s rabidan base is white men And when I say rabid I mean oaming at the mouth rabid When he was introduced several men in the crowd grunted like they were prepping or a ootball game or battle It was a little intense The testosterone in some was uncorked After the show and while reading this book I ve also come across several of his interviews and YouTube videos I think an obvious example of the way Peterson gets misread is the Cathy Newman interview or the recent NYTimes piece These don t do a good job of actually getting to the root of what Jordan Peterson is saying Personally I think 80% of what Peterson is saying is actually NOT bad How can you really argue with ideas like clean your room treat yourself like you are someone you are responsible or helping rule 2 pursue what is meaningful not what is expedient rule 7 or tell the truth or at least don t lie rule 8 A lot of what he says makes sense But it is the last 20% of what he says that kind of drives me nuts and I m a white man I can imagine that womenminoritiesuniversity intellectuals would eel a bit stronger than me His critiues of eminism white privilege post modernism modern universities etc aren t narrow and tend to violate his own rule 10 be precise in your speech He rambles rages and makes pretty big assumptions on areas that are A Look Over My Shoulder: A Life in the Central Intelligence Agency farrom well established and often a bit beyond his areas of expertiseMy other issue with Peterson that was clarified in the lecture than the book is he is actually seeking the role of secular prophetrevivalistguru Hell in his introduction is basically admitted that the book s subjects were basically market tested on the internet People like lists They really like certainty Many of the population Peterson was aiming at aren t amiliar with mythsJungian archetypesphilosophy so it becomes easier to use Disney movies Why not tell your audience what to do in a nice list of 12 things Like Steven R Covey on confrontational steroids Dr Peterson walked around the Comerica stage and riffed on one of his rules mostly Rule 10 in Phoenix and a dash of Rule 11 Like the text of his book he circled around repeating stories and points declare something true or alse making a joke and then absolved his mainly white male audience Ravishing Ruby from some of their social guilt and anxiety They loved himor it He was Jimmy Swaggart in Canadian professor garb Because it is hard to define white privilege it doesn t exist so ignore it Rinse and repeat or eminism and other issues plaguing our modern culture and often aimed at privilege money or power It was wild seeing white single men showing up to
This Even Wearing T Shirts With Hiseven wearing t shirts with his on it It must be hard to not let that kind of cultish adoration go to your head even if your background is the human head DON T WASTE YOUR TIME If you ve never read a book in your life you d think JP is super smart that baroue style of writing the never ending sentences all those references to science and philosophy how does the man do it you ask yourselfIt s simple The book s actually rubbish but you have nothing to compare it with Nov 2018 Since this review is getting traction please note that these were my impressions right after plodding through this dull book and I m not going to waste my time dismantling his pseudo scientific rubbish many other reviewers have some ualified than me Seek them out If you re willing to be skeptical about my review then use that skepticism to read JP s critics tooNevertheless I do have some recommendations or 12 books you should read instead Moving on This book s riddled with logical errors Facts are ignored and substituted with analogies that simply don t work and don t make sense Major philosophers are completely misrepresented and molded to it his ideas Entire sub chapters are Old Yeller filled with complicated and ultimately pointless mythological and philosophical references And everything is peppered with common sense statements and citation marks to give it the illusion that it sactual accurate and logical It s not Don t get me started on how bad the writing is It s like he has a paid thesaurus subscription and wants to get his money s worth Nobody cares about *YOUR RICH VOCABULARY IF YOU LOSE * rich vocabulary if you lose point on the wayYou could spend hours upon hours digging or problems with this book Some actually have done that There was a guy on YouTube who made a one hour video dissecting the problems with the citations alone Yeah it s that easy to poke holes in his ramblings He blames postmodernism Lincoln: An Illustrated Biography for a lot of things but he misrepresents it He uotes Heidegger but it s clear he has no clue what Heidegger s been talking about It s boring and uninspired But JPans will love it He s got his die hard On Being Human: Reflections on Life and Living fans who will continue toollow him no matter what regardless of how bad his ideas are especially since there s no other conservative smart ass to get behind insteadSo don t bother He doesn t say anything new and what he does say is said poorly Not too different Frommers Irreverent Guide to Walt Disney World from his videos For the sake of your time and brain just read something else Anythingrom Chomsky to Zizek Read Pinker Friedman Harari Fukuyama Gladwell Have some respect or yourself even antasy books would be a better use of your time and brain Or just read the stoics and the existentialists instead I mean if you just want someone to tell you to stand up straight and make your bed read Meditations by Emperor Marcus Aurelius Or Seneca Or Sartre Or heck even Dr Seuss Responses to replies I ll probably get Haha suck it you triggered SJW I m not mad that JP is writing books I m mad that such a bad book is getting attention and is wasting people s timeJP is the man you just can t appreciate his genius He s not he is the very definition of a pseudo intellectual There are so What does everyone in the modern world need to know Renowned psychologist Jordan B