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Jordan Bernt Peterson is a Canadian Clinical Psychologist. Born on June 12, 1962, Jordan is also a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. He got attention from people in the late 2010s because of his political land cultural views. He is also the author of a multi-million-copy best seller (in several countries) book named 12 rules for life; An antidote for chaos. The book was published in 2018 and translated into 50 languages.

In 2016 his video lectures and interviews went viral making him prominent as an educator and a public intellect. He has his blog, website, Youtube channel, and a podcast where he has an immense following, and his viewership is also commendable.

In 2016 Jordan Peterson received media coverage because of his Youtube video series criticizing the Parliament of Canada for amending the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code (Bill C-16).

The bill addressed gender identity and expression as a prohibited ground of discrimination. According to Jordan, the bill would make use of certain people to compelled speech. He also related his argument to a general critique of Political correctness (to avoid offense and disadvantage) and identity politics. Jordan received both criticism and appreciation for his views.

Other than 12 rules for life; An antidote to chaos, Peterson also has another book in his bibliography named Maps of meaning: The architecture of belief, published in 1999.

Jordan Peterson; 12 rules for Life; An antidote to chaos

Let us have a look at the 12 rules for life that Jordan mentioned in his book that made him the best seller.

  • 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 in the past, not with someone else present.

  • 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 and not what is expedient.

  • Rule#8. Tell the truth, or at least do not lie.

  • Rule#9. Assume that person you are listening to might know something you do not.

  • Rule#10. Be precise in your speech.

  • Rule#11. Do not bother children while they are skateboarding.

  • Rule#12. Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street.

Jordan Peterson life experience

Jordan has been studying human behavior and psychology since the early 90s. Let us go through some of the quotes that are a depiction of the Jordan observance of life.

 15 Jordan Peterson Quotes on Success

  1. “If you do not say what you think, then you kill your unborn self.” – Jordan Peterson

  2. “One whose life has a why can bear almost anyhow.” – Jordan Peterson

  3. “You cannot get protected, from the things that frighten you and hurt you, but if you identify with the part of your being that is responsible for transformation, then you are always equal, or more than the equal of the things that frighten you.” – Jordan Peterson

  4. “So, attend carefully to your posture. Quit drooping and hunching around. Speak your mind. Put your desires forward, as if you had a right to them – at least the same right as others. Walk tall and gaze forthrightly ahead. Dare to be dangerous. Encourage the serotonin to flow plentifully through the neural pathways desperate for its calming influence.” – Jordan Peterson

  5. “The purpose of life is the burden that you can bear and bearing it.” – Jordan Peterson

  6. “When you have something to say, silence is a lie.” – Jordan Peterson

  7. “If you fulfill your obligations every day, you do not need to worry about the future.” – Jordan Peterson

  8. “Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today.” – Jordan Peterson

  9. “If you are going to be successful, you need to be smart, conscientious, and tough.” – Jordan Peterson

  10. “The successful among us delay gratification and bargain with the future.” – Jordan Peterson

  11. “Notice that opportunity lurks where responsibility has abdicated.” – Jordan Peterson

  12. “Face the demands of life voluntarily. Respond to a challenge instead of bracing for catastrophe.” – Jordan Peterson

  13. “It is better to do something badly than to-not-do it at all.” – Jordan Peterson

  14. “Do not be a slave to stupid rules.” – Jordan Peterson

  15. “People create their worlds with the tools they have directly at hand.” – Jordan Peterson

9 Jordan Peterson inspirational quotes on happiness

  1. “The creative person, by contrast, is always open to new possibilities.” – Jordan Peterson

  2. “You are not everything you could be, and you know it.” – Jordan Peterson

  3. “If someone is making everyone around them miserable and you would like to know why their motive may be to make everyone around them miserable including themselves.” – Jordan Peterson

  4. “Perhaps you are overvaluing what you do not have and undervaluing what you do.” – Jordan Peterson

  5. “Love is the desire to see unnecessary suffering ameliorated.”  – Jordan Peterson

