16 May 2018
Jordan B. Peterson with George Orwell statue

Jordan B. Peterson with George Orwell statue

12 Rules for Life draws very heavily on books I have loved and that have devastated and rebuilt me. I discuss these works repeatedly throughout the manuscript, in my first book, Maps of Meaning, and in my online lectures and podcasts. I have promoted the most influential books I have encountered on my website, jordanbpeterson.com, and I know from the thousands of letters than I am receiving than many people are learning about these works for the first time and reading them and undergoing the same transformations I experienced.

Here is a list of 12 the most surprising, significant, compelling and powerful.
 

jung

Modern Man in Search of a Soul

Carl Jung

Modern Man in Search of a Soul is the perfect introduction to the theories and concepts of one of the most original and influential religious thinkers of the twentieth century. Lively and insightful, it covers all of his most significant themes, including man's need for a God and the mechanics of dream analysis. One of his most famous books, it perfectly captures the feelings of confusion that many sense today. Generation X might be a recent concept, but Jung spotted its forerunner over half a century ago. For anyone seeking meaning in today's world, Modern Man in Search of a Soul is a must.

 

the sacred and profane

The Sacred and the Profane

Mirecea Eliade

In The Sacred and the Profane, Mircea Eliade observes that while contemporary people believe their world is entirely profane, or secular, they still at times find themselves connected unconsciously to the memory of something sacred. It's this premise that both drives Eliade's exhaustive exploration of the sacred--as it has manifested in space, time, nature and the cosmos, and life itself--and buttresses his expansive view of the human experience.

 

  • 12 Rules for Life

  • The #1 Sunday Times and International Bestseller from 'the most influential public intellectual in the Western world right now' (New York Times)

    What are the most valuable things that everyone should know?

    Acclaimed clinical psychologist Jordan Peterson has influenced the modern understanding of personality, and now he has become one of the world's most popular public thinkers, with his lectures on topics from the Bible to romantic relationships to mythology drawing tens of millions of viewers. In an era of unprecedented change and polarizing politics, his frank and refreshing message about the value of individual responsibility and ancient wisdom has resonated around the world.

    In this book, he provides twelve profound and practical principles for how to live a meaningful life, from setting your house in order before criticising others to comparing yourself to who you were yesterday, not someone else today. Happiness is a pointless goal, he shows us. Instead we must search for meaning, not for its own sake, but as a defence against the suffering that is intrinsic to our existence.

    Drawing on vivid examples from the author's clinical practice and personal life, cutting edge psychology and philosophy, and lessons from humanity's oldest myths and stories, 12 Rules for Life offers a deeply rewarding antidote to the chaos in our lives: eternal truths applied to our modern problems.

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