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12 Rules For Life

Dark111

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#1
I recently finished reading the book "12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos" by the psychologist Professor Jordan. B. Peterson. There maybe some here who have also read it, or are at least familiar with it but I found it thought provoking & insightful, and it raises some very interesting strategies on how best to orient ourselves in the world . Would any members be interested in some posts/threads covering each of the 12 rules - I'm willing to present each rule myself - and opening up each one for discussion?
 

extraterrestrialone

can’t toast bread without burning it
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#2
I recently finished reading the book "12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos" by the psychologist Professor Jordan. B. Peterson. There maybe some here who have also read it, or are at least familiar with it but I found it thought provoking & insightful, and it raises some very interesting strategies on how best to orient ourselves in the world . Would any members be interested in some posts/threads covering each of the 12 rules - I'm willing to present each rule myself - and opening up each one for discussion?
This sounds very fascinating to me so I am very interested. But I do have to point out that when I come across "rules", my inclination is to find how they do not apply to me. That is both troubling as well as potentially liberating. I believe this is one of the things that goes to the core of me. I'm hoping that somehow this thread might address this. (Not familiar with the book though - would like to try to read it)
 
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Dark111

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#3
This sounds very fascinating to me so I am very interested. But I do have to point out that when I come across "rules", my inclination is to find how they do not apply to me. That is both troubling as well as potentially liberating. I believe this is one of the things that goes to the core of me. I'm hoping that somehow this thread might address this.
I understand completely what you're saying, and that's why I found this book so refreshing. It takes more of a philosophical and nuanced approach, taking into account the grey areas of life, and giving form to complexity. No matter how crazy life gets, there are certain actions that may give us emotional satisfaction but ultimately just make things worse.
 

extraterrestrialone

can’t toast bread without burning it
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#4
I understand completely what you're saying, and that's why I found this book so refreshing. It takes more of a philosophical and nuanced approach, taking into account the grey areas of life, and giving form to complexity. No matter how crazy life gets, there are certain actions that may give us emotional satisfaction but ultimately just make things worse.
i would like to hear more about emotional satisfaction. that sparks wonder in me.
 

Dark111

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#8
that is difficult to answer completely. food and music are most where it is likely to happen but actual satisfaction i think is missing.
Sure, the base pleasures of life give us all emotional satisfaction. Well, actually, it's more chemical satisfaction. Tasty food releases dopamine, which is part of the reward system and so induces a craving for more of the same. Is that really satisfaction? And in pursuit of emotional satisfaction, we must make sacrifices. Eating our favorite most calorific food is certainly one example: Sure, once in a blue moon won't kill us but if it becomes a habit to indulge our craving it is at the price of weight gain and if continued over a certain length of time we also risk developing diabetes. Music, on the other hand, is there a sacrifice to be made there? What if getting lost in our music eats up our time to do more productive pursuits? These are all of course very rudimentary examples. Can you think of a time you derived emotional satisfaction by choosing to do something you truly shouldn't but thought to hell with it, the emotional high is worth the risk?
 

extraterrestrialone

can’t toast bread without burning it
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#9
I don't know! There must be, I think, but I feel that things I should not have done were things that did not ever bring on good feelings. The exception to this was assaults on myself by whomever else exists in me. I realize most will say it's only me inside so any emotions inside are mine regardless of how I might experience it. To me it doesn't matter who is inside. I believe there is enough separation whatever that is, that it is equal to separate entities even if not. The result is my inability to know what my emotional experience is. It's distressing.
 

Lane

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#15
I recently finished reading the book "12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos" by the psychologist Professor Jordan. B. Peterson. There maybe some here who have also read it, or are at least familiar with it but I found it thought provoking & insightful, and it raises some very interesting strategies on how best to orient ourselves in the world . Would any members be interested in some posts/threads covering each of the 12 rules - I'm willing to present each rule myself - and opening up each one for discussion?
Yes! I'll try to contribute but I am interested in learning. Thank you bringing this to the forum @Dark111
 

Lane

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#16
This sounds very fascinating to me so I am very interested. But I do have to point out that when I come across "rules", my inclination is to find how they do not apply to me. That is both troubling as well as potentially liberating. I believe this is one of the things that goes to the core of me. I'm hoping that somehow this thread might address this. (Not familiar with the book though - would like to try to read it)
Maybe I'll get the book @extraterrestrialone . I actually got a kindle recently as a gift, sooo, no excuses 🤷‍♀️
 

Ash600

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#18
I recently finished reading the book "12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos" by the psychologist Professor Jordan. B. Peterson. There maybe some here who have also read it, or are at least familiar with it but I found it thought provoking & insightful, and it raises some very interesting strategies on how best to orient ourselves in the world . Would any members be interested in some posts/threads covering each of the 12 rules - I'm willing to present each rule myself - and opening up each one for discussion?
I'd definitely be interested. His cold rationality certainly does provide for thought provoking insights.
 

Dark111

SF Supporter
#19
I recently finished reading the book "12 Rules For Life: An Antidote to Chaos" by the psychologist Professor Jordan. B. Peterson. There maybe some here who have also read it, or are at least familiar with it but I found it thought provoking & insightful, and it raises some very interesting strategies on how best to orient ourselves in the world . Would any members be interested in some posts/threads covering each of the 12 rules - I'm willing to present each rule myself - and opening up each one for discussion?
Below I have listed all of the 12 rules. If we people are interested we can explore them one by one and discuss Peterson's own thoughts regarding each

12 RULES FOR LIFE - Jordan B. Peterson

RULE 1: Stand up straight with your shoulders back

RULE 2: Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping

RULE 3: Make friends with people who want the best for you

RULE 4: Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today

RULE 5: Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them.

RULE 6: Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world

RULE 7: Pursue what is meaningful(not what is expedient)

RULE 8: Tell the truth - or at least don't lie

RULE 9: Assume the person you are listening to might know something you don't

RULE 10: Be precise in your speech

RULE 11: Do not bother children when they are skateboarding

RULE 12: Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street
 

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