  6. “The poor and stressed always die first and are in huge numbers. They are also much more susceptible to non-infectious diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. When the aristocracy catches a cold, as it is said, the working class dies of pneumonia.” – Jordan Peterson

  7. “Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient).” – Jordan Peterson

  8. “To suffer terribly and to know yourself as the cause: that is Hell.” – Jordan Peterson

  9. “If you have a comprehensive explanation for everything, then it decreases uncertainty and anxiety and reduces your cognitive load. And if you can use that simplifying algorithm to put yourself on the side of moral virtue, then you are a good person with a minimum of effort.” – Jordan Peterson

3 Jordan Peterson’s motivational quotes on aim:

  1. “When you have something to say, silence is a lie.” – Jordan Peterson

  2. “The secret to your existence is right in front of you, and it manifests itself as all those things you know you should do, you are avoiding.” – Jordan Peterson

  3. “You must determine where you are going in your life because you cannot get there unless you move in that direction. Random wandering will not take you forward. It will instead disappoint and frustrate you and make you anxious and unhappy and hard to get along with (and then resentful, and then vengeful, and then worse).” – Jordan Peterson

13 Jordan Peterson inspiring quotes about self-improvement

  1. “Can you imagine yourself in 10 years if, instead of avoiding the things you know you should do, you did them every single day? that is powerful” – Jordan Peterson

  2. “Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world” – Jordan Peterson

  3. “The way that you make people resilient is by voluntarily exposing them to things that they are afraid of that makes them uncomfortable.” – Jordan Peterson

  4. “Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today” – Jordan Peterson

  5. “Work as hard as you possibly can on at least one thing and see what happens” – Jordan Peterson

  6. “Humility is the recognition of personal insufficiency and the willingness to learn.” – Jordan Peterson

  7. “You might be winning, but you are not growing, and growing might be the most important form of winning”  – Jordan Peterson

  8. “You have to treat yourself like you matter because if you do not, then you do not take care of yourself, and you become vengeful and cruel. You take it out on people around you, and you are not a positive force. None of that is good, will suffer more, so will everyone else around you” – Jordan Peterson

  9. “So, attend carefully to your posture. Quit drooping and hunching around. Speak your mind. Put your desires forward, as if you had a right to them – at least the same right as others. Walk tall and gaze forthrightly ahead. Dare to be dangerous. Encourage the serotonin to flow plentifully through the neural pathways desperate for its calming influence.” – Jordan Peterson

  10. “Make friends with people who want the best for you.”  – Jordan Peterson

  11. “You are going to pay the price for every bloody thing you do and everything you do not do. You do not get to choose not to pay. You get to choose which poison you are going to take.”  – Jordan Peterson

  12. “Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping.” – Jordan Peterson

  13. “You can do an awful lot by writing down what happened to you and thinking it through” – Jordan Peterson

8 Jordan Peterson Quotes on gender

  1. “Women have every reason to be as picky as they possibly can be because they bear the brunt of the catastrophe of childrearing.” – Jordan Peterson

  2. “I think that the treatment of women at the hands of some men is reprehensible. That is what a small percentage of dangerous men are, which should get stopped. But then you have a believe-the-victim strategy, which is associated with dangers like a violation of the presumption of innocence. It is more deeply reflective of a bigger problem in society, which is that the birth-control pill has enabled women to compete with men on an equal footing. But we still do not know what the rules are that should govern the behavior, the interaction between men and women in places like the workplace.” – Jordan Peterson

  3. “There are lots of cultures in the world where women do all the work. It is not necessarily that easy to entice men into responsibility. We tend to think of that as a norm in the West. It is a norm that has been established through a hell of a lot of effort.” – Jordan Peterson

  4. “First, I do not think there is any evidence at all that women have held back systematically. Not in the West. I think we are past that by about a decade.” – Jordan Peterson