Peterson's answer to this most difficult of uestions uniuely combines the hard won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting edge scientific researchHumorous surprising and informative Dr Peterson tells us why skateboarding boys and girls must be left alone what terr. N And if I want insight into morality and human nature rom an ancient source I d turn to Plato and Aristotle before the Good Book Again this is all too subjective which is the problem in general with using ancient wisdom to support a particular viewpoint The author presents his interpretive schemes as objective truths about human nature and the only display of humility is ound in the introduction For those seeking an alternative to Jordan Peterson s dark vision of the world uestionable approach to truth and knowledge and retreat to religion they will ind the answer in Bertrand Russell whose essays on religion seem to at times be speaking directly to Peterson himself Here s the inal paragraph rom Russell s essay Why I Am Not a ChristianWHAT WE MUST DOWe want to stand upon our own Hip Pocket Sleaze: The Lurid World of Vintage Adult Paperbacks feet and lookair and suare at the world its good Mookie: Life, Baseball, and the '86 Mets facts its badacts its beauties and its ugliness see the world as it is and be not afraid of it Conuer the world by intelligence and not merely by being slavishly subdued by the terror that comes rom it The whole conception of God is a conception derived rom the ancient Oriental despotisms It is a conception uite unworthy of Clawback free men When you hear people in church debasing themselves and saying that they are miserable sinners and all the rest of it it seems contemptible and not worthy of self respecting human beings We ought to stand up and look the worldrankly in the ace We ought to make the best we can of the world and if it is not so good as we wish after all it will still be better than what these others have made of it in all these ages A good world needs knowledge kindliness and courage it does not need a regretful hankering after the past or a ettering of the Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America free intelligence by the words uttered long ago by ignorant men It needs aearless outlook and a Cooking for Company free intelligence It needs hopeor the Empire of Sin future not looking back all the time towards a past that is dead which we trust will bear surpassed by the Factory Girls: From Village to City in a Changing China future that our intelligence can createRussell wishes to replaceear religion and dogma with My Wife's Affair free thinking intelligence courage knowledge and kindness To believe something because it is seen to be useful rather than true is intellectually dishonest to the highest degree And as Russell points out elsewhere he can t recall a single verse in the Bible that praises intelligence Here s Russell in another essay titled Can Religion Cure Our TroublesMankind is in mortal peril andear now as in the past is inclining men to seek refuge in God Throughout the West there is a very general revival of religion Nazis and Communists dismissed Christianity and did things which we deplore It is easy to conclude that the repudiation of Christianity by Hitler and the Soviet Government is at least in part the cause of our troubles and that if the world returned to Christianity our international problems would be solved I believe this to be a complete delusion born of terror And I think it is a dangerous delusion because it misleads men whose thinking might otherwise be Chicken, Chicken, Duck! fruitful and thus stands in the way of a valid solutionThe uestion involved is not concerned only with the present state of the world It is a much general uestion and one which has been debatedor many centuries It is the uestion whether societies can practise a sufficient modicum of morality if they are not helped by dogmatic religion I do not myself think that the dependence of morals upon religion is nearly as close as religious people believe it to be I even think that some very important virtues are likely to be Inspirations found among those who reject religious dogmas than among those who accept them I think this applies especially to the virtue of truthfulness or intellectual integrity I mean by intellectual integrity the habit of deciding vexed uestions in accordance with the evidence or of leaving them undecided where the evidence is inconclusive This virtue though it is underestimated by almost all adherents of any system of dogma is to my mind of the very greatest social importance andar likely to benefit the world than Christianity or any other system of organised beliefsWe can see that the Peterson allacy is at least as old as 1954 The act that Communism and Nazism committed evils is not justification to return to religious dogma in Move Over, Victoria--I Know the Real Secret: Surrendering the Lies That Bind You to the God Who Frees You fact that would just be replacing one dogmatic ideologyor anotherThe solution is not a retreat to the Age of Faith which was no pleasant than living under communism the solution is a renewal of the Enlightenment values of reason science humanism and progress espoused by Russell himself Also check out these worthwhile alternatives to 12 Rules For LifeThe Happiness Hypothesis Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom by Jonathan HaidtThe Practicing Stoic A Philosophical User s Manual by Ward FarnsworthWhy I Am Not a Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects by Bertrand RussellThe God Argument The Case against Religion and Slo Mo! for Humanism by AC Grayling Jordan Peterson may be the only clinical psychologist who believes that psychology is subordinate to philosophy and the one thing that psychology and philosophy both genuflect before is story Story or myth predates religion and is inact as old as language itself In his earlier book Maps of Meaning The Architecture of Belief Peterson connects the stories we share with our earliest ancestors with modern knowledge of behavior and the mind It s a textbook or his popular University of Toronto coursesThe one time dish washer and mill worker
