This is a fine addition to the "cleaning your room" genre, if a bit overlong. For one thing, 12 rules for bringing order to your life is a tad excessive. Let's try it in three (cue Evan Powers, self-help guru, entrance music of Michael Bolton's "Go TThis is a fine addition to the "cleaning your room" genre, if a bit overlong. For one thing, 12 rules for bringing order to your life is a tad excessive. Let's try it in three (cue Evan Powers, self-help guru, entrance music of Michael Bolton's "Go The Distance"):
1) Always use positive leverage. 2) Praise others, challenge yourself. 3) If not now, never.
Try to get those rules down first, before you start complicating matters further with Peterson's advice about standing like a lobster or watching kids ollie.
Besides the faint criticism of providing more rules than God, there are some sections in this book with pointedly useful advice. Peterson's practical parenting tips are the best among these, and they paint Peterson as a patriarch in the best sense of the word. On the other hand, it is a shame that so many of the anecdotes herein are personal to the point of being irrelevant to anyone who is not Jordan Peterson. He may be convinced that a visiting friend was going to murder him and his wife in their sleep, and that the squirrels in the park that day somehow knew this, but I'm not completely convinced.
Peterson's interpretations of the moral underpinnings of artifacts of pop culture, classic literature, and religious texts all have broader appeal than his personal anecdotes, but the didactic presentation of his analysis obfuscates the aesthetic appeal of those stories in the first place. Compare the lecturer's approach taken here with the one employed by Alan Moore in comics, most specifically Promethea with J.H. Williams III, a work that does a lot to explain 'the meaning of life' using various support from seminal authored works of the past. A lot of Promethea, especially issues 12-23 and 32, is didactic and explanatory in the same way that Peterson is, but that comic is certainly a lot more aesthetically pleasing, and thus likely a more convincing argument for how and why to "sort yourself out." It might be an unrealistic project to undertake, but a comic book presentation of a revised and expurgated 12 Rules for Life, illustrated by Ethan Van Sciver (a comic artist who did chapter head illustrations for this edition), would definitely be something I would support....more