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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

“[T]he story that Peterson is narrating is surely one of the most remarkable of our times.... There’s much in it that’s genuinely enlightening and often poignant, particularly Peterson’s conviction that we need to be ‘alert, awake, attentive’ in our lives.” (New Statesman, UK)
 

Beyond Order is a hybrid of genres. It offers a series of essays on how to live responsibly and productively, but Peterson goes way beyond self-help bromides, drawing on cases from his clinical practice to illuminate errors that people are prone to make and the outcomes they can expect from choosing one course of action over another.” (Book and Film Globe, US) 

“[Jordan Peterson] is a serious person and is genuinely engaged in trying to improve the lives of his readers and patients. Much of his advice is both valuable and, occasionally, even beautiful.... Peterson’s call to responsibility, to depth, to seriousness, and to fidelity are welcome and powerful.” (Los Angeles Review of Books)
 

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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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Top 1 out of 300+ read books

Ive been listening to about 2+ books per month for the past -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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neo-joseph campbell writes another self-help book

peterson is talented at framing useful pieces of advice into engaging narratives.

but he errors in the many areas where he is ignorant and has developed blind-spots.

he errors economically, and does so often as economics is a study of human action and this overlaps frequently with the territory on which he treads. and where he does not error economically he does a poor job at reinventing a wheel, stumbling onto shadows of some of the conclusions of wise economists throughout time that he has failed to read where such conclusions happen to overlap with his preconceptions.

he errors politically, reducing politics to a binary between the creative instincts motivating the march towards the 'progress' if the tyrant's of tomorrow and the stagnation of the traditionalists who wish to slow the march and keep the plebs within the domain of the tyrant's of today. he does so because of his delusions that a compromise between these forces is his inept brand of radical centrism. for him to expend the effort of informing himself about the world outside the fiction of the binary of the status quo, would be to admit that his conceptions and those of his IDW friends could be grotesquely wrong.

and most notably he errors to still believe in the efficacy of his very field. perhaps his love of metaphors is why he hasn't seen the dangers in taking the metaphor of mental illness literally. while he has likely given his patients many good pieces of advice throughout the years, as he has done so for his readers, he did so and does so dispite the nature of his field. even after the neurological drugs that his colleagues recommend he take nearly cost him his life, he still doesn't grasp the source of the negative externalities of his profession.

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Why so many biblical references?

Overall I quite enjoyed it, but it felt at times as though Jordan Peterson as found God and wants us all to know.

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a masterpiece

read alone or with 12RFL this books well worth your time and it's guidance will pay enormous divends if practiced.

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just as good, if not better than the first.

excellent. perfect follow up, I hope there is a third one. put your public opinion of Petersen away, if you happen to have a negative one. and just listen. it's really true and excellent advice. he's also an excellent narrator.

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