Spent Nearly 20 Years At The University Before Garnering Internationalnearly 20 years at the University before garnering international In September 2016 Peterson released a couple of videos opposing an amendment to the Canadian Human Rights Act which he contended could send someone to jail or refusing to use a made up gender identity pronoun Peterson went on to testify before the Canadian Senate and has emerged as a Pirates, Ships, and Sailors foremost critic of postmodernism on North American campusesPostmodernism is the new skin of communism In Peterson s view The ideology has been so thoroughly discreditedrom an economic standpoint that those who still advocate or it or either political or emotional reasons have resorted to attacking the very process in which something can be discredited reason and debate At the same time they have worked to change same time they have worked to change War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History: 1500 to Today face of oppression awayrom those living in poverty toward individuals who don t look or act like those who hold most of the positions of power and authority in Western society Peterson s classroom is now the entire globe Millions are watching his lectures and other videos on YouTube For this new and greater audience a accessible affordable compendium than Maps of Meaning was called A Boy in Winter for 12 Rulesor Life An Antidote to Chaos is affordable Frost at Midnight for sure but only slightly accessible Part self help book part memoir part Mapsor the masses it s organized sprawlingly Read Princess Baby, Night-Night full review at I wish this book had been around to read when I was 18 I ignored Jordan Petersonor a while since his name usually came up in culture war contexts where the rule is that every generation gets approximately The Pentagon Papers: Making History at the Washington Post five talking points to endlessly yell at each other But then he published a book and a bunch of my academicriends started screeching a Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution few octaves higher than usual and aew of my well adjusted On a Cold Road: Tales of Adventure in Canadian Rock friends started reading the book so I decided to check it out I recognize that being inclined to agree with a critic of postmodernism entirely because of his critics behavior is itself pretty postmodern and thus suspect But beair to postmodernists they re good at inding clues even if they re bad at solving mysteriesIf I were half a decade younger or much less lucky in my choice of reading material this could have been the book that changed my life Writings that played this role or me instead Sexual Personae Moby Dick Starting Strength that viral get your shit together email by Scott Galloway The book s target audience is young men suffering rom post school ennui and the message is it s not your ault but it s 100% your responsibility to ix itGiven his reputation people insist on tagging Peterson with the alt right label I was half expecting 1488 Rules or Life An Antidote to Chaos But no Peterson is not writing neo I Love My Dad (Disney Princess) fascist propaganda He s writingatherly advice at least if your dad read a lot of Jung and Nietzsche and dropped a little acid If you think this is one of those advice books where you can skim the contents and get the gist you are completely wildly wrong Take chapter one on posture We begin naturally by talking about lobster combat Then wrens Then back to lobsters on to a wild Flight, Vol. 7 fugue through aew hundred million years of evolution a brief segue about how at different levels of abstraction nature alternates between permanence and chaos and how part of music s appeal is the recognition of this and then Peterson concludes by recommending good postureThe whole rest of the book is like this There s an initial riff ollowed by a long philosophical jam session expect references to Freud Marx yin and yang evolution the Old Testament Jung Peterson s kids and the New Testament and it closes with a stern admonition You might thing that s a silly approach that risks trivializing whatever philosophical lessons it includes but the one two combo of moral lesson plus minor daily habit has a great historical precedent Just look at the Bible The irst book is about the origin of all existence the nature of evil the conseuence of sin etc The second book is about becoming a distinctive people having a covenant with the divine and so on The third book is about when to wash your hands all the time and which oods you should avoid eating lest you get sick If every episode of hand washing and ham refusal reminds you of Original Sin you will spend a lot time thinking about morality than you otherwise wouldSo I can t really review the advice itself although it s good I can recommend reading the book not so much or any one point but Camp Rex for the journey there was very little I wish I d thought ofirst but a lot I wish I d phrased that way before If you read his book and ollow his advice will it improve your life Almost certainly Not just because his suggestions are things we should already be told or have already been told but ignored But or simple tribal reasons It s like eating paleo the actual behavior helps at the margin but what really keeps you on the path towards self improvement is the eeling that it s 99% of the world against you and your brave band of riends And you could do worse than to choose the When Dads Don't Grow Up friends who rally around Peterson. Eople tread when they become resentful arrogant and vengeful Dr Peterson journeys broadly discussing disciplinereedom adventure and responsibility distilling the world's wisdom into 12 practical and profound rules Miles from Kara for life 12 Rulesor Life shatters the modern commonplaces of science aith and human nature while transforming and ennobling the mind and spirit of its listene. .