  5. “There is an antipathy between the genders. Their interests are not identical. Look what is happening in our culture. The last three months have been consumed by the #metoo scandal. Our interests are not identical, at the biological level. Or even at the practical level.”  – Jordan Peterson

  6. “Men and women are not the same. And they would not be the same. That does not mean that they cannot get treated fairly.” – Jordan Peterson

  7. “Women want men who are competent and powerful. And I do not mean power in that they can exert tyrannical control over others. That is not power. That is just corruption.” – Jordan Peterson

  8. “The idea that women have been oppressed throughout history is an appalling theory.” – Jordan Peterson

6 Jordan Peterson Quotes on Religion

  1. “I would describe myself as a religious man, yes, I think that’s fundamentally true. The devil’s in the detail.” – Jordan Peterson

  2. “I don’t ask God for favors or wishes. But, I do think that if you sit on the edge of your bed, and things aren’t going very well for you, and you ask what foolish thing you’re doing to make it worse, that you’ll get an answer right now. And it won’t be the one you want, but it might be the one that if you listen to it, would set things straight.” – Jordan Peterson

  3. “That’s the fundamental hallmark of belief. It is how you act. It’s not what you say about what you think.” – Jordan Peterson

  4. “There are truths of drama and literature, and there are material truths of science. But there are times when those two align and they’re true literally and metaphysically, literally and metaphorically at the same time” – Jordan Peterson

  5. “I have a lot of respect for the atheists generally because they’ve generally thought a lot more about the situation and struggled with it more than the complacent fundamentalists who wallpaper over their doubts with overstatements about their belief.” – Jordan Peterson

  6. “Jordan Peterson while commenting on Christianity, in the Christian tradition, Christ is identified with the Logos. The Logos is the Word of God. That Word transformed chaos into order at the beginning of time. In his human form, Christ sacrificed himself voluntarily to the truth, to the good, to God. In consequence, He died and was reborn. The Word that produced an order from Chaos sacrifices everything, even itself, to God. That single sentence, beyond comprehension, sums up Christianity, every bit of learning is a little death.” – Jordan Peterson

3 Jordan Peterson dumbest quotes

  1. “After reading some of the fascinating quotes from Jordan. let’s go through some that do not make any sense.” – Jordan Peterson

  2. “So anyways, long before we were practicing science, we were doing perfectly well – in sense without any real knowledge of the objective world at all. Or at least not any scientific knowledge of the objective world. And so another thing that you might observe about that is that you can survive perfectly well without knowing any science at all in an articulated and developed manner, and of course, animals are in that category. So that I think in some sense undermines the claim of science to anything approaching a universal truth because obviously life can get along perfectly well without it ” – Jordan Peterson

  3. “When we look at people like Stalin and Hitler – they are after world domination; in some sense, that is a positive motivation. Not really. It is like if you have a corvette say, and someone steals it, you can think: Well, I know why they stole it! They want to have the corvette! You know it is an understandable motivation to want power. It is not necessarily an admirable one. Although sometimes power is a perfectly reasonable thing to pursue. But I do not know why we ever assumed that those guys were after victory. Like, you should never make the presupposition that everyone is out to win. Some people are out to lose, and the more people they can take with them, the better. You know when Hitler died, he committed suicide in a bunker way down below in Berlin whilst Berlin was on fire, and Europe was burning. You know it is like, as far as I can tell that was, what Hitler was after right from the beginning.” – Jordan Peterson


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Jordan Peterson has been in the limelight since 2016. He has received acclaim and criticism from people for his theories. His book is a life-lesson, and his 12 rules for life can enlighten distressed people.

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Ranking famous celebrities on the basis of their personal finances and net worths or creating top lists of celebrities based on what similarities they have is the area Asad Hanif loves to play around. He is a personal finance, celebrity lifestyles and their net worth writer for over a decade. He has his way around researching interesting facts about famous personalities and write them in a simplified and interesting way. When he is not talking about the celebrity gossips, you will find him watching his favourite shows or escaping to the mountains with his friends.

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